While Indiana’s health ranking ticked up on a recent annual report, health leaders say there’s more work to be done. A new data tool that highlights specific issues may provide some insight into focus areas. The tool from the Alliance for a Healthier Indiana breaks down top health priorities by county.

More than 32 percent of Hoosiers are obese according to the latest assessment in the so-called State of Obesity Report.

The annual report from the Trust for America’s Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ranks Indiana 10th worst in the country for obesity. It was 15th last year.

Study: Food Outlet Proximity Not Related To Obesity

Aug 14, 2017

Researchers say a new study on whether a person’s proximity to certain food options causes obesity sets itself apart from past projects.

The findings indicate policies to reduce the number of fast food places or even open more markets will not likely reduce obesity. Indiana University environmental affairs professor Coady Wing was part of a team of researchers involved in a recent study.

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For the seventh year in a row, Hamilton County has the highest health ranking in the state and Scott County has the lowest.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute release health rankings for every state, by county, annually.

The data takes a look at a wide variety of factors including behavior, clinical care, the physical environment and social and economic conditions.

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Indiana University researchers are seeing success with a new treatment for adult-onset diabetes and obesity.

The research found that a new treatment combining three hormones—glucagon, glucagon-like-peptide and gastric-inhibitory-peptide—into a single molecule can help lower blood sugar levels and address excess body weight.

IU Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Richard DiMarchi co-led the research, and he says bringing those three hormones together increases their effectiveness.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has chosen Purdue as the site of one of four regional centers for research into nutrition education and obesity prevention.

The North Central Nutrition Education Center of Excellence will focus on research into interpersonal, community and environmental factors that influence the food and physical activity choices of low-income people.

Heavy Doctors Avoid Heavy Discussions About Weight

Jan 27, 2012

Research already demonstrates that physicians are sometimes uncomfortable talking about weight with their obese patients. Now, a new study shows that the doctors' weight makes a difference too.

Physicians who pack on the pounds discuss weight loss less frequently with obese patients than doctors who have normal body mass indexes (18 percent versus 30 percent), according to the report published this week in the medical journal Obesity.