Pat St. Claire tells us that new studies find teens who are obese are already showing signs of heart problems.
A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee voted Thursday in favor of an investigational anti-obesity drug, putting it a step closer to winning the agency's approval.
Doctors and health officials have relied for decades on body mass index (BMI), a ratio of height to weight, to categorize people as overweight and obese.
In middle school, Taylor LeBaron struggled to fit into his seat. The desks in class had a ceramic plate attached to the chair.
It started with the denial of a growing health crisis.
A new study shows the majority of adult dogs and cats in the U.S. are overweight or obese. CNN's Josh Levs reports.
Losing weight is hard, but keeping the pounds off can be even harder.
When federal housing officials created a program in the mid-1990s to help single-mother households in poor neighborhoods relocate to low-poverty areas, they weren't merely interested in providing access to better homes, jobs, and schools. They also wanted to study how the families who moved out changed over time compared to those who stayed put.
You may be obese, but does that automatically mean you're unhealthy?
From the Food and Wine Classic, chef Daniel Boulud and Top Chef's Gail Simmons weigh in on the obesity epidemic.
A 4-year-old lumbered into a Boston pediatric clinic. He walked with a limp.
Chef Domenica Catelli explains how you may be serving your family foods that pack on the pounds without knowing it.
A study says obese moms have more difficulty determining when a child is overweight and also misjudge their own weight.
Roughly two-thirds of adults and one-third of children in the U.S. are now overweight or obese. Aside from contributing to rising rates of diabetes and other chronic illnesses, this widespread weight problem also appears to be changing our perception of what's considered heavy.
Ann Silk, MD, worries about her overweight patients. But Dr. Silk, an internal-medicine resident at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, isn't concerned only about their diets and cholesterol levels.
CNN's Rafael Romo reports that in the last 30 years, the percentage of overweight or obese Mexicans has tripled.
Sizing up the magnitude of Mexico's obesity problem is as simple as visiting a clothing manufacturer. At Arush, a clothing factory in Mexico City, the changing demand has modified production. Buyers, including Mexican giant retailers like Soriana and Liverpool, are increasingly asking for "large" and "extra large" sizes, which have all but replaced production of "small" and "medium."
More than 1/3 of Americans are obese, and it's affecting both their health and wallet. CNN's Ali Velshi reports.
Being overweight or obese may take years off your life, even if you don't have heart disease or cancer, according to a new study of nearly 1.5 million people.
Dr. Louis Aronne, NY Presbyterian, Weill Cornell Medical Center, details new study about BMI and health risk.
Children in Grades 3 through 6 who are obese are more likely to be bullied than their normal-weight peers, a new study has found.
A new government report quantifies the rise in health care spending due to the nation's growing obesity problem, but says that costs would rise even if America lost weight.
Flawed, limited and inaccurate. The complaints against the body mass index are many.
Mia Procida, 14, will be starting her eighth summer at Camp Pocono Trails in Reeders, Pennsylvania, at about the same time a new television show, called "Huge" rolls out on the ABC Family network.
Desani Marshall was never really overweight, but she was always a little big for her age. During a checkup at age 4, her doctor pointed out to her mother that Desani was gaining weight more rapidly than he thought was normal. Six months later, she was still putting on pounds at a rapid pace -- a strong predictor of future obesity.
The White House on Tuesday unveiled its campaign to fight childhood obesity. First lady Michelle Obama is spearheading the effort.
The convenience store near my house is where I first became aware of the problem.
Worried about your child's weight? You can do more than just nag him or her about eating too much junk food. Implementing three healthy family habits--eating dinner together, making sure they get enough sleep, and limiting TV--may help.
Can early diabetes be controlled or completely stopped?
It's shocking, but it's true: Being a woman who's more than 20 pounds overweight may actually hike your risk of getting poor medical treatment. In fact, weighing too much can have surprising -- and devastating -- health repercussions beyond the usual diabetes and heart-health concerns you've heard about for years.
Obesity rates in the United States are still sky-high, but for the moment they appear to have stopped climbing higher, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Brazilians feel the most pressure to lose weight and be thin, according to an international poll.
Deb Lemire has always been "short and square," a figure she inherited from her grandmother and passed on to her child. So when Lemire took her daughter in for a wellness visit and the well-meaning pediatrician pulled her aside to talk about her daughter's weight, the 47-year-old burst into tears "because I was the 10-year-old being told I was overweight."
