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The Elusive Link Between Poverty and Obesity

A third factor may be a likely catalyst for both.

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That Vacant House Down the Block Is Harming Your Health

New research from Massachusetts shows people living close to a vacant, foreclosed home tend to have higher blood pressure.

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To Produce an Obese Adult, Call Them ‘Fat’ While They’re Still a Kid

Scientists discovered that young girls who were labeled as “fat” were more likely to grow into adults that the medical community labels as “obese.”

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How Junk Food Companies Manipulate Your Tongue

We mistakenly think that harder foods contain fewer calories, and those mistakes can affect our belt sizes.

The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30

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The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The Science Writer Who Wants to Understand How Sleep Affects Our Health

For the month of April we’re profiling the individuals who made our inaugural list of the 30 top thinkers under 30, the young men and women we predict will have a serious impact on the social, political, and economic issues we cover every day here at Pacific Standard.

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Banning Chocolate Milk Was a Bad Choice

The costs of banning America’s favorite kids drink from schools may outweigh the benefits, a new study suggests.

The Law Won

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You Don’t Have a Right to Be Obese at Work

In most places, employers can still discriminate against employees based on their weight—and research shows that they often do. So how exactly did we get here?

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The Effectiveness of Taxing Sugary Sodas

New research from the Netherlands suggests increasing taxes on sodas decreases consumption, without driving shoppers to other unhealthy foods.

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Positive Self-Image Can Inspire, or Inhibit, Overeating

Thinking ahead to an altruistic deed we plan to do may dampen our desire for fattening foods.

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When It Comes to Eating Right, Laziness Can Be Your Friend

New research finds one bad habit we’re often tagged with (sloth) can help us overcome another (overeating).

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Obesity Is a Disease? Then I Give Up. Pass the Pie

New research suggests declaring obesity a disease seems to discourage healthy eating.

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Grand Obese Party?

Researchers have found a statistically significant correlation between support for Mitt Romney and a pudgy populace.

 

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Irony in Our Diets: Stigmatizing Obesity Increases Overeating

New research suggests anti-obesity campaigns that stigmatize heaviness may be counterproductive.

 

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Another Data Point That Picks Away at Obamacare

More evidence from Dr. Brian Elbel shows that menu labeling isn’t really working.

 

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Yes, You Can Be Fit and Fat

A new meta-study finds higher mortality rates among people who are not physically fit—no matter their weight.

 

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Do These Chemicals Make Me Look Fat?

Why are Americans—and animals—getting fatter? It isn’t just because of eating more and exercising less.

 

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Will More Rules Make You Thin?

Surveying the fat of the land, researchers look for any connection between obesity and rules intended to fight it.

 

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We Don’t Know What to Eat

How bad science created a misinformed national diet—and did nothing to slow the growth of obesity.

 

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It’s Not Just All of the People Around You That Are Getting Fatter

Research reveals that animals are gaining weight, too.

 

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Charting How the Grey Lady Learned to Play With Video Games

Video games have come a long way since Space Invaders, and so has the way they are framed in the national conversation.

 

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Childhood ADHD Tied to Obesity Decades Later

On a new survey, men with a history of ADHD reported weighing 213 pounds, on average, and 41 percent of them were obese.

 

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A Very Weighty Decision

The American Medical Association has officially labeled obesity a disease, but we still don’t know enough about the problem to be sure it fits the established definition.

 

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How to Stay Healthy Even if You Can’t Avoid Stress on the Job

One researcher, who recognized that avoiding stress at work was, for some, completely unrealistic, went looking for alternatives.

 

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Supermarkets: Enter Hungry, Exit With Chips and Chocolate

New research confirms that there is danger in going food shopping on an empty stomach.

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Pound Foolish

The causes and consequences of obesity are settled science, right? Wrong.

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As wildlife numbers dwindle, wildlife crimes are rising—and that's fueling a raft of heinous crimes committed against humans.

How a CEO’s Fiery Battle Speeches Can Shape Ethical Behavior

CEO war speech might inspire ethical decisions internally and unethical ones among competing companies.

Modern Technology Still Doesn’t Protect Americans From Deadly Landslides

No landslide monitoring or warning systems are being used to protect vulnerable communities.

The Link Between Carbs, Gut Microbes, and Colon Cancer

Reduced carb intake among mice protected them from colon cancer.

The New Weapon Against Disease-Spreading Insects Is Big Data

Computer models that pinpoint the likely locations of mosquitoes and tsetse flies are helping officials target vector control efforts.

The Big One

Today, the United States produces less than two percent of the clothing purchased by Americans. In 1990, it produced nearly 50 percent. July/August 2014

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