Obesity

10:33am

Fri February 1, 2013
The Salt

Pig Out In The Winter Or When Money's Tight? Blame Evolution

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 3:39 pm

When times are tough, that prehistoric urge to splurge on high-calorie treats like M&Ms still kicks in.
Daniel M.N. Turner NPR

Has the recession made you fat?

To the long and growing list of risk factors known to increase the risk of obesity, scientists recently added a new one: scarcity.

People given subtle cues that they may have to confront harsh conditions in the near future choose to eat higher-calorie food than they might do otherwise, a response that researchers believe is shaped by the long hand of evolution.

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1:04am

Wed January 30, 2013
The Salt

To Maximize Weight Loss, Eat Early in The Day, Not Late

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 8:44 am

Front-loading your calories may help you lose weight.
Gaelle Cohen iStockphoto.com

You've heard the dieting advice to eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper? Well, there's mounting evidence that there's some truth to it.

A new study published in the International Journal of Obesity builds on previous studies that suggest it's best not to eat too many calories late in the day.

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10:34am

Mon January 28, 2013
Shots - Health News

What's Wrong With Calling Obesity A Medical Problem?

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 9:26 am

Fat, fit or both?
iStockphoto.com

Americans have gotten heavier since 1980 — this we know.

And most doctors would say that the extra weight has made us more prone to heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, hypertension and even cancer.

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1:31am

Mon January 28, 2013
The Salt

How One Man Tried To Slim Down Big Soda From The Inside

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 6:42 am

PepsiCo's product line ranges from salty chips and its sugary namesake drink to more healthful fare like hummus and yogurt. In 2010, the company announced plans to cut sugar, fat and sodium in its products to address health and nutrition concerns.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Many big food companies are caught in a dilemma these days. They want to rebrand themselves as merchants of health — Coca-Cola's new anti-obesity ads are just the latest example — but many of their profits still come from products that make nutritionists scowl.

If there's one person who symbolizes this tension, it's Derek Yach.

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4:12am

Sat January 26, 2013
The Salt

Vigor, Brain Power And Other Health Claims From Coke's Advertising Past

(1905) Courtesy of Tom Bates

Coca-Cola is taking a lot of flak for its new television ad campaign addressing America's obesity epidemic – an epidemic in which sugary sodas are widely fingered as a key culprit.

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