obesity

Author Interview
7:12 am
Thu January 23, 2014

How Limitations Of Self Control And Corporate Marketing Set Us Up For Obesity Epidemic

Dr. Deborah Cohen's book, “A Big Fat Crisis."

Ross Reynolds talks with Dr. Deborah Cohen about her new book, “A Big Fat Crisis: The Hidden Forces Behind The Obesity Epidemic – And How We Can End It."

She says there are two reasons for the obesity epidemic. First, we’re hardwired to eat and no matter how many diets we try, we can’t overcome the limits of self control. Second, in the modern food environment, corporations aggressively market cheap, unhealthy food.

Health Research
10:37 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Insecticide Exposure Could Make You Fat, Washington Researchers Say

An old DDT insecticide poster. Researchers at Washington State University have linked DDT exposure to obesity generations later.
Flickr Photo/Kevin Krejci

Even if you haven’t been exposed to DDT in your lifetime, researchers say it could still have an effect on you – and your weight.

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Public Health
12:11 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

UW Study Links Obesity To Socioeconomic Status

For years, researchers have been connecting the dots between socioeconomic status and obesity rates. A new study from the University of Washington makes those connections even stronger.

The study, published in the International Journal of Obesity looked at nearly 60,000 men and women in King County. It found that people in South and Southeast King County were much more likely to be obese. The biggest factors were education levels and home values.

Adam Drewnowski is the study’s lead author. He’s a professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington and the director of the UW’s Center for Public Health Nutrition. He talks with Marcie Sillman.

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Islamic Holiday
10:00 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Childhood Obesity, Thoughts On Ramadan, And Radio Retrospective

"Weekday" producer Amina Al-Sadi decorates her home for Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Ramadan holiday.
KUOW Photo/Amina Al-Sadi

 


Childhood Obesity Declining Among America’s Poorest
Since the mid 1970’s, childhood obesity rates in America have doubled. In recent years however, the tide seems to be turning. Between 2008 and 2011, obesity rates among poor children fell in 18 states – including here in Washington according to a new study from the Centers For Disease Control. Why do poor children suffer from high obesity rates? And what are some of the factors that are helping close the gap? We talk with Simone French of the University of Minnesota’s Obesity Prevention Center.

Thoughts On Ramadan
Muslims around the world have been fasting during the day and attending religious gatherings at night during the annual celebration of Ramadan, Islam’s holiest of holidays. Weekday producer Amina Al-Sadi reflects on this year’s Ramadan as it draws to a close.

Radio Retrospective
Katy Sewall takes a weekly listen back to the sounds of radio’s Golden Age.

Recommended Eating
Food writer Sara Dickerman joins us with a lunch recommendation. Today she highlights “Phnom Penh,” a Cambodian restaurant in Seattle’s International District. Prefer to cook for yourself? She also recommends a cookbook.

Food Regulations
12:43 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Do You Want The Government All Up In Your Junk Food?

Over 60 percent of Americans are overweight or obese. Most of us can agree that’s high. But we don’t agree how to fix it, nor can we agree on who is responsible for the problem. Is it time for the government to step in and step up food regulation in the United States? Ross Reynolds and Dr. William Hallman discuss the challenges facing out food system when it comes to advertising, warning labels and regulation.

Health & Happiness
1:10 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

How Healthy Is Seattle?

Source: 2012 State of Well-Being report: Washington
Credit Gallup-Healthways, 2012

What is well-being? How do you measure it? And how do Seattle and Washington state measure up in terms of healthy behaviors and happy outlook?

Ross Reynolds talked to Dr. Carter Coberley, vice president of Health Research and Outcomes at Healthways Center in Franklin, Tennessee, about a social-measurement index that goes beyond the gross domestic product or the Dow Jones Industrial average.

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Health
6:49 am
Thu November 29, 2012

New Science Center Interactive Exhibit Focuses On Wellness

Students brace themselves for a germy mist at the Pacific Science Center's Wellbody Academy exhibit. The permanent exhibit opens December 1.
Ruby de Luna

Most science exhibits focus on animals, robots or body parts. But a new exhibit at Seattle’s Pacific Science Center focuses on wellness. The goal is to help kids understand how the choices they make affect their overall health.


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