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Is Sugar Toxic?
April 13, 2011, New York Times article

Is the National School Lunch Program to blame (in part) for the rise in childhood obesity?
April 6, 2011, When the National School Lunch Program began in 1946, the idea was to get nutritious food into the stomachs of malnourished children from low-income families. More...

The World Is Fat September 23, 2010
Developed country populations are expected to get even heavier in the near future, and in some countries two out of three people are projected to be obese within 10 years.
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Obesity Rates Hit Plateau in U.S., Data Suggest January 13, 2010
Americans, at least as a group, may have reached their peak of obesity, according to data the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Wednesday.
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LA supervisors adopt sweeping health measures, back off soda ban November 17, 2009
County leaders enacted sweeping new measures designed to curb obesity and smoking Tuesday, but stopped short of a controversial ban on soda at all county venues.
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CORC in the News

So how much fructose does HFCS contain? More than you thought, one study claims.
Citizens for Health
November 8, 2011

Getting kids to eat healthy foods can be a huge task.
NBC Los Angeles
March 6, 2011

Latinos Are Genetically Predisposed to Fatty Liver Disease
LA Times
November 15, 2010
We know sugar is bad for you. But now a new study shows that it is even worse for many Latinos. Read more...

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Fight against fat goes high-tech with new devices
January 6, 2009
The fight against fat is going high-tech. To get an inside look at eating and exercise habits, scientists are developing wearable wireless sensors to monitor overweight and obese people as they go about their daily lives.
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Alhambra Pushes for Good Health
Galvanized for years by how difficult it is for many people to care for themselves, Donna Spruijt-Metz ventured into a career where she could do something to help change the lives of children in healthy ways.
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Scientists Hope Text Messages Will Help Obese Teens Get Active Scientists at the University of Southern California are planning a study this Fall to determine if text message reminders can help obese teenagers become more active.
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Rising obesity rates imperil health gains December 3, 2009
The increase in overweight Americans offsets the decline in smoking and threatens greater life expectancy, a study finds.
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Expert panel examines obesity crisis in U.S. November 13, 2009
Lifestyle, environment and evolutionary cues to pack on calories even when food is plentiful were among the factors blamed for sharp increases in obesity and obesity-related problems in Americans when the Southern California Leadership Panel...
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KNOWME Network Presentation Wins Body Computing Slam Prize November 4, 2009
A team led by Donna Spruijt-Metz won co-honors with Viterbi faculty at the recent USC Body Computing Slam, a competition of presentations the day before the annual USC Body Computing Conference 3.0, which took place in mid-October 2009 at the University Park campus. http://healthnews.usc.edu/2009/11/knowme-network-presentation-wi.html

An uphill battle to combat Latino childhood obesity October 21, 2009
"You can't just try to change someone's behavior necessarily without trying to change their environment," said Dr. Michael Goran, director of the University ...
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Decreasing sugar and increasing fiber reduces diabetes risk Thursday, April 9, 2009
Increasing fiber intake and reducing sugar consumption can help reduce type 2 diabetes risk factors in Latino teens, a new study shows.
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Pre-diabetes in Hispanic adolescents Tuesday, August 12, 2008
A study by researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) found that overweight Hispanic children are at significant risk for pre-diabetes, a condition marked by higher than normal blood glucose levels that are not yet high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes.
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Discussing Diabetes Friday, April 18, 2008
USC News The USC Obesity Research Center hosted “Childhood Obesity: Genes, Brains and Behavior” on April 10, featuring 11 nationally recognized diabetes experts and authors. The daylong event at the...
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USC Officials Attend Obesity Workshop Friday, January 4, 2008
A workshop on childhood obesity with National Institutes of Health officials in December brought a raft of USC researchers to Washington, D.C., from the Keck School of Medicine of USC, the USC Davis...
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Your child's diabetic clock is ticking...
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Liberal parenting, junk food craze and sedentary lifestyle - all have contributed to the rapid increase in the incidence of diabetes in children. It is time we took action, says Annam Suresh.
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