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AMA declares obesity a disease

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on June 28th, 2013 | No Comments »
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The nation’s largest physicians group, the American Medical Association (AMA) has officially declared obesity a disease. Supporters of the disease classification believe this decision could lead to improvements in obesity prevention and treatment by spurring health insurers and the government to fund anti-obesity services and getting doctors to pay more attention to the condition. Opponents of the decision say obesity is more a risk factor for other conditions than a disease. Critics are also concerned ...

Skip the Soda: Grab a Refreshing, Healthy Drink This Summer

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on June 13th, 2012 | No Comments »
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Summer is right around the corner, as is the need to remain hydrated in the approaching hot weather. Drinking water is a great way to prevent dehydration, but be careful what other liquids you are grabbing this season. Sugary drinks such as soda are not good for you, especially those sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup. Contrary to popular belief, diet sodas are not a healthier alternative. They have been linked to weight gain and the risk ...

Smokers, Obese Face Increased Health Care Costs

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on November 5th, 2011 | No Comments »
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It may not come as a surprise that people who smoke or are obese use more health care services than their co-workers, but you may be surprised to know that companies have started passing on those costs directly to employees. In 2012 there is expected to be a large increase in the number of companies that charge a higher premium for individuals who smoke or do not maintain a healthy weight. On the bright side, the ...

A Healthy Diet, Regular Exercise Important Strategies for Moving the U.S. Forward

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation staff on May 16th, 2011 | No Comments »
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In Tim Karman’s recent article on the Washington Post’s Future of Food Conference, many issues which way heavily on the minds’ of policymakers and families alike were mentioned. However, the one “takeaway” that is a bright spot in an often contentious debate is the importance of eating a healthy diet, especially for children, to begin to address the alarming rates of obesity and obesity-related conditions. As Sam Kass , the assistant White House chef and ...