A report released Tuesday offers data about the Rochester region’s health.

The Community Health Indicator Report found that in the 13 counties around the region, smoking is higher than the national average, as is obesity.

The report also found that about two-thirds of people in the region who have high blood pressure have the condition under control. Around 74 percent of people with diabetes are managing their condition as well, the research found.

Can we talk about our collective weight for a second? Donald Trump engaged in a now-famous case of "fat shaming" when he publicly mocked Alicia Machado, the 1996 Miss Universe. Machado went from, in her words, a bony 117 pounds to roughly 160 over the year after her win. Trump blasted her for not being able to control her eating, and asked television cameras to film her working out.

Experts say three things: first, Machado was not nearly as big as Trump claimed. Second, fat shaming does not work, and tends to lead people to become more isolated. Third, we need to collectively lose weight, and it's worth talking about constructive ways to do exactly that. So what DOES work? And what can we learn from this sad episode? Our guests:

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Theresa Bowick was inspired to push her neighbors to exercise more after a bizarre series of interactions in her northeast Rochester neighborhood.

“One morning as I was running down the street a kid yelled out ‘Hey, lady, are you on probation?’ because he thought I was running from the police,” Bowick reminisced.  “And then I stopped to talk to some neighbors and a man approached the group and said, ‘Don't be fooled by her and her jogging clothes; she's the police because nobody exercises in this neighborhood.’ ”

It's one thing for American kids to be overweight; it's another for parents to confront that fact. It can be very difficult for parents to admit their children are obese, particularly before the teenage years. "Baby fat," "He'll grow out of it," "Just a phase." Well, there's a new, intensive obesity treatment program for kids age 7-13. It's free, but space is limited. We'll explain how to get involved, and we'll talk about facing childhood obesity at an early age with our guests:

  • Dr. Stephen Cook, University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Laura Fasano, Vice President of Healthy Living, YMCA of Greater Rochester

In this hour, we welcome NPR contributor Sarah Varney. Her new book is called XL Love, and in it, she writes about the challenges faced by obese people. In particular, Varney targets love and intimacy. 

Rochester Physician Talks About Obesity in D.C.

Jun 12, 2014
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A Rochester physician nationally known for fighting obesity continued his mission in Washington today. Dr. Stephen Cook spoke in front of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, urging the reauthorization of child nutrition programs, which includes school lunch programs.

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The Walt Disney Company says it will ban advertisements for unhealthy snacks and foods on all of its TV channels, radio stations and websites. This includes fast food commercials and ads for sugary cereals.

Disney says its new guidelines won't go into effect until 2015 because of existing advertising agreements.

Farm Bill is "Inadequate"

May 4, 2012

Some anti-poverty groups are criticizing both Houses of Congress for seeking to cut funding for food stamp programs in this year's Farm Bill. 

Every 5 years Congress takes a fresh look at the Farm Bill. But groups are saying it appears Congress is only looking for ways to cut programs, not enhance them.

Mark Dunlea is with Hunger Action Network of New York State. He says Congress must establish a food system that will support programs to consistently combat poverty and help low-income families gain more access to healthier foods.