• Culture

    March 13, 2014
  • Blogs

    May 16, 2013

    Foodstagramming Is Apparently a Problem

    We are all guilty of whipping out our phones to snap a photo of our food at dinner, then making it look artsy and hipster before uploading it to Instagram for all our friends to see, secretly hoping they will be jealous of the delicious meal we are about to consume. While many restaurants are banni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2013

    A Place at the Table: A Heart-Hitting Documentary About Hunger in America

    "My dream is to be an honor roll student. My other dream is to be on Home Makeover: Home Edition. I just wish they would come and rescue us from our house ... I want my kids to have a better life than I do: have more food, a bigger house with no mold. Get to do what they want to do, and need to do, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2012

    New Calorie-Displaying Soda Vending Machines: 5 Reasons Why they Won't Significantly Aid America's Obesity

    There's just no getting around it: Americans have a love affair with soft drinks. Dr Pepper, Sprite, Coke, Pepsi, Fanta - you name it, we love it. It's a soft drink love fest -- until we remember all the calories that soft drinks contain, and the fact that those sugar- and calorie-filled beverages p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    Eight Businesses We Expect Will Be Getting Custom Texas License Plates Soon

    ​We recently wrote about a new crop of Texas license plates with a variety of themes, most of them sports related. One of the designs, however, was for the Texas Roadhouse restaurant chain that isn't even based in the Lone Star State. We certainly understand the passion of a sports fan, but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Texas Is 12th Most Obese State: Five Excuses For Why We're Fat

    The red parts need to lose weight​If every state in America was a schoolchild on a playground, Texas would be the fat kid playing by himself, dreaming of a day when he can float away and form his own playground, damn it. Basically, that's what this year's "F As In Fat" study found, which studi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    Doctor Challenges Mayor Parker to Become Vegan, As If She's Not Busy With Anything Else

    More, Parker. More.​Hey, Mayor Parker! Drop those bacon-wrapped Cheetos. In fact, drop everything, and become a vegan. You're not doing anything else, are you? So supposes Dr. Neal Barnard, a nutritionist who's coming all the way from D.C. to fix Houston's lardy lifestyle with legumes. As p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    How Much Are the Obese Costing Texas? Almost $10 Billion, Study Says

    This guy is money out of your pocket, Susan Combs says​Hey, Fatty McFatfat -- put down that honey-glazed ham and step away from the buffet table, because you and your kind are costing Texas nearly $10 billion a year.Gravy-stained canklesaurus rexes not only raise healthcare costs but add extr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2010

    Pleasantly Plump: One-Third of Overweight Women in Denial

    Oh, the ironyGood news for chubby-chasers in Texas: a new study out of the University of Texas Medical Branch claims that "37 percent of overweight women and 10.5 percent of obese women were of the notion that their weight was normal or too low."Published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2010

    How To Help Your Pudgy Six-Month-Old Kid Drop Those Pounds

    ​It's never too early to give your children body-image issues. Doctors at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston have just published a study showing how they detected obesity in 6-month-olds."Children who were obese at age 24 months were highly likely to have been obese at age 6 month ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2010

    Michelle Obama on Iron Chef

    ​Michelle Obama appeared on Iron Chef America last Sunday to promote healthy eating. Ever since she planted that organic garden last year, she has become a spokesperson for eating your vegetables and therefore a lightning rod for controversy. The White House communications office reached out t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2009

    No One Cooks In Houston Anymore...Or Do They?

    Photo by Steve Rhodes Michael Pollan, speaking in San Francisco​Michael Pollan's latest piece in this past Sunday's New York Times Magazine has once again proven to do what Pollan's work does best: incite furious discussion among food lovers, food writers and food professionals. Best ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2009

    Hey, Houston!! Show Off Your Fat Ass For British TV!!

    Photo by Mykl RoventineDrangonfly Productions is a London company that makes documentaries. They are working one one now about morbid obesity.They're filming in Mexico, Europe, the South Pacific Islands, Africa....and Houston."We are looking for some of the world's heaviest families -- where more th ... More >>

  • News

    February 19, 2009

    Calorie Restrictors Stay Hungry in Hopes of Living Longer

    An SMU biologist searches to unlock the secrets to the fountain of youth

  • Calendar

    January 15, 2009

    12th Annual Texas Children's Hospital Kids' Fun Run

    Get up all you baby couch potatoes, it's Fun Run time

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2008

    Get Off The Bus, Fat Kids

    Hey, fat kids -- get off the bus and start walking to school. That's part of the message that will be delivered via a $2 million grant to the UT health Science Center at Houston, announced today. The announcement noted that "childhood obesity, a major national public-health problem, is especially ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2008

    Fight Obesity By Sitting Around Playing A Computer Game

    Some Houston obesity researchers are hoping that overweight people using the Internet will at least visit their virtual clinic to exercise and diet online. If that's tough to understand, it's probably because it doesn't make sense. Actually, Second Life is apparently very popular and virtual peopl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2007

    We Blame the Chicken Fried Steak

    Yes, indeed, everything is bigger in Texas, including our fat asses. Check out this obesity map from CNN. It's kind of interesting the way fat states are marked in red and slightly less fat states are marked in blue. Maybe it's a subtle statement on the politics of the Fat Belt. Maybe not. We're ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 29, 2006
  • News

    August 4, 2005

    Finalist Times Two

    Two Houston Press stories do well in national competitions

  • News

    November 18, 2004

    Ground Zero

    Houston's been the No. 1 city in America in the obesity crisis. But hype doesn't mean help.

  • News

    January 16, 2003

    Gut Reactions

    Plus: Catcher in the Wry, The Brown Brown Vote, Super-Kid Cynics

  • News

    January 2, 2003

    A Figure to Die For

    Community Health Systems cashed in big on the stomach stapling rage. It almost cost Kaye Parsley her life.

  • News

    June 6, 2002

    The Big Deal

    Vending machines are leaving Texas school cafeterias. But the mother lode of "minimal nutritional value" has hardly gone away.