Obesity News

Teenage Obesity, Solutions Addressed at This Week’s Science Forum

Obesity touches the lives of more than one-third of American children and teenagers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This week’s Science Forum at UT will look at the obesity epidemic among adolescents and one program that’s trying to help. Sarah Colby, assistant professor of nutrition at UT, will speak at noon on Friday, September 26, in Room C-D of Thompson-Boling Arena.

UT Professor: Study Underscores Link Between Walking, Cycling and Health

Want a slimmer, healthier community? Try building more sidewalks, crosswalks and bike paths. A study authored by UT Knoxville professor David Bassett Jr. and three other researchers was published today in the American Journal of Public Health, concluding that communities with more walkers and cyclists are healthier than those where people must rely on cars to get around.

Vet Med Hosts Howl-A-Ween Dog Jog Oct. 24

Could your cat stand to lose a few pounds? Is your dog a bit plump? Do you want to learn some fun ways to get your pet in shape? Students at the UT College of Veterinary Medicine have organized a One Health Challenge: Obesity Awareness event, “Howl-A-Ween Dog Jog,” for families and their pets. The event is designed to draw attention to health risks of obesity in both people and pets. The free event will be held from 3 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24 at Adair Park, 1807 Adair Drive.

Time Magazine: Why Are Southerners So Fat?

In this story in Time Magazine, David Bassett, the co-director of the University of Tennessee Obesity Research Center, discusses why the Southeastern U.S., including Tennessee, has such high rates of obesity.