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Obesity on the decline?

The New York Times reports from Philadelphia this morning that following years of ever-increasing childhood obesity rates, several American cities may finally be getting ahead of the disturbing trend. Watch Saving Carla on PBS. See more from Need To Know. Reporter Sabrina Tavernise writes: The trend [of declining rates in childhood obesity] has emerged in […]


Need to Know, August 17, 2012: Obesity in America

We report on the nation’s high obesity and diabetes rates, which are disproportionately impacting children in low-income communities.


  Saving Carla

One girl fights to overcome a family legacy: four generations of diabetes and obesity.


Is a beverage ban the answer?

Depending on whom you ask, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s controversial plan to limit the size of sugary beverages sold across the five boroughs is either a “significant move in addressing the health problems that are devastating the lives of thousands” or another example of the city’s “unhealthy obsession with attacking soft drinks.” […]


A growing epidemic

Americans are larger than ever before. According to a recent report, two-thirds of U.S. adults and nearly one-third of children and teenagers are currently obese or overweight.


  Building for health

This week on our Karr on Culture podcast: Can better urban infrastructure make Americans healthier?


  Need to Know, September 24, 2010

This week on Need to Know: Rape as a weapon of war in Congo. An experimental program to fight childhood obesity. And exploring what to do about nuclear waste.


Reshaping Somerville: The fight against childhood obesity

Need to Know medical correspondent Dr. Emily Senay travels to Somerville, Massachusetts, where town officials have pioneered a new anti-obesity program that’s producing promising results.


Preventing childhood obesity

After spending some time in Somerville, Mass., reporting on their innovative program to prevent childhood obesity, Need to Know came back with some tips on how to make sure your kids reach adulthood at a healthy weight.

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