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McDonald’s is making buying a Big Mac easier by allowing consumers to charge their fast-food meals. reported that the move may be just what the fast-food giant needs to get “consumers to supersize their spending.” Gas stations, grocery stores and even the IRS have given people the option to “charge it,” and in 2003 […] Read More

Many Americans admit to being pudgy, but few are doing what it takes to slim down, according to a recent Gallup poll. Forty-two percent of Americans said they were overweight, while 51 percent said their weight was “about right.”<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />  These numbers have remained about the same for the […] Read More

Health-conscious shoppers can confidently buy organic products with new federal labeling rules instated Oct. 21. Consumers don’t have to take producers’ word for it anymore. The Department of Agriculture’s new labeling assures buyers that food labeled “organic” really is.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />   “For more than 12 years organic farmers, environmental […] Read More

Even with the rise in childhood obesity and diabetes, many money-strapped schools are still tempted to sign deals with snack food and soda companies which promise to hand over the cash for a shot at young consumers. The center for Commercial-Free Public Education estimated that over the past three years 240 school districts in 31 […] Read More

Getting more for your money could be detrimental to your health, according to a new report by the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity. The report, From Wallet to Waistline: The Hidden Costs of Super Sizing, showed that “value marketing” encourages overeating and “contributes to the skyrocketing rates of obesity in adults and children.”<?xml:namespace prefix […] Read More

Ignorance is the greatest barrier to good nutrition and healthy living, according to popular author, educator and physician Andrew Weil. “I would say the biggest obstacle (to healthy living) is the lack of education and information,” Weil told in a recent interview. “If people had the right information I think they would make better […] Read More

While previous generations have given into their aging bodies, baby boomers are not buying it. They are learning how to rewind the clock with simple, sensible lifestyle habits. There is no magic pill and no one has found the fabled fountain of youth, but researchers are showing that the most dramatic causes of the body’s […] Read More

Jell-O mud-wrestling, egg-throwing contests and bowling with frozen turkeys may be recreation to some people but to a former missionary who has seen hunger firsthand, these games are not fun—they are wasteful. One in 10 households in the United States is living with hunger or is at risk of hunger, while about 27 percent of […] Read More

I have heard for years that “we are what we eat.” I suspect this is so. And if it is, I wonder what else about eating might be true. Are we also how we eat, or where we eat? Catholic theologian Massimo Salani certainly believes that. He has watched the explosive growth of fast food […] Read More

They’ll know we are Christians by our love and by our bulging waistlines. And the larger the middle, the more likely you are to be pastor of a church. Obesity is a growing epidemic claiming some 300,000 lives each year. Defined as being overweight by 20 percent or by 25 to 35 pounds, physicians agree […] Read More