'Louie's Tiresome Portrayal of Women
This week's "fat girl speech" reveals one of the show's biggest problems
May 13, 2014

"Louie"'s 'fat girl speech' reveals one of the show's biggest problems

There Is No Childhood Obesity Epidemic
So stop applauding Michelle Obama for reducing it!
February 27, 2014

Obesity Rate for Young Children Plummets 43% in a Decade” said the front-page headline of yesterday’s New York Times, in what the paper described as a “stunning” drop.

Eating Bacteria Could Be the Future of Medicine
December 31, 2013

In ten years, you might be eating bacteria from someone else's gut to treat autism or obesity.

The Five Weirdest Ways That Countries Combat Obesity
July 23, 2013

As Judith Shulevitz reports in her latest Phenomenology column in The New Republic, our intense focus on weight loss often overlooks the importance of treating the chronic disease of obesity.

Separating Fat from Fiction
A novel takes on the social issue du jour
June 04, 2013

The tricky problem of the obese character.

Chris Christie's Big Fat Authenticity
What the media misses about the governor's weight loss
May 10, 2013

What the media misses about the governor's weight loss

Worth Reading
November 09, 2009

Fred Mishkin: Fed shouldn't worry about asset bubbles right now. Inflation expectations have returned to a historically normal range. Study: A higher minimum wage can reduce obesity. Dallas Fed: Don't blame protectionism for the decline in global trade. Banks just as happy buying Treasuries as making loans.

Weight Watchers
October 31, 2009

In New Jersey, any candidate for high office can count on getting smeared over taxes, corruption, the economy, or all of the above. But in this fall's hard-fought gubernatorial race, an unlikely issue has popped up amidst the usual mud-slinging: the portly physique of Republican challenger Chris Christie. Ever since Jon Corzine released his now-infamous attack ad, in which a disdainful voiceover claims Christie improperly "threw his weight around" as a U.S. Attorney, neither candidate has managed to entirely escape the politics of fat.

The Wages of Fat
October 12, 2009

Today, David Broder takes to his pulpit to decry the nasty, personal turn taken in the New Jersey governor's race. Upset that the superfit Jon Corzine would stoop to mocking Republican challenger Chris Christie's obesity, Broder offers this lament: If you believe, as I do, that the beautiful people already have enough of an advantage in this age of television politics and cable trivia, then the last thing we need is a wave of ads highlighting the fact that others are really ugly. Ah, the beauty-is-only-skin-deep-don't-judge-a-book-by-its-cover argument. How high minded.