Body Weight

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2014

    Dallas City Employees Are Fat, Some Are Fatter Than Others

    As we've mentioned before, City Manager A.C. Gonzalez's presentations at the end of City Council briefings are frequently excruciating and uninformative. Tuesday, though, there was an interesting tidbit in the midst of Gonzalez's promotion of the city's wellness initiative for city employees. After ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2014

    Dallas City Employees Are Too Fat, So City Hall Now Has a "Chief Wellness Officer"

    It's been six months, 11 days, and, oh, about three-and-a-half hours since City Manager A.C. Gonzalez was voted into office on a promise to shake things up at City Hall, and it's finally happened. The city announced today that Gonzalez has injected new blood into upper management by bringing in two ... More >>

  • Film

    May 15, 2014
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    April 3, 2014
  • News

    March 13, 2014
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    June 12, 2013

    Researchers Find North Texas Kids Have Higher Risks of Poverty, Food Instability, Mental Health Problems

    A new report put out by the research advocacy group Children At Risk has compiled statistics to show that hundreds of thousands of North Texas children are living in poverty and facing food insecurity. The Future of North Texas' Children examines 10 topics affecting North Texas children, including ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    Grand Prairie Spa Owner Who Mistook Woman's Pregnancy for Urinary Tract Infection Has to Stop Practicing Medicine

    The website and Facebook pages for The Master's Hand Medical Center in Grand Prairie, which later changed its name to the Master's Hand Spa, have been taken down. The traces that are left on the Internet indicate it offered weight loss treatments, botox, lipo-laser, as well as massages and other spa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2013

    365 Days of Dinner in Photos -- What We Learn from Proper Documentation.

    Not so long ago I suggested a rather clever weight-loss idea/fad (based no science whatsoever) called the Facebook Diet, wherein you post pictures of every thing you eat all day everyday on your Facebook page. This would let your "friends" hold you accountable for your choices. The idea hasn't seeme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2013

    The Real Honest Coca-Cola Ad

    Coca-Cola has a long history of capturing our imaginations through advertising. Polar bears and the northern lights. Olympic athletes. A rosy-cheeked Santa holding a glass of the elixir. However, recently Coca-Cola has stepped up to the scale and released their first anti-obesity ad. Coca-Cola s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2013

    Finally, a State-Funded Map of Texas' Fattest Children

    It's no secret that Texans are fat and that they're getting fatter. Right now, almost one in three qualify as obese, with that ratio expected to nearly double over the next two decades. The picture is almost as grim for kids. According to a 2011 study, one in five children in Texas is obese. But fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2012

    10 Reasons You Absolutely Shouldn't Make Losing Weight a New Year's Resolution. For the Sake of Baby Seals, Don't.

    1. Bikini season: The guy in the Southern Comfort commercials, which encourages us to do "Whatever's Comfortable," is making us reconsider "sexy." It's working. Let it happen.

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2012

    Want Less Government Meddling in Our Diets? Fine, Stop Subsidizing Unhealthy Food First.

    The Los Angeles Times published an op-ed today calling for less government meddling in our dietary choices. Julie Gunlock's piece questions whether recent state controls regarding food labeling, bans on trans fat and taxes on unhealthy foods are really fitting for a country of free citizens with a l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2012

    In Vickery Meadows, Walking Trail Attracts Many Vagrants, Few Walkers

    Vickery Meadows, is a hard-bitten but vibrant neighborhood, teeming with a dense mix of cultures and languages unique in the city. It's also very poor, and with poverty comes obesity. With obesity comes corresponding health problems like diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension. Enter an empty plo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2012

    Study: By 2030, Six of Ten Texans Will Be Obese

    Quick: What day is it today? If you answered Tuesday or September 18, you're technically right but you're actually very, tragically wrong, because it's National Cheeseburger Day which a) exists and b) is a great opportunity to check out a new burger joint. It's also, perhaps, time to reflect on the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    Woman Claims Botched Tummy Tuck Left Her Eating Through a Hole in Her Stomach

    In 2009, Rolanda Dickerson went to Forest Park Medical Center for a tummy tuck. Instead, according to a lawsuit first reported by Courthouse News, Dr. John Alexander gave her a gastric bypass. That was a problem both because the procedure wasn't what she had agreed to and because Dickerson had rece ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2012

    'The Most Corrupt Apple Store in America' is in NorthPark

    Gizmodo Wednesday had an anonymous tell-all from former employees of what it describes as "the most corrupt Apple store in America." Where might that store be, you ask? NorthPark. And how did the NorthPark Apple store earn such a notable distinction? Well, allegedly, according to some anonymous guy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2012

    Congratulations, Texas, You Are 12th in Fat-Assedness

    New data on obesity is out, and according to some really smart people, we're all still fat. Unfortunately, it's hard to say if the problem is getting better or worse because the CDC established a new method for analyzing the data, and thus a new baseline, making comparisons with previous years meani ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2012

    Texas is Fat, and Getting Fatter, Says the CDC

    It's an easy thing for a state to rationalize. Every year, the percentage of Texas residents who are technically obese inches up slightly. It's just by a percentage point or so, so maybe it's a rounding error or a gravitational anomaly that affects every Texans' scale. Besides, who doesn't overindul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    Shake-Guzzling, Pat Robertson-Suing Dallas Bodybuilder Sentenced to Federal Prison

    It takes a special type of person to sue televangelist Pat Robertson over a weight loss shake and say things to a reporter like "Me and Robertson are coming in a head-on crash," and "This ain't no goddamn game. He wants to come after me? Bring it fuckin' on." It takes an equally special person to re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2012

    Dallas Doctor Tops State in Taxpayer-Funded Weight-Loss Surgeries

    Over the weekend, the Texas Tribune published one of those eye-opening, number-crunching reports the website has made its niche. This one is about weight-loss surgery, specifically weight-loss surgery that is paid for by taxpayers. This is a relatively new phenomenon, the Tribune notes. Medicare on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    A 966-Calorie Burger King Burger is Creating a Stir in the UK. Um, 966? That's It?

