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 >>
"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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
The red parts need to lose weightIf 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 >>
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 >>
This guy is money out of your pocket, Susan Combs saysHey, 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Photo by Steve Rhodes Michael Pollan, speaking in San FranciscoMichael 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 >>
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 >>
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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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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