Sun August 7, 2011
Living Large: Obesity In America

Big, Fat Stereotypes Play Out On The Small Screen

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 5:00 pm

Jackie Gleason (right) played Ralph Kramden — a bumbling but loveable overweight husband — in the 1950s sitcom The Honeymooners. Audrey Meadows co-starred as his wife, Alice.
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Part of an ongoing series on obesity in America.

About the only thing all real fat people have in common is that they weigh more. Beyond that, they are as diverse in style, background and personality as people who aren't overweight. But on the small screen, fat people get shrunk into the same stereotypes.

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Sat August 6, 2011

The French Are Getting Fatter, Too

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 5:00 pm

Restaurants line a street of the Quartier Latin in central Paris.
Bertrand Guay AFP/Getty Images

Part of an ongoing series on obesity in America.

As the United States struggles to cope with obesity rates, France is often looked to as a counterexample. Yet obesity is on the rise there as well now, and though French culinary traditions are often credited with keeping people trim, some worry those eating habits are under assault.

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Thu July 28, 2011

Coloradans Urged to Tax Sugar Drinks to Cut Obesity

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Some 400 Colorado health care leaders heard a call Thursday for a tax on sugared drinks as a means of reducing obesity – and raising revenues.

A tax of one cent per ounce would raise the price of a two-liter bottle by 67 cents. That could as much as double the price of a bottle.

The higher price would prompt consumers to reduce their buying by 10 to 23 percent, Yale University food expert Kelly Brownell told the Colorado Health Symposium in Keystone.

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Mon July 25, 2011
Living Large: Obesity In America

One Woman's Struggle To Shed Weight, And Shame

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 4:59 pm

As part of her exercise routine, Curtis starts most mornings walking a gaggle of neighborhood toddlers to their day care.
Tovia Smith NPR

Part of an ongoing series on obesity in America.

In her 37 years, Kara Curtis has seen every dress size from 26 to 6. Looking through old photos, in her slimmer days, you see a young girl standing tall and pretty in her tiara as high school prom queen, and strong and lean in team shots of her track and swim teams.

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Thu July 7, 2011
Obesity study

Colorado Ranked Leanest State, but Obesity Still Troubles Health Officials

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A new study ranks Colorado as the least obese state in the nation.  But the good news is tempered by obesity rates that have been rising nationwide.

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