Theory: Obesity Is Due to Factors Beyond Our Control

We're living in the age of the obesity epidemic — not mainly because we're gluttons who don't exercise and subsist on McDonald's — but because of factors out of our control. These factors have mostly to do with what goes into our food and how it's marketed to us. » 3/14/14 5:45pm 3/14/14 5:45pm

New Soda Machines Will Yell at You About Calories

In an effort to educate consumers about the stark realities of carbonated syrup, soda giants are rolling out new vending machines that will prominently feature calorie counts. Coke, Pepsi, and Dr. Pepper will all launch their new machines in 2013, and also plan to focus aggressively on developing new diet drinks. » 10/08/12 5:15pm 10/08/12 5:15pm

Obesity Epidemic Spreads To Pets & Lab Animals

A study of 20,000 animals found pets, primates and rodents used in research, and urban rats are all getting fatter. Since lab animals aren't overeating, scientists theorize environmental toxins may be damaging the endocrine systems of humans and animals. » 11/29/10 9:21am 11/29/10 9:21am

Scientists (Sort Of) Explain Why We Overeat

A new study may shed light on why obese people overeat, but, as Dr. David Kessler explains to Salon, most people struggle with overeating regardless of their size — and the problem may be more mental than physical. » 6/18/09 9:30am 6/18/09 9:30am