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Are We Fatter Than We Think We Are?

John Dick | Posted 08.10.2013 | Healthy Living
John Dick

Over the past year, we asked more than 130,000 Americans a simple question -- "Do you consider yourself to be overweight?" -- with a super-simple yes/no response set. We then queried thousands of other respondent attributes in our database and flagged some of the more fascinating and quirky cross tabs.

Munching Through Life's Travails

Wray Herbert | Posted 08.05.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

Given our high-stress modern lives, it's likely that anxious munching is contributing to the nation's obesity epidemic. But is this really a complete picture of stress and eating?

9 Habits Of People Who Love Their Weight

Posted 05.29.2013 | OWN

By Corrie Pikul They're healthy -- but not stick-skinny. They eat well -- most of the time. And while they don't love shopping for a swimsuit, they...

It Is What's Inside That Counts

Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin | Posted 07.22.2013 | Women
Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin

My community looks to the rabbi as the one who embodies Torah and shares it with them. They don't really care much about the shape or gender of the person who transmits it and teaches it.

Hey Baby, What's Your Number?: Step Off the Scale

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 07.15.2013 | Women
Sheila Moeschen

Allure's highlighting of Saldana's weight reduces this talented performer to a one-dimensional image, reinforcing the strange and fraught relationship women (and men) have with one of the most reviled twentieth-century innovations: the bathroom scale.

I'm With Mitt: A Quick Aside for Christie

Steven Brykman | Posted 07.10.2013 | Comedy
Steven Brykman

I'm not one to let the Republicans get away with much, as anyone knows who's read any part of this blog, but there's only one word to describe NPR's coverage of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's recent lap-band surgery -- unfair.

My Hero, Chris Christie

Robin Lakoff | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Robin Lakoff

I cannot imagine a circumstance in which he would get my vote. (Well, maybe I can -- if for instance he were running against Ted Cruz.) But there are things about the man himself that I greatly admire.

Let's Talk About Fat, Let's Talk About What You Think of Me

Maurice Tracy | Posted 07.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Maurice Tracy

America hates fat people. There, I said it. I'll say it again: America hates fat people. We make America feel uncomfortable. We require attention. You cannot ignore us as we walk down a street, or sit in our car, or dare to enter a mall.

Brooke Elliott: Promoting Positive Body Image in a Weight-Obsessed World

Kristen Houghton | Posted 06.23.2013 | Women
Kristen Houghton

I totally love Brooke Elliott. She is perfect just the way she is and she makes me feel comfortable in my own body and with my own weight.

Why Weight Loss Is A Social Activity

Posted 04.11.2013 | Healthy Living

By Shana Lebowitz "I'm doing this for me" is a powerful mantra, but individuality isn't always a help when it comes to weight loss. According to ...

Why Weigh?

Mirabai Holland | Posted 05.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Mirabai Holland

Some health and fitness professionals have made a compelling case for ignoring the scale, saying that measuring one's percentage of body fat is the most accurate way to track one's fitness level.

How Becoming a Mom Improved My Body Image

The Chopra Well | Posted 05.08.2013 | Parents
The Chopra Well

I was frightened of passing down my body obsession and eating disordered history to daughters. With boys, I thought I'd be safe. Boys eat and run and eat some more. Boys don't ask if they look fat in their jeans, right?

Leave Our Princesses Alone

Liz Kozak | Posted 05.07.2013 | Parents
Liz Kozak

...Is it just me, or does it look like Cinderella's been making pies outta that pumpkin carriage? ...More like "Beauty and the BEEF," know what I'm saying???

The Stigma of Obesity

Jennifer Hamady | Posted 05.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Hamady

The majority of us would be outraged by, and would not stand for, the same slandering of Asian, black, female, gay, elderly, or disabled Americans. Why, then, do we tolerate those who focus the same vitriol on people who are overweight?

10 Celebrity Bodies We Need to Stop Talking About

Posted 02.24.2013 | Healthy Living

By Charlotte Andersen for Shape.com There's so much more to these famous females (and one male) than their figures! Here, we reveal the inspiring q...

Is a Hot Object Heavier Than a Cold One?

Quora | Posted 04.21.2013 | Science
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Frank Heile, Physicist, Software Engineer, Consciousness Theory Yes. If you have absolutely ...

The PRH (Personal Responsibility for Health) Chronicles, Part 4: Polar Bears in the Sahara

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.17.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We have a natural environment. And a world of fast-food drive-through restaurants, fax machines, escalators and email is not it. The nutritional environment we live in is toxic to us. The effects of that toxicity are rampant chronic disease and epidemic obesity.

Chris Christie: The Biggest Winner?

Rachele M. Pojednic, Ed.M, M.S. | Posted 04.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Rachele M. Pojednic, Ed.M, M.S.

Chris Christie's weight doesn't have to be a discussion about presidential fitness, fame-seeking physicians, or snarky late night TV hosts. But it should initiate a dialogue about the literal, physical health of the nation, and Governor Christie would do well by starting it.

The Most Important Conversation I've Had With My Daughter About Her Body

Kim Bongiorno | Posted 10.03.2013 | Parents
Kim Bongiorno

I was sitting on a toilet, feeling surprised and kind of insulted, when I realized I had an opportunity before me like no other.

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.