Elsa Pearson, MPH, is a senior policy analyst at Boston University School of Public Health. She's on Twitter @epearsonbusph.

The closest grocery store is a few miles away and your paycheck doesn't clear until Friday. You even skipped lunch. With no car, only a few dollars and kids at home, you decide dinner will have to, yet again, be the local fast-food restaurant within walking distance. It's cost-effective, but you're already bracing for the "healthy weight" conversation at the pediatrician's next month.

Wellness Wednesday: Weight-Loss Surgery For The Youth

May 29, 2019
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Health experts estimate that at least 6 million obese teenagers in the United States are candidates for weight-loss surgery. 

Although fewer than 1,000 of them get it each year, many of these adolescents have health issues stemming from obesity. Doctors have been uncertain how well the surgery works for young patients, but a new study could provide some promising answers. 

Today on All Sides, weight-loss surgery for the youth, and more. 

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Delaware County once again tops the list for healthiest county in Ohio, according to a new national study.

Why Tackling Obesity Is Harder Than You Think

Feb 22, 2019
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Obesity is a big problem across the United States. It affects about 40 percent of the population, and worse in Midwest states like Ohio, Illinois and Indiana. Addressing the problem is complicated.

If you made a New Year's resolution to be more healthy - maybe drop some pounds - then this story is for you. A new national survey from the Cleveland Clinic shows that Americans, by and large, are concerned about their weight and worried about heart disease. But are they doing something about it? That's another story.

More than 70 percent of the roughly 1,000 adults surveyed said they were worried about their weight, but less than half had made changes to their diet in order to lose weight. And carrying those extra pounds is putting them in jeopardy of serious health problems. 

In the past few years, consumer advocacy groups have pressed restaurant chains to offer healthier kids' meals and more nutritious side options like milk and fruit, and the restaurants have responded.


A national report released Monday shows Ohio has the 11th highest obesity rate in the country.

Hopes were dashed this week that the United States was finally making progress in the fight against childhood obesity.

Contrary to previous reports, the epidemic of fat has not abated. In fact, there's been a big jump in obesity among the nation's youngest children, according to the latest analysis of federal data, published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.


Falls are the leading cause of injury-related emergency room visits, hospitalizations and deaths among Ohioans 65 and older. Coming up, how a martial arts instructor in Columbus is taking the fear out of falling by teaching older adults how to do it safely.

Plus, we’ll look at the country's worsening obesity crisis and explore the top-ranked diets for 2018. 

After three years, teens with severe obesity who underwent stomach reduction surgery to lose weight also significantly improved their heart health.

A study published Monday in Pediatrics shows that blood pressure, cholesterol, inflammation and insulin levels all improved, particularly among those who lost the most weight.

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Ohio is the 12th unhealthiest state in the nation, according to the America's Health Rankings Annual Report released this week by the United Health Foundation. 

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A new study is looking at whether people can fight obesity by playing a trick on their own eyes.

Joel Hughes is a researcher and professor of psychological sciences at Kent State University. He is working to change the way food is presented on plates to combat the country’s growing obesity epidemic.

One of the fundamental ways scientists measure the well-being of a nation is tracking the rate at which its citizens die and how long they can be expected to live.

So the news out of the federal government Thursday is disturbing: The overall U.S. death rate has increased for the first time in a decade, according to an analysis of the latest data. And that led to a drop in overall life expectancy for the first time since 1993, particularly among people younger than 65.

Obese Patient Care in Hospitals

Aug 9, 2016

Being obese can make getting certain treatments and procedures harder at hospitals. For instance, larger wheelchairs and beds are becoming more necessary and such changes have created additional costs for both patients and the hospitals.   

Wellness Wednesday: Asthma, Cancer Course, Obesity

Oct 14, 2015
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In Ohio, 400,000 kids suffer from asthma alone and a revised state bill will allow Ohio schools and camps to keep a supply of asthma inhalers for non-prescribed patients in case of emergencies. The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center launched a free online course called “Introduction to the Science of Cancer," a course that helps participants better understand what cancer is. Over the past 35 years, obesity rates have more than doubled, and Ohio ranks as the 8th most obese state in the U.S.