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Obesity and Health

Obesity: American Disease, American Story

Tasneem Bhatia, M.D. | Posted 09.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Tasneem Bhatia, M.D.

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.

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.

Fat, Fear, and the Truly Absurd: The Perils of Ping-Pong Science

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.06.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

At the population level, epidemic obesity is incontrovertibly established as a clear and all-but-omnipresent danger. It is absurd to suggest otherwise. And it's those who do so -- who play ping-pong with science -- who frighten the hell out of me.

Shifting Focus: From Body Image to Health Consciousness

Christine Ferguson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christine Ferguson

We are mothers, wives, daughters, teachers, executives and "Chief Health Officers" for our families. And, according to recent statistics, two in three of us is also something else: overweight.