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WNYC News

New York City Sees Decline in Obesity Rate for Kids

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The obesity epidemic may be reversing course. A new report shows the obesity rates of school age children living in several major cities has dropped.

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WNYC News

Morning Headlines | Selected by the WNYC News Hub

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

WNYC's morning news producers bring you a rundown of today's must-read stories.

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The Takeaway

How John Manrique Is Getting Better

Friday, November 23, 2012

After the show reported on some disturbing trends in obesity in the United States, people were quick to respond. Listener John Manrique details his own story about how he lost over seventy pounds three years ago and kept it off.

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The Takeaway

Is Obesity Threatening Our National Security?

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Twenty-seven percent of Americans aged 17 to 24 are too fat to serve in the United States military. Add that number to those who cannot serve because they have a criminal record or have not graduated from high school, and that means 75 percent of our nation's youth are not eligible to serve in uniform. General Norman Seip, is a retired Air Force General and a member of Mission: Readiness.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Weight and Responsibility

Friday, July 06, 2012

This week on ABC News Governor Chris Christie talked about his weight problem. At the same time, the soda industry began firing back against Mayor Bloomberg’s beverage size regulations. Is YOUR weight problem purely personal, or does the never-ending barrage of corporate temptation have something to do with it? Phones will be open for your stories about controlling temptation in a supersized world. Give us a call at 212-433-9692 or post here!

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The Takeaway

Obesity Intervention from Your Doctor

Monday, July 02, 2012

How would you react, if during a regular doctor’s checkup, your physician told you that you were obese? That’s what the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has suggested in a new set of recommendations. It says all adults should be screened for obesity and patients with a high body mass index should be receive intervention.

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The Takeaway

New Nutritional Standards for Disney

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Walt Disney is the latest company to jump on the childhood anti-obesity band wagon. Today Disney will announce a new initiative to advertise healthier food products on all its media platforms for children. The company says that ads for sugary cereals and junk foods will eventually be phased out, and by 2015 all companies advertising food products with Disney will be required to comply with new nutritional standards.

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The Takeaway

New York City Plans a Ban of Oversized Sugary Drinks

Thursday, May 31, 2012

New York City plans to ban the sale of large sugary drinks, announced Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday. The ban, which aims to fight obesity, would impose a 16-ounce limit on the size of sweetened drinks sold at restaurants, bodegas, and movie theaters. Joining us is Marion Nestle, professor of nutrition at New York University and author of "Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety." Also with us is Jay Cowit, Takeaway Technical Director and Chief Soda Correspondent.

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The Takeaway

C-Sections May Lead to Childhood Obesity

Friday, May 25, 2012

A new study suggests that children born via C-section are twice as likely to be obese by age three than those delivered vaginally way. On the surface, this might appear to be breakthrough work in our understanding of obesity, but how seriously should expectant mothers take it?

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The Takeaway

One-Third of US Homeless Population is Obese, According to New Study

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Obesity is one of the most pressing concerns in contemporary American life, and a new study finds that it affects the country's homeless population as much as it does the general population. Andrea De Mink, the founder and executive of an Indianapolis-based homelessness organization The PourHouse, strives to provide her patrons with the healthiest food possible in order to combat this rising concern, and Barbara DiPietro, the policy director of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, explains why this research is largely unsurprising.

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The Takeaway

Listener Stories of Overcoming or Accepting Their Extra Weight

Friday, May 18, 2012

According to a new study, 42 percent of American adults will be obese by the year 2030. All this week, The Takeaway looks at this prediction with a wide range of specialists — from city planners to coffin makers to mathematicians to science writer Michael Moyer. Today, the conversation continues with you, our listeners. Throughout the week, you’ve been sharing your own stories of weight loss and body image.

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The Takeaway

Moving Beyond Calories In, Calories Out

Thursday, May 17, 2012

According to a new study, 42 percent of American adults will be obese by the year 2030. And all this week, The Takeaway looks at that prediction with people we might not normally think of as obesity specialists. Today, the conversation continues with Michael Moyer, senior editor at Scientific American. Moyer believes that in order to combat America’s obesity epidemic, the answer isn’t mere math equations.

 

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The Takeaway

A Mathematician's Take on America's Obesity Epidemic

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

A new study predicts that 42 percent of American adults will be obese by 2030. And all this week we’re looking at that prediction with people we might not normally think of as obesity specialists — from city planners to coffin makers. Today, we’re continuing the conversation with another unexpected obesity expert: Dr. Carson Chow, a mathematician. 

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The Takeaway

Confronting Misconceptions About Race, Weight, and Body Image

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

It’s widely believed that in America, Asians are rarely overweight, and more likely to be healthy as a result of that. It’s also widely believed that black people are more likely than other groups to have a positive body image regardless of their size. In fact, the picture is much more complicated.

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The Takeaway

The Obese American Future

Monday, May 14, 2012

A new study predicts that 42 percent of American adults will be obese — a category beyond overweight — by the year 2030. We talk to Keith Davis, owner of Goliath Coffins, who is working to accomodate America's bigger, more obese future by making caskets for the morbidly obese.

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The Takeaway

Children with Type 2 Diabetes Resist Drug Treatment, Study Finds

Monday, April 30, 2012

As obesity rates in children have climbed over recent years, so too has the childhood incidence of type 2 diabetes. Dr. David Nathan, an author of the study and director of the diabetes center at the Massachusetts General Hospital explains why this study's findings are so troubling.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Questioning the Food Deserts/Obesity Link

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Gina Kolata, medical reporter for The New York Times, and Mark Winston-Griffith, adjunct faculty at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism; executive director of the Brooklyn Movement Center, discuss new challenges to the conventional wisdom about the connection between food deserts and obesity.

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The Takeaway

Too Fat to Work as a Health Professional?

Friday, April 06, 2012

Citizens Medical Center is, by most measures, a respected and respectable hospital. A non-profit, their mission is to serve their community of South Texas. And in their mission, they’ve been mostly successful, appearing on Thomas Reuters’ list of top 100 American hospitals three times over the past decade. 

And yet, the Victoria, Texas hospital has people across the country outraged. The reason: a hiring policy they instituted last year. In short, the policy requires potential employees to have a body mass index below 35. This means that a man who is 5-foot-10 and 245 pounds would not meet the hospital’s hiring requirements.

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WNYC News

BMI Is Flabby Measure of Obesity, Study Shows

Friday, April 06, 2012

If you think you’re overweight, it’s possible you’re being too soft on yourself: You may actually be obese.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The American Way of Eating

Monday, February 27, 2012

Tracie McMillan examines why we eat the way we do in America and how we can change it. She describes what it was like to work, eat, and live alongside the working poor to see how Americans eat when price matters. In The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Wal-Mart, Applebee’s, Farm Field, and the Dinner Table she links America’s approach to eating not just to farms and kitchens but to wages and work.

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