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Review: Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare

Matthew Heineman and Susan Frömke's documentary tackles a familiar topic but doesn't weigh in on the Obamacare issue so contentious in the upcoming election.

By TOM MEEK  |  October 05, 2012

What causes obesity?

Here's the latest from the Health Bureau.
By  |  June 27, 2012

Cut calories in the New Year

Several Portland restaurants will offer menu items at the price of their calorie count on Tuesday, January 3 — a nod toward the city's obesity prevention initiative and recent efforts to get local, non-chain eateries to provide nutrition information to t
Getting healthy
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 30, 2011

Strong-arming the First Amendment

President Barack Obama is a bright guy. In fact, he's a former constitutional-law professor.
Plus activist judges and fat versus gay
By EDITORIAL  |  December 17, 2010

Review: Lbs.

With obesity now a pop-culture as well as a medical issue, Lbs. offers insight — as well as laughs and heartstring tugging — into the struggles of a food addict.
A double-wide in the woods
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  April 09, 2010

Hearty and sweet

America's war on obesity is going nowhere.
Sonny's finds the right mix of flavors and textures
By BRIAN DUFF  |  March 19, 2010

Fat city

You wouldn't buy a suit from a tailor who wears ill-fitting clothes. You wouldn't take suggestions for summer-reading from somebody who's illiterate. You wouldn't cast your ballot for a candidate who's completely clueless.
Talking Politics
By AL DIAMON  |  July 17, 2009
Stay cold, lose weight

Stay cold, lose weight


If you thought this long ass winter was good for nothing, you're wrong. If you're looking to lose weight and expel some extra energy, get outside with one less layer on and shiver your way to a skinnier, more bikini-ready, you. At least that's what a new study from the Joslin Diabetes Center, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is basically saying. 

By Lisa Spinelli  |  April 13, 2009
Stop feeding crap to your kids

Stop feeding crap to your kids


It's just baby fat. He's hungry so I keep feeding him. He's just big for his age. These are all excuses for having obese kids. The worst part is the parents of these children are killing their own lovable kids, slowly. And it happens more often than you think.

By Lisa Spinelli  |  April 07, 2009

The other side of the mountain

If you don’t ski or snowboard, winter is the longest, loneliest season.
New winter-sport challenges for snow-klutzes and hotshots
By ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  December 10, 2007

Good Shaq, bad Shaq

Say this for Miami Heat center Shaquille O’Neal: in Shaq’s Big Challenge , signs abound that his intentions are good.
Is O’Neal’s fat-camp show kind or cruel?
By ADAM REILLY  |  July 10, 2007


Changing concentrations

Thomas Friedman from the New York Times writes that “the world is flat.” Are you too old for school?: Even at age 30, your brain is different from the average student’s. By Samantha Henig
As the world shrinks, schools expand their majors and programs
By SEETHA NARAYAN  |  January 24, 2007

The fat of the land

A few months ago, for Jenna Broccolo’s 15th birthday, she and her family took a trip to New York City to attend a festival in Little Italy. Jenna, a sophomore at Westerly High School, asked her mom for one more gift: a full-length mirror. “You go, girl!”
Does the obsession with losing weight do more harm than good?
By  |  January 17, 2006