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Obesity Crisis

Attacking an Epidemic From All Sides: One City's Success Story

Yael Lehmann | Posted 12.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Yael Lehmann

Too often when we talk about this nation's obesity crisis, we talk about it as an overwhelming, seemingly unsolvable problem. With 1 in 3 American children overweight or obese, the issue is an urgent one, but as one American city is showing us, a solution is possible.

Are Tastebuds Responsible For Childhood Obesity?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.22.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

A new study indicates that obese children and adolescents, as compared to their lean counterparts, have less sensitive taste buds. The researchers suggest that this difference in taste sensitivity may be an explanation for the development of obesity.

Don't Train Yourself Like a Dog

Gretchen Rubin | Posted 11.20.2012 | Impact
Gretchen Rubin

For people, ideas matter. If, based on what they assume is sound science, people believe that eating X or Y or Z is healthful, that belief is very likely to influence their behavior. So it's important that the science shaping that behavior is accurate. That's what NuSI is going to tackle.

How The Obesity Focus Hurts the Health Movement

Andy Bellatti | Posted 11.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Andy Bellatti

The "war on obesity" is in desperate need of reframing and reconceptualization if it hopes to progress and fix some gargantuan wrongs.

How Many Americans Will Be Obese By 2030!?

The Huffington Post | Sara Gates | Posted 09.19.2012 | Healthy Living

If America's obesity trend continues at its current pace, all 50 states could have obesity rates above 44 percent by 2030, according to a new report f...

Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson

Exercise vs. Hair: Can't We All Just Get Along? | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 08.07.2012 | Black Voices

While the contention over Olympian Gabby Douglas' updo has continued to simmer, another battle heated up on the topic of black women and their hair th...

Saki Knafo

'Salad, What's That?' Bloomberg's Soda Ban And The South Bronx Food Fight | Saki Knafo | Posted 06.07.2012 | New York

Every morning, thousands of trucks roll out of a giant produce market in the Bronx bearing loads of arugula, chicory, escarole, radicchio and just abo...

Exercise Not As Beneficial For Black Girls As Whites, Study Says

Posted 06.05.2012 | Black Voices

While diet and exercise have long been considered the magic bullet in helping curb the obesity epidemic among adolescents, new research shows that the...

This Is Why You're Fat: The 2012 Farm Bill and the Real Obesity Lobby

Suzanne Merkelson | Posted 07.16.2012 | Politics
Suzanne Merkelson

The food and beverage industry has been relentless in Washington lately, more than doubling their spending in Washington during the past three years, completely outpacing public interest groups looking out for children's health.

A Matter of Weight

Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D. | Posted 07.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D.

As difficult as it is to accept, this obesity epidemic requiring a national conversation has to be done person by person by person, with as much collective compassion, creativity, insight and patience as humanly possible.

The Weight of the Nation

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 05.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

We now must act boldly to combat the obesity epidemic. There are many opportunities across the lifespan, but it will require a shift in social norms and an unprecedented social movement for obesity prevention.

As America's Waistline Expands, Costs Soar

Reuters | Posted 06.30.2012 | Healthy Living

* $190 billion a year in excess medical spending * Many costs borne by non-obese, as in higher insurance premiums * Ant...

Why Are We Getting Fatter?

Judy Farah | Posted 06.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Judy Farah

I live in California: land of a great climate and sunshine. In Sacramento, we have a beautiful 30-mile bike trail along the river where you can cycle, hike, jog or walk. Why was everyone getting fat?

WATCH: Obese Man's Plea For Help Becomes Viral Sensation

Carly Schwartz | Posted 05.03.2012 | San Francisco

All Robert Gibbs wanted for his birthday was help losing weight. The 700-pound Livermore man, who turned 23 on Friday, uploaded a video of himself ...

Feeling Left Out Makes Kids Less Likely To Get Active

The Huffington Post | Meredith Melnick | Posted 02.11.2012 | Healthy Living

Does your kid feel left out? That social isolation may affect more than his or her mental health -- it could also increase obesity risk. That's t...

Do Dog Parks Fatten Dog Owners?

Judith J. Wurtman, PhD | Posted 02.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD

Whether we walk our dogs or stand and let the dogs play in a dog park should not have any impact on our weight, should it?

Want a Bikini Bod for the Summer? Five Health and Fitness Books to Skip

Charlotte Hilton Andersen | Posted 08.07.2011 | Books
Charlotte Hilton Andersen

School's (almost) out for the summer! Instead of telling you a bunch of health and fitness books that you need to read, I'm giving you official permission to skip these five.

Let Fat People Be Fat People

Mark Steinberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Mark Steinberg

Obesity is getting a bad rap. One propaganda source commonly cited by the "Fatzis" is a CDC study that concludes that being fat is worse for you tha...

A Brain-Based Solution To the Obesity Epidemic?

Kevin J. Fleming, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kevin J. Fleming, Ph.D.

Maybe the answer to the current health crisis lies in not just eating and exercise recommendations, but in thinking about one's thinking more intelligently.

Between Body Image and Health: Having a Conversation About Fat

Sunny Gold | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sunny Gold

What conversations do you have--or avoid having--about weight? I believe there is no conversation we shouldn't be having about weight.

CDC: Number Of Obese Adults Keeps Rising

Yahoo! News | Steven Reinberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

As of 2009, almost 3 in every 10 adults (26.7 percent) is now statistically obese, up from 25.6 percent in 2007, according to a new government report ...

'This Is Where You're Fat': The Heftiest States In The Union

GOOD | Andrew Price | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

An update on our collective waistline: The Trust for America's Health has a new report out, with the blunt title "F as in Fat," and the news isn't goo...

Should McDonald's Happy Meals be Banned?

Damien Hoffman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Damien Hoffman

Santa Clara County, California is planning to ban the sale of toys and other promotions with McDonald's (MCD) Happy Meals. Is this ban a major benefit to society?

Obesity, Public Health and a New Way to Eat

Alex Pattakos | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alex Pattakos

Addressing a health issue such as obesity requires more than simply public policy pronouncements and other forms of government "action." It needs and demands personal action.

To Turn the Tide of Childhood Obesity, Put Play Back in Kids' Days

Neil Nicoll | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Neil Nicoll

For the efforts described by Michelle Obama in the fight against child obesity to be effective, they must become a major priority that involves action from all sectors of our society.