Health Highlights: Jan. 14, 201301/14/13
Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Obesity Issue Addressed in New Coca-Cola Ad
On Monday, Coca-Cola will begin airing a two-minute television
ad addressing the issue of obesity.
The ad by the world's leading beverage maker will appear during
the highest rated shows on
Fox News. It will note that weight gain is the result of
consuming too many calories from all types of food and drink, not
just soda, the
It will also highlight Coca-Cola's record of providing drinks
with fewer calories.
The Atlanta-based company said the ad campaign is the first in a
number of obesity-related initiatives over the next year, such as
providing more diet choices at soda fountains, the
Lance Armstrong Will Admit Doping in Oprah Interview
Disgraced American cyclist Lance Armstrong will admit to doping
in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that is scheduled to be taped
Monday and shown Thursday on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
While he'll confess to doping, Armstrong will probably not go
into detail about specific cases and events, a person with
knowledge of the situation told
For many years, Armstrong strongly denied allegations of doping.
He often attacked accusers as liars and went to court to fight
charges that he used performance-enhancing drugs and blood
transfusions throughout his cycling career.
Late last year, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency released a report
with a huge amount of evidence against Armstrong. He's since been
stripped of his Tour de France titles, lost lucrative advertising
contracts, and stepped down from Livestrong, the cancer charity he
President Obama Has Fitness Evaluation
U.S. President Barack Obama underwent a "routine fitness
evaluation" Saturday at the Fit to Win Clinic at the Pentagon,
according to the White House.
"The fitness evaluation is part of the periodic medical exam that is coordinated by the physician to the president," a White House official explained, CNNreported. "The results of the president's periodic medical exam will be released before the end of the month."
Obama's prior physical exam in October 2011 found the former
smoker to be tobacco free and eating a healthy diet.
"The president is in excellent health and 'fit for duty,'" Dr. Jeffrey Kulhman wrote at the time, CNNreported. "All clinical data indicate he will remain so for the duration of his presidency."
Male Jurors More Likely to Convict Obese Women: Study
A new study finds that male jurors are more likely to deliver a
guilty verdict for obese women than for lean women, but don't have
the same bias against obese men.
Yale University researchers asked 471 study participants to look
at photos of four people -- an obese woman, a lean woman, an obese
man, and a lean man -- and to rate their likelihood of being guilty
of an imaginary check fraud crime,
Men were much more likely to say they believed the obese woman
was guilty than the lean woman. Women did not display this type of
The findings were "disappointing but not entirely surprising,"
said lead researcher Natasha Schvey,
ABC Newsreported. Men tend to judge women more harshly than
men, and women tend to be more sympathetic, she suggested.
"I think it's one more nail in the coffin of how painful it is for people that are of larger sizes," Lynn Grefe, president and CEO of the National Eating Disorders Association, told ABC News. "These people could be healthy. We're judging people. We're making stereotypes. We did this with race years ago. We did it with religion."
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