Coming Soon — A New Drug to Treat Obesity
Weight-loss magic or deception? How to spot bogus weight-loss product claims
National Report Card on Physical Activity in Youth Shows Much Room for Improvement
Small Changes to Fast-food Kids’ Meals Can Help Cut Calories
Hunger is linked to obesity in children
Child and adult obesity rates remain high, but decline in 2- to 5-year-olds
Americans are eating healthier and cutting down on calories
If they eat it, so will I: how social groups affect eating behavior
New guidelines urge doctors to treat obesity more aggressively
Family dinnertime habits may help fight obesity
Using low-calorie sweeteners may help with weight control
A report card on America's diet: how are we doing?
Obesity rates in adults holding steady but still high overall
Obesity rates down among preschoolers from poor families
Growth spurt may help some kids outgrow obesity without losing weight
High blood pressure risk rising in children and teens — obesity and excess salt linked to increased risk
Physical activity and obesity rates county by county
Poll says schools should lead the way in preventing obesity
Studies find Americans cutting back on sugary drinks and sweets
Obesity ranked by job: transportation workers take top spot, doctors least obese
Study offers strategies for handling all-you-can-eat buffets
Improving nutrition in school competitive foods does not lead to long-term financial loss
Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report
Kids need recess at school — here's why
Obesity facts and fiction — can you spot the difference?
Social media may help beat childhood obesity
Health effects of childhood obesity don't wait until adulthood
Study finds a little excess weight may not increase risk of early death
When counting daily calories, keep tabs on alcohol
Diabetes rates rise dramatically across the U.S.
Leisure-time physical activity extends life
More studies link sugary drinks and weight gain
Adult obesity projections for 2030: soaring rates threaten America’s health
Key strategies to maintain weight loss after menopause
More Americans are walking
From Mississippi to Colorado, US obesity rates remain high
Nutrition and health organizations take a stand on sweeteners
Study finds three key strategies can boost your weight-loss success
New York City Plans to Ban Supersized Sugary Drinks
HBO documentary The Weight of the Nation tackles America’s obesity epidemic
Weight control is not as simple as energy in = energy out
SUA supports farm bill nutrition priorities
CDC’s WHO growth chart training is online
Online games sway kids’ snack preferences
Kids get more calories from added sugars in foods than drinks
It's not just size but color that affects how much you put on your plate.
AHA suggests that parents should be involved in treatment programs for obese children.
American Cancer Society releases updated nutrition and physical activity guidelines
January is the most popular month for ads on weight loss products and services. With so many enticing options for slimming down, choosing the one that will work the best can be daunting.
Founded in 1994, Shape Up America!® is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization committed to raising awareness of obesity as a health issue and to providing responsible information on healthy weight management. Take a journey through our website to find information and ideas to achieve a healthy weight for you and your family. If you are a health professional, you will find resources to assist your clients and patients with their efforts to attain and maintain a healthy weight.
President Obama declared this month as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, which brings into focus progress made as well as the challenges that remain. This month serves as an opportunity to raise awareness of the benefits of healthy eating and active living so children can lead prosperous and productive lives, according to the President's proclamation. He praised the First Lady's Let's Move! Initiative and cited how family members and caregivers can serve as children's role models for healthy lifestyles. The president said, "Each American has an important part to play as we build healthier communities for young people across our nation."
Announcing an engaging and informative book for parents, parents-to-be and anyone responsible for the care of infants.
By Alvin Eden, MD, Barbara J. Moore, PhD, and Adrienne Forman, MS, RDN.
Published by Shape Up America!®
Nearly 2 out of 3 children who are obese by kindergarten will remain obese as teens, and most of these teens will become obese adults. What you do now can spare your baby a lifetime of struggle with obesity. This easy-to-read book gives you the critical information you need to prevent obesity in infancy, including:
Written by a pediatrician (Eden), an obesity scientist (Moore), and a nutritionist (Forman), this book is based on the latest scientific research in preventing childhood obesity in infancy.
Each chapter explains a single concept and summarizes it with easy-to-remember guidelines and expert advice. Author Dr. Eden also shares questions and answers encountered during his 40+ years of pediatric practice.
