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Obesity Crisis

Overweight Can Leave You Underpaid

Mache Seibel, MD | Posted 06.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Mache Seibel, MD

It's official. The United States is switching from getting well to staying well. And the reason for this sudden burst of transformation: It's not only better to stay well than to get well -- it's cheaper.

Coca-Cola Solves the Obesity Epidemic: The Chairs Caused It!

Nancy Huehnergarth | Posted 05.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Nancy Huehnergarth

Move away from your La-Z-Boy. Don't trust that bar stool. Get a restraining order against your wingback. The geniuses at Coca-Cola have figured out why we're so overweight and -- drum roll, please -- it's the chairs that are the culprit.

Sugar, 1; People, 0: The Soda Ban Wasn't Perfect, It Was a Start

Diana Le Dean | Posted 05.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Diana Le Dean

The soda ban was an imperfect beginning, surely, but it was a beginning. It was not going to end our sugar addiction any more than making bars smoke-free was going to get the city to en masse kick the smoking habit. It was a one small factor in a complex equation.

Qatar's Cultural Crisis: Wealth, Health, Wisdom, and Opportunity

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.15.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Qatar is the richest country in the world. As such, it provides a vivid demonstration that money can't buy you health any more than it can buy you love. The converse, in fact, appears to be true: The wealth of Qatar is being purchased at the cost of its people's health.

Americans Eating Less Fast Food

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 04.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported some good news for nutrition activists and others hoping to help Americans eat healthier. A new report found that American adults are consuming fewer calories from fast food than they were several years ago.

Why Everyone Is Right -- And Wrong -- About Obesity

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.22.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

No one thing is wrong with the prevailing American diet, and no one-nutrient-at-a-time remedy will right it any more than a single part represents the whole elephant in the room. We need to see that elephant -- and develop a better recipe.

Why Should We Care About Diabetes?

Michael Segal | Posted 04.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Segal

Diabetes is hurting people both at the personal and the national levels. The best way to fight Type 2 diabetes is to avoid it in the first place. Developing healthy nutrition and physical activity habits are critical factors in avoiding diabetes.

Why Downplaying the Obesity Epidemic, Even in a Single Story, is Hazardous to Public Health

Becky Hand | Posted 03.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Becky Hand

The headlines this time of year usually tell us how to shed pounds fast and get healthy with a pill, a gadget, or a procedure. This year, however, the message has been slightly different.

Coca-Cola Makes You Thin?

Derek Beres | Posted 03.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Derek Beres

You would think that half a century would be enough time for a company that brands itself as a nutritional innovator to keep up with the science, but in its new anti-obesity commercial, "Coming Together," Coke continues avoiding the real issues of obesity.

United States of Obesity: How Are States Battling Bulging Health Costs?

Scott Kahan, M.D. | Posted 03.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Scott Kahan, M.D.

Efforts aimed at obesity prevention are well underway, but we are still a nation very uncomfortable with paying for services that could help treat the two-thirds of Americans who carry excess weight.

The Big Oversight in Our Obesity Conversation

Andy Bellatti | Posted 03.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Andy Bellatti

My biggest concern is that solely focusing on weight impedes the health movement's progress. Such a clinical and quantitative frame gives very little thought to -- and leaves no room for a conversation about -- socio-political and environmental factors that pose a threat to our health.

Evidence: Fat People Can Be as Healthy as Thin People

Lisa Wade | Posted 03.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisa Wade

If you live in the U.S., you are absolutely bombarded with the idea that being overweight is bad for your health.  This repetition leaves one with the idea that being overweight is the same thing as being unhealthy, something that is simply not true.

Overweight Brits May Lose Health Benefits If They Refuse Exercise

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 01.09.2013 | Healthy Living

To tackle an ever-worsening obesity problem in the U.K., policymakers in the London area of Westminster are currently mulling over a controversial pla...

Tackling Obesity: Cheers to the New Year -- Another Chance to Get It Right

Carole Carson | Posted 03.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Carole Carson

Advice on how to lose weight weighs heavily on us. Wherever we turn, we hear, see or read the depressing message that our health will suffer if we don't trim down.

Come Out of Fat Denial, America!

Irene Rubaum-Keller | Posted 02.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Irene Rubaum-Keller

It is my mission to help you lose weight, feel better, look better and live a healthy and happy long life. You can't do those things if you are overweight and in denial about it. Your weight is ultimately something you can control. I'd like to help you do just that.

Is Technology Making Us Fat?

Neil Jordan | Posted 02.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Neil Jordan

As you look to your own list of resolutions this year, consider taking that first step to using technology to take control of your health and gaining a better quality of life.

'Daddy, Is This Good for Me?'

Michael Segal | Posted 02.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Segal

The lack of a publicly-accessible database of labels is inhibiting the innovation in the area of healthy nutrition and marginalizes the benefits of using labels by the consumers.

Untangling the 'Healthy Habits' Conundrum

Michael Segal | Posted 01.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Segal

The reason we don't always make healthy choices is simply because it is hard. Even people who are highly motivated and have strong willpower may fail to establish healthy habits in the long term if they don't adopt the right methods.

Thanksgiving: Should America Cut Back Due to Obesity Crisis?

Rajiv Narayan | Posted 01.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Rajiv Narayan

I don't think the holidays should be canceled. A more precise solution is needed to tackle a more complex problem for a rising population in our society. But let's have that discussion instead of one that perpetuates the the tired and unhelpful way we currently talk about obesity.

Before Scientific Discovery, There Was Truth

Yogi Cameron Alborzian | Posted 01.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Yogi Cameron Alborzian

The ancient sages of India developed a tradition of personal health and growth that stood the test of time through many centuries of practice and implementation.

Enlisting Technology to Fight Obesity

Michael Segal | Posted 12.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Segal

There is no single silver bullet in fighting obesity. Government legislation, corporate responsibility, education and personal responsibility, combined with web and mobile services, can all help people eat healthy and fight obesity.

Making Prevention a Priority

Kathy Ko Chin | Posted 12.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Kathy Ko Chin

Preventing obesity-associated chronic diseases and improving our nation's public health requires policy, systems and environmental change. Where we live, eat, sleep, work, learn, and play all impact our health.

Chewing On The Future of Food

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.26.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Our cultural attitudes about the use of our feet and our forks are ill-advised, but not crazy; they always made sense before. For most of human history, calories were relatively scarce and physical activity was unavoidable. Our prevailing inclinations are well-suited to that scenario.

Portion Sizes in the U.S. Continue to Increase: Time for Action

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 12.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

As my colleague and I illustrate in our recent paper, the trend toward larger portions coincides with the availability of calories in the U.S. food supply and the rising prevalence of overweight and obesity. So what can we do about this continued trend toward larger portions?

Why I Can't Quite Be Okay With 'Okay at Any Size'

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.17.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

So "okay at any size" seems to be gathering pop culture momentum. And I regret to say, I can't be entirely okay with that. It's not the size I'm not okay with -- it's the consequences.