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Study: Two-Thirds Of Americans Are Overweight Or Obese

A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine shows two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese. Minnesota fares better than the rest of the upper Midwest states — it’s the only state to trim trim its obesity rate since 2007.

06/22/2015

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Dairy Queen Removing Soda From Kids’ Menus

Soft drinks are still on the kids’ menu at Dairy Queen. But come Sep. 1, the fast-food franchise will joins chains like McDonald’s and Wendy’s in eliminating soda. That doesn’t mean adults can’t order it for kids if they want. But for grandmother Jackie Preusse, just knowing the option isn’t listed is a huge relief.

05/15/2015

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Study: Time In Front Of The TV Correlated To Childhood Obesity

When it comes to kids, how much TV is too much TV? A new study from the National Center for Education Statistics that found five and six-year olds who watch just an hour of TV a day are significantly more likely to be overweight or obese compared to kids who watch less.

04/27/2015

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Politico: Minnesota Is Best State In The Nation

Politico.com has ranked Minnesota as the top state in the nation in their second-annual poll that coincides with President Obama’s State of the Union address The poll is “an appraisal of the state of the states of the union,” according to author Margaret Slattery, and is inspired by the 1931 series “The Worst American State” by legendary journalist H.L. Mencken.

01/20/2015

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FDA Approves Roseville-Based Co.’s Obesity Device

It is the first obesity-fighting device and it was made right here in Minnesota. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Roseville-based Entero-Medics implantable device, called the Maestro.

01/15/2015

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Food Service Directors Learn To Create Healthy Meals At MPS

It’s a challenge that schools across the nation are facing, how to make school lunches healthier and tastier. Wednesday in Minneapolis, a group of school lunch directors from several states got together for a culinary boot camp.

12/10/2014

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Doctor: How To Address Obesity & Halloween Candy

Halloween is on Thursday, and while many of us are stocking up on candy to hand out to trick-or-treaters, a woman in Fargo is planning to hand out a controversial letter.

10/30/2013

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N.D. Woman To Give ‘Obese’ Kids Advice, Not Halloween Candy

A Fargo, N.D. woman is at the center of controversy after vowing to hand not Halloween candy but instead letters to children she deems “overweight,” warning them about their health.

10/30/2013

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Doctors Warn Against Too Much ‘Screen Time’ For Kids

They’ve been called electronic babysitters. All of that technology we love, our kids love too. But you can have too much of a good thing. A report from the American Academy of Pediatrics found kids spend, on average, eight hours using some type of “entertainment media” each day. Doctors say one to two hours a day is plenty. That screen time, experts warn, can add up to health and behavior problems. Excess use of cell phones, tablets and TVs is linked to violent behavior, cyberbullying, obesity, lack of sleep and other health problems.

10/28/2013

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Good Question: Does Beer Really Create Beer Bellies?

Many viewers of the Vikings game Sunday may have taken in some adult beverages; perhaps a beer or two. So, we thought this would be a good time to answer a question from Bruce in Blaine: How much does beer contribute to a beer belly? Allina Health cardiologist Dr. Courtney Baechler says beer bellies are a bit of a myth. “Culturally speaking, men tend to drink a little more beer than women, and it’s the perfect nitus to get fat because it’s a lot of carbohydrates,” Dr. Baechler said.

09/30/2013

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Health Watch: US Falling Behind In Every Measure Of Health

New research shows the U.S. is falling behind other countries in just about every measure of health, including how long people live. Two of the main reasons are poor diet and lack of exercise.

07/10/2013

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Obesity Now Recognized As Disease By AMA

The nation’s largest medical group has just recognized obesity as a disease. The new distinction may lead to policy changes in terms of interventions and treatments.

06/19/2013

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Minn. Teen Loses 165 Pounds, Becomes Inspiration For Others Online

One-third of all kids and teenagers are considered overweight or obese.  Yet we hardly ever hear about kids who’ve lost a lot of weight. Frozen dinners aren’t what most 15-year-olds eat. But Nate St. Martin isn’t like most teenagers.

06/17/2013

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The Facts And Fallacies Of Eating Disorders

We like to talk about eating healthy and exercising, but doing this can be difficult when you have an eating disorder. It’s an illness that causes serious disturbances to your everyday diet, such as eating extremely small amounts of food or severely overeating.

05/30/2013

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Study: 8 Million Americans Could Have Heart Disease By 2030

In today’s Health Watch, heart failure is going to become a much bigger problem, and a bigger burden, on our health system in the coming years.

04/24/2013

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Coca Cola’s Obesity Ad

This ad is causing  a big stir

01/15/2013

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Report: 50 Percent Of Minnesotans Could Be Obese By 2030

A new report forecasts that obesity rates will dramatically increase in every state in the country over the next 20 years.

09/18/2012

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Blue Cross Ads Aim To Fight Obesity By Targeting Parents

A new ad campaign is asking Minnesota parents to start setting a better example for their kids in an effort to fight obesity.

09/10/2012

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Mayo Study: Big Bellies Worse Than Obesity

Which is worse? Obesity or normal weight with a ‘beer belly?’ The answer from a Mayo Clinic study might surprise you.

08/28/2012

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Kids Get Help To Battle Obesity At Camp Wabi

For many kids, summer includes a trip to camp where they learn and make new friends but the mission is much bigger at one camp: tackling kids’ widening waistlines.

08/20/2012

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How To Avoid The ‘Freshman 15’ At College

We’ve heard of the dreaded “Freshman 15” — the 15 pounds first-year college students are said to gain when they go off to school.

08/03/2012

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Report: Schools, Walkable Neighborhoods Are Key In The Battle Against Obesity

A new report says schools play a key role in fighting the nation’s battle with obesity.

05/08/2012

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Good Question: What Does It Mean To Be Obese?

By 2030, according to researchers, 42 percent of Americans will be obese.

05/07/2012

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A Chubby Pet Could Be A Big Problem

Attention dog and cat owners, it’s time to give your four-legged friend a critical once-over. If your pet is looking a little chubby, it could be a big problem.

05/01/2012

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8 Calorie Myths Busted

We know the way to lose weight is to cut calories from our diet. But how do we separate the nutrition facts from the myths?

WCCO-TV–04/17/2012

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