Anderson and the American Diabetes Association believe that we need everyone to understand that diabetes is serious and that early screening and treatment play enormous dividends over time in reducing complications.
If you doubt that children are endangered by obesity and its metabolic complications, you simply haven't been paying attention. And so my simple assertion is that the neglect is the same in both cases: feeding yourself as your children starve, or dieting while your children get fat.
After a series of little-known novels throughout the 1990s, Shriver burst into the public conscience with the Orange Prize-winning We Need to Talk About Kevin in 2003. Her latest novel, Big Brother, is a sobering look at obesity and its effect on relationships.
NYC held the first city-wide Mayoral Candidate Food Forum in the country, but now that the food movement has matured to the point where politicians have taken notice, how do we get our legislators to catch up with the mindset of community organizers and local activists?
With implementation of the Affordable Care Act in full swing, the focus has shifted from questioning its constitutionality to how well the law will live up to its promises.
I had several constructive conversations with food industry attorneys who really don't want their clients to get into legal trouble. But it was also clear that their good advice can sometimes come into conflict with the marketing department.
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.
Much as cancer care has to be personalized based on genetics and risk factors, obesity also needs to be seen as a disease resulting from a complex interaction of unique factors for each patient.
We can approach the health problems that stem from unhealthy eating and physical activity as individual concerns requiring individual treatment. Or that there are social influences that affect what we eat, how we live and how healthy we end up.
Last month, the American Medical Association announced that obesity would now be classified as a disease. According to the National Institutes of Heal...
While I agree that we can benefit from choosing a better chip, I think it's flaky at best to suggest that junk food will ever be beneficial. It is, in fact, oxymoronic -- give or take the oxy. If a food is good for us, it isn't junk.
We tend to see eating disorders, our general cultural anxiety about food and weight and skyrocketing obesity rates as separate problems with separate solutions. Instead, we need to recognize that they all stem from the same root. Obesity isn't the opposite of anorexia (or bulimia or disordered eating or just distorted thinking about food). It's its twin.
Denial was a big part of my life back in the days when I weighed in excess of 300 pounds. And then life pulled the rug out from underneath my carefully self-constructed comfort zone.
Did my doctor prescribe and monitor this? He did not. They aren't paid to do this. And frankly, who wants their doctor nagging them? What drove me was wanting to be alive when I'm 90 -- to be healthy and to fit into my college jeans.
Some advocates contend that tweaking the nutritional content of foods marketed to children is a good approach because it's incremental, while stopping marketing altogether is asking for too much. But why must this be the only way to engage in incrementalism?
Research shows that if you are disconnected from an idea of yourself in the future, you are more likely to be a victim of temporal discounting when it comes to health behavior.