September 20, 2011 At the first United Nations General Assembly session on chronic diseases this week, public health advocates questioned whether food companies should be treated as partners when making policy on chronic disease.
September 8, 2011 People who joined Weight Watchers lost twice as much weight in a year as people who were advised by their doctors, a new study finds. Paying for diet and exercise programs for baby boomers at risk of diabetes could save Medicare billions of dollars in health care costs, another study reports.
August 31, 2011 Potatoes may lower blood pressure if they're cooked right, according to new research. Beneficial compounds in potatoes may survive microwaving better than deep-frying. And avoiding the extra fat may make the weight gain linked to potatoes in other studies less likely.
August 26, 2011 Jogging beats pumping iron when it comes to getting rid of unhealthy belly fat, according to researchers at Duke University. Overweight adults who exercised by lifting weights for eight months got stronger, but the ones who jogged 12 miles a week lost visceral fat linked to diabetes and heart disease.
August 4, 2011 The government's Dietary Guidelines call for us to eat more fruits and veggies. But these healthful foods can be pricey relative to sugary, fatty options. The guidelines don't really help consumers on a tight budget figure out how to eat right, public health experts say.
July 28, 2011 Researchers have found that gout, a painful ailment of the joints, increased 44 percent between 1988 and 2008. They suspect it has a lot to do with the obesity epidemic and related health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
July 19, 2011 The most worrisome aspect of the latest data is an animated map from the CDC that shows how obesity rates have climbed since 1985. In the mid-'90s, all the states were various shades of blue, meaning none had an obesity rate greater than 19 percent. By 2010, not a single state was blue anymore.
July 7, 2011 The best state in the current obesity rankings is Colorado, with 19.8 percent of its adults classified as obese. But turn back the clock to 1995, and that same obesity rate would have made Colorado the worst state in the nation.
June 21, 2011 McDonald's is tops with young fast-food-loving men, according to a social media survey. Of the men who said they are overweight, 21 percent said they ate at fast-food chains more than seven times in the last three months.
May 19, 2011 A new collaboration with Oxford American magazine spotlights the South, starting with a dispatch from the most obese county in the U.S.
May 17, 2011 Researchers found that obesity was more likely than sleep-disordered breathing to keep kids from staying awake during the day. But they're not sure which comes first: the weight problem or the sleepiness.
May 12, 2011 The muscles of obese rats don't change during weight gain to support their bigger bodies. The finding could shed light on the problems some overweight rats and humans have exercising.
April 11, 2011 Nearly half of people taking the highest dose of the drug lost 10 percent or more of their weight over a year. Only 7 percent of people taking a dummy pill lost that much.
April 4, 2011 The Coast Guard is raising its assumption about how much the average American weighs to 185 pounds, up 9 percent from the current benchmark of 160 pounds. The change will lower the number of people allowed on many passenger vessels.
March 11, 2011 The right sort of talk with your doctor could help get you on the road to weight loss. But many physicians are reluctant to bring it up, out of fear they might offend patients.