Body Weight

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2014

    Claire McCaskill Scolds Dr. Oz for Stretching the Truth About Diets

    Missouri senator Claire McCaskill told Dr. Oz yesterday what we've all wanted to say to him since he first appeared on Oprah: Stop. The stay-at-home-mom's favorite doctor was called to a congressional hearing yesterday titled "Protecting Consumers from False and Deceptive Advertising of Weight-Loss ... More >>

  • News

    March 13, 2014
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    August 1, 2013
  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    A Ban On Soda Purchases With Food Stamps? Mayor Francis Slay Says It Should Be Explored

    St. Louis mayor Francis Slay is not coming out in favor of the infamous soda regulations in New York City -- but he is considering a related idea. That is, he supports an exploration of potential limitations or bans on the purchase of sugary drinks -- with food stamps. Slay this week signed a letter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2013

    Michelle Obama: First Lady Headed to Springfield Walmart For Anti-Obesity Campaign

    First Lady Michelle Obama has chosen a Walmart in Springfield, Missouri to promote her "Let's Move" anti-obesity campaign. To what do we owe this honor? It may not hurt that Missouri is on track to have incredibly high rates of obesity in the coming years, at least according to some studies. And ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    Askinosie Chocolate Expands Lunch Program

    No, not to you. The award-winning Springfield, Missouri-based chocolate company will be using proceeds from two of its products to fund school lunch programs in villages in Tanzania and the Philippines. The PTA's at Mwaya Secondary School in the Kyela region of Tanzania and Malagos Elementary Scho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2012

    By 2030, Almost Two-Thirds of Missourians Will Be Really Fat People

    Picture, if you will, that you are standing in between two people. Look to your right, then to your left. If you are standing in this little huddle in Missouri 20 years from today, more than likely two of the three of you will be obese. At least, that's the vision of the future a new report out fro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2012

    Guess Who's Fat? New CDC Data Says There's MO of Us to Love

    In an announcement that should surprise no one who mingles with the general public, Missouri has been classified by the Center for Disease Control as one of the heaviest states in the nation. No, don't clap, Shamu. This is bad news.Missouri finished in the top twelve of the heavy-weight states, with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2012

    The Grafton Zipline As Seen by Headcam

    After Daily RFT received a head cam in the mail last week, your reporter graciously agreed to test it out last Thursday at the Grafton Zipline.

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    Fat Kids Are Worse at Math, Says Mizzou Study

    If we want to improve American kids' performance in math, it may behoove us to no longer consider cafeteria pizza a serving of vegetables. According to a new study out from the University of Missouri-Columbia, kids who were persistently obese did worse on math tests than thinner children. That's b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2012

    Skechers "Shape Ups": As If They Weren't Ridiculous Enough, Now This...

    Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster and his counterparts in 43 other states reached a $40-million settlement today with with Skechers USA over how the company marketed its Shape-Ups, Tone-Ups, and the Skechers Resistance Runner athletic shoes. "We have alleged that Skechers made health-relat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    Battle Lame Halloween Treats: Angie's Kettle Corn vs. Snyder's Mini Pretzels

    ​For years now, parents have been freaking out about the Obesity Crisis, pulling bread from the very mouths of their children and causing them to become anorexic by the age of six. They have castrated Ronald McDonald, taken a piss on Happy Meal toys, and banned soda and chips from some school ... More >>

  • Music

    July 28, 2011

    Cold Cave

    8:30 p.m. Monday, August 1. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2011

    Fat Kids Are Neglected! Restaurants Jump to the Rescue!

    Wikimedia CommonsOh no! He's chubby! Take him away! ​American children are fat hogs who are all going to develop type II diabetes, and parents are too incompetent to raise the little chubbos of their making! Or so an advocacy piece by Harvard researchers Lindsey Murtagh and David Ludwig in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    Missouri Fares Poorly in New Obesity Study

    Screenshot:​Missouri is the eleventh-most obese state in the nation, according to F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2011, a new report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The state's adult-obesity r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Pregnancy Causing Obesity Epidemic, St. Louis Doctor Claims

    image via zazzle.comGuess again, lady​National experts have suggested that if a woman is obese, she should gain far less weight when pregnant than previously thought: just 11 to 20 pounds.But one local doctor says even that is far too much. Dr. Raul Artal, chairman of the obstetrics and gynecology ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Missourians Are Really Freakin' Fat, Study Finds

    image via newsgroper.comMissouri: getting fatter every minute.​Fat people are taking over the world! According to a new report from the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), twelve states now have obesity rates above 30 percent. And guess what? We're ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    Breed More Fat Kids, Pay More Taxes?

    ​Well, that might be the philosophy one Illinois lawmaker, who suggested yesterday that parents of obese children should perhaps lose their $2,000 state tax deduction. As the Post-Dispatch reports, state Senator Shane Cultra, a Republican of Onarga, suggested that loading up junior with too m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Newsflash: Cure for Fatness in the Elderly Discovered!

