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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.

Kilogram Has Put On Weight, Scientists Say

Posted 01.07.2013 | Science

By: Tia Ghose Published: 01/06/2013 07:55 PM EST on LiveScience The kilogram may need to go on a diet. The international standard, a cylinder-shap...

This Is My Body

Amira Young | Posted 02.17.2013 | Divorce
Amira Young

I wasn't a person; I was a toy to him. And it made me feel ugly.

'Seventeen's' BMI Calculator Is Really (Really) Not OK

Christina Huffington | Posted 12.06.2012 | Women

A BMI calculator on a website for teen girls? Seventeen apparently thought it was a good idea. The magazine for adolescent girls featured a calculator...

When Bodies Matter More Than Babies: The Jessica Simpson Edition

Michelle Konstantinovsky | Posted 01.30.2013 | Women
Michelle Konstantinovsky

I realize that by continually contributing to the uncalled-for public discourse surrounding Jessica Simpson's appearance, I'm arguably just feeding the image-focused fire. And yet, I can't keep my fingers off the keyboard every time the star makes headlines for all the wrong reasons.

How I Learned To Eat Without Guilt On Thanksgiving

Kate Fridkis | Posted 01.19.2013 | Women
Kate Fridkis

We live deep inside a culture that is always yelling at us to diet. That assumes we all, every single one of us, want to be thinner.

How I Learned To 'Opt Out' Of Weight Loss Hysteria

Jezebel | Posted 10.25.2012 | Women

Growing up, I spent a lot of time on diets. At first, it was just something I did to make my parents happy; I didn't really care too much, I had other...

Should You Tell Someone They're Fat?

Paul LaRosa | Posted 12.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Paul LaRosa

I'm of the mind that telling someone they need to lose weight is a gift of sorts. Yes, they surely know they are fat but many people are not going to do anything about it until they are told to their face that everyone else knows they are fat and it's, well, unattractive.

Lady Gaga, Jennifer Hudson and Hollywood's Weight-Race Double Standard

Sarah Springer | Posted 12.15.2012 | Black Voices
Sarah Springer

Although Jennifer Hudson is being praised for her recent weight loss, the extra weight she carried in the beginning of her career was never really presented as an issue. Neither have Nicki Minaj's curves. In fact, those voluptuous bodies are considered the norm when it comes to these entertainers of color.

Talking About The Other F Word

Allure | Posted 10.03.2012 | Women

"Ok," I said to my daughter as she bent over her afternoon bowl of Cinnamon Life. "What's going on with you and J.?" J. is the ringleader of a group o...

Our Bodies: Perfect, Imperfect And Beautiful

Kristen Houghton | Posted 11.25.2012 | Women
Kristen Houghton

If I show you pictures of all the places I have been in my life, I can give you minute details about the place itself, the food, the sights and the weather. I can also tell you something else simply by looking at those pictures: The exact number on the scale I was at that particular time in my life.

Born This Way? The Upsetting Obsession Over Lady Gaga's Weight

Michelle Konstantinovsky | Posted 11.24.2012 | Women
Michelle Konstantinovsky

If you were searching for a case study in how quickly international acclaim, countless awards and stratospheric success become entirely overshadowed by a few pounds, look no further than the curious case of Lady Gaga.

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 Boredom Helped Me Stop Hating My Body

Michelle Konstantinovsky | Posted 11.18.2012 | Women
Michelle Konstantinovsky

Imagine if we all got fed up and realized once and for all that we have a choice about how to feel in our bodies.

What's New, Hot Flash?

Ellen Dolgen | Posted 11.17.2012 | Fifty
Ellen Dolgen

Since hot flashes can possibly last for several years before and after your last period, the trick is to find strategies to calm that wayward inner child before she burns the house down.

Why You Can Have Everything You Want, No Matter Your Size

Rebecca DiLiberto | Posted 11.14.2012 | Women
Rebecca DiLiberto

Do you realize how absurd it is to let your physical body affect your success in the non-superficial arenas of your life? Is one required to possess a law degree from Harvard in order to be qualified to host the Miss America pageant? No? Then why do you think you need to look like Miss America in order to pursue your law degree at Harvard?

Beware The Scale: Learn The Right Way To Weigh

Posted 09.05.2012 | Healthy Living

By Heather Bauer for U.S. News Health When trying to follow a weight-loss plan, the scale can be your worst enemy. It's a tricky device in tracking...

Six Ways to Beat the Freshman Fifteen

Marisa Moore | Posted 10.15.2012 | Black Voices
Marisa Moore

College can be the best four years of your life. It's also a time of transition and comes with many challenges and changes in physical activity, emotions and eating habits. It's a time to focus on learning, not a time to fear the freshman fifteen.

Nike's Notion of Greatness, and the Road Not Taken

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.14.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Weight does not measure human worth. It is not an indicator of character. Bathroom scales are not designed to weigh merit. The boy in the Nike ad may well be full to the brim with greatness -- but none of it has anything to do with running.

The Real Reason For Belly Fat, From Dr. Oz (WATCH)

Posted 08.21.2013 | MarloThomas

Dr. Oz, the Emmy Award-winning doctor, television host and author, recently joined me on Mondays with Marlo to talk about a variety of topics, includi...

I Went On A Diet At 9, And It Took Me A Decade To Make Peace With Food

Salon | Posted 08.03.2012 | Women

Once, when I was nine years old, my older sister—then 15—invited me to her room. This in itself was an honor and a privilege, but today there was ...

If You Want to Lose Weight But You Aren't -- Why?

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 09.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

You can read every diet book and try every weight-loss drug and every new diet, but if you don't learn to manage your painful feelings in ways that don't cause even more pain, you will not lose weight or keep weight off.

Weight Loss: We Are More Than A Number On A Scale

Intent | Posted 09.16.2012 | Healthy Living

We need to help ourselves. We need to start loving ourselves. We need to stop tying our self-worth to our body issues. We are not just a number; we are people who are more than just our weight.

Where Are You on the Global Fat Scale?

Irene Rubaum-Keller | Posted 09.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Irene Rubaum-Keller

Ever wonder just how fat, or thin, you are compared to the rest of the world? Well now, thanks to research compiled by a global team of researchers f...