(Alan Rappa)

Family Of Woman Killed On Six Flags Roller Coaster Sues, Coaster To Reopen This Weekend

Yesterday, the family of the 52-year-old grandmother killed in the accident filed a wrongful death lawsuit. Later the same day, the park announced that they will reopen the ride this weekend with some safety improvements. The park’s president and his family will be among the passengers on that first trip after the grand re-opening. [More]

Did Rue 21 Kick This Teen Out Of Store For Being Too Fat?

Did Rue 21 Kick This Teen Out Of Store For Being Too Fat?

There are gracious ways to tell someone that your store doesn’t sell clothes that fit them. Throwing a teenage customer out of the store by saying, “You’re too big to be in this store. I need you to leave” is not one of them. That’s what an Oregon teen claims happened to her at a Rue 21 store at her local mall. [More]

Studies Link Plastic Food Packaging To Diabetes, Obesity Risks In Kids

Studies Link Plastic Food Packaging To Diabetes, Obesity Risks In Kids

Because there are apparently not enough studies to convince the Food and Drug Administration that controversial chemical Bisphenol-A (BPA) should not be used in just about every form of food packaging, yet another study has been published linking BPA to childhood obesity. Meanwhile, a separate study released today showed a possible connection between a widely used plasticizer and diabetes. [More]

(Chris Rief aka Spodie Odie)

Mexico Replaces U.S. As The Most Obese Developed Nation In The World

Slap yourself on the back with a salad fork and take a break from those crunches you’re probably totally doing right now, Americans. A new report says we’ve been knocked from our position as No. 1 most obese developed nation in the world. That non-honor now goes to Mexico, according to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization. [More]

(Paxton Holley)

Coca-Cola Says It Will Stop Marketing To Kids

Being the nation’s largest soft-drink company, Coca-Cola has found itself the target of criticism from some lawmakers, regulators, public health advocates, and parents about sugary drinks’ contribution to America’s expanding waistline. Today, the company announced several goals intended to shake that stigma, including a promise to stop marketing directly to children. [More]

(WKYC)

Tanning Salon Tells Woman She’s Too Fat To Bronze, Won’t Give Refund

No one can escape the laws of physics, but businesses should at least try to follow the rule of “don’t sell people things that you have no intention of providing.” An Ohio woman claims that a local tanning salon sold her a monthly package for $70, then told her that she wouldn’t be allowed to use most of the beds because she’s too fat. [More]

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Gym Staff Member Bullies Couple For Being Fat, So They Want Out Of Their Contract

It’s hard enough some days to motivate oneself to get off the couch and head to the gym: what if you had to worry about being bullied and harassed by one of the staff personal trainers whenever you’re inside the facility? That’s what’s happening to Shayla and her husband. Now they want to be released from their contract, presumably so they can go to a different gym with fewer jerks on staff. [More]

As If We Need Another Reason To Hate BPAs, Study Links Them To Higher Childhood Obesity Rates

As If We Need Another Reason To Hate BPAs, Study Links Them To Higher Childhood Obesity Rates

Chemical bisphenol-A, otherwise known as widely-reviled and controversial BPA, now has another bit of mud to wipe off its face. A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association has linked it to higher levels of obesity in kids who have more of it coursing through their bodies. While the research doesn’t conclusively say that BPA actually causes obesity, it does add to a growing heap of evidence that the stuff isn’t good for us. [More]

AMA Says Money From Soda Taxes Should Be Used To Fight Obesity

AMA Says Money From Soda Taxes Should Be Used To Fight Obesity

While the American Medical Association isn’t going so far as to say we should institute a tax on sugary sodas so as to combat the obesity crisis, it did recommend that any such taxes should be used for fighting the healthy fight in America. [More]

Would You Feel More Comfortable Exercising In A Gym That Bans Skinny People?

Would You Feel More Comfortable Exercising In A Gym That Bans Skinny People?

One of the main reasons given for avoiding the gym is anxiety or embarrassment about trying to exercise while surrounded by people who are already in shape. But some gyms are now actively marketing their services to the people who need to lose the most weight, and at least one has a policy keeping the fit folks from joining. [More]

Study: Obese Moms Birth Kids With Greater Risk Of Autism

Study: Obese Moms Birth Kids With Greater Risk Of Autism

Science continues to scramble for reasons that children become autistic. The latest straw to which researchers are grasping is that children whose mothers were obese during pregnancy have an increased risk of autism. [More]

CDC Says Processed Foods Are Making Kids Fat

CDC Says Processed Foods Are Making Kids Fat

A major reason more than a third of American children are struggling with obesity is the copious amount of sugar they take in every day, with processed foods providing a significant share. That’s the opinion of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which found that sugars made up 16.3 percent of boys’ calorie intake and 15.5 percent of that of girls. The CDC recommends that kids’ discretionary calorie intake be 15 percent or lower. [More]

Scientists Suggest Restricting Sugar Sales For Youngsters

Arguing that sugar is as additive as tobacco or alcohol, scientists at the University of California San Francisco say that the sweet stuff should be regulated in much the same way as those products. That means taxes to discourage consumption and age-dependent restrictions on how much can be sold to a consumer. [More]

Study: Don't Blame School Lunches For Childhood Obesity

Study: Don't Blame School Lunches For Childhood Obesity

As childhood obesity rates have increased over the last few decades, a lot of focus has been put on insuring that school lunches are healthier than the chocolate milk/cheeseburger/tater tot pig-out some of us grew up eating. But according to a new study, the real source of those extra pounds is the stuff kids are devouring when they’re not in school. [More]

Why The Worst Time To Snack Is Before Lunch

Why The Worst Time To Snack Is Before Lunch

If you get hungry mid-morning, you may be better off eating lunch early rather than munching on something to tide you over. A study suggests snacking between breakfast and lunch could be a sign that your eating is out of control. [More]

American Adults Are Fatter Than In 1990 And Happy About It

American Adults Are Fatter Than In 1990 And Happy About It

The bad news is Americans are fatter today than they were in 1990, says a new Gallup poll. But the good news is that the average U.S. citizen isn’t bumming about it, and instead, we’re pretty content with the extra poundage. [More]

290lb Man Sues White Castle For Not Enlarging Booths

290lb Man Sues White Castle For Not Enlarging Booths

A 290lb stockbroker is suing White Castle because he says he can’t fit it any of their booths. He says the chain promised to make the booths bigger and even showed him schematics of the new designs, but never made the changes. [More]

Study: Even Small Amounts Of Junk Food Can Make You Fatter Over Time

Study: Even Small Amounts Of Junk Food Can Make You Fatter Over Time

According to a new study, poor eating habits you pick up over time may not make you noticeably plumper immediately, but will slowly add permanent pounds over the years. [More]