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The Checkup Archive: Obesity

Americans fatter than Canadians

Like many health problems, the obesity epidemic is worse in the United States than it is in Canada, according to a new government report released Wednesday. While obesity is increasing in both countries, less than a quarter -- 24.1 percent -- of Canadian adults are obese, compared to more than...

By Rob Stein  | March 2, 2011; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Obesity  
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Ranch dressing rules

For better or worse, ranch dressing is the most popular salad dressing in America. As I write in this week's "Eat, Drink and Be Healthy" column, it has overtaken Italian dressing as our dressing of choice, both at the store and at restaurants.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | March 1, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Dietary Guidelines, Family Health, Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity, School Nutrition, Teens  
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Survey your cereal

In this week's "Eat, Drink and Be Healthy" column I offer tips for adding more whole grains to your diet. The new Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 want at least half the grains we eat in a day to be whole, not refined. Hardly any of us come anywhere close to meeting that goal, though: While the USDA says less than 5 percent of us consume those three daily servings of whole grains, we somehow manage to eat twice as many servings of refined grains as we should.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | February 22, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Dietary Guidelines, Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity  
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Why is the whole world getting fatter?

At least the United States is not alone in getting fatter -- the entire world is gaining weight, too, according to a massive world weight project published yesterday and reported on by The Post's David Brown. "Our results show that overweight and obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol are...

By Greg Linch  | February 4, 2011; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Cardiovascular Health, Health News, Obesity  
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FDA rejects another diet pill

The federal government has rejected yet another new weight-loss drug. The Food and Drug Administration notified Orexigen Therapeutics of San Diego that it would not authorize the sale of the drug Contrave, according to a statement released Tuesday by the company. The FDA "noted concern about the cardiovascular safety profile"...

By Rob Stein  | February 1, 2011; 8:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  FDA, Obesity  
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New dietary guidelines, boiled down

Are you as excited as I am about the release yesterday of the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010? Probably no one is more excited, or perhaps relieved, than the folks who have been working for years to craft the new document. They've had to sort through lots of scientific evidence and consider the opinions of everyone from the National Cattlemen's Beef Association to the pro-vegetarian Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine as to what the document should advise about how Americans should eat.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | February 1, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Dietary Guidelines, Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity  
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Older Entries in This Category »

