HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Doing the math to fight childhood obesity
Date:8/15/2012

Dieters often use online calorie calculators to stay true to their weight-loss plan. Translating the concept to the population health arena, researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health created the Caloric Calculator to help policymakers, school district administrators, and others assess the potential impact of health policy choices on childhood obesity.

Select a target population (middle-school-age boys, for example) and the Caloric Calculator tells you the percentage of this group who are obese (18%) and the average daily calorie cuts necessary to meet two goals: returning them to obesity levels for that population in the year 2000 and the early 1970s (109 and 237 kcal, respectively). The user can then choose from a menu of 14 interventions: 30 minutes of daily PE time, for example, would reduce 49 kcal; eliminating one can of soda would cut an additional 136 kcal; and restricting television time by 60 minutes would cut another 106 kcal. Each time an intervention is added, the Calculator displays a graph illustrating the cumulative impact on obesity goals. In this example, both goals are met.

"While childhood obesity can sometimes seem like an insurmountable problem, there are many proven interventions that can make a difference. The Caloric Calculator shows that, when implemented in combination, they add up to what is needed," says Claire Wang, MD, ScD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy & Management, who led the development of the tool.

While the Caloric Calculator is geared for policymakers, it may also prove useful to parents and teachers who want to be informed about the relative merits of ways to fight childhood obesity in their community.

In developing the Calculator, Dr. Wang and colleagues conducted an extensive review of scientific literature on physical activity, dietary, and other preventive interventions to e

 Contact: Timothy S. Paul tp2111@columbia.edu 212-305-2676 Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health Source:Eurekalert 0GOOD

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Teen Doing Well 2 Years After Stem Cell Windpipe Transplant
2. TB Vaccine Promising as New Way to Fight Type 1 Diabetes
3. More Evidence That Exercise Helps Fight Diabetes
4. Mayo Clinic: Drug duo turns on cancer-fighting gene in kidney, breast cancers
5. Texas A&M biologists prove ZOLOFT packs potential to fight fungal meningitis
6. Male Ontario students show declines in fighting; females show elevated bullying and mental distress
7. Fighting obesity with thermal imaging
8. Adding Vitamin B12 to Standard Drugs Might Help Fight Hepatitis C
9. Nursing researcher uses Nintendo Wii to fight cancer-related fatigue
10. UW scientists discover why human body cannot fight HIV infection
11. Ordinary chickens may be extraordinary in fighting cancer, says Texas A&M researcher
 *Name: *Comment: *Email:
(Date:5/21/2013)... St. Petersburg, FL (PRWEB) May 22, 2013 ... Sale" of Cellulite Whisperer ® products has begun with ... it is tied to estrogen. Many women get the dreaded ... fatty deposits just beneath the skin where they have been ... appearance. While there are no easy fixes, a specific program ...
(Date:5/21/2013)... Daily Gossip Magazine published well-documented articles that are meant to ... on the latest weight loss methods by publishing weekly in-depth ... review of Kyle Leon’s Customized Fat Loss Plan ... lose weight or stay in shape with the minimum effort. ... by a popular fitness trainer, Kyle Leon, who has made ...
(Date:5/21/2013)... Primary care practice transformation on a large ... reform efforts aimed at achieving better outcomes, better ... evidence that transformation toward the patient-centered medical home ... care environment, the U.S. Department of Health and ... funded 14 studies to learn more about the ...
(Date:5/21/2013)... Texas (PRWEB) May 21, 2013 HealthSmart ... Its expanding national presence has required the hiring of ... , HealthSmart is pleased to announce that Dawn Powell ... is serving as the Director of Account Management in ... Corporate offices in Irving, Texas. With extensive client management, ...
(Date:5/21/2013)... 21, 2013 According to a May 13, ... Use of Botox,” Botox injections have become the ... in 2002 (Go to goo.gl/8iYbD). Although it is mostly associated ... men. The injection makes facial wrinkles less visible by paralyzing ... for about three months. This means that people who are ...
... ... quarter of fiscal 2009, a 26% ... Strong sales to pharmaceutical manufacturers and retail market customers ... quarter - Strong operating leverage drives bottom-line expansion, ...
... Support New Ambulatory Musculoskeletal Center, NEW YORK, ... New York,s,philanthropic, business, government, medical and civic communities ... Steven A. Stuchin,and long-serving board member and philanthropist ... (NYUHJD) 2008 Founders Gala. This event at the,Waldorf=Astoria ...
... Kris Clark, Ph.D., offers easy tips ... fun - Halloween!, WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 If this ... five to thirteen years, are,poised to don costumes to go ... sweet treats, registered dietitian Kris Clark,Ph.D., of Pennsylvania State University, ...
... Care Knowledge Releases Study on the Value of ... Consumer-Directed Health ... released by,the WellPoint Institute of Health Care Knowledge (Institute) today,researchers ... second study released by the Institute, entitled,"Employers and Consumers Recognize ...
... has received the first annual Vision Award for Business Impact for ... speed of demographic and clinical healthcare data. , ... ... processing healthcare data, think fast. , , , , ,LifeMasters ...
... Statins, the class of drugs commonly used for lowering ... thrombosis (DVT) or blood clots, an affliction that occurs ... presented at CHEST 2008, the 74th annual international scientific ... suggests that the use of statins may be associated ...
(Date:5/21/2013)... -- Tom Daulton, CEO of Mammotome, a division of Devicor Medical ... Cincinnati chapter of the Association for ... top executive who is also a breast cancer survivor, led ... March of 2010. Daulton will be presented with the award ... Bank, on May 22. The ACG Deal Maker ...
(Date:5/21/2013)... and PHILADELPHIA , May 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ ... new corporate image and impressive new product developments at the ... . "After ten years of unerring focus on product literature ... the need to mark the occasion," said founding director ... have some interesting developments of benefit to our clients and ...
(Date:5/21/2013)... -- Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured in the ... discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and ... include Actavis, Inc.,s (NYSE: ACT ), BP plc ... ), Petrobras (NYSE: PBR ) and Devon Energy ... http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20101027/ZIRLOGO ) Get the most recent ...
... , NATICK, Mass. and BARCELONA, Spain, ... BSX ) today announced two-year data from its SYNTAX ... TAXUS((R)) Express((R)) Paclitaxel-Eluting Coronary Stent System to coronary artery ... no statistically significant difference between PCI and CABG in ...
... , Timing is what matters in treating ... Ill., Sept. 1 Trauma patients who sustain multiple fractures ... emergency department. A review article published in the September 2009 issue ... (JAAOS) explains that trauma patients who have several orthopaedic injuries ...
... is a microprocessor-controlled programmable power supply ... current and high current/low voltage applications ... is ideal for sample fractionation, IPG ... The low voltage/high current section is ...
... modified battery chargers are ... for GENIE blotters. They ... very specific voltages, giving ... laboratory power supplies. 110 ...
Inquire...
... Elchrom Scientific PSE Power Supply . ... provides 200 V and 2 A in 1 ... possible to run up to three SEA 2000® ... of programmed preset and actual values of voltage, ...
Medicine Products: