The Washington Post

More than 75 percent of of all items found in public food vending machines are candy, chips, and cookies.

Food is a necessity, but it's also a big business. That might be complicating things.

The South is weighing this country down.

And more than three quarters of the country's overweight youth don't know they're overweight.

The nation is celebrating this morning news that the obesity rate for children age 2 to 5 plummeted over the last decade. But one of the sadder parts of the study was that the nation's obesity rate is a reflection of the nation's racial divide: Blacks and Hispanics suffer much higher levels of obesity compared to whites.

It costs a lot more to give every kid an apple than it does to bribe him or her for actually eating one.

Both obesity and food insecurity have a lot to do with being poor.

Results from states, cities, and counties show modest but encouraging slim-downs.

A new working paper suggests that a complete ban on fast food ads would cut childhood obesity by 14 percent. But stopping restaurants from counting those ads as a business expense would help too.

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  • Dec 28, 2012
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Raising taxes on alcohol and soda could reduce obesity and save lives. But would it also hurt the poor?

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  • Dec 3, 2012
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