Weighing the Cost of Obesity: One Solution Does Not Fit All For This Complicated Disease - 07/10/2020

Obesity causes or contributes to a range of fatal and debilitating health conditions. On top of this, obesity has emerged as one of the largest contributing factors in severe illness and death among those who contract COVID-19, according to several studies.

A Growing Problem: Childhood Obesity Could Hamper Military Readiness - 05/28/2019

Childhood obesity has become so widespread in the U.S. that it threatens military readiness, but bills currently moving through the Texas Legislature could help alleviate the problem, according to a pair of state lawmakers.

Incentivize Texas-Grown Produce in the SNAP Program - 04/16/2019

Texas has the seventh-highest obesity rate for youth aged 10-17 and the 14th-highest adult obesity rate in the U.S. In Texas, more than half of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) beneficiaries are children.  The SNAP program serves low-income families that are at higher risk for obesity and diet-related chronic disease. That is why I support SNAP incentive programs as an effective model to increase the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables in the SNAP program and improve the diets of SNAP beneficiaries.

Help Children Develop Healthy Habits Early - 04/02/2019

It is the role of primary care pediatricians, such as myself, to counsel our patient’s families on the best ways to keep their children safe, happy, and healthy – whether that is via mental health screenings, injury prevention anticipatory guidance, or advice on the best foods to maintain a healthy weight.

Dallas Nonprofit, El Paso Clinic Receive TMA Foundation Champion of Health Awards - 01/28/2019

The Texas Medical Association Foundation (TMAF) presented its 2019 John P. McGovern Champion of Health Awards to a Dallas nonprofit organization that promotes gardening, nutrition, and giving, and to an El Paso medical-student-run clinic that provides health care to underserved patients.

New Physical Activity Guidelines Highlight the Importance of Moving - 11/19/2018

The Department of Health and Human Services recently published the second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, which stress that being physically active is the most important step people can take to improve their health. This is true for any amount of physical activity, regardless of intensity, the guidelines say.

Improving Young Texans' Fitness to Serve - 05/09/2018

According to a report by the Mission: Readiness group, about 75 percent of America’s 17- to 24-year-olds are ineligible for military service because of obesity, other physical problems, and lack of education. In fact, only two out of 10 young people are fully eligible to join the military without special waivers. As a country with a long history of military leadership, this is simply unacceptable. Fortunately, there are several relatively simple approaches to correct this.

Texas Obesity Rate Grows to 30 Percent of Adults - 04/24/2018

Although Texas in 2014 improved its overall health ranking among U.S. states from 36th to 31st, according to the United Health Foundation's annual report, the percentage of obese adult Texans — those who have a body mass index of 30 or higher — grew to 30.9 percent.

Invest in Child Public Health and Prevention - 03/08/2017

Investing in our children’s public health should not be one of those areas the Texas Legislature shortchanges. Properly funding the recruitment and retention of quality physical education teachers, chronic disease awareness, and rigorous school nutrition standards will develop a strong work force that Texas is so aggressively trying to recruit and retain.

Obesity Talking Points - 02/27/2017

The obesity epidemic threatens Texas’ physical and fiscal health. Texans young and old are growing fatter. Nearly 66 percent of Texas adults and 32 percent of Texas teens are overweight or obese. Obesity-related diseases such as diabetes, arteriosclerosis, and hypertension are increasing at the same rate as obesity.

TPHC to Legislature: Reinstate FitnessGram for Healthy Children - 02/22/2017

The fitness assessments continue to be a critical tool in helping us monitor obesity in our state. We ask for your serious consideration of our request to restore funding for this important tool so we can continue to address the serious problem of obesity in Texas.

CME Course Covers Obesity Management in Children, Adolescents - 11/14/2016

A new Texas Health Steps continuing medical education (CME) program can help to equip Texas Health Steps physicians and providers and others with best practices in the assessment, treatment, and prevention of overweight and obesity in children and adolescents.

New Pilot for SNAP Recipients Proposed - 06/17/2016

We believe many families that rely on SNAP want to make healthier food choices. HB 3434 would help them make this step. Just as physicians follow evidence-based practice guidelines developed from high quality studies, we believe a properly designed pilot project can provide critical information needed to shape SNAP so it can become a healthy food resource. A pilot program is a reasonable approach to encourage more healthy food choices, more of the time.

Health and Fitness Assessments Provides Important Data - 06/17/2016

Just as we recognize academic excellence in our schools, we need to recognize excellence in our schools for supporting student health and fitness. We thank Senator Nelson for her leadership over the years to help Texas schools create healthy environments.

TMA Testimony: Fitnessgram - 06/17/2016

The state of Texas is suffering from an obesity epidemic, which is most glaring among our youth. Obesity usually begins in childhood. Obese children have an 80-percent chance of staying obese their entire lives. The average lifetime cost of obesity is more than half a million dollars for an obese child who remains obese throughout adulthood. In Texas, the numbers are staggering. Forty percent of children are either overweight or obese.  Fitnessgram, a physical education assessment and reporting program required under current law for children in grades 3 through 12, measures a child’s aerobic capacity, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility and body composition.  SB 226 seeks to enhance this data by requiring school districts to provide the results of individual student performance without identifiers such as a student’s name, social security number or date of birth.  The data is currently reported in aggregate form.

TMA Testimony on SB 226 School Fitnessgram - 06/17/2016

We believe that promoting physical activity on school campuses is a key to preventing obesity among our Texas children and are in full support of SB 226 by Senator Jane Nelson and House sponsor Representative Todd Smith.

Reward An Obesity Fighter - 06/17/2016

Do you know of a colleague or group in your community that is making a difference in reducing obesity? If so, nominate that person or group for the 2011 Texas Health Champion Award.

HB 400 Vote NO for Fat Amendments - 06/17/2016

Support Healthy Texas Children by Voting NO on Amendments that Repeal School-based Fitness Measurements and Coordinated School Health Education.

Walk With a Doc Success: Tyler and Smith CMS - 05/20/2016

Walk With a Doc Texas encourages TMA physician members to host monthly or weekly walks with their patients and community members. It fosters the patient-physician relationship and encourages a community to be fit together.

Obesity Is a Disease - 05/13/2016

The American Medical Association House of Delegates' vote in June to classify obesity as a "disease state with multiple pathophysiological aspects requiring a range of interventions to advance obesity treatment and prevention" sparked national debate. Critics worry calling obesity a disease will take focus off prevention and remove personal responsibility from the equation. Supporters say the classification is bound to spur innovative policy, research, and treatment approaches to obesity. Physicians by and large hope that the new label will persuade private health plans and Medicaid to pay for treatment of obese patients.

Obesity Prevention - 05/06/2016

Obesity continues to threaten Texas’ physical and fiscal health. More than 40 percent of Texas children are overweight or obese. Research indicates an overweight child has a 70 percent chance to be overweight or obese as an adult.

State Medical Society Walks the “Get Healthy” Walk - 05/06/2016

TMA and TMA Insurance Trust (TMAIT) have embraced a worksite wellness program called Get FIT to improve health and fitness. Employees hit the gym together weekly, and collectively they have shed more than 368 pounds since last year.

Anti-Obesity Initiatives - 03/03/2011

Childhood Obesity