Obesity in America
Special report 2010
After her weight hit the obese range, Melissa Moss, veteran of a decade of failed diets, decided she needed intensive help. But after running up $4000 in credit card debt paying for the program, her insurer refused to cover it.
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With insurers slow to coverage obesity treatment,
patients often must foot the bill.
Sometimes American restaurants unveil menu items that are so over the top that they seem to be trying to stun the senses.
White House chef Sam Kass gets behind the first lady's "Let's Move" initiative to improve eating habits.
"If only I could lose 10 pounds" -- this is the lifelong obsession of many scale-watchers.
Health in the news--and in your life. Jennifer LaRue Huget and Rob Stein take a look at the science of obesity.
Do you think public health initiatives aimed at changing behavior will make a dent in the obesity problem facing America?
Since 1996, the proportion of adults in the U.S. who are considered obese has risen from less than 20 percent to more than 30 percent, and organizations that track the trend say it's probably higher.
Your Poll: What is the most effective way to lose weight?
Young Lives at Risk: Our Overweight Children
Five-Part Washington Post Series: One-third of U.S. children are overweight, leaving the health and productivity of an entire generation at risk.