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Are You Fatter Than You Were Four Years Ago?

The candidates have talked a lot about health care this election cycle, but not so much about the actual health of Americans. According to a study by Gallup, adult Americans of just about every age are likelier to be obese today than they were in 2008.

Posted on Oct 24, 2012 READ MORE



AMC

We’re Fatter Than We Thought

New study, new round of bad news. Researchers have determined that the level of obesity in the U.S. is being dramatically underreported. The current, too-conservative estimate already says that one in three Americans is obese, so this may be one time you don’t want to click “Read more.”

Posted on Apr 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Even More Good News About Chocolate

This could be a particularly rich example of how scientific study results can be read in seemingly contradictory ways, as what we have here is research that purports to find a possible link between consuming chocolate and staying thin.

Posted on Mar 27, 2012 READ MORE



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Sugar: It Could Be Worse Than You Think

According to The New York Times’ Gary Taubes, who isn’t a scientist but is a journalist obsessed with the topic, the recent uptick in anti-sugar sentiment in nutritional (and lay) circles isn’t without basis. In fact, he goes so far as to essentially answer his headline question “Is Sugar Toxic?” in the affirmative.

Posted on Apr 13, 2011 READ MORE



Centers for Disease Control / Dr. G. William Gary Jr.

Cold Virus Linked to Childhood Obesity

It could be that obese kids are just likelier to catch colds, but research suggests that adenovirus 36 may actually be rewriting fat cells in children, causing them to gain more weight.

Posted on Sep 20, 2010 READ MORE


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Pressure Is On to Tighten the Pentagon’s Waist

Does the Defense Department’s budget make the Pentagon look fat? Some officials believe so, as political and economic pressure to cut the U.S. military’s bloated spending habit has stirred the first serious debate on the Pentagon’s budget since 2001’s terrorist attacks.

Posted on Jul 23, 2010 READ MORE



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Science Diet: It’s in the Genes

Low carb or low fat? Diet trends have led to diet debate. Luckily, some actual scientists are weighing in. The preliminary results of a small study suggest that some of us just process food differently, and picking the right diet based on a gene test could shed two to three times more weight.

Posted on Mar 4, 2010 READ MORE



Illustration from sanctumsolitude and Marc Mongenet

God Save the Queen ... and Room for Dessert

America isn’t the only country trying to eat its way to happiness. A new study predicts that by the year 2020, 81 percent of adult British men and 68 percent of women will be obese or overweight. (continued)

Posted on Feb 16, 2010 READ MORE



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Turning the Corner on Obesity

An assessment by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found the obesity rate among Americans to be leveling off or even slowing down. But experts warn against premature celebration, as the country’s overweight/obesity level still sits at an unhealthy 68 percent of adults.

Posted on Jan 14, 2010 READ MORE


Dr Daines

Soda, Fat and You

New York Health Commissioner and aspiring prop comic Richard Daines, M.D., defends his governor’s proposed obesity tax with this hokey yet alarming demonstration.

Posted on Dec 29, 2008 READ MORE


Is Obesity Contagious?:  Round Two

It’s beginning to look like there’s nowhere to hide from the often-referenced “obesity epidemic.”  First came the news this month that friends may cause each others’ waistlines to expand, and now there’s a new study out that links excess weight, in certain cases, to a common cold-inducing virus, adenovirus-36.

Posted on Aug 20, 2007 READ MORE


Satire: Hillary Tries to Fatten Up the Competition

In a move that raised eyebrows among observers of the 2008 campaign for the Democratic nomination for president, Sen. Hillary Clinton today sent former Vice President Al Gore a gift basket laden with high-calorie treats.

Posted on Jun 2, 2007 READ MORE


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csm.ornl.gov

The Ultimate Diet Pill

Researchers have found a way to trigger a gene that causes the body to burn fat—without exercise. Mice tested with the wonder drug not only lost weight, but kept the pounds off while eating fatty foods. Needless to say, the same effect can be achieved through a healthy lifestyle, but who has the time?

Posted on Apr 30, 2007 READ MORE


Jerry Falwell
From equalityride.com

Southern Religion Makes Us Fat, Says Study

Protestants in general, and Baptists in particular, are much heavier on the whole than their American counterparts in other religions, a Purdue sociology professor has found. Prime example: Jerry Falwell (above). One possible reason: Baptists are denied so many vices, food is “one of the few available sources of earthly pleasures,” says the professor.

Posted on Aug 28, 2006 READ MORE


Jon Stewart on Bush's wieght-gain

Stewart to President: ?I Give Up.  You?re F—-ing Insane?

After Tony Snow announced the results of Bush?s recent physical, “The Daily Show? host seized the opportunity to mock the president?s weight gain. But when Bush, in a speech, began talking about eating crabs with the 1972 Miami Dolphins, Stewart decided that the president had, finally, gone off the deep end.

Posted on Aug 3, 2006 READ MORE


Low-Fat Ice Cream Uses Cloned Fish Blood Proteins

Appetizing news from the N.Y. Times: “New industrial processes, including one that involves a protein cloned from the blood of an Arctic Ocean fish, have allowed manufacturers to produce very creamy, dense, reduced-fat ice creams with fewer additives.”
Yum.

Posted on Jul 27, 2006 READ MORE


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Murtha Attacks Rove on ‘Cut and Run’ Comments

Antiwar Democratic Rep. John Murtha on Karl Rove’s assertion that Democrats are, essentially, cowards on Iraq: “He?s sitting in his air-conditioned office on his big, fat backside—saying stay the course. That?s not a plan!”

Posted on Jun 19, 2006 READ MORE


Potato Chips
From lays.com

Lay’s Chips to Use Healthier Oil

In an industry-rocking move, the nation’s leading potato chip manufacturer will reduce saturated fat by switching from cottonseed oil to sunflower oil.

Posted on May 3, 2006 READ MORE


Soda Sales Will Stop in Most Public Schools

The nation’s largest beverage distributors have agreed to remove the sugary drinks from school vending machines and cafeterias. Bill Clinton brokered the deal.

Posted on May 3, 2006 READ MORE


Americans No Longer Find Fat Unattractive

Despite the diet books, U.S. adults are much more accepting of overweight people, according to a study. | story

Posted on Jan 11, 2006 READ MORE


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