obesity http://ripr.org en RI Teens Making Healthier Choices? That Depends. http://ripr.org/post/ri-teens-making-healthier-choices-depends <p>It depends on what you define as progress, or on what you define as an acceptable risk.</p><p>Every two years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention puts out results from its latest Youth Risk Behavior Survey, or YRBS. Teens are surveyed about all kinds of risky and healthy behaviors, from how likely they are to wear a bike helmet to whether or not they've eaten fruits or vegetables in the past week, as well as the usual suspects like smoking and unprotected sex.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 16:17:06 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 35251 at http://ripr.org My First 5K http://ripr.org/post/my-first-5k <p>I'd like to share a personal experience, about getting back into an exercise routine after giving birth this past July. In a word, it's been tough.</p><p>Add to that recovering from an unexpected C-section, less time to myself, and no budget for a gym membership, and I've got some pretty good reasons to procrastinate. But there are many more reasons to exercise than not to exercise, and we seem to hear about more by the day. Check out some great reasons <a href="http://health.nih.gov/search_results.aspx?terms=obesity">here</a>.</p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 19:03:05 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 24159 at http://ripr.org How Many "Fun Sized" Candy Bars Are Too Many? http://ripr.org/post/how-many-fun-sized-candy-bars-are-too-many <p>Parents everywhere may be looking forward to dipping into that plastic pumpkin to sneak a Halloween treat tonight – and for several nights to come. Is that so bad?</p><p>Not necessarily, according to Johnson and Wales University pediatric nutrition expert Barbara Robinson. She joined us in the studio to talk about Halloween candy, along with a giant bag of "fun size" treats.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 24028 at http://ripr.org How Many "Fun Sized" Candy Bars Are Too Many? Is Obesity a Disease? http://ripr.org/post/obesity-disease <p><strong>UPDATE: The AMA <a href="http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/news/news/2013/2013-06-18-new-ama-policies-annual-meeting.page">voted yes</a> on calling obesity a disease, despite a committee's recommendations against it.</strong></p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 20:22:23 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 16796 at http://ripr.org Is Obesity a Disease? Should Smokers Pay More for Health Insurance? http://ripr.org/post/should-smokers-pay-more-health-insurance <p>Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurers will be able to charge smokers up to 50% more than non-smokers for health insurance. Fair or not, a Politico <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2013/03/smokers-can-evade-insurance-surcharge-88463.html?hp=r13">article </a>points out how difficult that policy might be to enforce - and not simply because smokers could lie. For instance:</p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 22:48:35 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 11488 at http://ripr.org Could New Obesity Guidelines Hike Insurance Rates? http://ripr.org/post/could-new-obesity-guidelines-hike-insurance-rates <p>The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently (end of June, 2012) issued revised guidelines for treating obesity. They recommend that doctors (1) screen all patients for obesity (defined as a body mass index of 30 or higher) and (2) refer obese patients for comprehensive behavioral “interventions” to help them lose the weight.That means some insurers could be asked to cover multiple group or individual behavioral counseling or weight management sessions for overweight patients. But could it mean your insurance rates go up? Tue, 10 Jul 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 8332 at http://ripr.org