January 17, 1995
Since when do those of us who are not "fat" always stop eating when we feel full? ("Heavy on the Activism," Dec. 27). Tell me about "fat acceptance" when there are food diaries or other evidence that obese people are eating reduced-fat meals, exercising and consuming fewer than 2,000 calories a day. If there is a gene that results in obesity despite taking care with one's eating habits, then I will sympathize with people who have to buy extra airline seats...
July 21, 2004
Re "Revised Policy Treats Obesity Under Medicare," July 16, and "Big Fat Mistake About Your Body," an Opinion article by Paul F. Campos on July 4: As a physician working with many overweight and obese patients, I felt compelled to offer my two cents on the oft-cited Washington, D.C.-based Cato Institute position, which suggests that Americans who make healthy lifestyle decisions will now be subsidizing those who do not. This view also reflects law...
February 1, 2010 |
Slim society's tolerance is wearing thin. As more people over the last decade have tipped the scales toward obesity, normal weight folks have signed up for employee wellness programs that offer them lower premiums and other financial perks as a reward for their healthy weight -- and that indirectly penalize heavier workers. They've crafted policies, most unsuccessful, to compel individuals to lose weight. They've become vocal, sometimes vehemently so, in their support for "sin taxes" on junk food and soda.
May 11, 2012 |
Ohio social workers sparked a national controversy last fall when they placed an 8-year-old boy weighing more than 200 pounds in foster care until he slimmed down. The boy was returned to his mother in March after losing weight, and on Thursday, the family supervision was lifted. But the controversy might not be over. “The reality was he was never in immediate danger - he was overweight,” James Hardiman, legal director for the ACLU of Ohio, told the Los Angeles Times.
July 18, 2008 |
The South tips the scales again as the nation's fattest region, according to a new survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. More than 30% of adults in Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee are considered obese. In part, experts blame Southern eating habits, poverty and demographic groups that have higher obesity rates. Colorado was the least obese, with about 19%. Nationwide, about 26% of adults were obese. Obesity is based on the body mass index, a calculation using height and weight.
December 28, 2009 |
Poverty appears to trump smoking, obesity and education as a health burden, potentially causing a loss of 8.2 years of perfect health. In a new study, researchers looked at health and life expectancy data from the National Health Interview Surveys and the Medical Expenditure Panel Surveys and came up with various behavioral and social risk factors that affect quality of life, then used a formula to estimate the quality-adjusted years of life that...