• 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 >>

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    May 15, 2014
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    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

    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

    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 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 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 >>

  • 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.

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2010

    Fitness Model: Oncor Pledges the First Million to Mayor's Youth Fitness Initiative

    Photos by Patrick MichelsMayor Tom Leppert accepted a million bucks from Oncor to launch the Mayor's Youth Fitness Initiative today, which, first off, will help keep rec centers open.Once they hung the posters for this afternoon's big announcement at City Hall, the suspense was pretty well killed. M ... More >>

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    April 1, 2010
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    December 17, 2009
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    September 24, 2009
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    September 14, 2009

    Why Blame The Food?

    ‚ÄčI think it was last week when I came across an AP story detailing the efforts of the San Antonio Restaurant Association to encourage healthier cooking at the city's Tex-Mex and Mexican eateries. Seems the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed San Antonio behind only Detroit, Memphis a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • 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.

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2009

    Where's The Beef?

    How does this fat tub of lard get off the ground? Only the Texas Health Institute knows for sure.Yet another "warning" was issued last week about obesity in America, this time zeroing in on Texan waistlines in a report authored by a demographer named Karl Eschbach, sponsored by the Texas Heal ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 24, 2008

    If You May

    Ralphie bounds into the Improv

  • Calendar

    January 17, 2008

    It's That Easy

    Bag up the fat, people

  • Calendar

    November 22, 2007
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    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 >>

  • Calendar

    December 14, 2006
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    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

  • Best of Dallas

    October 14, 2004
  • Dining

    October 17, 2002

    Eschewing the Fat

    Interest groups battle over your next meal

  • News

    July 6, 1995


    Ray Audette hunts with a hawk and eats like a caveman. He says his meaty diet stopped his hair from falling out, cured his diabetes--and will make you healthy too