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Obesity in teens leads to heart diseaseupdated: Thu Jun 14 2012 09:12:00

Pat St. Claire tells us that new studies find teens who are obese are already showing signs of heart problems.

Anti-obesity drug gets thumbs up from FDA advisory committeeupdated: Thu May 10 2012 20:05:00

A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee voted Thursday in favor of an investigational anti-obesity drug, putting it a step closer to winning the agency's approval.

Obesity rate may be worse than we thinkupdated: Tue Apr 03 2012 07:21:00

Doctors and health officials have relied for decades on body mass index (BMI), a ratio of height to weight, to categorize people as overweight and obese.

Obese children outgrowing kids' clothing and furnitureupdated: Wed Feb 15 2012 07:30:00

In middle school, Taylor LeBaron struggled to fit into his seat. The desks in class had a ceramic plate attached to the chair.

Georgia's child obesity ads aim to create movement out of controversyupdated: Tue Feb 07 2012 08:08:00

It started with the denial of a growing health crisis.

Obesity epidemic strikes U.S. petsupdated: Sat Feb 04 2012 14:04:00

A new study shows the majority of adult dogs and cats in the U.S. are overweight or obese. CNN's Josh Levs reports.

After dieting, hormone changes may fuel weight regain updated: Wed Oct 26 2011 17:27:00

Losing weight is hard, but keeping the pounds off can be even harder.

Moving out of high-poverty areas may lower obesity, diabetes riskupdated: Thu Oct 20 2011 07:09:00

When federal housing officials created a program in the mid-1990s to help single-mother households in poor neighborhoods relocate to low-poverty areas, they weren't merely interested in providing access to better homes, jobs, and schools. They also wanted to study how the families who moved out changed over time compared to those who stayed put.

Should all obese people lose weight?updated: Tue Aug 16 2011 06:26:00

You may be obese, but does that automatically mean you're unhealthy?

Top chefs talk obesity epidemicupdated: Tue Aug 16 2011 06:26:00

From the Food and Wine Classic, chef Daniel Boulud and Top Chef's Gail Simmons weigh in on the obesity epidemic.

How does a baby get to be obese?updated: Mon Jun 27 2011 09:55:00

A 4-year-old lumbered into a Boston pediatric clinic. He walked with a limp.

Are you making your kid fat?updated: Mon Jun 27 2011 09:55:00

Chef Domenica Catelli explains how you may be serving your family foods that pack on the pounds without knowing it.

Obese moms: When is my child overweight?updated: Thu Mar 24 2011 10:08:00

A study says obese moms have more difficulty determining when a child is overweight and also misjudge their own weight.

Study: Most obese moms, kids underestimate their weightupdated: Thu Mar 24 2011 10:08:00

Roughly two-thirds of adults and one-third of children in the U.S. are now overweight or obese. Aside from contributing to rising rates of diabetes and other chronic illnesses, this widespread weight problem also appears to be changing our perception of what's considered heavy.

Obese? What your doc may be overlookingupdated: Fri Jan 14 2011 08:31:00

Ann Silk, MD, worries about her overweight patients. But Dr. Silk, an internal-medicine resident at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, isn't concerned only about their diets and cholesterol levels.

Study: Obesity a problem for Mexicoupdated: Tue Jan 04 2011 18:11:00

CNN's Rafael Romo reports that in the last 30 years, the percentage of overweight or obese Mexicans has tripled.

Mexico's other enemy: Obesity rates triple in last 3 decadesupdated: Tue Jan 04 2011 18:11:00

Sizing up the magnitude of Mexico's obesity problem is as simple as visiting a clothing manufacturer. At Arush, a clothing factory in Mexico City, the changing demand has modified production. Buyers, including Mexican giant retailers like Soriana and Liverpool, are increasingly asking for "large" and "extra large" sizes, which have all but replaced production of "small" and "medium."

The cost of obesityupdated: Mon Dec 06 2010 11:50:00

More than 1/3 of Americans are obese, and it's affecting both their health and wallet. CNN's Ali Velshi reports.

Excess weight shortens lifespanupdated: Fri Dec 03 2010 13:12:00

Being overweight or obese may take years off your life, even if you don't have heart disease or cancer, according to a new study of nearly 1.5 million people.

Few extra pounds could harm healthupdated: Fri Dec 03 2010 13:12:00

Dr. Louis Aronne, NY Presbyterian, Weill Cornell Medical Center, details new study about BMI and health risk.

Obese kids more vulnerable to bulliesupdated: Fri Oct 01 2010 10:20:00

Children in Grades 3 through 6 who are obese are more likely to be bullied than their normal-weight peers, a new study has found.

