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Every Night You Lose More Than A Pound While You're Asleep (For The Oddest Reason)

Friday, June 21, 2013

Every night you lose weight while you sleep. Everybody does. Sometimes two pounds. Something inside you when you close you eyes is gone by morning. It's not bathroom-related. It's something else. What could it be?

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The Takeaway

Is Obesity a Disease?

Thursday, June 20, 2013

This week, the American Medical Association officially recognized obesity as a disease. But not all physicians agree on whether this new categorization makes sense. Dr. Stephen Cook, a pediatrician, and Dr. Davis Liu, a family physician, join us today to discuss how useful this disease designation is, and whether the change is simplifying a complicated problem.

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On Being

Lawrence Krauss — Our Origins and the Weight of Space

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

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On Being

Lawrence Krauss with Krista Tippett [Unedited Interview]

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

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The Takeaway

How John Manrique Is Getting Better

Friday, November 23, 2012

After the show reported on some disturbing trends in obesity in the United States, people were quick to respond. Listener John Manrique details his own story about how he lost over seventy pounds three years ago and kept it off.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Weight and Responsibility

Friday, July 06, 2012

This week on ABC News Governor Chris Christie talked about his weight problem. At the same time, the soda industry began firing back against Mayor Bloomberg’s beverage size regulations. Is YOUR weight problem purely personal, or does the never-ending barrage of corporate temptation have something to do with it? Phones will be open for your stories about controlling temptation in a supersized world. Give us a call at 212-433-9692 or post here!

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The Takeaway

Obesity Intervention from Your Doctor

Monday, July 02, 2012

How would you react, if during a regular doctor’s checkup, your physician told you that you were obese? That’s what the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has suggested in a new set of recommendations. It says all adults should be screened for obesity and patients with a high body mass index should be receive intervention.

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The Takeaway

C-Sections May Lead to Childhood Obesity

Friday, May 25, 2012

A new study suggests that children born via C-section are twice as likely to be obese by age three than those delivered vaginally way. On the surface, this might appear to be breakthrough work in our understanding of obesity, but how seriously should expectant mothers take it?

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The Takeaway

Listener Stories of Overcoming or Accepting Their Extra Weight

Friday, May 18, 2012

According to a new study, 42 percent of American adults will be obese by the year 2030. All this week, The Takeaway looks at this prediction with a wide range of specialists — from city planners to coffin makers to mathematicians to science writer Michael Moyer. Today, the conversation continues with you, our listeners. Throughout the week, you’ve been sharing your own stories of weight loss and body image.

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The Takeaway

Moving Beyond Calories In, Calories Out

Thursday, May 17, 2012

According to a new study, 42 percent of American adults will be obese by the year 2030. And all this week, The Takeaway looks at that prediction with people we might not normally think of as obesity specialists. Today, the conversation continues with Michael Moyer, senior editor at Scientific American. Moyer believes that in order to combat America’s obesity epidemic, the answer isn’t mere math equations.

 

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The Takeaway

A Mathematician's Take on America's Obesity Epidemic

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

A new study predicts that 42 percent of American adults will be obese by 2030. And all this week we’re looking at that prediction with people we might not normally think of as obesity specialists — from city planners to coffin makers. Today, we’re continuing the conversation with another unexpected obesity expert: Dr. Carson Chow, a mathematician. 

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The Takeaway

Confronting Misconceptions About Race, Weight, and Body Image

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

It’s widely believed that in America, Asians are rarely overweight, and more likely to be healthy as a result of that. It’s also widely believed that black people are more likely than other groups to have a positive body image regardless of their size. In fact, the picture is much more complicated.

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The Takeaway

The Obese American Future

Monday, May 14, 2012

A new study predicts that 42 percent of American adults will be obese — a category beyond overweight — by the year 2030. We talk to Keith Davis, owner of Goliath Coffins, who is working to accomodate America's bigger, more obese future by making caskets for the morbidly obese.

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The Takeaway

Ashley Judd's Puffy Face: Why Do We Care?

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Actress Ashley Judd is again in the media spotlight for slamming the media spotlight. This week, Judd penned an article in Daily Beast about her appearance — specifically her so-called "puffy face" — and the media’s obsession with it. Mary Elizabeth Williams writes about women and the media as a Staff Writer for Salon. Cindy Gallop is an advertising consultant and former chairwoman of the advertising agency BBH.

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The Takeaway

Too Fat to Work as a Health Professional?

Friday, April 06, 2012

Citizens Medical Center is, by most measures, a respected and respectable hospital. A non-profit, their mission is to serve their community of South Texas. And in their mission, they’ve been mostly successful, appearing on Thomas Reuters’ list of top 100 American hospitals three times over the past decade. 

And yet, the Victoria, Texas hospital has people across the country outraged. The reason: a hiring policy they instituted last year. In short, the policy requires potential employees to have a body mass index below 35. This means that a man who is 5-foot-10 and 245 pounds would not meet the hospital’s hiring requirements.

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The Takeaway

Public Debate Over a Controversial Childhood Obesity Campaign

Friday, February 10, 2012

Approximately one-third of adults and 17 percent of children in the U.S. are obese. While this public health crisis has spawned a billion dollar diet industry, reality shows dedicated to weight loss, and the First Lady's "Let's Move" program, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta didn’t think these were enough to discourage children from making unhealthy choices. The hospital launched a billboard and digital campaign featuring obese children with derogatory narration and captions. The ads are powerful, but they’ve also been criticized for stigmatizing overweight children.

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The Takeaway

DIY Checkup: Longterm Priorities for a Healthy Life

Monday, June 21, 2010

How do we plan for a longer, healthier life?  According to an Annals of Internal Medicine study, there are four simple priorities people need to have in order to get healthy: quit smoking; eat five servings of fruits or vegetables each day; get to a "healthy" weight; and exercise vigorously for 100 minutes each week.

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The Takeaway

How to Talk to Your Children about Putting on Weight

Monday, March 29, 2010

From Jamie Oliver’s 'Food Revolution' to the first lady’s national crusade, it seems that the issue of child obesity is everywhere. Clearly a major health issue, it is also a major self-esteem issue for children, which leads us to wonder: Is it possible to help our kids take off the extra pounds without giving them a complex?

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