Russell Pate was driving through a neighborhood one late afternoon when he noticed something odd.
We know that obesity causes heart problems but it also is linked to higher cancer rates. Elizabeth Cohen reports.
Health care costs keep growing fatter in part because Americans are, too.
Mississippi has kept its U.S. heavyweight title for a fifth straight year, among both adults and children.
Weight-loss surgery can sometimes reverse type 2 diabetes and ease other obesity-related conditions. Now, new research suggests that obese women who undergo bariatric surgery experience a 42 percent drop in their cancer risk.
Nearly one-fifth of American 4-year-olds are obese, and children of color are at higher risk, according to new research.
Pancreatic cancer patients who are obese may be 12 times more likely to have cancer that's already spread to their lymph nodes at the time of surgery than similar cancer patients who weigh less, according to a study released Monday in the Archives of Surgery.
Like many New Yorkers, I remember a time when nearly everyone smoked. In 1950, Collier's reported that more than three-quarters of adult men smoked. This epidemic had a devastating and long-lasting impact on public health.
A new study suggests that the common weight-loss surgery leads to less weight loss in patients with diabetes
A new plan by English schools to keep parents informed about their children's weight draws fire for being too soft
Thirty minutes of moderate activity a day won't cut it if you're trying to lose weight, a new study says. Budget at least an hour, most days of the week
It wasn't easy to produce a generation of overfed kids -- but it might well have been inevitable
The steep decades-long rise in child obesity appears to have peaked, according to a new study
New research finds babies and toddlers who don't get enough sleep could become obese. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains.
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta is joined by former President Bill Clinton for a "Fit Nation Summit."
Obesity is the No. 1 health crisis in the United States, and the nation could be at risk without immediate action, former President Clinton said at CNN's first Fit Nation Summit.
Houston-based health-tech hybrid Cyberonics is having a big week.
Let's face it. We live in a time when a "Your Friends Make You Fat" story gets headlined and blogged 24-7 (no matter that it was just one study in a doctors' journal), while the recent discovery of two (two!) genes linked to multiple sclerosis (MS) rates nary a peep.
American adult obesity rates seem to have leveled off, at least temporarily, the government reported Wednesday
Drugs won't lead to dramatic weight loss, a study finds, but they do take off pounds and have other health benefits
A judge struck down a New York City rule Tuesday that required fast-food restaurants to post calorie counts on their menus.
The market potential for a weight-loss wonder drug is enough to make any Big Pharma CEO salivate. Trouble is, safe and effective fat-fighting treatments are a Holy Grail that continues to elude pharmacological researchers.
A new report says gestational diabetes is strongly linked to childhood obesity -- but there's a lot you can do to treat the condition
According to a new study by the Trust for America's Health, a research group that focuses on disease prevention, Mississippi is the first state where more than 30 percent of adults are considered obese.
USA's growing obesity problem
Americans are already among the fattest people in the world, and they just keep packing on the pounds. A new report finds that obesity rates have swelled during the last year in 31 states with not one state reporting that its obesity rate shrank.
Two new studies show that the surgery, while not for everyone, reduces the risks of diabetes and other obesity-related diseases
In the buffet of reasons for why Americans are getting fatter, researchers are piling more evidence on the plate for one still-controversial cause: a virus.
Are you overweight? Diabetic? A new study suggests that maybe your bones are to blame
Being overweight is bad for kids' health, but a new study finds it's also bad for their education
Research shows that who you're friends with can have a profound impact on whether you're overweight
While being fat increases your chances of a heart attack, some studies suggest a puzzling paradox: Obese people seem have a better chance of surviving one
The goal is to wean Chris completely off the mayo.
New research shows that bariatric surgeries, like gastric bypass, are safer and more effective than originally thought, especially for teenagers and seniors. But patients have to be sure to watch their alcohol intake
Even with child obesity rates soaring in America, food marketers are bombarding kids with a steady diet of snack and candy ads, a new study said Wednesday.
Some obese people who have weight-loss surgery, particularly younger women, develop a neurological condition most often seen in severe alcoholics and linked to a vitamin deficiency, researchers said Monday.
America is a heavy nation and getting heavier, especially young people. The number of overweight children aged 6-11 more than doubled the past 20 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health experts warn that unless we do something to stop it, those numbers will continue to rise.
