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 [...]