The Obesity Epidemic in America 

Americans are fatter than ever, putting themselves at risk for serious health problems and boosting the cost of healthcare.

Questions About Weight

Since 1980, the number of obese adults in the U.S. has doubled. According to the CDC, millions of Americans currently are obese. The increase in obesity isn’t limited to adults. The rate of obesity has tripled for children during this same time period. Find out more about the risks of excess weight by taking this quiz.

1. Being overweight puts you at risk for heart disease.
2. If you are overweight, losing weight helps lower your high blood cholesterol and high blood pressure.
3. Quitting smoking is good for your health. But quitting often leads to weight gain.
4. An overweight person with high blood pressure should follow a low-sodium diet and try to lose weight.
5. Eating less salt (sodium) can often help lower blood pressure that's only a little higher than normal.
6. The best ways to lose weight are to eat fewer calories and to exercise.
7. Skipping meals is a good way to cut down on calories.
8. Overweight children have a higher risk of becoming overweight adults.

Obesity Isn’t Just About Willpower 

An “obesogenic” environment, behavioral influences, and genetics all play a role.

How to Motivate Yourself to Keep Your Diet Resolutions 

Economists have tricks to get us to meet our goals.

Exercise Has Its Limits for Losing Weight 

A primitive mechanism that keeps us alive may be the reason.

The Biggest Weight Loss Mistakes 

Dieting itself may be the biggest mistake of all.

A Simple Way to Reach a Healthier Weight  

Drinking more water could help you win the battle of the bulge.

Staying Slim Is Harder Than Ever 

To stay the same weight you were when you were young, you just need to keep doing what you've always done, and maybe a bit more.

It’s Not Good to Be Apple-Shaped 

Even if you’re not especially heavy, that belly is a problem.

Avoid Processed Carbs — Yes, that Means Chips 

In an era of conflicting diets, a simple message emerges.

7 Reasons You May Weigh Too Much 

Our compendium of the latest diet science

Fat-Burning Foods 

Research has shown these five foods correlate to lower weight, healthier BMI, and smaller waist circumference.