71 Percent of U.S. Youth Too Obese or Over-Medicated to Qualify for the U.S. A.

A shocking 7 out of 10 potential Army Reserve candidates are unfit to serve their country due to obesity, prescription drug addictions and other reasons. As reported in The Washington Times, “According to Army Recruiting Command statistics compiled last year, 71 percent of young people wanting to join the military would fail to pass service […]

Does Taxing Unhealthy Foods Work?

Does taxing unhealthy foods make people eat better? It’s complicated. Researchers with the Urban Institute have concluded that while well-designed taxes on certain products may cause people to turn to more nutritious options, it’s no guarantee they will have the desired effect and could even impose burdens without any benefit to consumers. Health advocates and […]

SUIT: Teacher Fired Over ‘Morbid Obesity’

An Indiana teacher who lost his job for “poor classroom management” is suing his former school, alleging he was actually terminated because he’s very fat, and that’s against the law. Muncie Area Career Center Teacher Tim Crehan filed a federal lawsuit against Muncie Community Schools Oct. 27 alleging the district violated the Americans with Disabilities […]

Gut Check: Anti-Obesity Policies Fall Flat

Policymakers have been trying to make Americans thinner, but it’s turning out to be a lot harder than many anticipated. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a discouraging finding for health advocates: Nearly 38 percent of U.S. adults were obese in 2013 and 2014, up significantly from 32 percent a decade […]

CDC: Obesity Still Rising in US, Women Overtake Men

Obesity is still rising among American adults, despite more than a decade of public-awareness campaigns and other efforts to get people to watch their weight, and women have now overtaken men in the obese category, new government research shows. For the past several years, experts thought the nation’s alarming, decades-long rise in obesity had leveled […]

House Panel Votes to Scrap Obamacare Mandates

The House Ways and Means Committee moved Tuesday to chip away at Obamacare by using a fast-track budget tool to repeal the law’s most unpopular taxes and provisions, including the mandate requiring Americans to hold insurance. Chairman Paul Ryan said the tool, known as reconciliation, offered congressional Republicans their best chance to voice their objections […]

America is Losing the Battle Against Obesity

America’s obesity levels are still growing in spite of the renewed attention placed on healthy living, with some cities bearing the brunt of the continued upswing. In a study released Thursday, researchers found that 2014 had the highest obesity rate to date: 27.7 percent, nearly a third of America’s population. This is an increase from […]

Obesity Costs $92k Per Person

Obese people cost society an estimated additional $92,000 during their lifetimes, and the source of the costs might surprise you. If all 12.7 million American youths with obesity became obese adults, the costs to society could exceed $1.1 trillion over their lifetimes, according to a study released Tuesday by the Brookings Institution. The study found […]

Most Commercial Weight Loss Programs Aren’t Backed by Scientific Evidence, Study Says

The commercial weight loss industry has ballooned to an estimated worth of $2.5 billion, but few scientifically sound studies exist that prove the efficacy of these programs, a review of 4,200 related research papers reveals. The report, published Monday in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, found that among 32 popular commercial weight loss programs […]