(CBS) Indulging a sweet tooth might not be anyone's idea of a good weight-loss strategy. But in jaw-dropping new research, scientists say they've found something even more likely to be associated with unwanted weight gain in children and adolescents than eating candy:
Not eating candy.Continue »
(CBS/AP) Which foods cause the most weight gain? A new Harvard study holds some big surprises.
(CBS/AP) With childhood obesity a growing problem in the U.S., schools across the country are seeing what they can do to help kids keep the weight off. To do its part, the Los Angeles Unified School District - with about 688,000 students, the nation's second-largest - has implemented a controversial ban of chocolate and strawberry milk.
It joins a growing number of school districts nationwide, including Washington D.C., Boulder Valley, Colo., and Berkeley, Calif., that serve only plain milk at its schools.Continue »
(CBS) The Mediterranean diet has long been touted as a healthy one, and a ranking of popular eating plans just released by "U.S. News & World Report" pegs it at #2 in terms of overall health benefits.
But when it comes to triggering weight loss, the Mediterranean diet - which focuses on produce, nuts, whole grains, olive oil, and seafood - doesn't even crack the top 10.
(CBS) Does it work? Is it safe? Those are the sorts of questions being asked about the so-called hCG diet that's been getting lots of attention in recent weeks.
The hCG diet combines extreme calorie restriction - typically 500 calories a day of unprocessed organic foods - with daily doses of a pregnancy-related hormone called human chorionic gondatropin, a.k.a. hCG. The hormone is typically administered via injections or under-the-tongue drops.
(CBS) Opera singer Olivia Ward has something new to yodel about. The slimmed-down 35-year-old was named winner of season 11 of "The Biggest Loser," edging out her sister to claim victory after shedding 129 pounds in eight months.
Ward , who stands 5 feet, 9 inches, tipped the scales at 261 pounds when the competition started. On Tuesday night, she weighed in at 132 pounds. Upon winning, she thrust her hands overhead as confetti swirled.Continue »
(CBS/AP) Should Ronald McDonald retire?
Healthy-eating activists say the 48-year-old "spokesclown" hooks kids on junk food and insist the time has come for the burger-pushing mascot to hang up his floppy shoes and clown nose.
Not so fast, says McDonald's CEO Jim Skinner. Speaking Thursday at the chain's annual meeting outside Chicago, he said recent newspapers ads calling for Ronald's ouster had prompted an outpouring of support to his office, with parents and customers asking Skinner "to defend their right to choose."Continue »
(CBS/AP) Fast food restaurants get lots of criticism for serving up fatty, salty, calorie-dense fare. But Don Gorske has no complaints. The 57-year-old retired prison guard was just honored at his hometown McDonalds for eating his 25,000th Big Mac - a feat that took him 39 years to accomplish.
(CBS) Think bypass surgery is no laughing matter? Try telling that to fans of the notorious Heart Attack Grill, a cardiology-themed eatery that serves up humongous hamburgers and french fries fried in lard.
The gluttony-glamorizing restaurant opened a branch on Friday in Dallas but closed its doors early after experiencing unspecified "operational issues in the kitchen," a Dallas TV station reported. The original restaurant is in Chandler, Ariz.Continue »
(CBS) In the battle to beat the bulge, Consumer Reports has crowned a winner - at least when it comes to mainstream diets like Atkins, Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig.
Consumer Reports reviewed seven diets in all, the three above plus the Zone, Slim-Fast, Ornish and Nutrisystem. Each of the diets takes a different approach and Consumer Reports was quick to point out that the best diet is the one you stay on. So some amount of personal preference is involved in finding the diet that's right for you.Continue »
(CBS) Why is it so hard to lose weight? People offer up all sorts of explanations, from being unable to resist the temptation of fatty food to being too busy to work out. But a new study seems to suggest a rather surprising cause:
Simply looking at fat people.Continue »