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The PRH (Personal Responsibility for Health) Chronicles, Part 2: The Way We Are

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.11.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

This particular morning in mid-April was quite chilly, although clear. In fact, the early suffusion of sunlight was promising a day of great beauty. Not that Michelle was listening to such promises. Far too busy. And besides, the climate inside was always perfect.

Is It Possible to Have Empathy Without Being Patronizing?

Michael Hobbes | Posted 04.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Hobbes

I do this all the time, explain away a person's appearance and actions. I try really hard to give people the benefit of the doubt when they snap at their kids in public, cut me off in traffic, refuse to give up their seat to an old person on the train.

Christie Addresses Weight Issues On His Own Terms

AP | STEVE PEOPLES and ANGELA DELLI SANTI | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics

SEA BRIGHT, N.J. — Chris Christie began the workweek doughnut in hand, playfully embracing fat jokes on David Letterman's couch. The New Jersey...

The PRH (Personal Responsibility for Health) Chronicles, Part 1: The Way We Were

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.07.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The issue of personal responsibility for health and weight control comes up frequently in my professional circles, generating strong and opposing views. I have addressed this theme recently -- and many times in the past -- and expressed my own opinions.

A Simple Way to Lose Weight

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 03.31.2013 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

I've wanted to lose weight since my son was born in 1992 -- and before that, too. I haven't had much success, probably because I haven't worked that hard at it. Weight loss takes a lot of attention and dedication, and I've never been able to commit to it that way.

Why Do We Women Denigrate Our Own Bodies?

Kristen Houghton | Posted 03.27.2013 | Women
Kristen Houghton

We have such unlovely terms to describe our bodies. How good can you feel about yourself if you use those expressions to define parts of your own body? Not very. I think we're going too far with personal insults we aim at ourselves.

You Could Argue That I Don't Want Anything More Than I Want To Be Skinny. You Would Probably Be Right.

Kate Orazem | Posted 03.27.2013 | Women
Kate Orazem

I want to offer something like an elegy. For the girls I know and the girl I was, who engineer their lives for emptiness. For those who have died, or died a little. For a generation of brilliant, driven women who get up, look in the mirror, and demand less of themselves.

Stop Yo-Yo Dieting For Good

Posted 01.24.2013 | Healthy Living

By Dr. Mike Roussell for Shape.com Q: Why is it harder to lose weight each time I gain it back? A: Ironically, it probably isn't physically hard...

Dread The Scale? 5 Reasons You Can Skip Weighing Yourself

Posted 01.19.2013 | Healthy Living

By Cynthia Sass, M.P.H., R.D. How much do you hate weighing yourself? According to a UK survey, some women would rather be seen naked by a collea...

I'm OK to Weigh...

Kim Bongiorno | Posted 03.17.2013 | Parents
Kim Bongiorno

Over the last eight years, I have traversed the clothes racks from the size 14 section to the size 6. And I bet you just had an emotional response to those numbers, thinking it was really big or really small or too much of a range or something else altogether.

Beauty and the Boy: The Impact of Negative Body Image on Our Boys

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 03.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Even as our acceptance of less rigid gender roles grows in other areas, the pressure on boys to be "toned and muscular" represents a return to a traditional notion of masculinity and what it means to be a man. The message: It's fine if boys want to go around wearing sparkly nail polish as kids, as long as they grow up to be big and strong and macho.

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.

Kilogram Has Put On Weight, Scientists Say

Posted 01.07.2013 | Science

By: Tia Ghose Published: 01/06/2013 07:55 PM EST on LiveScience The kilogram may need to go on a diet. The international standard, a cylinder-shap...

This Is My Body

Amira Young | Posted 02.17.2013 | Divorce
Amira Young

I wasn't a person; I was a toy to him. And it made me feel ugly.

'Seventeen's' BMI Calculator Is Really (Really) Not OK

Christina Huffington | Posted 12.06.2012 | Women

A BMI calculator on a website for teen girls? Seventeen apparently thought it was a good idea. The magazine for adolescent girls featured a calculator...

When Bodies Matter More Than Babies: The Jessica Simpson Edition

Michelle Konstantinovsky | Posted 01.30.2013 | Women
Michelle Konstantinovsky

I realize that by continually contributing to the uncalled-for public discourse surrounding Jessica Simpson's appearance, I'm arguably just feeding the image-focused fire. And yet, I can't keep my fingers off the keyboard every time the star makes headlines for all the wrong reasons.

How I Learned To Eat Without Guilt On Thanksgiving

Kate Fridkis | Posted 01.19.2013 | Women
Kate Fridkis

We live deep inside a culture that is always yelling at us to diet. That assumes we all, every single one of us, want to be thinner.

How I Learned To 'Opt Out' Of Weight Loss Hysteria

Jezebel | Posted 10.25.2012 | Women

Growing up, I spent a lot of time on diets. At first, it was just something I did to make my parents happy; I didn't really care too much, I had other...

Should You Tell Someone They're Fat?

Paul LaRosa | Posted 12.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Paul LaRosa

I'm of the mind that telling someone they need to lose weight is a gift of sorts. Yes, they surely know they are fat but many people are not going to do anything about it until they are told to their face that everyone else knows they are fat and it's, well, unattractive.

Lady Gaga, Jennifer Hudson and Hollywood's Weight-Race Double Standard

Sarah Springer | Posted 12.15.2012 | Black Voices
Sarah Springer

Although Jennifer Hudson is being praised for her recent weight loss, the extra weight she carried in the beginning of her career was never really presented as an issue. Neither have Nicki Minaj's curves. In fact, those voluptuous bodies are considered the norm when it comes to these entertainers of color.

Talking About The Other F Word

Allure | Posted 10.03.2012 | Women

"Ok," I said to my daughter as she bent over her afternoon bowl of Cinnamon Life. "What's going on with you and J.?" J. is the ringleader of a group o...

Our Bodies: Perfect, Imperfect And Beautiful

Kristen Houghton | Posted 11.25.2012 | Women
Kristen Houghton

If I show you pictures of all the places I have been in my life, I can give you minute details about the place itself, the food, the sights and the weather. I can also tell you something else simply by looking at those pictures: The exact number on the scale I was at that particular time in my life.

Born This Way? The Upsetting Obsession Over Lady Gaga's Weight

Michelle Konstantinovsky | Posted 11.24.2012 | Women
Michelle Konstantinovsky

If you were searching for a case study in how quickly international acclaim, countless awards and stratospheric success become entirely overshadowed by a few pounds, look no further than the curious case of Lady Gaga.

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.