Health Rewind: Is DNA to Blame for High Obesity Rates Among Blacks?
Plus, Black family loses 100+ pounds together.
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Health Rewind: Is DNA to Blame for High Obesity Rates Among Blacks? - A recent study suggests that DNA may be behind Black obesity rates in the U.S. Researchers from Dartmouth found that African-Americans have three variant genes that predispose us to obesity and a higher Body Mass Index (BMI), reported the Huffington Post. Unhealthy eating and lack of exercise also play a huge role too. (Photo: REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)
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Health Advocates in Michigan Linking Blacks to Insurance Plans - With the Affordable Care Act becoming a reality in 2014, health advocates in Michigan are working hard to reach low-income African-Americans and other people of color to educate and enroll them into new health plans by the deadline, reported the New York Times. (Photo: Todd Pearson/Getty Images)
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Black Family Loses 100 Plus Pounds in USA Today Contest - To promote weight loss across the country, USA Today launched its Family Fitness Challenge. One of those families includes the Stewarts, an African-American family from Alabama, who collectively have lost more than 100 pounds. The family cites that running together and eating healthier has helped them shed these extra pounds. Read more about the Stewarts and how their health has improved here. (Photo: USA Today)
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Deadly Meningitis Cases Worry Gay Community - Bacterial meningitis is on the rise among gay and bisexual men in Los Angeles, New York City and San Francisco — even killing several men, reported HealthDay News. Health officials in all three cities urge gay and bisexual men to get vaccinated. Meningitis, which is transmitted through close casual contact, can be extremely serious causing serious complications, such as brain damage, hearing loss and/or learning disabilities. (Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Menus to Warn How Much Time It Will Take to Burn Off Calories - Past studies have found that displaying calorie content at fast food joints and chain restaurants may not deter people from overeating. But researchers from Texas Christian University found that people who were aware of how much exercise it would take burn off an order of fries or a burger ate less calories than folks who either had a calorie count or no calorie info at all, reported Time.com. (Photo: Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)