obesity

4:46pm

Thu February 5, 2015
Health, Science, Environment

XL Love: a journalist looks at obesity and romance

Here in America, close to 70 percent of people are overweight. In her new book XL Love: How the Obesity Crisis is Complicating America’s Love Life, local journalist Sarah Varney looks beyond the numbers to explore how issues of weight can do everything from end marriages to over-sexualize girls as young as nine years old. Varney sat down with KALW's Hana Baba to talk about the the threat obesity poses to not just our health, but to our happiness.

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9:23am

Thu March 27, 2014

12:00am

Mon December 30, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

Today on Your Call: What’s behind the high obesity rate in the US?

On today's next your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Dr Deborah Cohen author of A Big Fat Crisis: The Hidden Forces Behind the Obesity Epidemic — and How We Can End It. Two out of every three adult Americans are either overweight or obese. How can we reshape our modern food culture? What role should the government play in changing the food environment? Join the conversation and call in with your questions on Your Call, with Rose Aguilar, and you.

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5:51pm

Thu September 13, 2012

5:50pm

Thu September 13, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

The Nanny State: Comparing Richmond's soda tax to California's anti-smoking campaign

As controversy rages regarding the government's right to regulate health, some have been quick to compare the ideas of government regulation to preventing obesity, to legislation against lung cancer and smoking. While  obesity and lung cancer are both health issues, research shows that they aren't as analogous as one might expect. Men who smoke a pack  of cigarettes per day have a relative risk of mortality nearly four times higher than the national average. The relative risk of mortality from obesity isn't even close to that; it's 1.5 times the average.

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