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Eat Less Red Meat. Cows Rejoice!

Recently, it seems like there are an increasing number of studies supporting the idea that eating too much red meat is bad for our health.

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Halve Your Sugar Intake to Prevent Diabetes and Obesity, World Health Organization Says

The World Health Organisation Wednesday said the recommended amount of sugar consumed daily should be halved as it stepped up its battle against public health problems like obesity and tooth decay.

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Loneliness Trumps Obesity in Danger to Elderly

Researchers looking into the impact of feelings of isolation on older people found that loneliness can be twice as unhealthy as obesity.

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Obesity Mainly Affects Poor People in Rich Countries, Especially Minority Women

It’s not about not having money, it’s about being penniless while others get richer.

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Everyone’s Getting Fatter, So Why Do We Still Believe Anything We’ve Been Told About Diets?

Obesity has “more than doubled” and diabetes quadrupled in the U.S. since the government issued advice as to what a “healthy diet” contains. So why on earth are we still taking in the faulty science? And where did these deadly misconceptions come from?

Posted on Jan 11, 2014 READ MORE



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Rest of World Gaining on American Obesity Rate

Although the United States has been riding the cutting edge of the global obesity trend for decades, other countries, including some in the developing world, are catching up. This is not progress.

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GOP Food Stamp Cuts Help the Rich, Hurt the Poor and Starve the Economy

As part of the New York Times series on “The Great Divide,” Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz dives into the pernicious link between campaign money, farm subsidies and starving Americans. It doesn’t speak well of us as a nation, or a political system.

Posted on Nov 19, 2013 READ MORE



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A Link Between Antibiotics and Obesity?

Researchers discovered that states with high rates of antibiotic use also tend to have higher obesity rates. The maps are striking, with the Southeast leading and the West Coast showing the lowest rates of prescription use and low obesity.

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Food Habits

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Why Are TED Talks Deceiving Us?

As the creative class suffers, TED Talks and books about creativity are on the rise; scientists have hit a turning point in Alzheimer’s research with a new discovery; meanwhile, while Americans are becoming increasingly obese, so are their pets. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Michelle Obama’s Anti-Obesity Campaign Might Actually Be Working

For the first time in decades, the obesity rate among low-income preschoolers is, to quote the head of the CDC, “moving in the right direction.”

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Targeting Obesity

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Pentagon Whistle-Blower Karen Kwiatkowski’s Secret History of the Iraq War

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Iraq whistle-blower reminds us that Bush lied. Plus: Obama in the Holy Land, antagonizing fat people and fighting to save a great work of political art.

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Pentagon Whistle-Blower Karen Kwiatkowski’s Secret History of the Iraq War

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Iraq whistle-blower reminds us that Bush lied. Plus: Obama in the Holy Land, antagonizing fat people and fighting to save a great work of political art.

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Buffalo Wing Shortage

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Overeating and Obesity

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Is Your Alarm Clock Making You Fat?

Setting an alarm clock before you go to bed could be hazardous to your health, according to research that looks at the body’s internal clock.

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Study: Obesity Gene May Help Prevent Depression

The same gene that may be increasing your girth may also be making you happier, according to a new report.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 READ MORE



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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.

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Rising Obesity

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Ulterior Motives

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Diet, Not Exercise, Key to Obesity, Scientists Find

Using a Tanzanian tribe as a stand-in for ancient humans, an international group of scientists determined that the hunter-gatherers burned calories no better than we fat, slobby Westerners, when corrected for size. This suggests that overeating is more to blame for obesity than the modern sedentary lifestyle.

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Fatter and Dumber

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Higgs Boson

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The Revolutionaries Feeding the Obesity Crisis

With the three meals hitting their caloric max-out point, Yum! Brands has been leading the effort to add a whole new gorging session to America’s daily schedule.

Posted on Jun 17, 2012 READ MORE


Slurpico

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Debt Obesity

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Obesity and Personal Responsibility

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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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Chris Christie’s Big Problem

Whether or not he lets himself be persuaded to run for president, Chris Christie needs to find some way to lose weight.

Posted on Sep 29, 2011 READ MORE


Nudity in San Francisco

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Christie, Still Not Running for President, Runs Into a Medical Detour

Chris Christie, who maintains he will not run for president although he recently made a visit to Iowa and Mitt Romney declared the New Jersey governor as his second choice for running mate, was hospitalized Thursday after an asthma attack. (more)

Posted on Jul 28, 2011 READ MORE



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Middle-Age Obesity Linked to Dementia Among Elderly

A study published in the journal Neurology reports that people who are obese in middle age are almost four times more likely than those of normal weight to develop diseases that lead to dementia in later life. (more)

Posted on May 2, 2011 READ MORE


Why the Fat Guy Should Lose His Privilege

The real explanation for the gender disparity is found in a chauvinist culture whose double standards demand physical perfection from women while simultaneously celebrating male corpulence.

Posted on Apr 29, 2011 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



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You Don’t Get to Know the Calorie Count of Your Movie Popcorn

Soon, Americans won’t be able to hide from the sometimes dismaying nutritional readouts on menus at their favorite chain restaurants—and even on some vending machines—but they still can in the soothing, darkened space of their local movie theater.

Posted on Apr 1, 2011 READ MORE


Right to Bear Gut

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Who’s Your Nanny?

The Obama administration is under attack for alleged nanny-state behavior—telling kids what to eat and how they should exercise. But where’s the critique of corporate intrusion into the personal lives of employees?

Posted on Feb 19, 2011 READ MORE



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Breast-Feeding Proposal Under Attack by Tea Party

In an effort to combat skyrocketing obesity rates and increase the general health of children in the U.S., Michelle Obama launched a campaign to encourage breast-feeding among American mothers. Who has a problem with that? Tea party hostesses Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann.

Posted on Feb 18, 2011 READ MORE



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Study: Working Moms Making Kids Fatter

Oh good, here’s another sciencey reason for working moms to fret. Researchers from three big U.S. universities teamed up to come to the dispiriting conclusion that there could well be a correlation between the amount of time mothers work and how much their kids weigh.

Posted on Feb 4, 2011 READ MORE



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Weight Problems Expanding in Europe

Sad but apparently true: Europeans are gaining on Americans. According to a newly released study, more than half of the adult European population is overweight, and their kids aren’t exactly fitness champs either.

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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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Junk Food Is the New Crack

Those who have ever suspected, after apparently taking leave of their reason in the face of their favorite junk food, that their guilt-inducing pleasure contained some highly addictive substance may not be too far off the mark, according to a new study.

Posted on Mar 29, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Portion Distortion’ Creeps Into Last Supper Paintings

Imagining and depicting Jesus’ final meal with his apostles has been an artistic obsession since the dawning of the Common Era, and thus it’s only fitting that the holy vittles on their plates might reflect the attitude about food prevalent in the cultures that produced the artists.

Posted on Mar 25, 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


Obese Tea Partyers

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Posted on Feb 16, 2010 READ MORE



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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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Americans Bingeing on Internet’s Info-Buffet

If it is true that “how you do one thing is how you do everything,” then Americans are right on track with their consumption habits, both in terms of food and information. Among his observations, The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson points out how the info-glut on the Internet doesn’t exactly lead to a more accurately informed public.

Posted on Jan 26, 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


Happy 40th Sesame Street

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