obesity http://michiganradio.org en Does this post make me look fat? http://michiganradio.org/post/does-post-make-me-look-fat <div>&nbsp;</div><div><p>Facebook has decided I have a weight problem – a big weight problem.</p><p>It's been&nbsp;helpfully suggesting diet pills, plus-sized swimsuits with tummy-control panels, and affirming articles about body image as I apparently struggle with the motivation to battle my obesity.</p><p><b>The thing is I'm petite, not plus</b></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 14:25:37 +0000 Tamar Charney 17774 at http://michiganradio.org Does this post make me look fat? A new report says Michiganders need to improve their healthy habits http://michiganradio.org/post/new-report-says-michiganders-need-improve-their-healthy-habits <p>Michigan is getting poor marks in a new national health survey.</p><p>For 24 years, the United Health Foundation has looked at the healthy or unhealthy habits of Americans. &nbsp;</p><p>According to<a href="http://www.americashealthrankings.org/embargomedia"> the American Health Rankings</a> out today, nationally fewer people are smoking and more people are exercising. The national obesity rate held steady, which is the first time since 1998 that the survey didn’t record an increase.</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 13:28:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15636 at http://michiganradio.org A new report says Michiganders need to improve their healthy habits France has introduced a tax on soda to help combat obesity and diabetes http://michiganradio.org/post/france-has-introduced-tax-soda-help-combat-obesity-and-diabetes <p>French women don't get fat, so said French writer</p><p>Mireille Guiliano in her infamous cookbook.</p><p>But that didn’t stop French authorities from introducing a new tax on soda in order to combat obesity and diabetes.</p><p>While obesity has more than doubled in France over the past 15 years and continues to rise, the country still has far fewer obese people than the U.S.</p><p>David Chazan prepared this report from Paris as the law was enacted last year.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 22:01:30 +0000 Stateside Staff 15332 at http://michiganradio.org France has introduced a tax on soda to help combat obesity and diabetes What's the 'fat bias,' and do we see it in Michigan? http://michiganradio.org/post/whats-fat-bias-and-do-we-see-it-michigan <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There was a bit of a stir recently when Elle Magazine came out with its annual "Women in Hollywood” issue.</span></p><p>Four covers were shot with four different stars: Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Penelope Cruz and Melissa McCarthy.</p><p>Witherspoon wore a fitted black dress, Woodley wore a swimsuit and Cruz recently gave birth to her second baby, so hers was a close-up face shot. Curvy, full-figured McCarthy was swathed and bundled up in a big coat.</p><p>That led to criticism that McCarthy was covered up because she's full-figured — though it should be noted that Melissa McCarthy herself said she was glad to be a part of the cover.</p><p>But it does raise the issue of society's attitudes toward overweight or obese people.</p><p>35% of the population of Michigan is considered to be overweight, so it’s an issue that affects many in our state.</p><p>Is there a bias towards fat people that would not be tolerated elsewhere?</p><p>Joining us is Amanda Levitt, a graduate student at Wayne State University. Levitt writes the blog <a href="http://fatbodypolitics.com/">Fat Body Politics.</a></p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 19:59:48 +0000 Stateside Staff 14945 at http://michiganradio.org What's the 'fat bias,' and do we see it in Michigan? Report: Obesity rate of Michigan pre-schoolers improving http://michiganradio.org/post/report-obesity-rate-michigan-pre-schoolers-improving <p>There is some good news in Michigan’s battle with obesity.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Fewer Michigan children qualify as obese.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>More than 30% of Michiganders are considered obese.&nbsp;&nbsp; Michigan ranks as the 5<sup>th</sup> fattest state in the union.</p><p></p><p>But there may be hope for the future.</p><p></p><p>A new Centers for Disease Control report finds a slight decline in obesity rates for “low-income” pre-school children in Michigan.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The rate dropped from 13.9% to 13.2 % between 2008 and 2011.</p><p></p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 19:31:19 +0000 Steve Carmody 13904 at http://michiganradio.org Report: Obesity rate of Michigan pre-schoolers improving Michigan is 5th heaviest in nation: Health officials target obesity epidemic http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-5th-heaviest-nation-health-officials-target-obesity-epidemic <p>Many Michigan residents are carrying an unhealthy amount of weight and the problem is getting worse.