American Heart Association

Understanding The State of Obesity in America

The Problem:

The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America breaks down the numbers across the country, based on statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Latinos and African-Americans are disproportionately affected.

42 percent of Latino and 47.8 percent of African-American adults are obese compared with 32.6 […]

Too much TV may mean higher risk of early death

Adults who watch TV three hours or more daily may double their risk of premature death compared to those who watch less, according to a new study.

“Television viewing is a major sedentary behavior and there is an increasing trend toward all types of sedentary behaviors,” said Miguel Martinez-Gonzalez, M.D., […]

Complex heart imaging tests may raise children’s lifetime cancer risk

Radiation from standard X-rays doesn’t significantly raise lifetime cancer risks for most children, but  it can for those who have complex heart disease and are exposed to large cumulative doses, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

Researchers followed 337 children under age 6 who had heart surgery at Duke University […]

FDA agrees menthol cigarettes are a risk, stops short of recommending ban urged by American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is among many organizations that have long supported the ban of menthol cigarettes. The Food & Drug Administration today agreed that menthol cigarettes likely are more dangerous than regular cigarettes – however, the government agency stopped short of recommending the product be banned.

“What more evidence do […]