Healthy labels do not translate into healthier diets

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Despite numerous labels touting “organic” and “natural” food at the supermarket, Americans still have pretty unhealthy diets. Louise Wicker, a professor from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), explains why Americans still stick to the fatty, salty and sugary, and provides ways on how to develop healthy eating habits early in this article from Georgia FACES. Terms like … More ›

For some, “healthy obesity” may just be a phase

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“Healthy” obesity may just be a short detour on the road to being unhealthy. The idea that a person can be heavy, but healthy, has been gathering interest over the years. In some circles, obese people are considered healthy when they don’t have heart conditions or metabolic issues that are usually associated with increased weight. … More ›

Georgia BIO to present Lifetime Achievement Award to Clifton Baile

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Georgia Bio will honor Clifton Baile, the late founder and director of the UGA Obesity Initiative, with its Lifetime Achievement Award at its Annual Awards Dinner on January 22. The award is presented to individuals who have performed an outstanding service and accomplishment spanning a career to Georgia Bio and the life sciences industry at-large. … More ›

Georgia is 33rd in obesity

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More and more adults in Georgia are becoming obese, according to a state-by-state health report card published in December 2014. The state now ranks 33rd in obesity, three spots down from where it was in 2013, according to the report published by America’s Health Rankings. The adult obesity rate in Georgia increased from 29.1 percent … More ›

UGA’s Caree Cotwright focuses on childhood obesity

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Many different ingredients go into the unpalatable problem of childhood obesity. Caree Cotwright, an assistant professor of foods and nutrition at UGA, delved into this problem with the more than 50 people who attended an Athens Science Café in October. Cotwright started the evening off with a performance of “What’s Best 4 Me,” a rap … More ›

The genetics of obesity-related inflammation

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Not all fat is made the same. Scientists have observed that fat cells in an obese person produce more molecules called adipokines, which catch the attention of the body’s immune system, causing them to invade fatty tissues. The flood of immune cells normally reserved for fighting infection can lead to disease-causing inflammation and the kinds … More ›

UGA researchers share perspectives on obesity

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Researchers at the University of Georgia debated the causes of obesity at this semester’s Issues in Information panel, attended by about 30 students at the Zell B. Miller Learning Center. As reported in the Red and Black, panelists Mary Ann Johnson, Louise Wicker and Ellen Evans tackled topics like the taste and cost of food, exercise … More ›

Pets Gain Pounds, Just Like Their People

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Veterinarians and animal researchers are seeing an alarming number of overweight pets and are advising owners to take extra steps to keep their pets healthy, Meanwhile, a new group of specialists in Athens is becoming concerned about obesity and unhealthy numbers on the scale. In a special issue on fitness and health, the Athens Flagpole … More ›

Play and Exercise Help Build Brains in Clarke County Public Schools

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University of Georgia researchers are looking at how game playing can increase academic performance. An article in  Athens’ weekly Flagpole describes how UGA researchers are working with students at Chase Street and Fowler Drive elementary schools to improve academic performance through exercise that includes making decisions, creating strategies and problem solving. “Adults may be able … More ›