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Obesity in America

Food, Sex, Obesity and Weight Loss: What Are the Connections?

William Anderson, MA, LMHC | Posted 08.18.2012 | Healthy Living
William Anderson, MA, LMHC

We all know intuitively that there are powerful connections between eating and sex, and between sex and weight loss. All my clients, even those who initially deny it, will own up to this.

Obesity: America's Next Great National Security Threat?

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 06.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

While obesity is traditionally considered a public health and medical issue, the rapid increase in the national prevalence of obesity and overweight is affecting America's ability to defend itself militarily and perform competitively in business.

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...

The Problem With Our Approach To The Obesity Epidemic

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.19.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Fundamentally, we have converted a world in which calories were relatively scarce and hard to get and physical activity unavoidable into a world where physical activity is scarce and hard to get and calories are unavoidable.

Are Airplane Seats Strong Enough For Overweight Passengers?

nytimes.com | CHRISTINE NEGRONI | Posted 05.08.2012 | Travel

More than six decades ago, when the federal standards on the strength of airplane seats and seat belts were written, government regulations specified ...

America's Costly Lifestyles

Joe S. Moore | Posted 06.30.2012 | Politics
Joe S. Moore

Our health care system isn't truly a health care system at all. It's a "sick care system" focused on addressing symptoms and treating illness, with little intent on keeping people well in the first place.

As America's Waistline Expands, Costs Soar

Reuters | Posted 06.30.2012 | Healthy Living

* $190 billion a year in excess medical spending * Many costs borne by non-obese, as in higher insurance premiums * Ant...

Are Environmental Chemicals Making Us Fat?

Monica Reinagel, MS, LDN, CNS | Posted 06.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Monica Reinagel, MS, LDN, CNS

A small but growing number of researchers believe that environmental pollutants and industrial chemicals are to blame for the obesity epidemic. This, of course, bucks the conventional wisdom that our increasing girth is simply the result of eating too much and exercising too little.

Obesity: How We Got Here

Jeff Halevy | Posted 05.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Jeff Halevy

I find that amongst those who do not believe obesity is a serious health problem, there are a few common misunderstandings and errors in logic.

The Most (And Least) Obese Metro Areas In The U.S.

Posted 03.12.2012 | Healthy Living

Despite benefitting from a more relaxed vibe and abundant fresh air, rural dwellers aren't necessarily healthier than people who live in cities. In fa...

Agent of Change of the Month: Dr. Mark Hyman

Rachel P. Goldstein | Posted 05.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Rachel P. Goldstein

Thanks to the doctors and healers in my life, not only have I benefited, but my family, friends and extensive social media networks have also been given the opportunity to absorb some of the top wellness wisdom out there today.

Southern Fried Pancreas

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 03.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Jeff Schweitzer

The collective reaction to Paula Deen's diabetes announcement tells us much about our attitude toward health and nutrition. Of course nobody is shocked at the news, but many commentators missed an opportunity to make a bigger point.

Fitness and Obesity Trends to Watch for in 2012: It's Not a Small World After All

Carole Carson | Posted 03.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Carole Carson

By 2020, four out of five of your friends, coworkers, family members and neighbors will be overweight or obese, and half of them will be diabetic or prediabetic. Today's reality, however, does not dictate the future.

Obesity Decreasing Slightly In America, Survey Finds

The Huffington Post | Amanda Chan | Posted 12.07.2011 | Healthy Living

A recent Gallup poll shows a little bit of good news with regard to America's obesity epidemic: Obesity rates are decreasing slightly across most demo...

Watch: America's Obesity Epidemic Growing At Alarming Rate

Posted 09.08.2011 | Healthy Living

A study released this week paints an abysmal picture of how America's obesity epidemic continues to boom. Colorado is now the only state in the na...

Are Healthy (And Unhealthy) Habits Contagious?

David R. Hamilton, Ph.D. | Posted 07.29.2011 | Healthy Living
David R. Hamilton, Ph.D.

What is quite startling, however, from the social network research is that obesity spreads almost like an infectious disease, not just to friends but to friends of friends, and further.

The Growing Latino Weight Boom

Ray Suarez | Posted 05.27.2011 | Home
Ray Suarez

Americans are already where the rest of the world is heading. It will be interesting to see if this country can start to solve the problem as the rest of the world realizes a sizable majority has a weight problem.

Being Fat In America

John Robbins | Posted 05.26.2011 | Home
John Robbins

It's quite a world we live in it, isn't it? On the one hand, we have the Heart Attack Grill, whose 570-pound spokesman died this month at the age of 29. On the other, we have people like Natala and Matt Constantine, who have taken a different path.

Have Americans Literally Outgrown Heath Care?

Health.com | By Amanda Gardner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Ann Silk, M.D., worries about her overweight patients. But Dr. Silk, an internal-medicine resident at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, i...

The Good And Bad Effects Faith Can Have On Obesity

David Briggs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Briggs

Substantial research shows churches, synagogues and mosques can promote exercise, healthier diets and improved self-images. But cultural stigma appears to be keeping some overweight people from entering the doors of houses of worship.

Being Even A Little Overweight Increases Health Risks

AP | STEPHANIE NANO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

NEW YORK — Lugging around a few extra pounds? One of the largest studies to look at health and weight finds that you don't have to be obese to r...

First Lady Expands 'Let's Move' Obesity Initiative To Religious Groups

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) First lady Michelle Obama has expanded her "Let's Move" initiative to reduce childhood obes...

Fat, Sick And Nearly Dead: How One Man Took Control Of His Eating Habits

Joe Cross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Joe Cross

Next spring, I will release a documentary film entitled FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD. I'd never made a film before -- much less one in which I am the sub...

Science vs. Politics: Will A Soda Tax Really Lower Obesity Rates?

John E. Calfee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
John E. Calfee

In the case of diet and obesity, research based on correlations has provided contradictory evidence on the impact of soda prices or taxes; the most rigorous statistical studies tend to find no impact at all.

U.S. Obesity Rate Will Hit 42 Percent In 2050, Experts Say

Health.com | Amanda Gardner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Just over one-third of American adults are obese. Though alarmingly high, this rate has remained relatively steady over the past decade, leading some public health experts to suggest that the obesity epidemic has peaked.