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Obesity

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2013

    New York City's Diabetes Death Rate Has Hit an All-Time High

    Someone dies a diabetes-related death every 90 minutes in New York City, according to a disturbing new report out from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. That's 11 percent of citywide deaths in 2011, or nearly double the proportion it was in 1990, when 6 percent of citywide deaths had diab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2013

    Wait, So What Happened With Bloomberg's Soda Ban? Welp...

    Yesterday afternoon, we were seriously busy writing up a post entitled "The Basics To Today's Soda Ban" a la the one we wrote for the recent MetroCard hike. It was meant to be a symbolic post, an end to the drama revolving around this damn ban and a settlement on its intended enactment this fateful ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    NYC Supersize Soda Ban Starts March 12

    It's been a long and sugar-coated road toward banning sodas over 16-ounce sizes. But earlier this week, the Health Department confirmed that Mayor Bloomberg's rule won't really be enforced until March 12. In the meantime, violators will just get warning notices.

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    January 15, 2013

    Coca-Cola Talks About Obesity in Commercial

    Coca-Cola has marketed itself as the happy-making drink for more than 100 years. Now the company admits they're a fat-making drink, too. Coca-Cola will run this ad during some of the highest-rated shows on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC in hopes of proving to the world that the number 1 beverage company ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2013

    Big and Happy: Being Fatter May Increase Your Life Expectancy

    Perfectly timed to correlate with healthy resolutions, The New York Times reports that a new study suggests certain overweight individuals may have a lower mortality rate than their thinner counterparts.

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    October 24, 2012
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    September 19, 2012

    Science Says Most Americans Will Be Obese in Two Decades

    Another reason why that super-size soda ban might actually be a good thing. A hefty new study about obesity was released yesterday. America is getting fatter, and bulging waistlines will be racking up huge health care expenditures in the next two decades. Roughly 44 percent of all adults will be o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    Mike Bloomberg's Moronic "Big-Gulp Ban" Heads To Vote, Expected To Pass *UPDATE*

    UPDATE: The Big-Gulp Ban has passed. Soda fans say they're "exploring legal options."We'd like to advise readers to try and get a nap in at work today -- we wouldn't want any fussy-ness when Mayor Mike Bloomberg's latest attempt to treat you like babies gets approved this afternoon -- which it likel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    Big-Gulp Ban Passes; Soda Fans "Exploring Legal Options"

    *Update: in an act of civil disobedience, we just drank 100 ounces of Mt. Dew in 90 minutes.As expected, Mayor Mike Bloomberg's proposed "Big-Gulp Ban" has been approved by a city health council, but opponents of the new ban say the fight to not let Hizzonor treat us like children isn't over."This i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    Mike Bloomberg's Breakfast Bullying: Yay Or Nay?

    Of all the things for Mayor Mike Bloomberg to oppose, we didn't think breakfast for hungry kids would be one of them. But it is.In fairness, it's not the mayor's desire to keep hungry kids from eating breakfast that's led to his opposition to a City Council-backed plan to provide "the most important ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2012

    Mike Bloomberg: Fat Kids Eating Two Breakfasts Is Riskier Than Kids Not Eating At All

    A few months ago, we told you about how Mayor Mike Bloomberg's office was enforcing a ban on donating food to homeless shelters because the city wouldn't be able to monitor the sodium content of the food -- hungry homeless people (who don't care how much sodium is in their food) be damned.At the tim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2012

    Breaking News: New York Teenagers Like Smoking Weed

    In what might come to a shock as precisely no one, teenagers in New York like to smoke weed. What is somewhat shocking is the number of teens willing to admit that they like smoking weed.A new survey conducted by the Centers For Disease Control shows that 17.7 percent of New York City teens smoke po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2012

    Mike Bloomberg, Health Cop: Where's The War On Wheaties?

    Mayor Mike Bloomberg has declared war on sodium, baby formula, sugar and, most recently, soda. But if Hizzoner is so concerned with your health, where's the war on Wheaties?Wheat is actually pretty horrible in terms of its ability to turn people into unhealthy fatsos. And unlike soda, it apparently ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2012

    Nicole Ari Parker: Hope for Black Women and Obesity

    By now you may have heard about the British study that found black teenage girls don't benefit from exercise as much as white teenage girls do. Researchers in the UK monitored the eating and exercise habits of 1,148 girls (roughly half were black and the other white), and calculated the Body Mass ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2012

    Michael Bloomberg's Supersized Soda Ban: Can It Battle Obesity in The First Place?

    The Times has a story today about Mayor Mike Bloomberg's battle with supersized sodas and how his fight is playing out in New York's poorest borough, the Bronx. Part of Bloomberg's move, the article explains, stems from the persistence of obesity in the Bronx. Though anti-obesity measures have bee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2012

    Should Michael Bloomberg Treat Obesity Like Smoking?