Bonus material includes:
This book is published in memory of C. Everett Koop, MD, ScD, the 13th Surgeon General and founder of Shape Up America!, an organization whose mission is to raise awareness of obesity as a serious and preventable public health issue.
Jen Dehestani and her brother, Jason Sarbacker, owners of JFit 360°, a Boston-based personal training company, competed in a unique fundraising event to benefit Shape Up America! On August 8th in West Roxbury, MA, Jason ran a full marathon and Jen completed a "traveling burpee mile". Find out how it turned out:
We all know people who started an exercise program and lost 20 pounds. Although we don’t doubt these stories, many experts, including those at Shape Up America! point out that an "exercise-only" approach to weight loss produces, on average, only 4-6 pounds of weight loss.
Shape Up America! congratulates its esteemed science advisors on their presentations and recognition at the International Congress on Obesity 2014 held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, March 17-20. Judith Stern, Sc.D., R.D. presented scientific posters and Steven Blair, P.E.D. presented the Award Plenary session at which time he received The Population Science and Public Health Award.
Pregnancy is a period when both mother and baby need protection. Yet in America, at least half of all pregnancies are unplanned. More and more men and women are entering pregnancy either overweight or obese. During pregnancy, overweight women face serious health risks including high blood pressure and diabetes that are harmful to both mother and baby.
The infants born to overweight or obese mothers (and fathers) are fatter at birth and they face a higher risk of obesity by the age of 4.
All of these risks increase if the mother gains too much weight during pregnancy.
To protect the health of pregnant mothers and guard against the risk of childhood obesity, please learn about the new weight gain guidelines.
Shape Up America! and organizations such as BariMD along with industry announce a campaign
to reach 500,000 patients to motivate them to not give up on their ongoing commitment to maintaining
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Our new book, Fit From the Start: How to Prevent Childhood Obesity in Infancy is dedicated to the memory of the founder of Shape Up America!, C. Everett Koop, MD, ScD, a respected physician and public health leader who served as the 13th U.S. Surgeon General. Our book is scheduled to be published by July 2014 (sign up to be notified). Learn more about Dr. Koop here:
Shape Up America! through our membership in the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance (www.oaaction.org) has created pamphlets to assist individuals affected by excess weight and who are experiencing joint pain or have been diagnosed with arthritis to take action steps to improve their joint pain. These pamphlets detail how excessive weight affects joint pain/arthritis, the benefits of losing weight on joint pain/arthritis, and how to make healthy lifestyle changes. They are available in color and black and white and at different sizes for easy reading.
If you are currently taking Qsymia (phentermine and topiramate extended-release) and you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, you should stop taking this medicine immediately and contact your health care provider. Use of Qsymia during pregnancy will put your baby at higher risk for developing certain birth defects.
Use the following link for further information:
FDA Qsymia medication guide
On June 17, 2013, the FDA issued warnings about several potentially hazardous products, including: Paiyouji Plus, Fat Zero, Fruit & Plant Slimming, Extreme Body Slim, Bethel 30, XIYOUJI QINGZHI CAPSULE, and MAXILOSS Weight Advanced Blue.
For more information about these warnings:
FDA Public Notification about Tainted Products
Recently Dr. Barbara Moore, the president of Shape Up America!, shared her expertise on childhood obesity as part of a video series produced by Kids in the House, an online parenting resource. Use the links below to view this important series.
SUA is a contributor to the Kids in the House site. You can view one of our most popular videos here:
Shape Up America! and MOVband are teaming up to get people moving and help fight obesity.
Help Shape Up America! by purchasing any product from Saving The World T-shirts. Check out the awesome t-shirts, yoga apparel, bracelets and bumper stickers!
UPDATE: Congratulations to Jason on a terrific year of racing triathlons in 2013. Jason started with a 70.3 race in San Juan, Puerto Rico and followed that up with his 3rd Ironman race at Ironman Texas in May. On a tremendously hot and humid day Jason raced to the 15th fastest marathon in the M40-44 age group. His 2014 season already has an Ironman race pinned down with Ironman Chattanooga in September. We wish him good luck in 2014 as he continues his commitment to living a healthy lifestyle that includes both exercise and proper nutrition.
If you wish to read more about Jason and his training and/or racing please visit his website at cooktraineatrace.com.
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