War on Obesity : Instant Guide
The early bird loses the weight, apparently.

The secret to losing weight: An earlier lunch?

Eating your big meal earlier in the day could help you shed pounds faster

War on Obesity : Instant Guide
All that pizza might boost your serotonin levels, but it's also making you fatter.

Why do we get so fat during the winter?

Consider your expanding waistline a not-so-friendly reminder of your evolutionary ancestry

Sleepless in America : Instant Guide
If you want to remember all the good times, start catching up on your shut-eye.

Huh? Why does our memory get worse with age?

New research shows that a good night's sleep is crucial for keeping the mind sharp

The Battle over Smoking : Health
Fear not, smokers: Mitch Greenlick's plan to jail cigarette buyers doesn't stand a chance of becoming law.

An Oregon Democrat's doomed plan to require prescriptions for cigarettes

Mitch Greenlick wants to put cigarettes in the same category as LSD and steroids

War on Obesity : Health
Coca-Cola says its doing its part to fight obesity by offering smaller portion control options.

Can Coke's new anti-obesity ads actually lower obesity rates?

And is the soda giant making an honest attempt to improve public health, or just engaging in damage control?

War on Obesity : Instant Guide
The AspireAssist empties 30 percent of the contents of a person's stomach into the toilet.

The disgusting weight-loss tool that pumps food from your stomach

The inventor of the Segway has come up with a way for people to eat all they want and lose weight, if they can stand the thought of it

War on Obesity : Burning Question
Those extra pounds may mean more trips to the doctor, which could benefit heavier people in the long run.

Are overweight people likely to live longer?

A new study finds that people with higher body mass indexes tend to outlive their more slender peers

War on Obesity : Instant Guide
Santa, have you been dieting?

When did Santa Claus get so fat?

St. Nick wasn't always this rotund. In fact, he used to look downright svelte

The Battle over Smoking : Burning Question
Nearly one-third of all U.S. deaths from heart disease are related to smoking. New research suggests the unhealthy habit may be linked to dementia, too.

Do cigarettes rot your brain?

Need another reason to quit? An alarming new British study links smoking to mental diseases like dementia

War on Obesity : By the numbers
The average American is expected to consume some 3,157 calories this Thanksgiving, and that's only if you don't go back for seconds!

Breaking down your Thanksgiving dinner: By the numbers

With many Americans eating more than triple their daily recommended calories on Turkey Day, the annual feast does some serious damage to waistlines

War on Obesity : Instant Guide
Pepsi Special, soon to be released in Japan, reportedly has a "crisp, refreshing, and unqiue" aftertaste, PepsiCo claims.

Can Pepsi's new soda really burn fat?

The beverage giant will release Pepsi Special, a new drink infused with dextrin, a fiber that has been shown to block fat pile-up

The Battle over Smoking : Instant Guide
The city council in California's San Rafael township has unanimously banned smoking in all homes with "shared walls," meaning condos, duplexes, and other multi-family structures.

The San Francisco suburb with the country's toughest smoking ban

First restaurants, then bars... now private homes? A California township ups the anti-smoking ante

War on Obesity : Opinion Brief
A customer fills a 32-ounce soda cup at a Manhattan McDonald's: As of March 2013, New Yorkers will be barred from ordering more than 16 ounces of soda at a time.

Does banning jumbo sodas really help people lose weight?

The New York City Board of Health approves a plan to institute a city-wide restriction on sugary drinks over 16 ounces — the latest move to improve the population's health

War on Obesity : The List
Tough-love trainer Jillian Michaels returns to The Biggest Loser after producers agreed to address childhood obesity by including teens on the show.

The Biggest Loser adds teenage contestants: Bad idea?

NBC's often brutal weight-loss reality series is shaking up its 14th season by tackling childhood obesity — and going softer on the kids

The Battle over Smoking : Analysis
Electronic cigarettes emit a vapor rather than carcinogenic smoke which allows users to skirt smoking laws in public places.

The skyrocketing popularity of e-cigarettes: A guide

Smokeless tobacco is booming, thanks to a widespread belief that newly affordable e-cigarettes are actually better for you — but not all doctors agree

Sleepless in America : Instant Guide
According to a new study, people who work the night shift have a 23 percent higher risk of having a heart attack than those who work the day shift.

Does working the late shift increase your risk of heart attack?

A grim new study claims that workers on the graveyard shift run a much higher risk of heart attack than their daytime-working peers

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