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Thursday, June 08, 2006

Obesity in the news

I just Googled "obesity" and found a selection of interesting news stories that I'd like to share:

• The Urban League of Greater Chattanooga announced a health initiative today aimed at combating obesity among black women throughout the city. Read the story at: http://www.tfponline.com/absolutenm/templates/breaking.aspx?articleid=1786&zoneid=41

• The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation has awarded $40,000 to the Tennessee Pediatric Society Foundation in support of its Impacting Childhood Obesity Treatment & Prevention Program. Read the story at: http://nashville.bizjournals.com/nashville/stories/2006/06/05/daily34.html

• London - British children as young as 5 are working out in "kid gyms" as fears about childhood obesity grow. Read the story at: http://news.monstersandcritics.com/lifestyle/consumerhealth/article_1171082.php/British_children_seek_to_beat_obesity_in_kid_gyms

• ALBANY - As experts say childhood weight problems are increasing, two Assembly Democrats Wednesday called on schools to test for obesity and fast-food restaurants to detail nutritional information on menus. Read the story at: http://www.pressconnects.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060608/NEWS01/606080343/1006

• As Americans keep getting bigger, hospitals are revamping themselves to accommodate an influx of obese patients. Read the story at: http://english.people.com.cn/200606/08/eng20060608_272044.html

• The federal government says 64 percent of Americans are overweight and 30 percent are obese. That has prompted the Food and Drug Administration, the F.D.A., to issue a report urging restaurants to help control obesity. Read the story at: http://www.voanews.com/english/2006-06-07-voa24.cfm

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