A new study finds that obesity rates grew 37 percent from 1998 to 2008 and account for 10 percent of the nation's health care spending. The author of the report speaks with Gwen Ifill about health concerns in the U.S.
By Admin, PBS NewsHour
The U.S. is getting heavier every year. That's the message of a new study released Thursday by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Health correspondent Betty Ann Bowser talks to author Dr. David Kessler about overeating and what is behind people's cravings, the subject of his new book, "The End of Overeating."…
New studies reveal that "brown fat," a type of fat scientists previously thought disappeared after infancy, can burn large amounts of calories if activated by cold temperatures. An author of one study explains the discovery and its possible medical applications.
Jason Gray is the author of "Photographing Eden" (Ohio Univ. Press, 2008), winner of the Hollis Summers Prize, as well as two chapbooks, "How to Paint the Savior Dead" (Kent State UP, 2007) and "Adam & Eve Go to the…
Lee Hochberg reports on the debate in some cities and states over laws that would require restaurants to display nutritional information on their menus. Lawmakers hope the policy would benefit diners with certain health conditions, while restaurant owners are concerned…
The Census Bureau reported Tuesday that 47 million Americans had no health insurance in 2006, an increase of more than 2 million from the previous year. Health correspondent Susan Dentzer discusses the growing problem.
People whose friends and family members gain weight are more likely to become obese themselves, according to a study in this week's New England Journal of Medicine. NewsHour health correspondent Susan Dentzer discusses the findings.
The number of children who live with a chronic disease such as asthma or diabetes has quadrupled in the past three decades, according to this week's Journal of the American Medical Association. NewsHour health correspondent Susan Dentzer discusses the findings.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, one of the country's largest public health foundations, announced that it plans to spend $500 million to fight childhood obesity. The foundation's president outlines the program.
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