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The Checkup: July 18, 2010 - July 24, 2010

Is that right? Italians smoke more than Americans?

One reader commenting on yesterday's "Eat, Drink and Be Healthy" column about differences in the way Italians and Americans seem to approach eating noted that Italy's lower obesity rates might be due to Italians' smoking more than we Americans do. The same thought had occurred to me, and certainly I...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  July 23, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Chronic Conditions , Is That Right? , Nutrition and Fitness , Smoking  
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Seat belts reduce airplane turbulence injury risk

(AP Photo/Wally Santana) On my most recent airplane flight, we hit a bit of turbulence during the descent --enough to make the plane dip sharply and cause some passengers, myself included, to exclaim things like "whoa!" But because we were landing, we'd been told to fasten our seat belts...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  July 22, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  General Health  
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Weight gain hurts memory, research says

But here's the really interesting part. Where a woman put on the pounds may be key, the researchers found. Women who are shaped more like pears -- meaning they gained weight in their hips -- tend to experience more memory problems than those shaped like apples because they put on the pounds around their waist. Unfortunately, as we all know, the hips are where women tend to gain weight.

By Rob Stein  |  July 21, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Mental Health , Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity  
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To combat obesity, start with the moms

If we're really serious about tackling obesity, it's high time we focused on helping women -- particularly mothers -- manage their weight. That's the message from the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance, one of 20 groups getting together in D.C. tomorrow under the aegis of STOP's Task...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  July 20, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Childhood obesity , Family Health , General Health , Health Policy , Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity , Women's Health  
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Childhood obesity and parental neglect

Having an obese child doesn't make one an unfit parent. Nor does failing at helping that child control his or her weight -- so long as you're trying. Those are some of the conclusions drawn by a group of child-health experts whose paper appeared last week at bmj.com -- the...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  July 19, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Childhood obesity , Family Health , General Health , Health Policy , Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity  
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