obesity http://kcur.org en 'Fed Up' Links Obesity Epidemic to Sugar, Industry, Government http://kcur.org/post/fed-links-obesity-epidemic-sugar-industry-government <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Just who’s to blame for the childhood obesity epidemic? Over the years, the finger has been pointed at parents, video games and vending machines, to name a few.</span></p><p>To the makers of the new activist documentary, “Fed Up,” the bottom line of blame lies with a simple substance poured into our diets every day: sugar. And the pushers of what this film calls a drug and “the new tobacco” are the food industry and our own government.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 13:00:58 +0000 Peggy Lowe 56121 at http://kcur.org 'Fed Up' Links Obesity Epidemic to Sugar, Industry, Government Obesity Still A Big Concern In Kansas, Missouri http://kcur.org/post/obesity-still-big-concern-kansas-missouri <p>A new report on obesity in America says Kansas is now the 14th most obese state in the nation.&nbsp; Missouri ranked just one spot below at 15<sup>th</sup>.&nbsp;</p><p>The annual “F as in Fat” report says 29.9 percent of adults in Kansas are obese and 29.6 percent in Missouri. That’s barely changed from last year.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 11:25:52 +0000 Bryan Thompson 42240 at http://kcur.org The Neuroscience of Obesity http://kcur.org/post/neuroscience-obesity <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s swimsuit season and many are looking to shed a few pounds gained over the winter. But losing weight is a challenge and current research shows the odds are stacked against us when it comes to overcoming the mental obstacles of weight loss. With one third of children in the United States and two thirds of adults who are obese or overweight, it seems there is a huge challenge when trying to stay healthy.&nbsp;</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Amanda Bruce, </strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">a&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Childhood Obesity and imaging specialist at UMKC and&nbsp;</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Jennifer D. Lundgren,&nbsp;</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Clinical Ph.D. Associate Professor and at UMKC both work on the issue of how psychology plays into childhood and adult obesity.</span></p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 23 May 2013 19:30:01 +0000 Susan B. Wilson, Matthew Long-Middleton & Claire McInerny 37256 at http://kcur.org The Neuroscience of Obesity KU Study: Role Of Rural Living In Obesity http://kcur.org/post/ku-study-role-rural-living-obesity <p>A common picture of the country life includes living in open spaces and eating food fresh from the farm. It just may be those are two reasons why a recent study reveals that rural residents are more likely to be obese than urbanites.</p> Sun, 16 Sep 2012 19:36:52 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 24582 at http://kcur.org KU Study: Role Of Rural Living In Obesity Child Obesity Linked To Poor Math Performance http://kcur.org/post/child-obesity-linked-poor-math-performance <p>Researchers at the University of Missouri found a link between childhood obesity and poor math performance. The study, released Thursday in the journal <a href="http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-8624.2012.01803.x/abstract" target="_blank"><em>Child Development</em></a>, monitored 6,250 children from the time they were in kindergarten until fifth grade.</p><p> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 16:01:40 +0000 Emilie Mutert 19439 at http://kcur.org Child Obesity Linked To Poor Math Performance Mayor, Chamber Leader Put Weight In Personal And Public Spotlight http://kcur.org/post/mayor-chamber-leader-put-weight-personal-and-public-spotlight <p>Kansas City Mayor Sly James knows that when he&rsquo;s in better shape, he&rsquo;s more productive and less stressed out. And he recognizes the weight, so to speak, of having a better diet and getting exercise regularly. Tue, 12 Jun 2012 08:10:31 +0000 Elana Gordon 19212 at http://kcur.org Mayor, Chamber Leader Put Weight In Personal And Public Spotlight Let's Move: Childhood Obesity Prevention In KC's Urban Core http://kcur.org/post/lets-move-childhood-obesity-prevention-kcs-urban-core <p>Historically Black Americans have marched for freedom and ran the long race for equality. In modern times there is a different race to be ran, a literal movement to be undertaken and that&rsquo;s keeping pace with personal health, running the race against time itself.</p><p> Tue, 29 May 2012 14:09:46 +0000 Andrea Silenzi & Jabulani Leffall 18439 at http://kcur.org Let's Move: Childhood Obesity Prevention In KC's Urban Core Americans' Cholesterol Levels Shrink, Even As Waistlines Expand http://kcur.org/post/americans-cholesterol-drops-despite-surge-obesity A curious — and good — thing has happened on the road to Obesity Nation: the share of the U.S. adult population with high cholesterol has dropped.<p>Data <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db92.pdf">just out</a> from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that only 13.4 percent of adults in this country have <a href="http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/Cholesterol/AboutCholesterol/What-Your-Cholesterol-Levels-Mean_UCM_305562_Article.jsp">high cholesterol</a>, according to data collected in 2009 and 2010.<p>A decade earlier, 18.3 percent of adults in the U.S. Tue, 24 Apr 2012 18:07:00 +0000 editor 16496 at http://kcur.org Americans' Cholesterol Levels Shrink, Even As Waistlines Expand Study Warns Of Autism Risk For Children Of Obese Mothers http://kcur.org/post/study-warns-autism-risk-children-obese-mothers Scientists have found one more reason that pregnancy and obesity can be a bad combination.<p>A <a href="http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2012/03/28/peds.2011-1601">new study</a> in the journal <em>Pediatrics</em> suggests that moms who are obese or have diabetes are more likely to have a child with autism or another developmental problem.<p>The finding is "worrisome in light of this rather striking epidemic of obesity" in the U.S., says Irva Hertz-Picciotto from the MIND Institute at the University of California, Davis, one of the study's authors.<p>But it's not clear whethe Mon, 09 Apr 2012 04:08:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 15656 at http://kcur.org Study Warns Of Autism Risk For Children Of Obese Mothers Young Constituents Propose Official State Exercise http://kcur.org/post/young-constituents-propose-official-state-exercise <p>Missouri could soon have an official state exercise. Backers of a bill in the Missouri House say an official exercise could help keep kids active and fight childhood obesity.</p><p> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 07:01:18 +0000 Jacob Fenston 11484 at http://kcur.org Young Constituents Propose Official State Exercise Church Opens Fitness Center to Combat Health Problems http://kcur.org/post/church-opens-fitness-center-combat-health-problems <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d088055eb0b-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d088055eb0b-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d088055eb0b-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-936092.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, MO – Reverend Eric Williams of Calvary Temple Baptist Church in midtown has worked for a long time on health issues in the African American community. A few years ago, he says he was tired of seeing people suffering and dying from health problems related to obesity and lack of exercise.</p> Fri, 19 Nov 2010 15:54:14 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross 7303 at http://kcur.org Church Opens Fitness Center to Combat Health Problems Missouri Foundation Gets $2 Million to Fight Obesity and Tobacco Use http://kcur.org/post/missouri-foundation-gets-2-million-fight-obesity-and-tobacco-use <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d0923621315-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d0923621315-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d0923621315-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-914552.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>A new federal program has awarded the Missouri Foundation for Health $2 million in matching funds to take on the high rates of obesity and tobacco use throughout the state.</p> Fri, 23 Jul 2010 17:04:15 +0000 Elana Gordon 6866 at http://kcur.org First Lady Brings Health Campaign To Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/first-lady-brings-health-campaign-kansas-city <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d092361e19d-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d092361e19d-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d092361e19d-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-912387.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, MO – First Lady Michelle Obama brought her campaign to combat childhood obesity to Kansas City today. She delivered the keynote address at the national NAACP convention, which is in town this week.</p> Mon, 12 Jul 2010 23:43:01 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross 6821 at http://kcur.org First Lady Brings Health Campaign To Kansas City