Weight is never an easy subject, but it can be especially dicey when parents broach the issue of eating habits and weight with their teens.
Viewpoint: Defining Obesity as a Disease May Do More Harm Than Good
The label is supposed to improve awareness and treatments for the condition, but similar proclamations about alcoholism and other addictions haven’t been so successful.
Starbucks Is Adding Calorie Counts, but Will It Curb Consumption?
Starting next Tuesday, your morning coffee to go will come with a full disclosure of its caloric content.
What’s in That Big Mac? More Than You Think
Apparently, fast-food frequenters have no idea how many calories they’re ordering up at the counter.
Medical Students May Already Be Biased Against Obese Patients
The latest study suggests that the one-third of Americans who are obese they may not be getting the proper health care they need — because their doctors are biased against treating them.
Watch: This Week in Health
How marijuana contributes to weight loss — and a reduced risk of diabetes; researchers zero in on the first genes associated with postpartum depression; and ADHD in childhood may be linked to obesity later in life. These are the stories making health news this week; for more, visit TIME Health & Family.
Marijuana: The Next Diabetes Drug?
Toking up may help marijuana users to stay slim and lower their risk of developing diabetes, according to the latest study, which suggests that cannabis compounds may help in controlling blood sugar.
Not Overweight? You’re Not Welcome at this Gym
If you live in Chicago or Dallas and have a few pounds to lose, you might spot Downsize Fitness and think you’ll give this new gym a try. Forget it. This is a club that won’t take you as a member—unless you have at least …
ADHD May Prime Boys for Obesity
ADHD has been linked to struggles with drugs and alcohol, less schooling and more arrests, but the latest study shows it may also contribute to problems with weight as well.
The Week in Health: A New Test for Prostate Cancer and the Benefits of Licking Pacifiers Clean
Researchers announced the promising results of a new genetic test that can predict the most aggressive prostate cancers; New Jersey governor Chris Christie has gastric lap-band surgery, and moms who lick their babies’ pacifiers clean may be doing their kids’ immune systems a favor. These are some of the major stories making health news this week.
Gov. Chris Christie’s Weight-Loss Surgery Demystified
When New Jersey Governor Chris Christie quietly opted for weight-loss surgery in February, he chose the safest — but often least effective — procedure.
Patients who undergo gastric-band surgery — Lap-Band is the trade …
The Latest Tool for Tracking Obesity? Facebook Likes
Obesity is a big problem that needs big solutions, and Facebook may be coming to the rescue.
How Much Exercise Will It Take to Work Off a Burger? Menus May Soon Tell You
More restaurants display calorie counts on their menus, but what if they also informed you what it would take to burn off those calories?