Obesity http://wunc.org en Report: Left Unchecked, Diabetes Will Cost NC Billions http://wunc.org/post/report-left-unchecked-diabetes-will-cost-nc-billions <p></p><p>A report from Harvard University says one-in-10 North Carolinians has diabetes, and that the disease will cost the state $17 billion per year by 2025.</p><p></p><p>Sarah Downer is a fellow at Harvard's Health Law and Policy Clinic. She said limited access to healthcare, nutritious foods and safe places to exercise are dangerous to communities.</p><p></p><p>North Carolina has the fifth highest rate of food insecurity, meaning people don't have regular access to nutritious meals. The state also ranks fifth for early childhood obesity.</p><p></p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 12:44:58 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 36554 at http://wunc.org Report: Left Unchecked, Diabetes Will Cost NC Billions “Playbook” For Local Health Professionals To Lower Health Care Costs http://wunc.org/post/playbook-local-health-professionals-lower-health-care-costs <p></p><p></p><p>A new online guidebook aims to help connect doctors with public health agencies to fight chronic illnesses like diabetes.&nbsp; Those illnesses make up 80-percent of health care costs today, compared to only 20-percent in 1900.</p><p></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 13:27:58 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 31601 at http://wunc.org “Playbook” For Local Health Professionals To Lower Health Care Costs Fast Food: A Symptom, Not The Cause Of Childhood Obesity http://wunc.org/post/fast-food-symptom-not-cause-childhood-obesity <p></p><p>It's easy to point the finger at fast food joints. A decade after the breakout documentary, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1Lkyb6SU5U">Super Size Me</a>, the cheap, un-nutritious, happy meal is a go-to candidate for public ire when it comes to childhood obesity.</p><p>But<a href="http://uncnews.unc.edu/2014/01/15/fast-food-major-cause-rising-childhood-obesity-rates/"> a new study</a> by researchers at the University of North Carolina says that explanation might be too easy.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 16:12:50 +0000 Eric Mennel 29265 at http://wunc.org Fast Food: A Symptom, Not The Cause Of Childhood Obesity Bigger, Faster, Stronger, Fatter? http://wunc.org/post/bigger-faster-stronger-fatter <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Obesity is a significant problem for many in the United States. But for some high school football </span><span style="font-size:12pt">players, <a href="http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/10/12/3272451/how-300-pounds-became-high-school.html">weight gain means success</a>.</span></p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 16:04:40 +0000 Alex Granados & Frank Stasio 24600 at http://wunc.org Bigger, Faster, Stronger, Fatter? Durham Grocery To Offer Healthy Snacks At Checkout http://wunc.org/post/durham-grocery-offer-healthy-snacks-checkout <p>Shoppers at a local grocery in Durham will have the option of checking out at an aisle filled with healthy snack choices. So instead of lollipops and candy bars, last minute purchases at Los Primos Market might include apples, raisins or yogurt. Erica Samoff coordinates Partnership for a Healthy Durham, a community coalition that's collaborating with the East Durham Children's Initiative. Fri, 30 Aug 2013 21:31:50 +0000 Catherine Brand 21705 at http://wunc.org Durham Grocery To Offer Healthy Snacks At Checkout Duke Study: For African American Women, Maintaining Weight Is More Practical Than Losing It http://wunc.org/post/duke-study-african-american-women-maintaining-weight-more-practical-losing-it <p><a href="http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1731966&amp;utm_campaign=social_082613&amp;utm_medium=twitter&amp;utm_source=@jamainternalmed">New research out of Duke University</a> suggests merely maintaining weight, instead of losing it, is a more practical and successful approach for African American women. Lead author Gary Bennett is associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke. He says pre-menopausal black women have the highest rates of obesity in the country. About 80 percent are overweight, which contributes to a disproportionate risk for chronic diseases like diabetes, stroke, and cancer. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 21:47:08 +0000 Catherine Brand 21441 at http://wunc.org Duke Study: For African American Women, Maintaining Weight Is More Practical Than Losing It Divine Intervention: Helping Clergy Help Themselves http://wunc.org/post/divine-intervention-helping-clergy-help-themselves <p>Like their good friends the Baptists, the Methodists love a good covered dish event. Any church gathering can serve as a reason to bring out the cakes, cookies and casseroles, and in rural North Carolina, that puts church leaders, like Pastor Charles Lindquist, in an awkward position.</p><p>“People used to say, ‘get up there in the front of the line’ and you had this feeling of 90 pairs of eyes staring at you to see whose food you were going to take,” says Reverend Lindquist. “So you tried to take some of everything.”</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 08:30:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 18704 at http://wunc.org Divine Intervention: Helping Clergy Help Themselves Lionel Shriver Tackles Obesity Through Fiction http://wunc.org/post/lionel-shriver-tackles-obesity-through-fiction <p><font color="black" face="Tahoma" size="2"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size: 10pt;">In her new book, "<a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/06/04/187043320/food-for-thought-in-shrivers-big-brother">Big Brother</a>," Lionel Shriver takes on the struggle of obesity through Edison. He is a formerly good looking, charismatic jazz musician who has become hugely obese and down on his luck. His sister takes him on as a project, threatening her marriage and her sanity. </span></font> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 16:43:00 +0000 Frank Stasio & Alex Granados 16999 at http://wunc.org Lionel Shriver Tackles Obesity Through Fiction "Obeast" Shines A Light On Perceptions Of Obesity http://wunc.org/post/obeast-shines-light-perceptions-obesity <p>Turn on any news program and you’ll eventually hear about the dangers of obesity. It’s commonly accepted that being heavy is bad, and being skinny is good. <a href="http://www.rachelherrick.com/">Rachel Herrick</a> is challenging that idea with her Obeast project. Wed, 10 Apr 2013 15:34:16 +0000 Frank Stasio & Alex Granados 13439 at http://wunc.org "Obeast" Shines A Light On Perceptions Of Obesity NC Takes Obesity Battle One Step At A Time http://wunc.org/post/nc-takes-obesity-battle-one-step-time <p>Doctors in North Carolina roll out a long-term plan today to reverse the rise of the state's obesity rate.&nbsp; The proposal recommends thousands of behavioral and policy changes for the next seven years.&nbsp; The recommendations range from limiting time in front of the television to adding funds for hiring health coordinators at every school district.&nbsp; Doctor Carolyn Dunn is a professor at N.C. State and lead writer of the plan.&nbsp; She says the strategy to reduce obesity is shifting from broad reform to one policy change at a time.</p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 21:15:00 +0000 Will Michaels 8701 at http://wunc.org