    ​Over in the United Kingdom, healthy people who eat health food have been twisting up their knickers over Burger King's new 966-calorie Smoked Bacon and Cheddar Double Angus burger. In addition to having a thousand calories, it has 58 grams of artery-waterboarding fat. Consumerist quotes a s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    Chick-fil-A Courts Your Babies, As Long As They're Straight

    Chick-fil-A is rolling out a new Kid's Meal, according to a recent news release, aimed at fighting childhood obesity and promoting good nutrition. Comprised of grilled chicken nuggets, low-fat milk and fruit, either in a cup for finger-eating, or pureed in a bag for squeezing, the meals tally just o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2011

    What You Eat Is Just As Important As When You Choose To Eat It

    Flickr​ I'd been thinking that keeping an eye on the total amount of calories I consume, regardless of when I eat was the key from not gaining weight. Eat a huge meal here, skip one there and things will all balance out, right? Turns out a simple calorie count may not be the only key to maint ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 25, 2011

    The Slow, Weak Pulse of the Heart Attack Grill

    Sexy service and a media blitz won't make up for a terrible burger

  • News

    August 25, 2011

    Price Rally Lesson: Time for Plan B

    The Lord doesn't always watch over fools.

  • Calendar

    June 30, 2011
  • Blogs

    June 24, 2011

    Dear Food Diary: I Hate You

    Maybe they should include simple check boxes for Slim Jims and Doritos.​It's hard to find people who agree with me here, but food diaries are worthless. A food diary is a log of everything you ate, where and who you ate it with and what you were feeling as you ate it, (Everyone who jots down ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2011

    MTV Issues Cattle Call for Fat Local Teens

    Students have long worried about the pounds they'll put on during their freshman year of college, but an increasing number of graduating high school seniors are trying to lose significant amounts of weight before they arrive on campus. ​Those dieting teens are the focus of I Used to Be Fat, a ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 24, 2009
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    May 1, 2009

    Chewing the Fat: Does Leaner Equal Greener?

    As if overweight individuals needed more to make them feel socially undesirable, the past couple of weeks have seen at least three different online news outlets tackle the subject of human obesity and its possible environmental impacts, citing an increased carbon footprint. Live Science approaches ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 23, 2009
  • Blogs

    April 23, 2009

    Food For Thought 4.23.09

    "If we're not willing to move harmful substances away just one block, what are we willing to do?" (Eric N. Gioia, councilman from Queens, New York, proposing a ban on opening fast food restaurants near public schools. The comments came as the University of California-Berkeley and Columbia University ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2009

    Food For Thought 4.8.09

    "Coke's messages were totally unacceptable, creating an impression which is likely to mislead that Coca-Cola cannot contribute to weight gain, obesity and tooth decay." (From a statement released by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission regarding an advertising campaign run by the Atl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    P.E. or Not P.E., That is the Question?

    This week, state Sen. Jane Nelson, a Republican from Flower Mound, introduced legislation to combat childhood obesity by requiring more P.E. time for school-age children. S.B. 890 was one of three pieces of legislation she introduced this week "designed to improve the health of Texas' youth," accord ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 19, 2009

    Stay Hungry, Live Longer: the Science Behind the Calorie Restriction Diet

    An SMU biologist thinks the secret to the fountain of youth may be found by putting fruit flies on a diet.

  • Calendar

    January 17, 2008

    It's That Easy

    Bag up the fat, people

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2007

    Better to Be Fat and Fit? Thanks, Doc!

    Big medical news out of Dallas, courtesy a University of North Texas professor and the Journal of the American Medical Association. Turns out, from 1979 to 2001 some 2,600 men and women, whose average age was 64, took part in something called the Aerobic Center Longitudinal Study at the Cooper Clini ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 4, 2007
  • Blogs

    August 10, 2007

    How Would Jesus Eat?

    This week, Bible Girl turns to Jared Binder, a graduate student at Dallas Theological Seminary and a Dallas Observer intern, for thoughts on the "deadly sin" no one ever talks about in church. Bible Girl posts from Bible Girl will be sparse in the next few weeks; I'm working on something for the pap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2007

    Dallas County Kids Not Doing So Well, Says New Report

    Yesterday, Children's Medical Center, in conjunction with the Coalition for North Texas Children, released its biennial quality-of-life report on the nearly 700,000 children living in Dallas County, and so far, I can find only one story about it -- this piece from KTVT-Channel 11's Steve Pickett. Re ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 25, 2007
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    September 28, 2006

    Read Fresh

    Jared, the Subway Guy, visits Barnes & Noble

  • Calendar

    March 9, 2006

    Burr-ly Man

    This stand-up gets some hearty laughs

  • Calendar

    January 5, 2006

    Jelly-House Rock

    We're caught in a trap, we can’t walk out because these doughnuts are so tasty

  • Dining

    March 3, 2005

    Hooked Fish

    Big Fish Little Fish space to get big makeover

  • Calendar

    December 30, 2004

    Comedy 101

    Shtickmen shows the ups and downs of stand-up

  • Dining

    October 17, 2002

    Eschewing the Fat

    Interest groups battle over your next meal

  • News

    May 31, 2001

    Fat Like Me

    Nothing our rotund reporter tried could help him lose weight. Finally, he attacked his belly through his melon. That's right. He's been hypnotized.

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