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Obesity Crisis

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.

Overweight Brits May Lose Health Benefits If They Refuse Exercise

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 01.09.2013 | Healthy Living

To tackle an ever-worsening obesity problem in the U.K., policymakers in the London area of Westminster are currently mulling over a controversial pla...

Tackling Obesity: Cheers to the New Year -- Another Chance to Get It Right

Carole Carson | Posted 03.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Carole Carson

Advice on how to lose weight weighs heavily on us. Wherever we turn, we hear, see or read the depressing message that our health will suffer if we don't trim down.

Come Out of Fat Denial, America!

Irene Rubaum-Keller | Posted 02.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Irene Rubaum-Keller

It is my mission to help you lose weight, feel better, look better and live a healthy and happy long life. You can't do those things if you are overweight and in denial about it. Your weight is ultimately something you can control. I'd like to help you do just that.

Is Technology Making Us Fat?

Neil Jordan | Posted 02.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Neil Jordan

As you look to your own list of resolutions this year, consider taking that first step to using technology to take control of your health and gaining a better quality of life.

'Daddy, Is This Good for Me?'

Michael Segal | Posted 02.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Segal

The lack of a publicly-accessible database of labels is inhibiting the innovation in the area of healthy nutrition and marginalizes the benefits of using labels by the consumers.

Black Women Battle Obesity With Dialogue, Action

AP | STACY A. ANDERSON | Posted 02.09.2013 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON — Nicole Ari Parker was motivated by frustration. For Star Jones, it was a matter of life or death. Toni Carey wanted a fresh start a...

Untangling the 'Healthy Habits' Conundrum

Michael Segal | Posted 01.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Segal

The reason we don't always make healthy choices is simply because it is hard. Even people who are highly motivated and have strong willpower may fail to establish healthy habits in the long term if they don't adopt the right methods.

Thanksgiving: Should America Cut Back Due to Obesity Crisis?

Rajiv Narayan | Posted 01.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Rajiv Narayan

I don't think the holidays should be canceled. A more precise solution is needed to tackle a more complex problem for a rising population in our society. But let's have that discussion instead of one that perpetuates the the tired and unhelpful way we currently talk about obesity.

Before Scientific Discovery, There Was Truth

Yogi Cameron Alborzian | Posted 01.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Yogi Cameron Alborzian

The ancient sages of India developed a tradition of personal health and growth that stood the test of time through many centuries of practice and implementation.

Enlisting Technology to Fight Obesity

Michael Segal | Posted 12.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Segal

There is no single silver bullet in fighting obesity. Government legislation, corporate responsibility, education and personal responsibility, combined with web and mobile services, can all help people eat healthy and fight obesity.

Making Prevention a Priority

Kathy Ko Chin | Posted 12.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Kathy Ko Chin

Preventing obesity-associated chronic diseases and improving our nation's public health requires policy, systems and environmental change. Where we live, eat, sleep, work, learn, and play all impact our health.

Chewing On The Future of Food

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.26.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Our cultural attitudes about the use of our feet and our forks are ill-advised, but not crazy; they always made sense before. For most of human history, calories were relatively scarce and physical activity was unavoidable. Our prevailing inclinations are well-suited to that scenario.

Portion Sizes in the U.S. Continue to Increase: Time for Action

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 12.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

As my colleague and I illustrate in our recent paper, the trend toward larger portions coincides with the availability of calories in the U.S. food supply and the rising prevalence of overweight and obesity. So what can we do about this continued trend toward larger portions?

Why I Can't Quite Be Okay With 'Okay at Any Size'

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.17.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

So "okay at any size" seems to be gathering pop culture momentum. And I regret to say, I can't be entirely okay with that. It's not the size I'm not okay with -- it's the consequences.

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?

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.