Finally, some schools sending parents BMI figures

Children's Health, Nutritional Health, Obesity, Parenting
On its website, WFLD-TV Chicago reports students "at some schools across the country will be adding another test to their agendas: One that measures their body mass index" (BMI) as "school officials are taking a stand against childhood obesity." "Finally!" is all I can say! However, you don't just want your child's BMI ..  you also need to know their BMI percentile AND their blood pressure percentile. Here's how you can find out this critical information and why you need to know: (more…)
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Many Americans Don’t Even Know They’re Fat

Nutritional Health, Obesity
A recent Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll found that 30 percent of overweight Americans mistakenly think they're normal size. Do you think you're normal weight, overweight, or obese? you might be surprised. You can find out for sure here. In the meantime, here are the details from HealthDay News: Many Americans have skewed perceptions when it comes to their weight, often believing they are thinner than they really are, even when the scales are shouting otherwise, a new poll finds. As part of the Harris Interactive/HealthDay survey, respondents were asked to provide their height and weight, from which pollsters calculated their body-mass index (BMI), a ratio of weight to height. Respondents were then asked which category of weight they thought they fell into. Thirty percent of those in the "overweight" class believed they…
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Excess Pounds, but Not Too Many, May Lead to Longer Life

General Health, Men's Health, Nutritional Health, Woman's Health
As we head into the July 4th holiday weekend, readers may not be thinking too much about their waist circumference or those excess pounds. But, given a recent report showing that the number of overweight and obese people in the United States is soaring, I've found some good news for those who are just a few pounds overweight. More Information: (more…)
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“The Russert Effect”: Docs Report Surge in Appointments

Health Headlines, Heart Health, Men's Health
ABC News is reporting a phenomena that family physicians around the country are reporting to me: Tim Russert's death Friday from sudden cardiac arrest may have hit a nerve deeper than sadness. Russert's death may have lead some to fear for their own seemingly healthy bodies, or the health of a loved one – and doctors are seeing the effects. Calls are up dramatically for exams for middle aged men. (more…)
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