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Walk the Wrong Way on Escalators

Walk the Wrong Way on Escalators

By Henry Cohen, Staff Writer

April 10, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Walking in the reverse direction intended on escalators — the so-called wrong way — is actually superior in many ways to conventional forms of escalator use, as it lends both a practical and a metaphorical function to a device that is otherwise purely a mode of transportation.

Study Finds Fresh Water Access in School Reduces BMI

Study Finds Fresh Water Access in School Reduces BMI

By Thomas Peracchio, Staff Writer

January 29, 2016


Filed under City News, News, University News

NYU Langone researchers found a connection between implementing water jets in New York public schools and students' lowering their BMI.

Body shaming must not serve as punchline

Body shaming must not serve as punchline

By Joelle Yu, Contributing Writer

September 11, 2015


Filed under Opinion

Joelle Yu writes about Nicole Arbour’s “Dear Fat People” video.

Study shows proposed bill could make childrens’ fast food options healthier

Study shows proposed bill could make childrens’ fast food options healthier

By Justine Morris, Deputy News Editor

September 8, 2015


Filed under City News, News, University News

NYU Langone published a study proving the effectiveness of making kid's meals healthier.

Health impacts of urban design analyzed

Health impacts of urban design analyzed

By Tiffanie Hwang, Contributing Writer

March 2, 2015


Filed under Features

A recent study by researchers from NYU and East China Normal University explores the effects of urban design on obesity levels in China

Scientific Society: Obesity should be classified as disease

Scientific Society: Obesity should be classified as disease

March 4, 2014


Filed under Exclude From Homepage List, Opinion

The American Medical Association classified obesity as a disease last summer. The decision was in opposition to a study of the issue by the AMA’s Council on Science and Public Health. Due to flaws with the Body Mass Indexing system used to characterize people as obese, the council recommended against designating obesity a disease. They voiced concerns about those with metabolic problems who...

Greater social effort needed to combat child obesity

Greater social effort needed to combat child obesity

February 26, 2014


Filed under Exclude From Homepage List, Opinion

As child obesity increases, pediatric surgeons in the United States are faced with a new predicament — the lowering age of weight-loss surgery recipients. According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, one of many concerns with pediatric weight-loss surgeries is that there is no data available on how the abrupt change in nutrition could...

Christina’s Case: Obesity should not be classified as disease

Christina’s Case: Obesity should not be classified as disease

By Christina Coleburn, Deputy Opinion Editor

February 24, 2014


Filed under Exclude From Homepage List, Opinion

University of Richmond professors Crystal L. Hoyt and Jeni L. Burnette discussed whether the American Medical Association was correct in categorizing obesity as a disease in a Feb. 23 New York Times article. Although the June 2013 decision has no legal authority, significant ramifications still exist for obesity treatment now that the nation...

Steinhardt professor earns grant for obesity-related cancer studiesf

Steinhardt professor earns grant for obesity-related cancer studiesf

October 21, 2013


Filed under Editor's Picks, Features

Obesity has long been hypothesized to be linked to certain cancers, but a new study led by a Steinhardt professor Niyati Parekh shed light on the role of insulin — a hormone that regulates the glucose level in blood — in linking obesity with cancer risk. “Since obesity and cancer rates in the [United States] are hi...

Companies are justified in fining obese employees as health liabilities

Companies are justified in fining obese employees as health liabilities

April 9, 2013


Filed under Exclude From Homepage List, Opinion

The obesity epidemic has captured the public mindset for decades, as this nation watched our national percentage of obese adults expand from 13 percent to the current 35 percent. First Lady Michelle Obama has declared childhood obesity the national issue that she has decided to tackle, the expected longevity...

Obesity poses health, fiscal problems

November 8, 2012


Filed under Exclude From Homepage List, Opinion

Most, if not all, problems in the United States have to do with the economy, and the obesity epidemic is no exception to this rule. Obesity is defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as having a body mass index, or weight category, of 30 or more, whereas overweight is a BMI from...

NYU faculty research links portion, obesity

NYU faculty research links portion, obesity

November 8, 2012


Filed under News

NYU professors found a direct connection between a rise in food portion sizes and overweight adults and children. In a report published in the November issue of the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, Marion Nestle and Lisa Young, professors of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health, described...

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