War on Obesity

War on Obesity : Controversy
Print ads from Atlanta's "Strong 4 Life" campaign against childhood obesity.

Georgia's 'grim' anti-obesity ads

A new provocative series of ads is trying to scare overweight children into shape. But do they do more harm than good?

War on Obesity : By the numbers
The average American consumed 31.4 pounds of cheese and 53 gallons of soda last year.

Americans' ton-a-year eating habit: By the numbers

Vowing to eat less and exercise more in 2012? Try chewing on the details of the nearly 2,000 pounds of food each of us consumed last year

War on Obesity : By the numbers
Between the turkey and all the sides, the average person will consume roughly triple his or her recommended daily intake of calories this Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving's 'massive' calorie count: By the numbers

Just how many calories are there in that heaping helping of stuffing? Read on, if you dare

War on Obesity : Instant Guide
An obesity drug tested on overweight rhesus monkeys "kills" fat cells, and succeeded in eliminating 27 percent of the monkeys' abdominal fat in just four weeks.

An obesity drug that 'kills' fat cells

A new treatment helped corpulent monkeys shed 11 percent of their body weight in four short weeks. Coming to an infomercial near you?

War on Obesity : Opinion Brief
It came upon a midnight clear: Japan's holiday pizza-burger

Burger King's 'pizza-sized' burger monstrosity

As an alternative to Christmas dinner, the fast food giant's Japanese division offers a shareable sandwich that's nearly 9 inches across

War on Obesity : Instant Guide
Proposed quick-scan nutritional labels would rate store-bought food on its fat, sodium, and added sugar content.

Do unhealthy foods need warning labels?

The Institute of Medicine is urging the FDA to adopt an Energy Star-style nutrition system for food, providing at-a-glance ratings for fat, sodium, and added sugar

War on Obesity : Instant Guide
A supermarket in Denmark: A bag of chips will cost 12 cents more, thanks to a newly instituted tax on saturated fats.

Denmark’s fat tax: Could it happen in the U.S.?

The Danish government makes global history by imposing a tax on saturated fats. Could that levy be coming to a McDonald's near you?

War on Obesity : Analysis
If doctors eradicate the word "fat" from their vocabularies when it comes to kids' weights, they'll get more cooperation from parents, researchers say.

Should doctors avoid calling children 'fat'?

Researchers argue that being too blunt with parents about their kids' weight problems can backfire

War on Obesity : Fact Sheet
Getting to the gym can be hard, and new research suggests that certain genes need to be "exercised" to keep you motivated.

Too lazy to work out: Blame your genes?

Canadian researchers believe they have pinpointed a gene that differentiates gym rats from couch potatoes

War on Obesity : Opinion Brief
Denny's new gargantuan sandwich: Innovating new ways to overfeed Americans.

Denny's Mac 'n Cheese Big Daddy Patty Melt: A 'monstrosity' of a meal?

The behemoth sandwich boasts a hamburger patty, macaroni and cheese, a side of fries, 1,690 calories, and an eye-popping 99 grams of fat

War on Obesity : Instant Guide
As Americans' use of antibiotics to combat disease has increased, so have obesity rates. Coincidence?

Can antibiotics make you fat?

New research suggests that taking medicine for ear infections might be related to a reckless appetite

War on Obesity : Opinion Brief
A McDonalds meal in Paris: Not even the famously svelte French are impervious to the fattening effects of fast food.

Why the French are (finally) getting fat

Fast food is becoming increasingly popular in France, wreaking havoc on the food culture — and the waistlines

War on Obesity : In-depth briefing
Approximately 23.5 million Americans live in a "food desert," cut off from fresh meat and produce and forced to rely on processed foods and fast food.

America's 'food deserts'

More than 23 million Americans live at least a mile from the nearest supermarket. Is that what's making us fat?

War on Obesity : Instant Guide
A Chinese man eats at a Burger King in Shanghai in 2005: Obesity levels in China are rising fast, but the epidemic afflicts a different segment of the population than it does in the U.S.

Obesity in America vs. obesity in China

Teens from wealthy American families aren't as prone to obesity as their less-affluent counterparts. In China, the opposite is true. Why?

War on Obesity : Opinion Brief
SpongeBob SquarePants sits on top of a Burger King restaurant: The fast food chain is one of 19 adding healthier options to their kids' meal menus.

Healthier fast food: Will kids actually eat it?

Burger King and 18 other restaurant chains are offering lower-calorie children's meals, but skeptics suspect kids will still want fries with that

War on Obesity : Opinion Brief
Childhood obesity can put kids at risk of diabetes and other fatal diseases, which is why Harvard researchers are suggesting that obese kids be taken away from neglectful parents.

Should parents lose custody of their obese children?

Two Harvard researchers provocatively suggest that kids might slim down if they were temporarily taken away from "inadequate" moms and dads

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