A shopper at a branch of South African retailer Pick n Pay in Johannesburg. Health insurer Discovery offers rebates on health food at the chain to its members who enroll in a health promotion program.
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March 19, 2013 Rebates on healthy foods purchases can influence what put in their grocery carts, a study found. People spent 9 percent more on fruits, vegetables, non-fat dairy and other healthful foods when they got a 25 percent rebate on them.
The more tired I am, the better this looks.
March 11, 2013 Less sleep equals more eating, according to a rigorous new study. People who slept just five hours a night burned more energy but also ate more — so much more that they gained almost 2 pounds in less than a week.
Most people polled in a new survey said government programs to make fresh fruits and vegetables more affordable sound like a great idea.
March 5, 2013 People don't mind new laws telling them how to eat, as long as they feel like they're not being coerced. That's the finding of a new study from the Harvard School of Public Health, which took the unusual step of asking people what they thought about government efforts to encourage healthy eating.
March 1, 2013 A new documentary peels back the curtain on the problem of food insecurity in the U.S. It shows that hunger and obesity are more closely connected than many of us realize.
Could it all be wrong? Some scientists say calorie counts are too inaccurate to be trusted.
February 20, 2013 Scientists say the time-honored calorie is too flawed to give people a good measure of what they're eating. But many nutritionists say calories are still the most useful tool for keeping tabs on food intake and maintaining healthy weight.
Extra weight is no defense against aging, says a demographer who argues that the apparent benefits from being overweight are a mirage.
February 15, 2013 The notion that being a little overweight could help people in old age is being challenged. Some of the studies in support of the so-called obesity paradox excluded people who lived in institutions, like nursing homes, or were too sick to participate, a critic says.
Ordering the small fries? You're part of a trend.
February 7, 2013 Who says healthy doesn't sell? McDonald's, Panera Bread and other restaurant chains that offered more lower-calorie food choices saw a 9 percent jump in food and beverage sales from 2006 to 2011, a new report finds. Restaurants without these options saw sales drop.
Fat, fit or both?
January 28, 2013 A sociologist argues in a new book that framing obesity as a public health crisis takes a heavy social toll. She says big bodies should be embraced as a form of human diversity, and not seen automatically as a sign of sickness.
Adults who upped their intake of sugary foods or drank sugar-sweetened drinks gained about a pound a year, a study found.
January 16, 2013 Adults who upped their intake of sugary foods or drinks gained about a pound a year, a study found. But the researchers say it's impossible to say how much cutting back sugar would reduce obesity because sugar's not the only problem.
An analysis of many studies finds a small spare tire may be associated with longer life. But skeptics say that conclusion is rubbish.
January 2, 2013 An analysis from the Centers For Disease Control and Research finds that being overweight, but not obese, is associated with lower risk of death. But no one is suggesting you ditch your exercise or diet goals.
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December 11, 2012 A new study concludes that a mobile app can help boost weight loss, if it's used as part of a more comprehensive strategy. The findings speak to the importance of blending two successful weight loss strategies: tracking and group support.
Many Americans aren't getting the recommended seven to nine hours per night.
October 17, 2012 Researchers have found that fat cells become less responsive to insulin when sleep is lost. Over the long-term, fat accumulation can set the stage for Type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease and weight gain.
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La Crosse, Wis., TV anchor Jennifer Livingston during her on-air response.
October 3, 2012 Millions have now watched Jennifer Livingston accuse a viewer of bullying for an email he sent her about her weight.
September 24, 2012 Public health considerations alone are not enough to justify banning the sale of large containers of soda. Commentator Alva Noë argues that the question at hand is one of the values we hold, not healthcare costs.
Doctors may recommend that obese patients use weight-loss drugs to trick their hunger pangs.
September 24, 2012 Both the drugs — Belviq and Qsymia — were approved in July. They make you feel satisfied with less food — and not as hungry between meals. But there are side effects, including dry mouth, constipation and a slight tingling in fingers and toes; Qsymia can also cause birth defects.
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