Over the past few years, American society has put a focus on making healthier choices. The rising obesity rate has many people concerned about the health of Americans. Recently, McDonalds has begun displaying the calorie counts of each item on the menus. The goal is for consumers to think about what they’re buying. Many people blame [...]
In this day and age, we are bombarded with images and information about health on perhaps more than a daily basis. From Weight Watchers commercials, to FDA recalls, to “studies have shown that [fill-in-the-blank food] can help your [fill-in-the-blank organ],” health and body image is everywhere. The next craze that is now taking over the [...]
In his post yesterday, Kelly Brownell of TIME Magazine revived an old idea: tax soda. Various states and cities, he says, are considering leveling such a tax against sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs). Besides discouraging the consumption of unhealthful beverages, the economic benefits of such a tax, says Bronwell, would be significant.
There are two lovely posts that cropped up last week defending NJ Governor Chris Christie from attacks on his girth: Jonathan Chait’s Chris Christie is Fat. So What? in New York Magazine and Frank Bruni’s The Round and the Oval in the New York Times...
Many of you reading our most recent issue may wonder how we can even raise the question of whether it’s possible to be both fat and healthy. “There’s scientific evidence!” you might say. “Excess body fat has been proven to be unhealthy.” Enter this New York Times article from a few weeks ago that discusses how the statistical framework researchers [...]
We've finally done it America- we are now living in a country with more obese citizens than overweight ones, according to the latest federal government statistics. "Numbers posted by the National Center for Health Statistics show that more than 34 percent of Americans are obese, compared to 32.7 percent who are overweight. It said just [...]
I find this kind of troubling: A federal advisory panel Friday endorsed an expansion of the use of Allergan’s Lap-Band stomach-restricting device to patients who are less than severely obese. The vote could pave the way to double the number of Americans who qualify for weight-loss surgery. And it could eventually lead to making other types [...]
Obesity is a socially sensitive subject in America. However, in attempting to be accepting of all of humankind’s shapes and sizes, certain practical issues tend to intrude. One example hits especially close to home…or, shall I say, on the way home. On my recent Delta Airlines flight, when I arrived at my seat the large woman on the aisle [...]
I’ve never been particularly fond of The Biggest Loser, a popular weight loss show on NBC that puts its contestants through grueling workouts and half-naked weekly weigh-ins. And when I say it's popular, I mean really popular: in January it was NBC's top-rated show, outranking Lost and The Office, and it has spawned spin-offs across [...]
It’s safe to say that there’s almost nothing more satisfying than biting into a long-awaited piece of cheese pizza at Backroom. But would it be just as satisfying if we actually knew what we were eating? The USDA has been marketing health warnings about saturated fat that has prompted Americans to move towards a low-fat [...]
Okay, so Americans are fat: we know this already. It’s about time we do something about it rather than repeatedly restating the obvious. Luckily, many employers are finally beginning a movement to improve the health of their workers. Even if their intentions are more selfish (like hoping to lower the charges from their employees’ health benefits), the results of these [...]