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Cholesterol Myths and the New Math

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

If there's one number the health-conscious know, it's their cholesterol level.

Facts on Fat

Krista Yoder Latortue | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Krista Yoder Latortue

Remember, not all fats are bad! Eliminating all fats from your diet will result in missing out on essential nutrients found in unsaturated fats.

MIT Geek Turns Into Science Media Svengali

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Why would a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) graduate in chemistry with a GPA of 5.0, Phi Beta Kapa, Sigma Xi turn to making funny and info...

Statins for Women? Not for My Patients

Kelly Brogan, M.D. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Kelly Brogan, M.D.

All told, we have here an unsafe, unnecessary product that will now be recommended to healthy people to make them sicker, all when simple, health-fortifying lifestyle changes have been proven to be effective and globally transformative in ways no pill could ever hope to be.

Why Men Never Discuss Body Image Issues

Quentin Vennie | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Quentin Vennie

Body image is a psychological issue that needs to be addressed, not avoided. Men, understand that your manhood is not wavering because of your body image. Stop hiding behind your machismo and remember, it takes strength to be vulnerable.

Are Sugar and Sloth the Causes of Obesity -- Or Just Convenient Whipping Boys?

Neal Barnard, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Neal Barnard, M.D.

When it comes to weight problems, sugar and exercise are red herrings, for the most part. We have not come to terms with our collective addiction to the meat and cheese that are making us and our kids fat -- or when we lack the courage to confront the industries that sell them.

Anna Almendrala

How Your Ethnicity Could Affect Your Body Fat | Anna Almendrala | Posted 11.12.2013 | Healthy Living

"Brown fat," a type of fatty tissue that burns sugar and fat instead of storing it, is a hot topic among diabetes and obesity researchers racing to fi...

Changing How You Think About Your Body for Good

Kimberly Dark | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Kimberly Dark

That's so sad, I thought. It'd be so sad to feel that way, to think about oneself as being fat -- like it's an identity, like it's who you are. And the sweat ran through my hair and into a rivulet in front of my left ear and the room seemed to go dark.

Grains of Truth

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Whether about wheat or meat, sugar or starch, calories or carbohydrates, this fat or that fat, we seem to have an insatiable appetite for mere grains of truth about diet and health, rather than the complete recipe.

It's Not You, It's Your Hormones: How Metabolic Mayhem Whips Up a Muffin Top (And 5 Foods that Reverse Belly Fat)

Sara Gottfried, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Sara Gottfried, M.D.

Visceral fat knows how to protect its existence: it keeps that muffin top firmly intact despite your strongest efforts to banish it. Want a culprit to blame? Look no further than your hormones!

Scapegoats, Saints and Saturated Fats: Old Mistakes in New Directions

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Demonizing saturated fat never helped us much. Canonizing it now won't help us any either. All who share a concern for eating well and the health advances that can come from it must band together to renounce the perennial branding of this, that, or the other food component as scapegoat or saint.

An Ode To The Medium-Sized Woman

Isabel Foxen Duke | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Isabel Foxen Duke

I hate the word "curvy," because although I'm a size 8-10, the word just doesn't describe me. I have a nice solid trunk, but no rolls unless I'm sitting down, or having sex with my legs in the air.

My Dog Is Fat

Cat del Valle Castellanos | Posted 12.14.2013 | DC
Cat del Valle Castellanos

There is a growing obesity problem in America: Two-thirds of Americans are overweight, but that's not the real crisis: One-fifth of our dogs are fat.

Street Fat

Andrew J. Lederer | Posted 10.20.2013 | Comedy
Andrew J. Lederer

Had an argument with a guy in the street. I wanted to imply he was dumb but couldn't think of anything that said so and ended up calling him a "nimwit."

Does Added Fructose and High Fructose Corn Syrup Have a Future?

Eden Walker | Posted 10.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Eden Walker

There's an undeniable link between sugar and ill health, yet food and drink producers insist on sugarcoating everything to the point that they're actually adding it to water, and consumers can't get enough... because sugar can be addictive.

'Growing Up, Diet Coke Was My Family's Milk'

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 10.01.2013 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

The diet soda news made me break out in a hot flash last week. You may not understand if you are one of those 'I don't drink carbonated beverages' kind of gals, and that's ok... stop reading and go make yourself a smoothie.

How Can One Gram of Fat Contain Nine Times the Energy of One Gram of TNT?

Quora | Posted 09.24.2013 | Science

The biggest reason for the difference is that the gram of fat does not include the mass of oxygen needed to "burn" the fat to produce energy (or heat).

It's OK, You're Just Fat: Achieving Good Medical Care for the Obese

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 09.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Hawksworth

I don't tell these stories to get people to feel sorry for me. I'm telling them because this is the standard of care for fat people, it seems. I'm by far not the only person who's been written off because of her weight.

Eggs: Healthy or Not?

John Berardi, Ph.D. | Posted 09.15.2013 | Healthy Living
John Berardi, Ph.D.

Eggs: They're just one of those foods. Seems like every other week there's an egg controversy. Are they good for you, bad for you, or somewhere in between?

New Chub in the City

Maurice Tracy | Posted 09.10.2013 | Chicago
Maurice Tracy

In my move to Chicago I am in awe of how beautiful the city is. Chicago truly is an architectural gem. The people though... winter lasts in some of their veins a little longer here.

Testosterone the Man Maker?

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 09.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

Once upon a time, only women experienced menopause and became candidates for hormone replacement therapy. We now have andropause, or male menopause. Has the American male developed hormone replacement envy?

Fat Cell Surprise Points To New Treatments For Obesity, Diabetes

| Elizabeth Norton | Posted 07.02.2013 | Science

Transforming fat cells into calorie-burning machines may sound like the ultimate form of weight control, but the idea is not as far-fetched as it sou...

Can You Turn Off Your Fat Genes?

Ben Greenfield | Posted 08.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Ben Greenfield

Have you ever wondered why some people seem to do very well on a diet and exercise plan, while others seem to fail with the same plan? Much of this is due to the fact that everyone has a unique body type that will respond differently to a specific workout or nutrition plan. This is a concept known as "somatotyping."

What Is Fat?

George Zaidan | Posted 08.18.2013 | Healthy Living
George Zaidan

There's been a war on fat in this country. You can buy "fat free" and "reduced fat" versions of anything. But all fats are not created equal. There are many different types; some are good for you and some are not.

Are We Fatter Than We Think We Are?

John Dick | Posted 08.10.2013 | Healthy Living
John Dick

Over the past year, we asked more than 130,000 Americans a simple question -- "Do you consider yourself to be overweight?" -- with a super-simple yes/no response set. We then queried thousands of other respondent attributes in our database and flagged some of the more fascinating and quirky cross tabs.