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Giving Obesity Equal Weight in the Health Care System

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2011 | 10:53 AM

There's a lot of talk now about the essential health benefits package. What is it, what will it cover and, at its core, how do you define what is truly "essential." Is what is essential for one person, essential for another? What's more, how we will balance the need to...

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Too Overweight for Medical Care?

(563) Comments | Posted June 10, 2011 | 1:44 PM

Recently, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported that several area ob-gyn doctors are refusing to accept overweight women who are otherwise healthy as their patients. In defending their decision, the doctors cite concerns about potential complications in care, risk of malpractice suits and medical equipment that is not...

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Shifting Focus: From Body Image to Health Consciousness

(63) Comments | Posted June 4, 2010 | 8:00 AM

I was flabbergasted recently when it was reported that Lane Bryant, the plus-sized apparel company, encountered resistance from several news media outlets when trying to debut an ad campaign for a new lingerie collection. Apparently, some stations declined to air the ads during certain timeslots because of the...

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Why the Biggest Loser Won't Help Solve the Obesity Problem

(80) Comments | Posted May 27, 2010 | 11:12 AM

More than a dozen weeks into season nine of the mega-reality show The Biggest Loser and it is still drawing upwards of seven million viewers per episode. Some say the program has produced the most drama of any other season, with new twists, turns and, lest we forget, a set...

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