<br><br>Michigan is the fifth-heaviest state in the nation, according to Michigan Department of Community Health Director James Haveman.<br><br>"In 1995, 18% of the adult population was obese in Michigan. By 2010, it had increased to 32 percent," Haveman says. "Currently in Michigan, some 800,000 children and five million adults have a weight problem. If unchanged, obesity could reach 50 percent by 2030."</p> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 21:40:15 +0000 Rina Miller 10910 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan is 5th heaviest in nation: Health officials target obesity epidemic Stateside: Michigan is now fifth most obese state in America http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-michigan-now-fifth-most-obese-state-america <p>It is estimated that nearly 50 percent of Michigan residents will be obese by 2030.</p><p>But don’t throw your salad out in reckless abandon just yet.</p><p>There is hope for your waistline, said Dr. Tom Peterson.</p><p>Director of Quality, Safety and Community Health at DeVos Children’s Hospital, Peterson helped organize <a href="http://www.shapemichigan.com/">ShapeMichigan</a>.</p><p>According to Peterson, obesity is a relatively new problem. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 21:38:47 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10760 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Michigan is now fifth most obese state in America A year of eating an indigenous diet http://michiganradio.org/post/year-eating-indigenous-diet <p>Imagine eating the same foods that Native Americans in the Great Lakes region ate before European settlers arrived. That’s the idea behind a<a href="http://decolonizingdietproject.blogspot.com/"> one-year study </a>at Northern Michigan University.</p> Sun, 28 Oct 2012 19:29:42 +0000 Kyle Norris 9662 at http://michiganradio.org A year of eating an indigenous diet In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-74 <p><strong>Michigan No. 5 most obese state in the US</strong></p><p>Michigan is now the fifth-most obese state in the nation. That's according to a study released yesterday by the Trust for America’s Health. The study also used data from the Centers for Disease Control to project obesity through the year 2030. The report says if habits don't change by then, about three out of every five</p><p><strong>Snyder in China</strong></p><p>Governor Rick Snyder left for a 10-day trade mission to China Tuesday. "Governor Snyder and members of his administration say he has two goals – to boost the more than two billion dollars a year in goods and services exported to China from Michigan, and to convince Chinese companies to make Michigan their U-S operational base," <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/snyder-makes-second-china-trip">Rick Pluta reports.&nbsp; </a></p><p><strong>Detroit City Council says Belle Isle proposal is dead without changes</strong></p><p>"It looks like a plan to turn Detroit’s Belle Isle into a state park has no shot with the Detroit City Council. The plan calls for the city to lease the park to the state for 30 years. The state would take over maintenance and make major, as-yet-unspecified upgrades to the island. But City Council members blasted the plan’s lack of detail. So far, Bing hasn’t laid out a contingency plan for dealing with Council resistance," <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/council-warns-bing-belle-isle-plan-dead-without-major-changes">Sarah Cwiek reports. </a></p><p> Wed, 19 Sep 2012 11:54:51 +0000 Emily Fox 9144 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . Top five states in obesity: Michigan makes the list http://michiganradio.org/post/top-five-states-obesity-michigan-makes-list <p>According to the <a href="http://healthyamericans.org/report/98/obseityratesbystate">Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America&#39;s Health</a>, the states with the top five obesity rates are:</p><ol><li>Mississippi - 34.9 percent</li><li>Louisiana - 33.4 percent</li><li>West Virginia - 32.4 percent</li><li>Alabama - 32.0 percent</li><li>Michigan - 31.3 percent</li></ol><p>The rates reflect the percent of the population <span>with a body mass index of 30 or higher. Body mass index is a calculation based on weight and height ratios. <a href="http://www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi/">You can find your body mass index here</a>. </span></p><p>The rates in the report were based on <span>CDC data (part of the <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/brfss/">2011 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey</a>).</span></p><p>The top five &quot;skinniest&quot; states?