kinda sick about these ads. is this the best way to combat childhood obesity? yes, thank you for launching a huge public health campaign in a state where 40% of children are obese or overweight, but is this the best way to do it? ads like this will just create more people who hate themselves and their bodies. instead, shouldn’t healthy diets and exercise be promoted? we shouldn’t shame people for being fat. we should encourage healthy lifestyles and promote good habits.
Last week, Medicare announced they will now reimburse physicians for providing weight-loss counseling to obese patients. This is a small, but crucial victory against the health crisis, sure enough, but it brings with it a new set of questions. Read more…
Today (December 1) marks an important step in changing behavior to address the chronic disease epidemic. The Centers for Medicaid and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a National Coverage Decision to reimburse primary care physicians when they screen and counsel obese Mediare-covered patients to lose weight….
A study of low-income residents in L.A. and four other U.S. cities finds that those who moved into better-off areas may become healthier than those who stayed behind.
“This is one of the first studies to show that where you live — the circumstances of your neighborhood, the social characteristics of the people around you — all these things may play a role in your own health,” said Dr. Harlan Krumholz, a cardiologist at the Yale School of Medicine who was not involved in the study. “Your health is not just what happens to you, but is influenced by all of those around you and the environment. … Some environments are toxic to health.”
Experts have yet to identify for sure what aspects of such environments make them so damaging to health — but they do have ideas, as well as suggestions for improvement, said Dr. Michael Rodriguez, a UCLA professor of family medicine who was not involved in the study. Among them: safer ways for schoolchildren to walk home, better and safer public spaces, a focus on crime reduction, and incentives to bring healthful grocery options to low-income areas.
“The next step would probably be to intervene by altering neighborhoods rather than moving people out of neighborhoods,” Dr. Robert Whitaker, a pediatrician at Temple University in Philadelphia said. “Now that we have seen experimentally that people who are placed in very different neighborhoods do better, the question is, how we can address the quality of the neighborhoods … without necessarily having [residents] move?”
The Social Determinants of Health: The Canadian Facts. Many determinants of health lie outside the individual and involve how society is structured and how resources are distributed. The Social Determinants of Health include:
1. Income and Income Distribution 2. Education 3. Unemployment and Job Security 4. Employment and Working Conditions 5. Early Childhood Development 6. Food Insecurity 7. Housing 8. Social Exclusion 9. Social Safety Network 10. Health Services 11. Aboriginal Status 12. Gender 13. Race 14. Disability
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