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Paul Smiths, NY, Oct 06, 2011 — Between the ages of 20 and 50, the average American doubles his or her body fat. As turkey and trimmings are placed on the table and visions of sugar plums dance, get "the skinny" on fat from Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley. Go to full article
Washington, DC, Aug 11, 2010 — Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the obesity epidemic in America continues to get worse. In nine states - all in the South or Midwest - a third of the population is obese. Not a single state had a rate of adult obesity below 15 percent, the goal set by federal government's Healthy People program.
The Northeast is slimmer than other parts of the country. But, still, a quarter of all New Yorkers are obese.
Jeffrey Levi of the Trust for America's Health calls obesity "one of the biggest public health challenges the country has ever faced."
Some people say the government is partly to blame for America's obesity problem - because of the federal dietary guidelines. Julie Grant reports on efforts to improve how the government offers nutritional advice. Go to full article
Mar 08, 2005 — More than 60% of Americans are overweight or obese. That number is even higher in the North Country. Most alarming is that obesity among children is skyrocketing. Health officials are calling it an epidemic. They warn overeating will shorten our life expectancy if the problem goes unchecked. Last week, the St. Lawrence County Health Initiative held a forum to discuss why North Country residents are so overweight, and what can be done about it. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Dec 17, 2002 — It's not news anymore that Americans are overweight. But the numbers in the North Country are far worse that the national average. The St. Lawrence County Medical Society is speaking out, warning about too much junk food and too little exercise. Martha Foley talks with an area cardiologist, and a longtime pediatrician, about obesity and it's consequences, especially among children. Go to full article
Oct 18, 2001 — Reducing dietary fat may not have predictable effects on health. A recent study suggests that cholesterol-reducing drugs are more effective at preventing heart disease than reducing fat in food. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager discuss fat, cholesterol, and nutrition. Go to full article