obesity

  • Why It's So Hard Not to Be Fat and Sick in America

    I cannot figure out how we can go on believing the nonsense being fed to us (pun intended) about food. Why are we not protesting in the streets at the injustices being put on us in the name of profit? It’s obvious to me that the bottom line of food companies and corporations has become far more important than the collective health of the people buying food.

    Why are we not protesting in the streets at the injustices being put on us in the name of profit?
    by Christina Pirello
  • Diabesity

    One of every two of you have a deadly disease that’s making you fat, sick, and will eventually kill you—and 90 percent of you don’t even know you have it. What’s worse is that your doctors are not trained to find it, and most don’t even look for it. This problem will cost us $3.5 trillion over the next ten years. It is bankrupting our economy.

    Why You Are Sick and Fat, and What to Do About It
    by Mark Hyman, MD
  • Nutrition for the Heart

    Poor nutritional choices compound over time; a highfat, high-caloric diet ignites the potential of obesity and leads to the likely consequences of numerous metabolic diseases—heart disease being one of the terminal stops on your body’s path to total health destruction.

    Sound extreme?

    Your body is an interlinked chain, and once the dietary fuse is lit, it can set off a fiery domino effect of dangerous diseases.
  • Health on the Edge: Our Nation's Biggest Health Crisis

    Dr. Ludwig, an obesity expert at Children’s Hospital Boston and associate professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, recently made headlines by suggesting that some parents should lose custody of their obese children in an editorial he co-wrote for the Journal of the American Medical Association.

    Obesity is both preventable and reversible through healthy choices we can all make on our own.
    Larry Trivieri Jr
  • The Kids Aren't Alright

    Life has improved significantly since 1975, the year Captain & Tennille topped the charts and super-curly perms and pantsuits were everywhere. The US has made tremendous advances in scientific research and medicine (and, as many would argue, in fashion and music, too).

    Think your kids are better off than you were? Think again. Half of American children now suffer from chronic illnesses that can be traced to technology overload, processed foods, sedentary lifestyles, and stress. We give parents easy solutions to overcome today's health pitfalls.
    By Sarah Tuff
  • 65 Percent: Osteoarthritis

    The amount of obese Americans who will develop osteoarthritis of the knee. This painful condition occurs when two bones rub against each other in the joint once the cushiony cartilage between them wears down, causing inflammation; being overweight can speed this process. Think you’re safe if you’re fit and trim? Not so fast—35 percent of you will develop achy knees too.

    By Nicole Duncan
  • Ear Infections May Lead to Weight Gain

    It sounds crazy, and even a bit cruel, that those ear infections that made you miserable as a kid may have returned to haunt you in the form of fast-food cravings and persistent belly fat. But new research shows that people who suffered moderate to severe middle ear infections when they were young were 62 percent more likely to be obese at the time of the study.

    By Nora Simmons
  • Too Much Sugar? Cut the Salt

    American teens drink an average of two 12-ounce soft drinks every day, which makes up 43 percent of their daily recommended intake of sugar. What’s worse, these same kids get one-third of their daily calories from nutrient-poor snack foods loaded with sodium, preservatives—and more sugar. A recent study suggests you may be able to kill both of these bad-food birds with one stone.

    By Lisa Marshall
  • Beyond the Bathroom Scale

    For many of us, the number on our bathroom scale makes or breaks our day: joy, if it moves downward a few pounds, and despair if it creeps upward, as we diet, sweat, and stress our way toward that magical number we believe defines our ideal weight. But that number may not carry as much import as people—and many doctors—have long thought.

    It's about where your weight is carried, not about how much you weigh.
    By Lisa Turner
  • Foie Facts

    Think you’re safe from liver disease if you’ve got no history of alcoholism and haven’t turned yellow? Not so fast. The most common cause of this disease isn’t firewater (or even hepatitis), but fatty foods. And even virus-free teetotalers who manifest no symptoms can have liver disease. The statistics may surprise you:

    By Kristin Bjornsen