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Obesity in America

'Parts Of The World Are Literally Eating Themselves To Death'

AP | MARIA CHENG | Posted 05.29.2014 | Healthy Living

LONDON (AP) — Almost a third of the world is now fat, and no country has been able to curb obesity rates in the last three decades, according to a n...

Campaign Uses 'Gross-Out' Method To Successfully Combat Teen Obesity

Posted 11.15.2013 | Parents

All over the country, public officials are seeking ways to combat America’s obesity problem. Last year, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed a ...

Could A 'Fat Letter' Be The Intervention Needed To End Childhood Obesity?

Posted 11.08.2013 | Healthy Living

According to the CDC, 17 percent of all children and adolescents are classified as obese in the U.S. This number has continued to rise in the past 30...

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...

Ah, Sugar Sugar

Renee Fisher | Posted 10.07.2013 | Fifty
Renee Fisher

Life in the Boomer Lane's definition of a perfect ménage-a-trois would be to have sex with Now Husband, while another man spoon feeds her coffee Haagen Dazs.

Interview: Lionel Shriver on Big Brother and the Obesity Epidemic

Chris Sosa | Posted 09.29.2013 | Books
Chris Sosa

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.

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...

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...

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...

Still Believe 'A Calorie Is A Calorie'?

Robert Lustig, M.D. | Posted 04.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Lustig, M.D.

Sugar in excess is a toxin, unrelated to its calories. The dose determines the poison. Like alcohol, a little sugar is fine, but a lot is not. And the food industry has put us way over our limit.

The PRH (Personal Responsibility for Health) Chronicles, Part 5: Science, Sense, and Sandbags

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.27.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Epidemic obesity and chronic disease is, like a perfect storm, the product of massive and protean forces. It is an emergency in slow motion, but an emergency just the same. Like any other storm, these threats call for a brisk and well-coordinated crisis response that has yet to materialize fully.

Being American Is Bad for Your Health

Marty Kaplan | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics
Marty Kaplan

Stark income inequality and poverty separate us from other wealthy nations, who also have more generous safety nets and demonstrate greater social mobility than we do. In America, the best predictor of good or bad health is the income level of your zip code.

The Super Bowl Halftime Show Should Not Be Promoting a Public Health Threat

Kristin Van Busum | Posted 04.03.2013 | Food
Kristin Van Busum

Today's public does not recognize the public health danger associated with sugar-sweetened soda. But with the advance of public awareness, it's possible that images of Beyoncé with the Pepsi logo painted on her lips might be reserved for history books.

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.

'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.

The Dreaded Parent-Child Talk

Scott Kahan, M.D. | Posted 12.25.2012 | Parents
Scott Kahan, M.D.

We all dread the day our children come to us with that question...

Christina Wilkie

Too Fat To Work? Advocates Debate Whether Obesity Is Disability

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 10.04.2012 | Business

"I've been a fat person all my life," said Peggy Howell, 65, of Las Vegas, Nevada. "I went from being a chubby kid to a fat teenager to a fat adult." ...

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...

INFOGRAPHIC: How Obesity Is Growing In America

Posted 08.24.2012 | Healthy Living

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Are Zara Sizes Too Small For Americans?

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Adams | Posted 08.15.2012 | Style

Have you ever left Zara empty-handed because the thought of purchasing a pair of jeans a couple of sizes larger than your typical pair is just too muc...

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...

'Am I Overweight?' Post 50s Most Likely To Think 'No'

The Huffington Post | Anthonia Akitunde | Posted 08.02.2012 | Fifty

If the weight you report on your driver’s license is a few pounds shy of what appears when you weigh in at the doctor’s office, you’re not alone...

Screening for Obesity: Weighed, Measured, and Found Wanting

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.28.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The updated advice from the Preventive Services Task Force about obesity screening harbors good, bad, and a bit of the downright silly.