Obesity


So sayeth some Danish scientists, as reported in Science Nordic:

No, this is not 1 April — and this is not an April Fool’s hoax. Mad as it may sound, Danish researchers have announced a theory that may not only explain why people all over the world are getting fatter and fatter, but also warn of the serious consequences for life on Earth of continued pollution of the atmosphere by CO2 emissions. In itself, the theory is quite simple: CO2 contributes to making us fat.




Thanks to some fearless French researchers, we now know that you have nothing to fear from an attack of the munchies, reports Reuters: Anybody who’s smoked marijuana knows about “the munchies,” that…


It seems everyday there’s a new statistic about which country is fighting obesity, how school lunches and fast food restaurants are offering “healthy” options, and other stories about reducing the weight problem…


When I mentioned this to my friend across the room she said, “I thought they already were…” From the Washington Post: Based on trends, half of the adults in the United States…



Interesting article on The Week. It says that it’s really not the lack of access to healthy food (what the USDA terms a “food desert”) but living close to fast-food joints and…



Melissa Healy reports on a comprehensive state-by-state report titled ‘F as in Fat,’ for the Los Angeles Times: America continues to get fatter, according to a comprehensive new report on the nation’s…


The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests there’s a causal link between watching junk food commercials on television and obesity. Alice Park reports for Time:

How much TV do your kids watch? If you don’t know, you might want to find out, say experts, since the time children spend in front of a TV or computer screen can have a profound effect on their physical and developmental health.

In a new policy statement on the role of media on obesity, the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) Council on Communications and Media warns parents that TV watching doesn’t just make children more sedentary, but also influences their eating habits…













What’s the old adage — you are the company you keep? From Reuters: Americans will keep growing fatter until 42 percent of the nation is considered obese, and having fat friends is…