‘Obesity’ Archive

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Seminar recap: Americans’ sweet tooth needs to be pulled

Monday, June 5th, 2017

Americans — especially adolescents and teens — consume far above the amount of calories in excess sugar than the recommended maximum and may be making themselves sick in the process, according to research presented at the Center’s Health Policy Seminar Series on May 31.

“There is an increasing amount of evidence linking consumption of excess … [ Read full post ]

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Soda taxes decrease consumption, study reports

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Consumption of sugary beverages such as soda dropped 21 percent and water consumption rose 63 percent after a soda tax was passed in Berkeley in 2014, according to a study featured on Kidsdata.org.

Related 2013-2014 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) data (shown below) charted on the website estimate almost 60% of teens drink at … [ Read full post ]

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Environmental factors play role in obesity, researchers say

Friday, July 17th, 2015

Along with unhealthy food choices and a lack of access to affordable fresh produce, living in an unsafe neighborhood with a poor social structure  plays a role in obesity as residents are less likely to be physically active, UCLA researchers said July 15 in a Center Health Policy Seminar Series lecture.

Research Scientist Joelle Wolstein[ Read full post ]

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Soda companies say they’ll help Americans cut calories

Monday, September 29th, 2014

susanbabey2011The three largest soda companies say they aim to cut sugary drink calories by 20 percent in American diets by 2025 through marketing, distribution and packaging efforts, according to a New York Times story. The Center’s Susan Babey, a senior research scientist, has written about the link between sugary drinks and teen obesity in … [ Read full post ]

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Waiting to fill the prescription bottle

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

About 1 in 4 white Californian adults reported having delayed getting prescription drugs or medical services in the past year, significantly higher than California overall, at 21.5 percent. This graphic is from the Center’s new 2011-2012 Race and Ethnicity Health Profiles, a report on the health status of the state’s diverse population.

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Trees provide more than just shade in cities

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

CHIS_Logo_80pxCity dwellers are less likely to be overweight or obese and are more likely to report better overall health when they live in an area with a 28 percent tree canopy, compared to those who live in urban areas with sparser tree cover, according to a Sacramento Bee op-ed article.

California Health Interview Survey[ Read full post ]

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