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The Takeaway

Anti-Obesity Drug Approved by FDA Advisory Panel

Friday, February 24, 2012

This week a Federal Drug Administration panel backed the approval of a weight loss drug called Qnexa. Strictly intended for use by clinically overweight people with BMIs over 27kg/m2, Qnexa is a combination of an already-existing weight loss drug and another drug not yet approved for weight loss. At present, many doctors use this particular combination of drugs to treat obese patients, but this approval would allow them not to go "off the label" with their prescriptions.

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The Takeaway

Mother of Overweight Son Reacts to Obesity Campaign

Monday, February 13, 2012

In August, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta began a billboard and television ads to raise awareness about childhood obesity, modeled after a successful anti-meth campaign. However, some health officials are concerned that the images and text in these ads are unnecessarily aggressive, and add to the stigma overweight children already face. In addition to sparking a month-long online protest in January, this controversial campaign has also inaugurated a discussion over whose "fault" childhood obesity is. 

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Schoolbook

A Swinging Time at P.S. 75

Friday, December 02, 2011

Music was thumping and ropes were whizzing across the gymnasium of Public School 75 Emily Dickinson on Friday morning, where champion double dutch jump-rope teams from Japan performed to honor the school’s latest health and exercise initiatives.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Mark Bittman on Taxing Bad Food to Subsidize the Good

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

New York Times columnist Mark Bittman talks about taxing unhealthy foods. His article in the Times’ Sunday Review on July 24, “Bad Food? Tax It, and Subsidize Vegetables,” looks at why it’s so difficult to market healthy foods successfully.

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The Takeaway

Should Parents Lose Custody of Morbidly Obese Children?

Thursday, July 14, 2011

An article published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association says the state should intervene in cases of morbidly obese children. The authors say that parents should lose custody in the most extreme cases of childhood obesity. This opinion has drawn criticism from several lawyers and members of the bioethics community.

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The Takeaway

After The Takeaway: Celeste Headlee Says It's Time to Act on Childhood Obesity

Thursday, July 14, 2011

On today’s show, we discussed an article published on Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association that says the state should intervene in cases of morbidly obese children.  After the show, host Celeste Headlee commented that this discussion resonated with her because she believes the obesity epidemic is a serious problem, and that it’s a problem people don’t want to talk about. She thinks the article’s proposal to take obese children out of their homes is too extreme, but agrees that we do need to take some form of action. Celeste asks us to consider: when a child is being raised as morbidly obese, how should we, as a community, deal with it? What’s your take?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

F is for Fat

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Richard Hamburg, deputy director of Trust for America's Health, discusses his organization's recent report on obesity in America. 

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The Takeaway

Food Pyramid is Ancient History

Thursday, June 02, 2011

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has decided to knock down the 20-year-old nutritional food pyramid and replace it with a simpler guide to healthy eating — a plate. Today the USDA will unveil how they think your dinner plate should look. But while the portion-divide plate might be a more digestible representation of a good diet, the question is will the message get through to people who really need to change their habits? Tony Geraci, former food service director for Baltimore City Schools and consultant for the Got Breakfast Foundation says that the USDA is addressing many health problems head on.

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Transportation Nation

Does Driving Make You Fat?

Friday, May 13, 2011

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) A new University of Illinois study says it does.   The language is kind of academic, but the conclusion is  "if the relationship [found in the study] holds, each 1% reduction in annual VMT [Vehicle Miles Traveled] per [licensed driver]  would be associated with a 0.8 % drop in the adult obesity rate six years later. ..For the United States as a whole, given an adult population of around 230 million...this implies that reducing daily vehicle travel by one mile per licensed driver (i.e. 365 miles per year) would lead to almost 5 million fewer adults being classified as obese after six years."

You can read the full study, including all the usual academic caveats -- i.e. this might all be a coincidence -- here.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

John Seabrook on obesity and snacking

Monday, May 09, 2011

John Seabrook on obesity and snacking.

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WNYC News

Calorie Labels Don't Influence Many Fast Food Customers, Study Finds

Monday, February 14, 2011

Calorie labels at New York City's fast food restaurants don't have much influence on the kind of food teenagers end up ordering, according to a new study from NYU's School of Medicine.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Why We Get Fat

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Gary Taubes, correspondent for Science magazine and author of Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It discusses diet and the obesity epidemic.  

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WQXR Blog

Opera's Weighty Debate: Does Size Really Matter?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

In the age of HD broadcasts, svelte opera singers are increasingly commonplace. But Midge Woolsey wonders whether size really matters. And if so, should it matter more than vocal ability?

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It's A Free Country ®

New School Nutrition Bill: Better Lunch, Less for Dinner

Monday, September 27, 2010

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"It's ironic that we would want to improve nutrition for children and then take away parents' ability to buy them nutritious food."

-Aine Duggan vice president of the Food Bank for New York City on The Brian Lehrer Show

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The Takeaway

Doctors' Prescribing Produce to Help Fight Obesity

Friday, August 13, 2010

In an effort to help fight childhood obesity, doctors at several Massachusetts health centers have begun distributing prescriptions for farmers' market produce to their patients.

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WQXR News

New York's Declining Obesity Rate Bucks the National Trend

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

A new report from federal health officials has found obesity is still on the rise across the country. But New York is bucking that trend.

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WNYC News

New York's Declining Obesity Rate Bucks National Trend

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

A new report from federal health officials has found obesity is still on the rise across the country. But New York is bucking that trend.

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The Takeaway

Making Unhealthy Meals Less Happy Meals

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Tuesday, the board of supervisors in Santa Clara County, California, decided to take a step further in the fight against obesity: they banned toy giveaways with kids' meals that don't meet certain nutritional standards. (Overall calorie count and salt content chief among them.)  This is the latest attempt in a series of measures taken by counties, cities and states to combat obesity, and is widely seen as specifically targeting McDonalds' Happy Meals.

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The Takeaway

Takeouts: President Faces New Roadblock to Reform, Listener Responses

Monday, March 29, 2010

  • FINANCIAL TAKEOUT: To paraphrase the Vice President's now immortal exaltation, President Obama's signing of an historic health care bill into law last week was "a big deal." But some of the nation's biggest lobbyists want to make sure that legislative lightening doesn't strike twice. Louise Story, New York Times Wall Street and finance reporter tells us how pro-business lobby groups are preparing to lock horns with the Obama Administration over national finance reform.
  • LISTENER TAKEOUT: We hear your reactions on the sexual abuse cases rocking the Catholic Church, along with the prospect of living to see your 100th birthday.

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The Takeaway

How to Talk to Your Children about Putting on Weight

Monday, March 29, 2010

From Jamie Oliver’s 'Food Revolution' to the first lady’s national crusade, it seems that the issue of child obesity is everywhere. Clearly a major health issue, it is also a major self-esteem issue for children, which leads us to wonder: Is it possible to help our kids take off the extra pounds without giving them a complex?

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