Our Big Problem

Alabama has plenty of problems. There’s one problem, however, many of us can see every time we look in a mirror.

The below stories encompass an occasional series examining the spread of obesity and related health problems in Alabama, and the bigger questions facing our society as a result.
HOT BLAST: Keep moving without getting in a hurry
Musings from The Star's editorial board
Jul 30, 2013 |  0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
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HOT BLAST: Weight loss alone won't cure obesity, researchers say
Musings from The Star's editorial board
Jul 25, 2013 |  0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
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Anniston Star wins top honors in Alabama AP contest
The Star picked up a total of 21 awards in APME’s Division 2, which includes newspapers with a circulation of 15,000 to 40,000. The paper also picked up the APME’s Community Service award for “Our Big Problem,” a series on Alabama’s battle with epidemic levels of obesity and overweight.
Jul 21, 2013 |  0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
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American Medical Association recognizes obesity as a disease
The American Medical Association, the largest physician group in the country, agrees, and officially recognized obesity as a disease Monday during its annual meeting in Chicago.
Jun 19, 2013 |  0 comments | 177 177 recommendations | email to a friend
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No Food Revolution, but many Alabamians stress the benefits of healthy eating
There were more than 1,000 events held on Food Revolution Day. However, none of those events took place in Alabama.
May 19, 2013 |  0 comments | 265 265 recommendations | email to a friend
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Cost of diabetes in U.S. rose 41 percent in five years
The report also ranks Alabama third among the 50 states in the prevalence of diabetes.
Mar 11, 2013 |  0 comments | 82 82 recommendations | email to a friend
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State weight-loss program urges 'recess' in workplace
Several office workers from the Alabama Department of Public Health gathered in front of television cameras Thursday to demonstrate a group dance — vaguely resembling the 1970s dance craze — that workers could do in the office to stay in shape. The dance was part of this year's launch of Scale Back Alabama, a state program that challenges Alabama residents to lose weight.
Jan 17, 2013 |  0 comments | 78 78 recommendations | email to a friend
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Area schools adjust to healthier new nutritional standards
Fresh broccoli, fresh cantaloupe and whole-wheat bread do not seem to satisfy some of the more discerning palates among local high school students.
Oct 22, 2012 |  0 comments | 88 88 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ignoring the message: More Alabamians need to heed warning about obesity and their health
As a whole, Alabamians must be tired of hearing they’re too fat, too sedentary and that their eating habits are detrimental to their health.
Sep 21, 2012 |  0 comments | 88 88 recommendations | email to a friend
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Report: Alabama is 6th-fattest state in country
A study by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that 32 percent of Alabama's adult residents are obese. It says 63 percent of the state's residents will be obese by 2030.
Sep 18, 2012 |  0 comments | 89 89 recommendations | email to a friend
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