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May 21, 2015 Anthropologist Barbara J. King interviews Harvard University's Susan Greenhalgh, author of the new Fat-Talk Nation, who says one surprise is that compliments on weight loss may do more harm than good.
Fun hikes offer health benefits for kids of every shape and size.
July 23, 2014 A significant percentage of obese kids think their weight is just fine. But do they need to know the truth to get healthier?
April 3, 2014 People who are exposed to light earlier in the day are slimmer, a study finds. That doesn't mean morning sunshine helps people lose weight. But it matches other evidence on light and health.
Oh, these look good! But how much the fries hurt your waistline depends not only on how many you eat but also your DNA.
March 20, 2014 Some people are more likely than others to gain weight from frequently indulging in fried foods, scientists say. You can blame Mom and Dad for passing on the obesity risk genes.
Government workers exercise at their office in Mexico City, August 2013. To counter the obesity epidemic, the city requires all government employees to do at least 20 minutes of exercise each day.
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January 3, 2014 One-third of adults worldwide are overweight. Globalization has made high-calorie foods readily available at low cost almost everywhere. In 1980, less than 40 percent of Mexican women were overweight. By 2008, almost 70 percent were.
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January 7, 2013 The number of women who say they're dieting has dropped significantly since the early 1990s, according to a long-running survey of national eating trends. What's more, just 1 in 4 respondents agreed that being thin is a lot more attractive than being heavy.
Posting a picture like this on the fridge might seem like good motivation for weight loss. But scientists say it might instead inspire weight gain.
January 2, 2013 Many people turn to superfit models for weight-loss inspiration. There's growing evidence that this is a mistake. New research from the Netherlands explores whether repeated exposure to images of skinny models helps or hinders dieters.
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Pictures like these helped British researchers gauge people's attitudes about weight.
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November 9, 2012 To change negative attitudes about body size, simply reframing what people see might help. Women in England became more tolerant of overweight people when they were shown more photos of plus-sized women in neutral leotards.
Skip the chips to help keep weight gain at bay.
June 23, 2011 Eating more nuts, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and yogurt can keep help keep age-related weight gains in check, according to a new study. Potatoes — from french fries to mashed — are associated with the biggest weight gains.
February 17, 2011 It's 2011, and no matter how much they've achieved, in many publications, women are still reduced to what they eat, what they wear, and how they appear. Barrie Hardymon despairs.
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