CNNMoney: Reducing obesity won't lower health costsupdated: Thu Sep 09 2010 14:36:00

A new government report quantifies the rise in health care spending due to the nation's growing obesity problem, but says that costs would rise even if America lost weight.

Can neck measure indicate body fat better than BMI?updated: Tue Jul 06 2010 08:19:00

Flawed, limited and inaccurate. The complaints against the body mass index are many.

Will 'Huge' TV show inspire real-life obese teens?updated: Fri Jun 25 2010 09:13:00

Mia Procida, 14, will be starting her eighth summer at Camp Pocono Trails in Reeders, Pennsylvania, at about the same time a new television show, called "Huge" rolls out on the ABC Family network.

Is it baby fat -- or obesity?updated: Wed Apr 21 2010 08:30:00

Desani Marshall was never really overweight, but she was always a little big for her age. During a checkup at age 4, her doctor pointed out to her mother that Desani was gaining weight more rapidly than he thought was normal. Six months later, she was still putting on pounds at a rapid pace -- a strong predictor of future obesity.

Fact Check: The cost of obesityupdated: Tue Feb 09 2010 17:24:00

The White House on Tuesday unveiled its campaign to fight childhood obesity. First lady Michelle Obama is spearheading the effort.

Michelle Obama's war on childhood obesityupdated: Tue Feb 09 2010 15:34:00

The convenience store near my house is where I first became aware of the problem.

How to fight childhood obesity in 3 stepsupdated: Tue Feb 09 2010 10:19:00

Worried about your child's weight? You can do more than just nag him or her about eating too much junk food. Implementing three healthy family habits--eating dinner together, making sure they get enough sleep, and limiting TV--may help.

Can early diabetes be controlled or completely stopped?updated: Wed Feb 03 2010 14:37:00

Can early diabetes be controlled or completely stopped?

The surprising reason why being overweight isn't healthyupdated: Thu Jan 21 2010 15:42:00

It's shocking, but it's true: Being a woman who's more than 20 pounds overweight may actually hike your risk of getting poor medical treatment. In fact, weighing too much can have surprising -- and devastating -- health repercussions beyond the usual diabetes and heart-health concerns you've heard about for years.

Obesity rates stabilize but remain highupdated: Thu Jan 14 2010 15:15:00

Obesity rates in the United States are still sky-high, but for the moment they appear to have stopped climbing higher, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Which nation feels most pressure to lose weight?updated: Mon Jan 11 2010 09:50:00

Brazilians feel the most pressure to lose weight and be thin, according to an international poll.

Is the fat acceptance movement bad for our health?updated: Wed Jan 06 2010 09:46:00

Deb Lemire has always been "short and square," a figure she inherited from her grandmother and passed on to her child. So when Lemire took her daughter in for a wellness visit and the well-meaning pediatrician pulled her aside to talk about her daughter's weight, the 47-year-old burst into tears "because I was the 10-year-old being told I was overweight."

Studies suggest overweight kids are coronary time bombsupdated: Thu Nov 12 2009 09:50:00

Russell Pate was driving through a neighborhood one late afternoon when he noticed something odd.

Obesity linked to cancerupdated: Thu Nov 05 2009 17:58:00

We know that obesity causes heart problems but it also is linked to higher cancer rates. Elizabeth Cohen reports.

CNNMoney: Taxing the fat in your foodupdated: Tue Jul 28 2009 21:50:00

Health care costs keep growing fatter in part because Americans are, too.

Mississippi tops U.S. obesity rankingsupdated: Wed Jul 01 2009 16:44:00

Mississippi has kept its U.S. heavyweight title for a fifth straight year, among both adults and children.

Study: Weight-loss surgery cuts cancer risk in womenupdated: Wed Jun 24 2009 16:59:00

Weight-loss surgery can sometimes reverse type 2 diabetes and ease other obesity-related conditions. Now, new research suggests that obese women who undergo bariatric surgery experience a 42 percent drop in their cancer risk.

It's not baby fat: Among 4-year-olds, nearly 1 in 5 is obeseupdated: Tue Apr 07 2009 10:53:00

Nearly one-fifth of American 4-year-olds are obese, and children of color are at higher risk, according to new research.

Obese may be less likely to survive pancreatic cancerupdated: Tue Mar 17 2009 13:43:00

Pancreatic cancer patients who are obese may be 12 times more likely to have cancer that's already spread to their lymph nodes at the time of surgery than similar cancer patients who weigh less, according to a study released Monday in the Archives of Surgery.

