Category: Obesity Research

Kaiser Permanente and incentaHEALTH Team Up to Reduce Obesity

The AP did a nice story about our obesity prevention program with Kaiser Permanente.  We have just finished our first year running the program in Colorado and we've already attracted over 18,000 participants.  And those participants have lost over 40,000 pounds.  In this video you'll meet one of the participants who describes her journey toward better [...]
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NPR Series of Obesity in America

NPR is running a fascinating series on obesity in America.  There are a number of stories on the social, medical and economic impacts of obesity.  One of the items they have is an infographic showing some eye-opening trends related to obesity.  The ones about increases portion size over the years are quite stunning. NPR Popcorn Portion [...]
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Americans eat 570 more calories per day compared to the 1970s

According to new research, Americans are eating significantly more each day than we did back in the 1970s.  The findings arose from analyzing data from food surveys conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention between 1977 and 2006. When it comes to managing your weight, 570 calories is [...]
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New USDA Food Pyramid is now a plate…and much easier to use!

The USDA has completed the review of its dietary guidelines is makes every 5 years (as mandated by Congress).  This latest update is a big one!  The much-maligned Food Pyramid has been replaced with a much simpler plate.  This is something that everyone--even children--can relate to. The principles stressed by the new "My Plate" model are [...]
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Cost of overweight and obesity reaches $300B annually

Obesity costs on the rise A recent analysis of the costs associated with overweight and obesity has found the the total annual cost in North America to be $300B.  The research found that the costs are largely driven by four primary areas: Increased medical care Loss of worker productivity Higher death rates Increases in worker disability [...]
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USAToday showcases teen obesity prevention ideas

The USAToday ran a nice feature on ways to address the issue of rising teen obesity.  Prompted by a recent study in the American Medical Association that found that heavy teens tend to gain even more weight in their 20s. Part of the answer is to make getting and staying healthy a family event.  Whether we [...]
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incentaHEALTH co-founder presents wellness framework at International Conference on Commercial Driver Health and Wellness

Todd McGuire, COO/CTO of incentaHEALTH, will speak today at the International Conference on Commercial Driver Health and Wellness in Baltimore, MD. The event is being hosted by Transportation Research Board of the National Academies and is being held at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel from November 8-10, 2010. Under the tagline “Research on the Health and Wellness [...]
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One in three adults could have diabetes by 2050

New research by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) projects that one third of our population could have diabetes by the year 2050. The encouraging part of this story is that nearly all of the spread of diabetes will be of the Type 2 variety, which is largely preventable.  Want to take action now?  Start today [...]
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The cost of obesity is double previous estimates

A recent research study conducted by researchers at Cornell and Lehigh universities and  has analyzed the economic impact of obesity.  The findings show obesity's annual cost of approximately $168B in the United States. Previous studies found that obese individuals incurred $1,400 in additional medical costs each year.  The new studies put that number at over $2,800. [...]
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