    An article in London's Evening Standard, "Smoking is so last century: the new stigma is obesity," got us thinking: would Mayor Mike Bloomberg do a better job fighting fat-making foods, such as super-sized sodas, by treating them like cigarettes -- taxing them rather than banning them, that is? To ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2012

    Mike Bloomberg Wants To Make 40 Ounces Of Pepsi More Illegal Than 40 Ounces Of Malt Liquor

    Sugar bully/New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg cares about you soooo much that he's proposed something that's never been done anywhere else in the entire country in his latest effort to protect you from yourself: banning "sugar drinks" like soda to be sold in cups larger than 16 ounces.In a twist, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2012

    Parents Now Pushing Unneeded Surgeries on Obese Kids

    We're guessing that Dr. Ben Spock wouldn't suggest this... The New York Times reports that parents of obese kids are increasingly treating gallbladder ailments by having their children undergo invasive operations to remove the organ. Here's the thing: Most of the time, the kids don't need surgery ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    Junk Food in Schools Doesn't Make Kids Fat: Study

    Junk-food-loaded school vending machines, long said to lure the nation's youth to dietary debauchery, might not be making them fat, a new study finds. At least 33 percent of kids are overweight, the New York Daily News reports, but access to unhealthy snacks -- such as sugary candy, salty chips, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2011

    More Fast Food, More Fat People: Study

    ​Time for more health research that basically states the obvious. In a study published in December's Critical Public Health, officials looked at the International Monetary Fund's listing of the 26 richest countries to track the relationship between eating habits and weight. Then, using Subway ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2011

    Pot Smokers are Less Likely to be Fat than Non-Smokers, Pretty Chill Study Says

    ​A study conducted by French scientists says that people who don't smoke marijuana are more likely to be obese than their stoned counterparts. The Daily News reports the researchers found that "between 22% to 25% of participants who didn't smoke pot were obese." Only 14% to 17% of people who s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    New Yorkers Cannot Escape the Creeping Fatification of America

    ​New Yorkers are known for many things, some true, some not. Like, being rude (even though, really, on a one-on-one basis we're quite friendly, as long as you don't stop us on our way to work with some idiotic question). And, being skinny (because we walk so much, and so fast, that we don't ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    New York City Considers Fast-Food Toy Ban, Cites Happy Fat Kids

    Ladies and gentlemen, a photo of the world's only Filet-O-Fish Happy Meal.​Gather round, children, and listen to a tale of the evil New York City Council attempting to take your Happy Meal toys away. Yahoo reports that the dastardly City Council Deputy Majority Leader Leroy Comrie, who comes f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Obese Man Found Fused to Chair

    ​There aren't many times in life that you get to fuse a man to furniture in a headline, so we're taking this opportunity. Say of us what you will. Here goes: In a case that the Daily News describes as "horrific," an obese man had to be cut out of his "living room chair" that he'd sat in for tw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2011

    Obese Monkeys Extraordinarily Depressing

    Leah Nash/NYT‚ÄčThere are more rhesus monkeys than you'd think out there getting fat. Getting really fat. And it's not their fault; it's because they're being used as research subjects in studies about obesity and diabetes. At the Oregon National Primate Research Center, scientists are keeping a col ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    D'Agostino's Gets Carpeted; Pinkberry Gets Pumpkin

    ​Four D'Agostino supermarkets in the city have covered their store floors with carpet in order to create a more enjoyable shopping experience. [NY Times] A new study suggests that obesity in America can't be blamed on fast-food restaurants because obese people "also eat more when they eat at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2010

    Oh, America: New Study Concludes We Are the Fattest People in the Democratic, Market-Driven World

    American splendor?​Not only are Americans getting too fat to go to the theater and too fat to fight, we have now beat out 32 other countries for the dubious honor of being the fattest people in the democratic, market-driven world.

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    Mika Brzezinski's Deprivation Diet Attracts 60 Comments on Grub Street

    Grub Street, Melissa Hom​We always look forward to Grub Street's New York Diets, in which a celeb or cultural figure recounts a week's worth of eating. And commenters always have a lot to say about these posts, whether that person eats a lot, a little, dully, or extravagantly. But Morning Joe' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    Americans Getting Fatter, More Honest

    ​Surprise, surprise: Americans have not conquered that unfortunate weight problem that doctors are always harassing us about. According to a government study released today that surveyed adults about their weight by telephone (great way to encourage exercise!), the obesity rate is at nearly 27 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2010

    Americans Getting Too Fat for Theater Seats

    Obesity again takes center stage.​Oh, America: not only are we getting too fat to fight, we're getting too fat to go to the theater.

