2:35 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Why Are People More Dismissive Of Smokers Than Those Who Are Overweight?

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More Kentuckians are supportive of higher insurance rates for smokers than for those who are obese, according to a new health issues poll.

The Foundation for a Health Kentucky conducted the study which found a majority of non smokers and former smokers agree higher rates are justifiable for smokers.

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8:03 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Progress Being Made on Gov. Steve Beshear's Health Goals for Kentucky, Report Says

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More Kentuckians are insured, protected from second-hand smoke and making healthier lifestyle choices, according to a recently released preliminary report on Gov. Steve Beshear’s kyhealthnow initiative.

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3:47 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Supercenters, Warehouses May Affect Obesity Rates

A new study says economic factors such as the concentration of major grocery stores and restaurants may explain the rise in obesity. 

University of Louisville researcher Josh Pinkston helped compile data  examining 27 variables that impact body mass index.

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2:00 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Kentucky Ranks 47th in Health, Report Says

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 1:46 pm

Kentucky is the 47th healthiest state in the U.S., according to a United Health Foundation report released Thursday.

The state's low marks were attributed to a high prevalence of smoking, a high percentage of childhood poverty and a high rate of preventable hospitalizations, the report said.

Mississippi ranked 50th, followed by Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. Hawaii topped the list as the healthiest state in the country. Indiana ranked 37th.

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10:44 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Want A Calorie Count With That? FDA Issues New Rules For Restaurants

How many calories in that doughnut? A Starbucks coffee shop in New York City displays calorie information next to menu items. New FDA rules will require all chain restaurants and similar eating establishments to post calorie labels.
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Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 4:33 pm

Soon, you may not be able to ignore how many calories are in the breakfast sandwich or doughnut you like to stop for in the morning.

The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday will release new rules that will require chain restaurants with 20 or more locations to begin posting calorie information on their menus.

"Americans eat and drink about one-third of their calories away from home, and people today expect clear information about the products they consume," FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg said in a statement.

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4:51 pm
Sat November 8, 2014

Obese Women Make Less Money, Work More Physically Demanding Jobs

A recent study found obese women are more likely than other women to work physically demanding jobs, like the kind that call for hard hats. They're less likely to work in jobs that require a lot of interaction with clients and customers — jobs that, on average, make more money.

Originally published on Sun November 9, 2014 6:34 am

Being overweight hurts your earnings, and being an overweight woman is particularly tough on income. Back in 2004, a landmark study found that a 65-pound increase in a woman's weight is associated with a 9-percent drop in earnings. The authors of the study noted that, in terms of wages, the "obesity penalty" basically amounted to losing three years of experience in the workplace.

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11:46 am
Thu October 30, 2014

New Crash Test Dummy To Gain Pounds To Reflect Fatalities Among Obese

The new crash test dummy — not this one — will weigh 271 lbs and have a body mass index of 35. Automakers use the dummies to prove their vehicles are roadworthy.
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Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 2:07 pm

More than one-third of Americans are obese, and one recent study showed that obese drivers are more likely to die in a car crash. So the world's largest maker of dummies is making one that is obese.

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1:21 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

New Device Could Help Those Suffering with Sleep Apnea

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Experts and citizens gather in Louisville this week for the 8th Annual Southern Obesity Summit, which falls during Sleep Apnea Awareness Week. 

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11:47 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Obesity is a Major Reason 73 Percent of Young Kentuckians Can't Join the Military, Report Says

Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 3:12 pm

Obesity is the leading cause of why 73 percent of young Kentucky adults are ineligible for military service, according to a report released Monday.

The report was done by Mission: Readiness, an organization made up of retired high-ranking military officials advocating for for "smart investments in America's children."

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9:18 am
Mon October 6, 2014

For The Formerly Obese, Stigma Remains After Weight Is Lost

Carlos Romero and girlfriend Kate Rowe sit down for a meal they cooked together. Two years ago, Carlos Romero weighed 437 pounds.
Mike Kane for NPR

Originally published on Tue October 7, 2014 8:34 am

Carlos Romero's apartment is marked with remnants from his former life: a giant television from his days playing World of Warcraft and a pair of jeans the width of an easy chair. Remnants of that time — when he weighed 437 pounds — mark his body too: loose, hanging skin and stretch marks.

"I lift weights and work out and work hard, but there's lasting damage," says Romero.

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