Commentary: Why we need an obesity taxupdated: Thu Dec 18 2008 17:09:00

Like many New Yorkers, I remember a time when nearly everyone smoked. In 1950, Collier's reported that more than three-quarters of adult men smoked. This epidemic had a devastating and long-lasting impact on public health.

Time.com: Gastric Bypass Surgery Less Helpful for Diabeticsupdated: Tue Sep 16 2008 22:00:00

A new study suggests that the common weight-loss surgery leads to less weight loss in patients with diabetes

Time.com: Dear Parents: Your Child Is Fatupdated: Fri Aug 08 2008 13:00:00

A new plan by English schools to keep parents informed about their children's weight draws fire for being too soft

Time.com: The Myth of Moderate Exerciseupdated: Mon Jul 28 2008 20:00:00

Thirty minutes of moderate activity a day won't cut it if you're trying to lose weight, a new study says. Budget at least an hour, most days of the week

Time.com: How America's Children Packed On the Poundsupdated: Thu Jun 12 2008 03:30:00

It wasn't easy to produce a generation of overfed kids -- but it might well have been inevitable

Time.com: Child Obesity Rate Levels Offupdated: Tue May 27 2008 23:00:00

The steep decades-long rise in child obesity appears to have peaked, according to a new study

Getting your kids to sleepupdated: Tue Apr 08 2008 17:57:00

New research finds babies and toddlers who don't get enough sleep could become obese. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains.

Fit Nation Summitupdated: Wed Jan 09 2008 16:21:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta is joined by former President Bill Clinton for a "Fit Nation Summit."

Clinton: U.S. risks 'collapse' without obesity solutionupdated: Wed Jan 09 2008 16:21:00

Obesity is the No. 1 health crisis in the United States, and the nation could be at risk without immediate action, former President Clinton said at CNN's first Fit Nation Summit.

Fortune: A novel, high-tech way to treat obesityupdated: Thu Dec 20 2007 15:43:00

Houston-based health-tech hybrid Cyberonics is having a big week.

Top 2007 health breakthroughs for womenupdated: Mon Dec 03 2007 12:41:00

Let's face it. We live in a time when a "Your Friends Make You Fat" story gets headlined and blogged 24-7 (no matter that it was just one study in a doctors' journal), while the recent discovery of two (two!) genes linked to multiple sclerosis (MS) rates nary a peep.

Time.com: Report: Obesity Rates Balancingupdated: Wed Nov 28 2007 11:00:00

American adult obesity rates seem to have leveled off, at least temporarily, the government reported Wednesday

Time.com: Obesity Drugs Work -- Modestlyupdated: Thu Nov 15 2007 18:00:00

Drugs won't lead to dramatic weight loss, a study finds, but they do take off pounds and have other health benefits

CNNMoney: Court strikes down fast food calorie count ruleupdated: Tue Sep 11 2007 02:48:00

A judge struck down a New York City rule Tuesday that required fast-food restaurants to post calorie counts on their menus.

Fortune: The heavy road to a weight-loss drugupdated: Tue Aug 28 2007 23:29:00

The market potential for a weight-loss wonder drug is enough to make any Big Pharma CEO salivate. Trouble is, safe and effective fat-fighting treatments are a Holy Grail that continues to elude pharmacological researchers.

Time.com: Mom's Diabetes, Kid Obesity Linkedupdated: Tue Aug 28 2007 08:40:00

A new report says gestational diabetes is strongly linked to childhood obesity -- but there's a lot you can do to treat the condition

Time.com: Mississippi Ranked Fattest Stateupdated: Tue Aug 28 2007 08:05:00

According to a new study by the Trust for America's Health, a research group that focuses on disease prevention, Mississippi is the first state where more than 30 percent of adults are considered obese.

USA's growing obesity problemupdated: Tue Aug 28 2007 00:17:00

USA's growing obesity problem

Report: National strategy needed to fight fat updated: Tue Aug 28 2007 00:17:00

Americans are already among the fattest people in the world, and they just keep packing on the pounds. A new report finds that obesity rates have swelled during the last year in 31 states with not one state reporting that its obesity rate shrank.

Time.com: Gastric Bypass Lowers Risk of Deathupdated: Wed Aug 22 2007 18:00:00

Two new studies show that the surgery, while not for everyone, reduces the risks of diabetes and other obesity-related diseases

Study: Virus may contribute to obesityupdated: Tue Aug 21 2007 03:07:00

In the buffet of reasons for why Americans are getting fatter, researchers are piling more evidence on the plate for one still-controversial cause: a virus.

