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Obesity Crisis

First Lady Michelle Obama Gets Down and Dirty on Leadership

Rana Florida | Posted 04.07.2014 | Business
Rana Florida

Just as a late spring thaw was finally settling in, I had the chance to catch up with the first lady, to ask her some important questions about leadership, collaboration and the balancing act of family, work and life. Her answers and insights reinforce her determination to get the job done.

Warning to Surgeon Generals: Truth May Be Hazardous to Your Health

Maggie Kozel, M.D. | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Maggie Kozel, M.D.

The physician that President Obama nominated to be the next Surgeon General sees gun violence as a public health issue, and the NRA has made it clear that any politician they bankroll must vote against his nomination.

What's the Fat Problem With Girls?

Rana Florida | Posted 02.28.2014 | Entertainment
Rana Florida

While I deplore Hollywood's pressure on women to be underweight and perfect, I don't believe that obesity can be a positive political statement. We should all be advocating for a healthy lifestyle, with a good diet and sufficient exercise.

The Elephant in the Waiting Room

Gary H. Cohen | Posted 03.18.2014 | Impact
Gary H. Cohen

Amid the Obama administration's mismanagement of the electronic enrollment process in the health care marketplace and Republicans' obsessive calls for repealing the Affordable Care Act, neither party is addressing the fundamental flaw in the entire health care system -- we only know how to treat sick people.

Education Or Income: Which Is More Likely To Help You Lose Weight?

Posted 09.20.2013 | Black Voices

Researchers have been studying the relationship between body mass index and socioeconomic status for years, agreeing, for the most part, that women in...

Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson

Losing Patients: Inside The Fight For Black America's Health

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 07.24.2013 | Black Voices

This article is part of a Huffington Post series examining the state of Black America. To read more, click here. For her 40th birthday in October 2...

American Medical Association Declares Obesity a Disease

Lauren Warnecke | Posted 08.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Lauren Warnecke

Victimizing obesity as a disease is dangerous territory, and from my perspective just feels like another excuse for pharmaceutical companies to make money. Why would anyone choose diet and exercise over a magic pill? I certainly wouldn't.

You're Most Likely To Be Obese If..

The Huffington Post | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 06.14.2013 | Black Voices

Seventy-two percent of African-American children are raised in single-parent households, according to the most recent figures from the Centers for Dis...

BMI Decreases The Further You Live From This

Posted 05.20.2013 | Black Voices

Fast food isn't the only culprit in the country's growing obesity epidemic, a study from UCLA claimed earlier this year. But before letting McDonald's...

Fixing Obesity

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.17.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

As a culture, we are drowning in calories of mostly very dubious quality, and drowning in an excess of labor-saving technology. I have compared obesity to drowning before, but want to dive more deeply today into the implications for fixing what ails us.

All for One

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.09.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

One after another of these young people talked about finding not just a community of understanding at Mindstream, but a new family. They reported finding confidence they never had, self-esteem they had lost. They found self-respect, and purpose, and passion.

Malcolm Gladwell, Proof and Soda

Michael Hobbes | Posted 06.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Hobbes

Starting in the 1990s, governments started taking tobacco prevention seriously. They removed vending machines, taxed cigarettes, banned smoking in bars and prevented marketing anywhere kids might see it. I think in the next 10 years you'll see the same thing with soda.

Is Obesity Genetic?

Posted 04.23.2013 | Black Voices

With one study ruling out lack of exercise as a leading cause of obesity among African-Americans, new research from Dartmouth's Institute for Quantita...

Plate Size Matters

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 06.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

A new study out of Temple University suggests that one solution to helping kids eat less is to give them smaller plates. With childhood obesity rates so high, we need effective strategies to help youngsters eat more healthfully and eat less.

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.