“Fat letters” aren’t influencing teens

Turns out those so-called “fat letters” informing parents that they have an overweight child aren’t leading to weight loss among adolescents. In the last few years, more and more schools have […]

Find your personal calorie number

Ever wonder how many calories you should be eating in order to maintain your weight or drop a few pounds? The folks at the National Institutes of Health have you covered. […]

Average American woman weighs as much as man in 1960s

The average American woman now weighs 166 pounds – the same amount as the average man in the 1960s. In the last 50 years, the average weight of a woman has […]

WSU Veterinary College wants to examine overweight canines

Overweight humans can have unhealthy hearts due to excessive body fat, but do overweight dogs? Maintaining an ideal body weight and fat percentage is important to human cardiac health, but is […]

Obesity costs $2 trillion globally

A new study found obesity’s global economic impact is about $2 trillion – nearly as much as smoking. A research paper by McKinsey Global Institute concludes more than 2.1 billion people […]

Overweight kids believe they’re thinner than they are

Many overweight and obese kids and teens in the U.S. think they are thinner than they actually are, according to a new study. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National […]

Bigger horses needed to carry bigger Americans

Wranglers in the West are adding bigger horses to their stables in order to carry heavier tourists. Ranches are now using draft horses for overweight riders, according to an Associated Press […]

‘Fat letters’ are back

Earlier this year, schools in North Andover, Mass., were under fire for their approach to combating obesity. Schools were measuring students’ height and weight to determine their body mass indexes. Parents […]

Charging smokers more for insurance

A majority of Americans think insurance companies would be justified in charging higher rates for people who smoke, according to a new Gallup poll. The data – from Gallup’s annual Consumption […]

Healthy pets, healthy people

Americans’ waistlines aren’t the only things suffering as a result of the U.S. obesity epidemic. Our pets’ health is also taking a hit. Nearly 70 percent of adults are overweight, and […]

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