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2010

    Soda Tax Dies As Beverage Industry Outspends Health Groups

    Don't make him angry!​When New York lawmakers finally passed the budget on Wednesday, Governor Paterson's tax on sodas and other sugary drinks was not included. The proposal would have taxed sweetened beverages--not diet sodas--at a penny per ounce, or 12 cents on a can of soda. The governor a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2010

    Pot-Smoking Chefs Fuel Stoner Cuisine Movement; P.F. Chang Launches Private Wine Label

    ​When "infamously gluttonous" Mario Batali jumps on the Meatless Mondays bandwagon, you know the campaign has legs. [Washington Post] The trend toward over-the-top fatty, carb-heavy foods may be fueled in part by chefs who smoke weed and the munchies marijuana induces. [NY Times] P.F. Chang' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2010

    Whoa, Kids Are Getting, Like, Orca Fat

    ​The Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine has released a new study analyzing the respective fatness of the nation's progeny in 2003 and 2007, and the results aren't pretty, at least if you consider thin to be "pretty." (Personally, who wants a skinny baby? Have you seen one of those? T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2010

    When the Children Are All Obese, We Will Finally Have Peace

    Good in McDonalds. Bad in war.​No, this is not Runnin' Scared's second entry into Mayor Bloomberg's "Poetweet" contest. It's actually a thing. For real. Mission: Readiness, a nonprofit group of retired military leaders, is very concerned about kids becoming "too fat to fight." So concerned tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2010

    Fat People Will Have To Pay Double To Fly!

    via The Sydney Morning Herald​Don't you just hate it when you're seated on a flight next to a morbidly obese person, and their rolls of flesh spill onto your lap and interfere with your coffee drinking? Or perhaps you're a morbidly obsese person and you feel wildly embarrassed when your own b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    The U.S. Gets a Food Czar; Americans Stop Getting Fatter

    ​Jason Wong, who transformed his Brooklyn vegetarian restaurant, Red Bamboo, into a place that serves meat, is among those who have changed their ideas about eating meat since sustainably and ethically raised livestock has become more widely available. [NY Press] The Obama administration has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2009

    Newark Grocers Push Fruits & Veggies; Jonathan Safran Foer Asks, 'Why Not Eat Dog?'

    ​Costco will start accepting food stamps nationally after it started to accept them in New York earlier this year. The program should be operational in half the company's 407 warehouse-style stores by Thanksgiving, according to company officials. [NY Times] Small corner grocery stores in Newa ... More >>

  • News

    October 27, 2009

    Bake Sale Crackdown

    The Department of Education says its bake sale policies will help combat obesity, but students worry they'll be left starved for funds

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2009

    Food Network to Go Global; Daniel Joins Michelin Three-Star Club

    ​A group of food corps is launching the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, a national, multi-year campaign to help reduce obesity -- especially childhood obesity -- by 2015. [PR Newsire] A study reveals that customers at fast-food chains, such as McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King, and KFC, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2009

    'Smart Choices' Not So Smart; Bruni Trashes Ninja

    ​President Obama told Men's Health magazine that taxing soda and other sugary drinks is an idea worth exploring. "Every study that's been done about obesity shows... a correlation between increased soda consumption and obesity," he said. [NY Daily News] The proposed Kraft Foods takeover of Ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2009

    Junk Food Tax Endorsed by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies

    The notion of a junk food tax being bandied around several states, including New York, got a shot in the arm this week, when the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies recommended that a tax on sodas could help curb childhood obesity. Experts say that a 10 percent increase in the price of a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2009

    Vets Get In On Food Cart Wars; Mercury Poisoning Spreading

    ​A veteran with a food cart in front of the Met, who doesn't pay for his permit in accordance with a law that allows veterans special access to steet vending, has led to other vets setting up shop in the coveted spot. [NY Times] Every fish tested at nearly 300 streams across the country was f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2009

    'Taxidermia': A Film About Gluttony From Hungary

    Gyorgy Palfi's Taxidermia was released in his native Hungary in 2006, and has only now made its way to the US. It premiered in Portland last year, and will be screened in Los Angeles and New York August 14. The fantastical storyline surrounds three generations of men, each with insatiable appetite ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2009

    City Says Fat Kids Lag in Learning; We Suggest the Prince Fielder Approach

    Mike Bloomberg, whose Administration has made education a priority, has bragged on rising test scores, greater matriculation into CUNY schools, and especially the shrinking achievement gap between minority students and white students. But what about the achievement gap between physically fit and phy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2009

    Kids Still Fat, But Not Getting Fatter; Who's Really Manning Your Favorite Food Cart?

    Is your favorite kabob guy operating under a dead guy's license? Maybe. The city is investigating a racket in which street food vendors pretend to be other vendors who have died or left the country. Renewed permits go for $200, and can be leased for thousands. [NY Post] Kids are still too fat these ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2009

    Canadian School Bans The Bottle

    Food safety advocacy groups are urging President Obama to appoint a senior food safety official within the FDA, and are pushing for a new agency devoted solely to food safety to eventually be created. [Reuters] A study conducted by Columbia and the University of California has shown that high scho ... More >>

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    December 19, 2008
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    December 16, 2008
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    May 8, 2008
  • News

    May 18, 2004

    No Sex, Please. We're Eating

    Feds say teens are screwing less but gaining more weight. Is there a link?

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