</p><ol><li>Colorado - 20.7 percent</li><li>Hawaii - 21.8 percent</li><li>Massachusetts 22.7 percent</li><li>New Jersey 23.7 percent</li><li>California - 23.8 percent</li></ol><p>From the group&#39;s issue brief:</p><blockquote><p><span>&nbsp;</span>&ldquo;Obesity has contributed to a stunning rise in chronic disease rates and health care costs. It is one of the biggest health crises the country has ever faced,&rdquo; said Jeffrey Levi, PhD, TFAH executive director. &ldquo;The good news is that we have a growing body of evidence and approaches that we know can help reduce obesity, improve nutrition and increase physical activity based on making healthier choices easier for Americans. The bad news is we&rsquo;re not investing anywhere near what we need to in order to bend the obesity curve and see the returns in terms of health and savings.&rdquo;</p><p></p></blockquote><p>Michigan Governor Rick Snyder <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-calls-health-care-michigan-broken-system">gave a policy speech</a> last fall about the state&#39;s struggle with obesity saying &quot;too many Michiganders smoke, are overweight, and don&rsquo;t exercise.&quot; In that speech he called Michigan&#39;s health care system &quot;broken.&quot; He also set a personal weight reduction goal for himself in the speech - <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/pushed-poundage-michigan-governor-snyder-evades-weight-question">something he&#39;s still working on</a>.</p><p>Last year the state ranked 10th in the nation in obesity. The Trust for America&#39;s Health notes year to year comparisons are difficult because of changes in the CDC&#39;s methodology. Mon, 13 Aug 2012 19:17:48 +0000 Mark Brush 8657 at http://michiganradio.org Top five states in obesity: Michigan makes the list MDCH unveils a new plan to combat obesity in the state http://michiganradio.org/post/mdch-unveils-new-plan-combat-obesity-state <p>The Michigan Department of Community Health has a <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/healthymichigan">new plan</a> to reduce the number of obese people in Michigan.&nbsp; The Department announced a new 5-year statewide&nbsp; program called &quot;4 x 4&quot; on Monday at the Recreation Park in Ypsilanti. &nbsp;</p><p>The program wants to encourage Michigan residents to eat a healthy diet, exercise, get check-ups, and avoid tobacco.&nbsp; The program will involve local governments, businesses and trade associations across the state.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 17:15:17 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7757 at http://michiganradio.org MDCH unveils a new plan to combat obesity in the state A new HBO series addresses the nation's obesity problem http://michiganradio.org/post/new-hbo-series-addresses-nations-obesity-problem <p>Michigan ranks tenth in the country, when it comes to the number of people who are overweight or obese. It&#39;s an issue that affects many of us personally, and it affects society as a whole.</p><p>A new HBO, documentary series called&nbsp; <a href="http://theweightofthenation.hbo.com/"><em>The Weight of the Nation</em> </a>takes an in-depth look at this epidemic. It&#39;s in partnership with the Center for Disease Control &amp; Prevention and the National Institutes of Health.</p><p>John Hoffman is an HBO producer who worked on the documentary. The documentary recently screened in Detroit. He says, &quot;We&rsquo;ve got to engage the entire nation in addressing obesity. Almost 70% of adults and a third of children are overweight or obese, and the costs are just going to bankrupt our health care system. Our national security is threatened when one quarter of recruits can&rsquo;t qualify for our military service because they are overweight or obese&hellip;so, we are trying to sound the loudest possibly alarm in every community that this has got to become a priority.&quot;</p><p>Obesity seems to hit minorities and poor people especially hard. Hoffman says it&#39;s a matter of economics and not race.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 11 May 2012 21:55:02 +0000 Kyle Norris & Mercedes Mejia 7443 at http://michiganradio.org A new HBO series addresses the nation's obesity problem Snyder: Anti-obesity effort not government overreach http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-anti-obesity-effort-not-government-overreach <p>Governor Rick Snyder says it is critical to Michigan&rsquo;s economy and its quality of life that the state reduce the number of people who are obese or overweight.</p><p>Almost a third of Michigan&rsquo;s children and adults are considered obese. Two thirds are either obese or overweight.</p><p>The governor says obesity is a factor in diabetes and other chronic conditions that add&nbsp;$3 billion to the total costs of medical care in Michigan.</p> Wed, 21 Sep 2011 21:34:57 +0000 Rick Pluta 4253 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder: Anti-obesity effort not government overreach