News RoundupsPublic health officials seem to agree that America’s obesity rate is ‘leveling off’ or ‘plateauing,’ and that recent health and fitness pushes have had some effect. And a new poll conducted by MIT’s AgeLab found Betty White—who turned 90 yesterday—is the celebrity middle-aged and older adults most want to be like when they retire.
News RoundupsLast Friday, the Obama administration announced that it would leave defining the “essential health benefits” that must be provided by insurance plans under the new health care law up to the states, instead of specifying some national standard of benefits. And the mothers-to-be of the 1950s could be at the root of today’s obesity epidemic, according to fitness and nutrition expert Melinda Sothern.
The Takeaway: Medicare Extends Obesity Coverage; HHS Says Penalize Nursing Homes For Sedating Seniors
News RoundupsMedicare will now cover obesity counseling and screening to help eligible beneficiaries lose weight. And HHS Inspector General Daniel Levinson says Medicare officials need to do more to stop nursing homes from drugging dementia patients withy psychiatric meds.
News RoundupsA new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found obesity rates are about a third lower among people who smoke pot at least three times a week, compared with non-smokers … Obama’s new plan—called the American Jobs Act—includes $447 billion in tax cuts and government spending that the President says is needed to boost our lagging economy (and keep us from spiraling into another recession).
News RoundupsMy parents tell stories of the once-a-week (if that) treat that soda was for them growing up, but by the time I reached childhood, there was an extra icebox in the basement just for Pepsi, Coke and Country Time Lemonade. Sodas and other sugar-sweetened drinks have become the go-to beverages for many of us—according to the CDC, about half of Americans consume them on any given day. Diet drinks weren’t included in the study (while diet beverages might not have the calories and sugars of ‘the real thing,’ they are associated with their own health risks), but as it stands, the average grown man gets an extra 175 calories per day from sugary drinks; the average woman, 94 calories.
Personal HealthThis weekend held a lot of diet related news. While studies showed obesity rates to be growing in the U.S., the hotdog eating record was shattered by Joey Chestnut.