    And get on the damn Wii Fit.​'s diet and exercise. What a shock, right?Researchers at Washington University published their findings in the March 31 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. They placed 100 obese seniors between the ages of 65 and 85 into four groups: one on a reduced- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    The Latest in Petri Dish Fashion: Designer Intestinal Bacteria

    image viaThere's a high proportion of these intestinal bacteria, Firmicutes, in people who have a high-fat, high-sugar diet.​We all have a vast collection of bacteria in our intestines, a library, if you will. Most of these bacteria are friendly and helpful, allowing us to digest foods we woul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    Study: Missouri Has 3rd Deadliest Eating Habits in U.S.

    Image via​Missouri has the third-deadliest eating habits in the nation, according to a study by 24/7 Wall St. and reported by Yahoo! Finance.The study considered several factors: "...income, access to healthy food sources, the ability to pay for healthy food, the concentration of fast food outlet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    Wash U Researchers Find Genetic Link Between Obesity and Alcoholism

    She may be slim, but you should see her sister.​Step away from the cheeseburger, drunky. Researchers at Washington University have discovered a genetic link between risks for alcoholism and obesity. And the correlation seems to be increasing as Americans get fatter, as we've been doing at an alarm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2010

    The Contradictory Link Between Poverty and Obesity

    The Philadelphia Inquirer dedicated its Sunday front page to the link between poverty and obesity. They feature a family living in the second-hungriest congressional district in the country. "'One of our biggest misconceptions is that it's poor people's fault,' said Adam Drewnowski, a University of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2010

    Rowdy Roddy Piper vs. Childhood Obesity

    It's the beginning of the week. Here, via Eater, is a video from Funny or Die to help get your week started on the right (i.e., funny) foot. Behold Rowdy Roddy Piper taking on his most dangerous foe to date, childhood obesity:

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2010

    Wash. U.'s COMPASS Study Seeks Volunteers: Find Your Way to Sustainable Weight Loss

    RFT​Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine are conducting a study designed to help families who want to learn about better diet and activity. The project is called COMPASS: Comprehensive Maintenance Program to Achieve Sustained Success, and it is free for families who meet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2010

    The Chefs Get Richer and the Clientele Get Fatter

    Has it been a year? Already? Yes, once again, as it has been since 1957, July is National Hot Dog Month! According to National Hot Dog & Sausage Council president and self-described "Queen of Wien" Janet Riley., "On Independence Day, Americans will enjoy 150 million hot dogs, enough to stretch from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2010

    Afftonite John Goodman Talks About Weight Loss on Letterman

    Goodman on Letterman. Click for larger version.​John Goodman's weight loss has become a pop culture topic of conversation as of late. Wednesday night the actor appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman where guess what? He talked about his weight loss.

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 5.20

    Can't eat as much since having weight loss surgery? According to Eater, a Pennsylvania smorgasbord joint is issuing discount cards to patrons who've had gastric bypass procedures. With proof of surgery and a doctor's signature, customers get half-priced all-you-can-eat for the first year and ten per ... More >>

  • News

    March 3, 2010
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    January 16, 2009

    Wash. U. Study: Buffet No Exercise = Fat

    File this one under I Gotta Get Me One of Those Government Grants: A new study by a Washington University professor, funded by the NIH and the CDC and published in the December issue of the journal Preventive Medicine, found, according to a Wash. U. press release, "people who eat out often at buffet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 11.20

    Yes, it's that time again: the Beaujolais Nouveau is here. This year, though, producers aren't very excited. (Wall Street Journal) A new study suggests that childhood obesity rates could be cut by banning fast-food ads. (Reuters) A year of trouble for Kosher meatpackers in the U.S. has led to a sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 11.19

    A new study suggests that obese children are actually eating fewer calories than they need -- and almost none of the nutrients their bodies require. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram) Nestle recalls some Lean Cuisine frozen dinners because of plastic in the food. (Los Angeles Times) Restaurants with a str ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 12, 2008

    Feelin' Hot, Hot, Hot


  • Blogs

    October 22, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 10.22

    A look at how restaurants across the country are dealing with the economic downturn. (New York Times) A new study finds a link between obesity and how quickly you eat. (BBC News) A significant increase in the number of children with food allergies. (AP) - Ian Froeb

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2008

    On the Fat Map, Missouri Is an Orange State

    A colleague passed along this map, as reproduced on the blog Strange Maps. For each state, it shows the percentage of the adult population that is obese, based on body-mass index. Granted, BMI isn't a perfect measure, but the map is fascinating nonetheless. - Ian Froeb Image: strangemaps.wordpress ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 7.1

    The U.S. provides food aid to North Korea. (New York Times) The American Heart Association believes demographics could be key to reducing U.S. obesity levels. (HealthDay News) Great Britain's Prince Charles has altered his car to run on fuel made from excess wine. (CNN) - Ian Froeb

  • Calendar

    October 10, 2007
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    August 28, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 8/28

    Our long national nightmare is over, my friends: Whole Foods has purchased rival Wild Oats for $565 million. (Washington Post) A new study finds that the obesity rate in America is, um, growing. The study's authors believe government intervention is necessary. (CNN) This is the best part of the ar ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 18, 2007


    6733 Clayton Road