April 14, 2014

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Body Mass Index: BMI is Not Perfect

Dr. Michael Omidi discusses the body mass index (BMI) calculator, and the various reasons it should not be considered the ultimate authority when it comes to health and fitness. The body mass index calculator is flawed, without a doubt.  It does not distinguish between fat, muscle and bone, so someone heavily muscled and with dense [...]

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April 2, 2014

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Childhood Poverty in the United States

Dr. Michael Omidi discusses childhood poverty in the United States; its causes and possible remedies. For many Americans, poverty has become like quicksand; once you’re mired in its grasp, it is nearly impossible to escape.  For children in low income families, poverty can have a devastating effect not only on their immediate health and well [...]

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March 25, 2014

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Spotlight: Anne Reiss Lane and Women Against Gun Violence

                In the following article, Civic Duty cofounder Dr. Michael Omidi spotlights the achievement of Anne Reiss Lane, founder of Women Against Gun Violence.  Dr. Omidi is cofounder of Civic Duty with his brother, Julian Omidi. In 2013 alone, there were 24 mass killings in the United States [...]

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March 17, 2014

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Children’s Mental Health When Moving Out of Poverty

Dr. Michael Omidi discusses boys’ and girls’ responses to being moved from high-poverty neighborhoods to higher income neighborhoods, and the difficulty some children have with making the transition. Poverty has a horribly corrosive effect on the emotional health of children.  Children raised in poverty are statistically more likely to become substance abusers, engage in criminal [...]

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March 10, 2014

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The Disease Known as Obesity

Dr. Michael Omidi discusses research suggesting that labeling obesity as a disease might trigger feelings of resignation in the obese population, which could harm the fight against obesity. How can labeling obesity a disease help people lose weight?  Will it help people lose weight at all?  Some research suggests that it might not. The American [...]

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March 4, 2014

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Older Fathers & Mental Illness in Children

There has been a recent study suggesting that older fathers are more likely to have children that suffer from emotional disorders than young fathers. Dr. Michael Omidi discusses the study, as well as the conditions that might have led to the phenomenon. New research from a medical team from Indiana University has found that middle-aged [...]

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