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Americans worried more about obesity than alcohol

Jul 19, 2012
A new study in the journal Lancet says lack of exercise now causes as many deaths as smoking. And according to the latest figures, obesity costs Americans about $200 billion a year in medical expenses. So perhaps it makes sense that for the first time, Americans polled by Gallup see obesity as a bigger problem than smoking or alcohol consumption.
Posted In: alcohol, obesity

IOC head questions McDonald's, Coke sponsorship

Jul 9, 2012
International Olympic Committee president Jacque Rogge is in a sticky spot. Asked whether he sees any problem with having McDonald's and Coke sponsor the world's biggest exposition of physical fitness, he admitted there could be issues with it.
Posted In: London Olympics, Coca-cola, McDonald's, obesity

Rebuttal: Obesity is not a choice

Jun 22, 2012
LA Times columnist David Lazarus argues that government should intervene to curb obesity, because citizens cannot protect themselves from the deluge of advertising from the food and beverage industry.
Posted In: Commentary, consumer freedom, obesity, david lazarus

Population growth: The problem of weight

Jun 18, 2012
The problems of a sustainable future for the planet don't stop at pure population -- it also matters what the people in that population are consuming, and how much they weigh.
Posted In: weight, Health, Food, obesity

Should the government help you lose weight?

Jun 8, 2012
Obesity is a recognized problem, but commentator Justin Wilson says it's a problem that's best solved by personal choices, not government intervention.
Posted In: Commentaries, obesity, Michael Bloomberg

Making a big deal out of the obesity crisis

May 14, 2012
John Hoffman, producer behind the new HBO documentary "The Weight of the Nation," dicscusses why we need to pay attention to America's obesity epidemic now.
Posted In: obesity, HBO

Diet drugs make a comeback

May 11, 2012
It has been more than a decade since the Food and Drug Administration approved a new pill to fight fat. Now, as the obesity problem grows, several new medicines could be on the way.
Posted In: diet, pills, FDA, obesity

Overweight cops suffer criticism in Britain

Mar 16, 2012
The cliche that cops like to eat doughnuts might be true in the U.K., where police officers could soon feet their unhealthy ways reflected in their paycheck.
Posted In: Britain, police, obesity

What Now: The junk food diet

Jan 5, 2012
Millions of Americans make resolutions to change the way they eat. But, can we change the way food is marketed to us?
Posted In: obesity, junk food, children, What Now?

Ferry system cuts capacity because of passenger weight

Dec 21, 2011
The Washington State ferry system says it has to limit the number of passengers on board because the average passenger weight has increased -- by 25 pounds.
Posted In: obesity

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