Folks Are Awfully Smug About Declaring 'Fat & Fit' a Myth

A massive new meta-analysis of medical studies involving tens of thousands of subjects has shown that even "healthy" obesity is often a precursor to health problems — but then again, so is unhealthy non-obesity. So why are news outlets once again making it all about tongue-clicking fat people? » 12/03/13 12:50pm 12/03/13 12:50pm

CVS Punishes Fat Employees, As If That Will Magically Make Them Skinny

Why can nothing be easy in this country? First you have to submit to ten personality tests to get a job folding jeans at Old Navy, then your vacation days are whittled down to six per millennium, and now you have to relinquish full blood work, a pint of urine, and your soul to get reasonably priced healthcare (lest… » 3/21/13 11:40am 3/21/13 11:40am

You Might Be Thinner (or Fatter) Than You Think According to New BMI…

The formula used to calculate body mass index (BMI) has erroneously made tall people seem fatter than they are and shorter people seem thinner, according to mathematicians who say that it didn't take into account that a person's weight grows with their height. So an Oxford mathematician has come up with a new formula… » 1/21/13 12:20pm 1/21/13 12:20pm

Why Does Seventeen Magazine Have a BMI Calculator? And Why Does It Say…

It's pretty obvious that magazines for teenage girls are just grooming schools adult lady-mags—funneling impressionable teens neatly into the image-obsessed arms of Elle and Cosmo. I mean, okay, whatever. As much as it bugs me that women's "entertainment," from childhood, is institutionally wedded to this weird… » 11/28/12 3:20pm 11/28/12 3:20pm

Measuring Obesity: A New, Maybe Better Alternative to BMI

For years, obesity has been measured by BMI — Body Mass Index. The CDC calls BMI a "fairly reliable indicator of body fatness for most people." But critics call the BMI badly flawed, and in 2007, Kate Harding put together a slideshow demonstrating how problematic the BMI can be: A 5 foot tall size 4 woman is… » 7/19/12 6:15pm 7/19/12 6:15pm