Time.com: A Link Between Bones and Obesityupdated: Thu Aug 09 2007 10:00:00

Are you overweight? Diabetic? A new study suggests that maybe your bones are to blame

Time.com: Overweight Kids: College Less Likelyupdated: Wed Jul 25 2007 16:30:00

Being overweight is bad for kids' health, but a new study finds it's also bad for their education

Time.com: Obesity Is Contagious, Study Findsupdated: Wed Jul 25 2007 16:00:00

Research shows that who you're friends with can have a profound impact on whether you're overweight

Time.com: Obese Survive Heart Attacks Betterupdated: Wed Jul 11 2007 14:25:00

While being fat increases your chances of a heart attack, some studies suggest a puzzling paradox: Obese people seem have a better chance of surviving one

SI.com: Aditi Kinkhabwala: Shaq is perfect guy to help kids new weight-loss showupdated: Wed Jun 27 2007 01:55:00

The goal is to wean Chris completely off the mayo.

Time.com: Studies Bring New Hope for Obeseupdated: Fri Jun 22 2007 14:55:00

New research shows that bariatric surgeries, like gastric bypass, are safer and more effective than originally thought, especially for teenagers and seniors. But patients have to be sure to watch their alcohol intake

CNNMoney: Study: TV ads = higher obesity risk for kidsupdated: Tue Mar 27 2007 15:12:00

Even with child obesity rates soaring in America, food marketers are bombarding kids with a steady diet of snack and candy ads, a new study said Wednesday.

Neurological condition linked to obesity surgery updated: Mon Mar 12 2007 16:02:00

Some obese people who have weight-loss surgery, particularly younger women, develop a neurological condition most often seen in severe alcoholics and linked to a vitamin deficiency, researchers said Monday.

Six states get an 'A' for work against kids' obesityupdated: Tue Jan 30 2007 10:09:00

America is a heavy nation and getting heavier, especially young people. The number of overweight children aged 6-11 more than doubled the past 20 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health experts warn that unless we do something to stop it, those numbers will continue to rise.

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu Apr 27 2006 13:40:00

Forget earlier reports on pregnancy concerns, two studies published this week in major medical journals said.

Obesity: A looming national threat?updated: Fri Mar 24 2006 08:22:00

Four years ago, Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee weighed around 300 pounds.

The politics of fatupdated: Mon Mar 20 2006 15:51:00

These are fat times in politics. Literally. Nearly 400 obesity-related bills were introduced in state legislatures across the country last year--more than double the number in 2003. A quarter of them were passed into law, up from only 12 percent two years before. In Washington the word obesity appears in 56 bills introduced during the current Congress; this, the Wall Street Journal points out, is fast catching up with the number containing the word gun. Surgeon General Richard Carmona says obesity is a greater threat than terrorism. Some public-health advocates have begun urging the government to put a warning label on soft drinks; others are calling for a "fat tax" on fast food.

Sanjay Gupta: Grassroots effort important to combat fatupdated: Thu Mar 02 2006 10:17:00

Thursday night, we officially launched Fit Nation. We simply could not believe the response. The buzz in the room was palpable and you felt this tidal wave of anticipation from the students -- all anxious to get something done.

Fortune: House passes 'Cheeseburger Bill'updated: Thu Oct 20 2005 08:39:00

Americans who blame their obesity on eating too much fast food would be prohibited from suing the food industry for their weight gain if a bill passed Wednesday by the House of Representatives becomes law.

'Cheeseburger bill' puts bite on lawsuitsupdated: Thu Oct 20 2005 06:26:00

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday that would block lawsuits by people who blame fast-food chains for their obesity.

Weighing options for childhood weight lossupdated: Sat Sep 17 2005 13:48:00

Nathan Ruffin and Shawna Rubbeck know what it's like to be teased about their weight.

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu Sep 15 2005 14:06:00

The "art" of medicine -- a term that doctors often fall back on when the "science" of medicine is open to interpretation -- was illustrated by studies in the leading medical journals this week.

FSB: Helicopters, Guns, Cardiac Devices, Weight-loss Centers, And More. FSB Maps The Secret Capitals of Small Business.updated: Thu Sep 01 2005 00:01:00

Most business capitals shout their names from the hilltops--literally, in the case of Hollywood. Everyone knows which industry dominates that town, and which ones rule Detroit and Houston. But how ...

Clinton: 'I was a fat band boy'updated: Fri Aug 05 2005 13:26:00

Former President Bill Clinton said his weight problem and brush with death are the catalysts behind his foundation's initiative of tackling childhood obesity.

CNNMoney: Attack on 'diabesity'updated: Sun Jun 12 2005 10:57:00

A new drug from Sanofi-Aventis is a weight loss pill and a diabetes treatment at the same time, and could treat millions of Americans if approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Separate studies have shown the drug may be effective at helping smokers quit the habit.

