Obesity Plagues Rural America

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Country folk are being hit harder by the U.S. obesity epidemic than city dwellers, two new government studies show. Nearly 40 percent of rural American men and almost half of rural women are now statistically obese, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers reported Tuesday. And rural…

How to Keep a Diet Diary

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — To some people, keeping a food diary might seem old hat or just another busy-work task on your diet to-do list. But when done correctly (and diligently), it’s a very effective tool for losing weight and keeping it off. Studies show that dieters who monitor their eating and…

U.S. Smoking Rate Hits All-Time Low

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Fewer than 14 percent of American adults smoked cigarettes in 2017, the lowest level seen since data collection started in 1965, government health officials reported Tuesday. “Certainly, it is fantastic that the U.S. smoking rates continue to drop,” said Dr. Adam Lackey, chief of thoracic surgery at Staten…

America's Poor Are Less Happy Than Ever: Study

MONDAY, June 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Over the past two decades, poor, white Americans have become increasingly unhappy, a new report shows. The same does not appear to be true among their more well-heeled peers, the investigators noted. The findings stem from two mental health surveys conducted in 1995 and 2014. Collectively, the polls…