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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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