Personal HealthIf you try to stay current on the latest insights on weight loss, you quickly realize how multifaceted the issue is. Like a three-dimensional kaleidoscope, the picture is constantly changing. The following items provide insight into obesity as the new social norm, the impact of yo-yo dieting, one person’s 300-pound weight loss and the surprising success of virtual weight-loss programs:
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 RoundupsA study of 14,000 middle-aged men found a man’s fitness level was more important to his overall health and longevity than how much he weighed. And complaints about airport security screenings by two 80-something women are raising questions about how to screen older adults and people with medical devices without causing embarrassment.
News RoundupsUnderweight individuals have a 40 percent higher risk of dying in the first month after surgery than patients who are overweight, U.S. researchers reported in the Archives of Surgery. And the congressional panel charged with devising a plan to reduce the nation’s deficit has failed and folded.