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Americans will live longer with more chronic illnesses

Americans should expect to have longer lifespans, but those lives will be accompanied by an increase in conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and other ailments that are expected to drive up the cost of their care, according to a study by researchers at the University of Southern California.

Despite efforts, US obesity rate continues to climb

The U.S. obesity rate continues to rise, dashing the expectations of health professionals who hoped to see a decline. While rates of sugar and sweetened soft drink consumption are down, nationally, the obesity rate has remained stubbornly high, according to new statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Mortality rates down, but progress against obesity-related disease has slowed

The rates of people in the United States dying from heart disease, cancer, stroke, unintentional injuries and diabetes combined decreased between 1969 and 2013.

Why don't doctors and nurses have more healthy lifestyles?

Doctors and nurses suffer from obesity, diabetes and heart disease only slightly less than the general population, according to a study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings

90% of docs, trainees don't address obesity issues with hospitalized pediatric patients

Doctors and trainees do not address overweight/obesity in more than 9 in 10 hospitalized children, according to a new study published in the Journal of Pediatrics.

Why aren't seniors using Medicare's free obesity counseling?

Although Medicare now offers its obese members with free face-to-face obesity counseling, very few Medicare members have actually taken advantage of the benefit. In fact, just 50,000 seniors received obesity counseling in 2013.

3 ways insurers can torpedo a weight-loss counseling service

Although Medicare began paying for weight loss counseling three years ago and about 30 percent of Medicare members were eligible for the services, less than 1 percent of members have actually used the benefit. Here are  three ways a weight loss counseling program can fail. 

Lessons on employee wellness from Google

Employee wellness must be a top priority among healthcare leaders, and they can take inspiration from an unlikely source: Google, according to a MedPageToday blog post.

Mississippi, West Virginia tie for fattest states in the Union

America,  already the most obese nation in the world, is the fattest it's ever been, according to an annual  r eport  from the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation and Trust for America's Health.

Hospitals invest in equipment for growing obese patient population

Roughly one-third of Americans are obese, and as the numbers continue to rise, hospitals around the country invest in equipment to accommodate more plus-sized patients, according to  NWI.com.