The “Obesity Epidemic”

Understanding food behavior and the “obesity epidemic” requires accurate data on weight.  This month Katherine Flegal tells us about how these data are collected and what they show.  Flegal is a Distinguished Consultant at the National Center for Health Statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She More

A Growing Crisis of Overfeeding

The opening to Kelly D. Brownell’s recently published essay “Overfeeding the Future.” In its peak year, the primary U.S. government nutrition education program (called 5 a Day) was given $3 million for promotion. The food industry spends 1000 times that much just to advertise fast foods, just to children. The More

The Weight Is Over

America is tipping the scales, and psychologists disagree on whether the government or individuals should be responsible for a more balanced diet. But one thing’s for certain: There’s no time to lose. Psychological scientists are wading into the thick of a food fight over the super-sizing of America – from More