Bryn Mawr Health Center Helpfully Emails Students Weight Loss Tips

The private women's college Bryn Mawr emailed a group of students late last week encouraging them to join the new school-sponsored weight loss program. Students received the email based on their elevated body mass index, data that was mined from their medical records collected by the college's Health Center. » 1/30/15 3:00pm 1/30/15 3:00pm

Yale Threatens to Kick Woman Out of School for Being Too Skinny

After months of mandatory weigh-ins, stern finger waggings from campus health officials, and stress over her academic future, Yale University has graciously agreed to stop trying to kick twenty-year-old history major Frances Chan out of school for being too thin. » 4/07/14 6:30pm 4/07/14 6:30pm

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

New Moms Don't Have Time For Exercise, Veggies

A rather unsurprising study has found that new moms' health can suffer because they don't have time to work out or make healthy food. But new dads' health remains unaffected. » 4/11/11 9:30am 4/11/11 9:30am

Study Concludes That Working Moms Make Kids Fat

The more mothers work, the fatter their kids get. The solution is obviously to live in a world where, magically, economic necessity doesn't dictate that two parents earn incomes in order to adequately support children. Be richer, moms! » 2/06/11 2:45pm 2/06/11 2:45pm

Will New Guidelines Turn Lap-Bands Into Cosmetic Surgery?

Last month an FDA advisory panel recommended lowering the B.M.I. requirements for gastric lap bands from 35 to 30. Now some doctors say this could turn the serious procedure into another quick-fix weight-loss method. Saw that one coming, didn't you? » 1/19/11 6:00pm 1/19/11 6:00pm

The Secret To A Happy Marriage? Be Thinner Than Your Husband

A shocking new study says being skinny is not in fact the most important factor in a healthy marriage. Nope — the wife just has to be thinner than her husband! » 1/14/11 3:15pm 1/14/11 3:15pm

Did Your Weight Problem Begin When You Were In The Womb?

Today in fat news: New evidence shows that babies can be prenatally "programmed" to become overweight children. And those kids are more likely to be fat grownups. » 9/07/10 11:58am 9/07/10 11:58am

Doctor Calls Bullshit On The BMI

Three years after noted "Fat-O-Sphere" writer Kate Harding posted a slideshow illustrating how ridiculous the BMI standards are, the NY Times agrees: the body mass index is unreliable. » 8/31/10 6:36pm 8/31/10 6:36pm

Principal: "This Is More Horrific Than Bullying" • Domestic Violence…

• In response to the four New Hampshire teenagers who convinced a 14-year-old special-needs student to get an obscene tattoo on his butt, the school's principal has called the incident "more horrific than bullying." » 5/25/10 6:00pm 5/25/10 6:00pm

When Eating Disorders, Obesity, And Genetics Collide

America — third-fattest country in the world, according to the WHO — has a schizophrenic relationship with food. Could the union of obesity activists and eating-disorder advocates generate any real insight? Strangely, at a recent panel, it kinda did. » 4/05/10 6:30pm 4/05/10 6:30pm

Discussing Daughters' Weight Not The Best Way To Encourage Healthy…

Last week, Michelle Obama began discussion of her anti-obesity initiative by recalling a time when her own daughters' weight was "off balance." It's not the first time the Obamas have mentioned their kids' weight, and it's drawing widespread criticism. » 2/02/10 6:00pm 2/02/10 6:00pm

Whole Foods' Employee BMI Discount Raises Legal Concerns

According to the Portland Mercury's Blogtown, Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) is concerned about the legality of Whole Foods's new BMI-based discount program. Whole Foods, meanwhile, can't see why anyone would be mad. » 1/28/10 9:30am 1/28/10 9:30am

Weigh Less, Pay Less: Whole Foods Offers Discount Based On BMI

Several readers have alerted us to a new program whereby Whole Foods will offer steeper employee discounts to people with lower BMIs. Exactly how little they have to weigh to pay only $37 per organic oyster mushroom, after the jump. » 1/25/10 5:20pm 1/25/10 5:20pm