New federal dietary guidelines released, Rob Stein , January 31, 2011
Diabetes numbers rise, CDC says, Rob Stein , January 26, 2011
Weight loss's link to better health questioned , Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 24, 2011
USDA's Food Atlas maps out Americans' food environment, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 20, 2011
Is food addiction real?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 18, 2011
U.K. experts question 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 17, 2011
Federal Food Pyramid prompts a lawsuit by PCRM, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 11, 2011
Consumer Reports offers snapshot of American eating habits, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 4, 2011
Study links diet to longevity, but with confusing findings, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 28, 2010
Is that right? Santa should shed 50?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 24, 2010
Pro-vegetarian PCRM names worst cookbooks of 2010, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 23, 2010
What's up with Weight Watchers?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 21, 2010
Is that right? Soda taxes would help fight obesity?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 17, 2010
CSPI helps mom sue McDonald's over Happy Meal toys, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 16, 2010
GERD and esophageal cancer, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 14, 2010
FDA advisers endorse weight-loss drug, Rob Stein , December 7, 2010
Losing weight is (mostly) great, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 7, 2010
Experts endorse obesity surgery , Rob Stein , December 3, 2010
Babies on diets? Now I've heard it all., Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 2, 2010
Protein-rich, low-GI diet protects weight loss, study finds, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 30, 2010
A fresh perspective on Thanksgiving food, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 25, 2010
When your chubby freshman comes home, mum's the word, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 16, 2010
Is that right? Snack-filled diet yields 27-lb. weight loss, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 12, 2010
Kids get an eyeful of fast-food marketing, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 8, 2010
Is the FDA doing its job? , Rob Stein , November 3, 2010
Your college kid, plus 15, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 1, 2010
FDA refuses to approve another diet drug, Rob Stein , October 29, 2010
Is that right? Jared's running a marathon? , Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 29, 2010
Going back to bread, Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 26, 2010
Is that right? Scarrots for trick-or-treaters?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 22, 2010
Haunted by Halloween candy?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 19, 2010
What front-of-package food labels should say, Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 13, 2010
Homemade baby food: worth the fuss?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 12, 2010
FDA issues warning on weight-loss drug, Rob Stein , October 8, 2010
Is it okay to spend food stamps on soda?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 7, 2010
When a beloved food triggers overeating, Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 5, 2010
Lack of sleep may hinder weight loss, Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 4, 2010
Aack! Has comic-strip 'Cathy' shaped your body image?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 28, 2010
Parents and their overweight children, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 27, 2010
Is that right? Mott's Medleys are magic, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 24, 2010
Calories: To count, or not to count?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 21, 2010
Could a childhood infection trigger obesity?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 20, 2010
Is that right? HFCS is simply 'corn sugar'?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 17, 2010
The NFL, nutrition, and kids, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 14, 2010
Can the government get us to eat our veggies?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 13, 2010
Is shedding pounds dangerous? , Rob Stein , September 8, 2010
In gauging own weight, many of us are clueless, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 6, 2010
Is there room for deep-fried Pop-Tarts in your diet?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , August 31, 2010
Want to lose weight? Drink water , Rob Stein , August 25, 2010
Tweeting about your diet, Jennifer LaRue Huget , August 24, 2010
Study: Chocolate protects the heart, Rob Stein , August 16, 2010
Readers' school lunch suggestions, Jennifer LaRue Huget , August 10, 2010
Big waistline, early death? , Jennifer LaRue Huget , August 9, 2010
Obesity epidemic rages on, CDC says, Rob Stein , August 3, 2010
Weight gain hurts memory, research says, Rob Stein , July 21, 2010
To combat obesity, start with the moms, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 20, 2010
Childhood obesity and parental neglect, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 19, 2010
FDA panel scrutinizes diabetes drug, Rob Stein , July 13, 2010
Obesity in the news, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 13, 2010
Me Minus 10: Finally reaching 'there', Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 8, 2010
Me Minus 10: Keeping the change, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 6, 2010
Natural or not, who needs Gatorade?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 29, 2010
Happy meal toys under fire, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 28, 2010
Why are so many teens so overweight?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 22, 2010
Which comes first, depression or weight gain?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 15, 2010
Me Minus 10 and the Mediterranean diet, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 8, 2010
Is that right? Kraft mac & cheese for grownups, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 4, 2010
Can we beat childhood obesity?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 1, 2010
Really fattening restaurant food, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 27, 2010
Getting real about food choices, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 25, 2010
For healthful eating, do as I say, not as I do?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 18, 2010
Bring back Home Ec!, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 17, 2010
When kids want to eat junk, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 4, 2010
'Lbs.' looks food addiction in the face, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 3, 2010
Is that right? An extra 10 pounds won't hurt, might help?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 30, 2010
The Burrito Diet?, Rob Stein , April 28, 2010
Betting on breakfast, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 27, 2010
Sifting through diet advice, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 20, 2010
Is that right? Nutrition Facts are enough?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 16, 2010
Me ... as I'm meant to be?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 15, 2010
Fido minus 5 , Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 13, 2010
Conquering food cravings: a tips list , Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 12, 2010
Me Minus 10 -- plus friends!, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 9, 2010
Young Americans getting fat faster, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 8, 2010
For youthful appearance, snake oil or sex?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 6, 2010
Stress, lack of willpower bust the best intentions, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 30, 2010
Is that right? HFCS makes people fat?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 26, 2010
Want to improve school lunches? Better have a thick skin., Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 25, 2010
How much do you need to work out?, Rob Stein , March 24, 2010
Losing weight with your honey is not always sweet, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 23, 2010
A first-hand look at school lunch, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 22, 2010
You get weighed at the doctor's office. Then what?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 17, 2010
"Eating for two"? Think again., Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 16, 2010
Is That Right? Better-for-you fruit drinks?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 12, 2010
Investing in weight loss, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 9, 2010
Women who drink more gain less weight, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 8, 2010
Me Minus... 12?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 2, 2010
For weight loss, plunge right in or take time to plan?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , February 23, 2010
Michelle Obama's obesity plan, in the Nick of time, Jennifer LaRue Huget , February 9, 2010
The "diet" dilemma, Jennifer LaRue Huget , February 2, 2010
The Surgeon General gets it right, Jennifer LaRue Huget , February 1, 2010
Popular restaurants, sans calorie listings, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 26, 2010
DIY dieting, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 19, 2010
Obesity epidemic slows , Rob Stein , January 13, 2010
One Big Happy Family: Watch this, then let's talk, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 12, 2010
Packaged diet meals rate pretty high -- with caveats, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 5, 2010
More menu-labeling news, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 4, 2010
The skinny on diet drinks, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 10, 2009
For weight control, consider a smaller plate, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 24, 2009
When your teen is overweight, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 17, 2009
Which diet makes you happy? , Rob Stein , November 11, 2009
O, for a stick of sugary gum!, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 10, 2009
More fodder for the fat-but-healthy debate, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 5, 2009
Kids, Calories and Corner Stores, Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 12, 2009
First Look: Calories on Fast-Food Menus Don't Change Choices, Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 7, 2009
Mid-Life Obesity Predicts Women's Later Health Woes, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 30, 2009
What's for (School) Lunch?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 8, 2009
Is That Right? Alli Weight-Loss Drug is Safe, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 4, 2009
Kids Should Get Moving -- But With Supervision, Jennifer LaRue Huget , August 5, 2009
How Much Does Obesity Cost?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 27, 2009
Why Are We Fat? , Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 27, 2009
CDC: Childhood Obesity Epidemic Slowing, Rob Stein , July 23, 2009
Should the Surgeon General be Slender?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 22, 2009
Judging Fat People, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 23, 2009
Fighting the Post-Grad 15?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 16, 2009
TV's Ruby Comes to Town, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 10, 2009
Weigh in on Plus-Size Yoga Classes, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 20, 2009
Do Plus-Size Clothes for Teens Endorse Obesity?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 4, 2009
Soda Tax, Food Policy and Politics, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 10, 2009
Too Much TV? Feed 'em Donuts., Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 6, 2009
A Warning on 4,800-Calorie Burger? Lighten Up!, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 3, 2009
Does Baby Fat Lead to Obesity?, Rob Stein , April 2, 2009
Meet Dr. Ian, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 1, 2009
Barbie, Mom and Body Image, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 3, 2009
Which Diet Works?, Rob Stein , February 26, 2009
New Initiative to Fight Childhood Obesity, Rob Stein , February 19, 2009
Why Men Are Better Dieters, Rob Stein , January 22, 2009
Couch Potatoes Work Up An Appetite, Rob Stein , September 25, 2008
Do Plastics Cause Obesity, Too?, Rob Stein , May 15, 2008
Are You Secretly "Obese?", Rob Stein , April 10, 2008
 
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