Fortune: PORKY PIGSupdated: Mon Feb 21 2005 00:01:00

OUR STORY BEGINS LIKE A made-for-TV movie--scientists swoop in and make a daring, against-all-odds rescue from a desolate island off the coast of Georgia--and it just gets better. Instead of findin...

CNNMoney: Obesity drug obstaclesupdated: Thu Feb 10 2005 13:19:00

Millions of Americans are still waiting for their weight-loss wonder drug, and the inventor of such a drug stands to make a fortune.

Report: Obesity rising sharply among U.S. preschoolersupdated: Thu Dec 30 2004 15:41:00

The obesity epidemic is reaching down to the playpen: More than 10 percent of U.S. children ages 2 to 5 are overweight, the American Heart Association reported Thursday.

Tackling holiday weight woesupdated: Wed Dec 29 2004 11:24:00

The holiday season may bring gifts and good tidings, but it will also deliver calorie-laden feasts, leftovers and snacks that add up to small but significant weight gains that resound well into the new year.

The Cafeteria Crusaderupdated: Mon Dec 06 2004 16:49:00

When schools opened in Texas this fall, some favorites were missing from the cafeteria menus: sodas and candy bars had been banned for grade schoolers; chips and cookies were mini-size. And that perennial favorite, the French fry, was given just one more year before it too will be banned. Howls of protest could be heard from Lubbock to Laredo. And not just from students.

Computer to combat child obesityupdated: Mon Jul 19 2004 05:36:00

A new computer therapy is being used to tackle obesity in children.

CNNMoney: This is science?updated: Tue Jul 06 2004 13:04:00

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Back in the ninth grade, I wanted to be a scientist. It fascinated me how brilliant men and women could look objectively at issues that had baffled mankind for years and find answers.

Small steps to help shape upupdated: Fri May 28 2004 11:46:00

Some Americans have become increasingly anxious about their health in the age of SARS, anthrax mailing scares and West Nile virus.

CNNMoney: McDonald's vs. obesityupdated: Thu Apr 15 2004 09:52:00

McDonald's Corp., the world's largest fast-food company, launched an anti-obesity education campaign Thursday that it said would promote the importance of exercise and balanced food intake.

White House takes aim at obesityupdated: Fri Mar 12 2004 15:34:00

The Bush administration Friday announced a campaign to combat the epidemic of obesity in the United States through improved product labels, health education, and a partnership with restaurants to help steer people toward healthier menu choices.

Business 2.0: The Pill that Will Make You Thin Pharma companies large and small are in hot pursuit of the blockbuster of all blockbusters--a dupdated: Mon Mar 01 2004 00:01:00

As hospital food goes, the menu was positively four-star: chicken curry and rice, fruit salad, chocolate drops, and candy bars. For the two dozen hungry test subjects gathered for a meal at London'...

Fortune: The Quest For The Antifat Pill Nature programmed us to overeat. Fen-Phen helped that, until it backfired. Safer drugs may be comupdated: Mon Feb 03 2003 00:01:00

If the number you see on the bathroom scale is even more depressing than your 401(k)'s bottom line, take heart. Dozens of slimming aids are in the pharmaceutical pipeline.

Fortune: Is Fat The Next Tobacco? For Big Food, the supersizing of America is becoming a big headache.updated: Mon Feb 03 2003 00:01:00

On August 3, 2000, the parody newspaper The Onion ran a joke article under the headline HERSHEY'S ORDERED TO PAY OBESE AMERICANS $135 BILLION. The hypothesized class-action lawsuit said that Hershe...

Fortune: We've Got To Stop Eating Like This If food companies are to grow, so must we, it seems. What would transform our updated: Mon Feb 03 2003 00:01:00

And how is the food at the Calhoun School in Manhattan this year, now that Chef Bobo is in charge?

Fortune: Can a Vaccine Treat Your Beer Gut?updated: Mon Nov 27 2000 00:01:00

Imagine receiving a "fat shot" to prevent obesity--the same way you get a flu shot to prevent influenza. Farfetched? Not according to a recent study in the International Journal of Obesity. The rep...

Fortune: NEW WEAPONS IN THE WAR ON FAT WE'RE SPENDING $33 BILLION A YEAR TO GET THIN--AND STILL GAINING WEIGHT. MAYBE IT'S TIME TO ROLL Oupdated: Mon Dec 11 1995 00:01:00

Americans are so aware of their weight that even brownies on the grocery shelves cry "fat free" to catch the attention of the righteous, and closets across the land are stocked with jogging shoes. ...

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