Forget earlier reports on pregnancy concerns, two studies published this week in major medical journals said.
Four years ago, Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee weighed around 300 pounds.
These are fat times in politics. Literally. Nearly 400 obesity-related bills were introduced in state legislatures across the country last year--more than double the number in 2003. A quarter of them were passed into law, up from only 12 percent two years before. In Washington the word obesity appears in 56 bills introduced during the current Congress; this, the Wall Street Journal points out, is fast catching up with the number containing the word gun. Surgeon General Richard Carmona says obesity is a greater threat than terrorism. Some public-health advocates have begun urging the government to put a warning label on soft drinks; others are calling for a "fat tax" on fast food.
Thursday night, we officially launched Fit Nation. We simply could not believe the response. The buzz in the room was palpable and you felt this tidal wave of anticipation from the students -- all anxious to get something done.
Americans who blame their obesity on eating too much fast food would be prohibited from suing the food industry for their weight gain if a bill passed Wednesday by the House of Representatives becomes law.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday that would block lawsuits by people who blame fast-food chains for their obesity.
Nathan Ruffin and Shawna Rubbeck know what it's like to be teased about their weight.
The "art" of medicine -- a term that doctors often fall back on when the "science" of medicine is open to interpretation -- was illustrated by studies in the leading medical journals this week.
Most business capitals shout their names from the hilltops--literally, in the case of Hollywood. Everyone knows which industry dominates that town, and which ones rule Detroit and Houston. But how ...
Former President Bill Clinton said his weight problem and brush with death are the catalysts behind his foundation's initiative of tackling childhood obesity.
A new drug from Sanofi-Aventis is a weight loss pill and a diabetes treatment at the same time, and could treat millions of Americans if approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Separate studies have shown the drug may be effective at helping smokers quit the habit.
OUR STORY BEGINS LIKE A made-for-TV movie--scientists swoop in and make a daring, against-all-odds rescue from a desolate island off the coast of Georgia--and it just gets better. Instead of findin...
Millions of Americans are still waiting for their weight-loss wonder drug, and the inventor of such a drug stands to make a fortune.
The obesity epidemic is reaching down to the playpen: More than 10 percent of U.S. children ages 2 to 5 are overweight, the American Heart Association reported Thursday.
The holiday season may bring gifts and good tidings, but it will also deliver calorie-laden feasts, leftovers and snacks that add up to small but significant weight gains that resound well into the new year.
When schools opened in Texas this fall, some favorites were missing from the cafeteria menus: sodas and candy bars had been banned for grade schoolers; chips and cookies were mini-size. And that perennial favorite, the French fry, was given just one more year before it too will be banned. Howls of protest could be heard from Lubbock to Laredo. And not just from students.
A new computer therapy is being used to tackle obesity in children.
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Back in the ninth grade, I wanted to be a scientist. It fascinated me how brilliant men and women could look objectively at issues that had baffled mankind for years and find answers.
Some Americans have become increasingly anxious about their health in the age of SARS, anthrax mailing scares and West Nile virus.
McDonald's Corp., the world's largest fast-food company, launched an anti-obesity education campaign Thursday that it said would promote the importance of exercise and balanced food intake.
The Bush administration Friday announced a campaign to combat the epidemic of obesity in the United States through improved product labels, health education, and a partnership with restaurants to help steer people toward healthier menu choices.
As hospital food goes, the menu was positively four-star: chicken curry and rice, fruit salad, chocolate drops, and candy bars. For the two dozen hungry test subjects gathered for a meal at London'...
If the number you see on the bathroom scale is even more depressing than your 401(k)'s bottom line, take heart. Dozens of slimming aids are in the pharmaceutical pipeline.
On August 3, 2000, the parody newspaper The Onion ran a joke article under the headline HERSHEY'S ORDERED TO PAY OBESE AMERICANS $135 BILLION. The hypothesized class-action lawsuit said that Hershe...
And how is the food at the Calhoun School in Manhattan this year, now that Chef Bobo is in charge?
Imagine receiving a "fat shot" to prevent obesity--the same way you get a flu shot to prevent influenza. Farfetched? Not according to a recent study in the International Journal of Obesity. The rep...
Americans are so aware of their weight that even brownies on the grocery shelves cry "fat free" to catch the attention of the righteous, and closets across the land are stocked with jogging shoes. ...