obesity http://wrkf.org en Insight: Research Points to Cost Savings for Coverage of Obesity Treatment http://wrkf.org/post/insight-research-points-cost-savings-coverage-obesity-treatment <p>In their <a href="http://doa.louisiana.gov/doa/PressReleases/LA_GEMS_FINAL_REPORT.pdf" target="_blank">long list of recommendations </a>for how the state could save money, the Jindal&nbsp;administration's consultants, Alvarez &amp; Marsal, suggested Louisiana could find a billion dollars in savings from the Office of Group Benefits (OGB) over the next five years -- largely by redesigning state employee health insurance plans and what they cover.</p><p><a href="http://www.pbrc.edu/research-and-faculty/faculty/?faculty=22" target="_blank">Dr. Phillip Brantley</a>, senior scientist at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, has been looking into whether specifically the state could save money by covering medical treatment for severe obesity.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 09:15:28 +0000 Amy Jeffries 28916 at http://wrkf.org Older Adults Are Fatter Than Ever, Increasing Their Risk Of Illness http://wrkf.org/post/older-adults-are-fatter-ever-increasing-their-risk-illness <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAzaOZfgf0M</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:25:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 28776 at http://wrkf.org Older Adults Are Fatter Than Ever, Increasing Their Risk Of Illness Why We Got Fatter During The Fat-Free Food Boom http://wrkf.org/post/why-we-got-fatter-during-fat-free-food-boom If you want to trace Americans' fear of fat, the place to start is the U.S. Senate, during the steamy days of July 1976.<p>That's when Sen. George McGovern called a hearing to raise attention to the links between diet and disease.<p>And what was the urgency? The economy was booming, and many Americans were living high on the hog. A 1954 Capitol Hill restaurant menu offers a glimpse of what lunch looked like then: steak with claret sauce, buttered succotash and pineapple cheesecake. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 07:27:00 +0000 editor 24393 at http://wrkf.org Why We Got Fatter During The Fat-Free Food Boom Babies Who Eat Too Well May Be On The Path To Obesity http://wrkf.org/post/babies-who-eat-too-well-may-be-path-obesity Parents love it when their babies are good eaters, whether it's polishing off a bottle or happily grabbing bits of pasta. But researchers think babies who chow down with gusto might be setting themselves up for obesity later on.<p>By looking at pairs of twins, researchers were able to separate a baby's eating habits from parental influences. In this study, twins who were enthusiastic about food and took longer to get full had by 15 months gained 2 pounds more than a less enthusiastic sibling. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:28:00 +0000 editor 22740 at http://wrkf.org Babies Who Eat Too Well May Be On The Path To Obesity Adult Obesity May Have Origins Way Back In Kindergarten http://wrkf.org/post/adult-obesity-may-have-origins-way-back-kindergarten A lot of parents like to think their kids will simply outgrow baby fat. But the risk of becoming a severely overweight adult can actually start as early as kindergarten, research suggests.<p>"As parents, as a society, as clinicians, we need to think about a healthy weight really early on," says <a href="http://cfusion.sph.emory.edu/Faculty/Profile.cfm?Network_ID=SARGESE&DEPT=GH">Solveig Cunningham</a>, who led the study. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 00:37:07 +0000 Rob Stein 21922 at http://wrkf.org Adult Obesity May Have Origins Way Back In Kindergarten Falling Obesity Rates Among Preschoolers Mark Healthful Trend http://wrkf.org/post/falling-obesity-rates-among-preschoolers-mark-healthful-trend A fresh <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/childhoodobesity/">analysis</a> from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests the tide<em> may</em> be turning on the <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/childhood">childhood obesity</a> front.<p>After decades of steady increases, 19 states and U.S. territories saw small decreases in their rates of obesity among low-income preschoolers. Tue, 06 Aug 2013 16:43:00 +0000 editor 14374 at http://wrkf.org Falling Obesity Rates Among Preschoolers Mark Healthful Trend For Many, Affordable Care Act Won't Cover Bariatric Surgery http://wrkf.org/post/many-affordable-care-act-wont-cover-bariatric-surgery Uninsured Americans who are hoping the new health insurance law will give them access to weight loss treatments are likely to be disappointed.<p>That's especially the case in the Deep South, where obesity rates are among the highest in the nation, and states will not require health plans sold on the new online insurance marketplaces to cover medical weight loss treatments like prescription drugs and bariatric surgery.<p>Dr. Mon, 27 May 2013 07:31:00 +0000 editor 10979 at http://wrkf.org For Many, Affordable Care Act Won't Cover Bariatric Surgery FRIDAY: Pennington Center's Dr. Steven Heymsfield, Major Leaguer Denny McLain http://wrkf.org/post/friday-pennington-centers-dr-steven-heymsfield-major-leaguer-denny-mclain-amy-mitchell-smith <p>Dr. Steven Heymsfield, with the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, on a recent study suggesting that a <em>little</em> extra body weight can help prolong one's life span.</p><p>Former Major League Baseball pitching great Denny McLain talks about the Baseball Hall of Fame's recent snubbing of Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa -- all alleged to have used performance enhancing drugs while playing the game.</p><p>Amy Mitchell-Smith, film curator for the Manship Theatre, discusses some upcoming film presentations.</p><p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 17:26:14 +0000 Jim Engster 4608 at http://wrkf.org