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Research Suggests Weight Gain Is Contagious

Joanna Dolgoff, M.D. | Posted 07.19.2011 | Healthy Living
Joanna Dolgoff, M.D.

A new study suggests that obesity spreads socially not because friends have shared ideas about acceptable body size, but because they share environments and carry out activities together that may contribute to weight gain.

The Force Is With Her: Carrie Fisher Drops 30lb

Posted 07.12.2011 | Entertainment

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Are Weight Loss And Common Sense At War?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.25.2011 | Home
David Katz, M.D.

I am surprised, and even more so concerned, about how readily people with good common sense switch it off when it comes to weight control and the illusory promise of a quick fix.

Why Do We Think Overweight Is Normal?

Oz Garcia | Posted 06.12.2011 | Home
Oz Garcia

The Columbia University researchers presented findings at a recent American Heart Association conference that showed the heavier the mothers and children were, the more likely they were to misjudge their weight.

Could Your Favorite Restaurant Be Partially Responsible For You Developing Diabetes?

Milt Bedingfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Milt Bedingfield

I will continue to frequent this restaurant, because overall I consider it a very nice place that has always treated me well. But next time I am asked if I want fries or a cookie to go with my sandwich, without hesitation, I will say, "No thank you."

Exercise Etiquette

Lisa Mirza Grotts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lisa Mirza Grotts

Don't Weight! The New Year is well on its way to springtime. If you haven't bought into the infomercials about dropping two sizes in a week or taking ...

'Too Fat For 15': Morbid Obesity And Teens

Kristen Houghton | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kristen Houghton

Losing the weight is choosing to live, and these kids -- at a very young age -- have made the choice to live healthily.

"Does This Make Me Look Fat?" The Best Way to Respond

Dr. Susan Albers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Dr. Susan Albers

Before you answer, think about this advice. Consider what she is really asking. Don't take this question literally.

Millionaire Matchmaker Minute-by-Minute Recap: Sit, Paris Hilton, Heel!

Meredith Fineman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Meredith Fineman

Hay guys. It's that time of the semana again. It's time for our favorite Lady of New Jersey Who Is Not A Real Housewife But Should Be. Patti Stanger. And her impressively loud voice.

Oprah's 'Ah Ha' Moment About Food and Weight

Dr. Susan Albers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Dr. Susan Albers

It's a good time to be an Oprah fan, particularly if you are a chronic dieter or someone who frets about your weight.

A Guilt-Free Thanksgiving

Valerie Orsoni | Posted 01.14.2012 | Home
Valerie Orsoni

Here is a simple, well-thought-out nutrition and exercise plan for the four-day holiday weekend to help anyone avoid guilt and stress -- and the weigh...

The Weekly Pulse: Michael Pollan's Rules for Thanksgiving, Plus Whole Foods' Healthcare Lies

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

Editor's Note: Happy Thanksgiving from the Media Consortium! This week, we aren't stopping The Audit, The Pulse, The Diaspora, or The Mulch, but we ar...

New Diet Pill In Question

AP | STEPHANIE NANO | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

NEW YORK — Editors of a top medical journal call Meridia "another flawed diet pill" and question whether it should stay on the market as a study sho...

The Real Health Care Reform Program

Dr. Jonny Bowden | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jonny Bowden

Both diabetes and obesity can be largely prevented and their staggering costs -- physically and financially -- can be substantially reduced.

Body Image Backlash: Female Celebrities and the Weight-obsessed Media

Juliette Fretté | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Juliette Fretté

Remember when female celebrities were curvy and beautiful and nobody cared? Or rather, when they were curvy and beautiful and people appreciated their unique appeal instead of dissecting it?

Fifty First (J)Dates: Liar, Liar

Meredith Fineman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Meredith Fineman

It's no secret that people lie about themselves on JDate. Or elaborate the truth. And it's never about education or family, but rather about physical ...

Obesity, Demystified

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I believe most people understand that epidemic obesity is overwhelmingly accounted for by too many calories in, too few calories out. But in many quarters, there is surprising resistance to that notion.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Mindful Nighttime Eating

Janice Taylor | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Janice Taylor

For many of us the biggest challenge in our day comes at night. We find it almost impossible to simply put down the fork and move on into the night without our minds drifting towards food.

4 Pieces to Wear on a Fat Day

Michelle Madhok | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Michelle Madhok

To feel skinny on a fat day try to add structure, and perhaps play with proportion so you'll look longer and leaner -- hiding under tentlike clothes will likely just remind you that you're feeling less than awesome.

We Still Need a Food Supply for Dummies!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Advice to eat more plant foods simply states the destination; it does not provide the step-by-step, GPS-like guidance people need to move in that direction. Besides, alas, it doesn't work.

Sleep: Your Dedicated Health Care Partner

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 05.26.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Not getting enough sleep on a regular basis can become a health issue. In fact, sleep can do so many good things, think of it as your health care partner.

Lose 10 Pounds Instantly

Rajiv Narayan | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rajiv Narayan

For most people, the ultimate goal of weight-loss is to look better. That's what it means to be healthy. Ideally, people want to feel better too, but that's more secondary of a goal.

Saying Good-bye to the 'Fat' Girl: Losing Weight Only for Myself

Kristen Houghton | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kristen Houghton

As I saw it I had two options. Was I going to be happy carrying around thirty extra pounds for the rest of my life? Or was I finally going to deal with losing that weight and keeping it off?

Feeling Fat? Forget Your Diet, Check This Out

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

What if you could take control of your waistline just by logging a few more minutes (and for some, hours) of restful sleep a night? Something to think about.

It's Not the Weight: Why 'Fat is Beautiful' is Not the Answer

Adia Colar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Adia Colar

While I appreciate the culture's desire for larger women, I hope for a culture that appreciates women just as we are.