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Bill Maher suggests that fat-shaming may help people lose weight. Randy Miramontez/Shutterstock.com

Why Bill Maher is wrong about fat-shaming

Fat-shaming is as ineffective as it is cruel. The bullying tactic also ignores the biological factors underlying obesity, which are not always under a person's control.
Exercise is good for you, no matter what your weight. Pressmaster/Shutterstock

Obesity has become the new normal but it’s still a health risk

Nike has recently displayed a plus-sized mannequin in its London store, triggering responses ranging from outrage to celebration. But there's no denying the health risks of obesity.
Science tells us that body weight is not just about lifestyle, and yet health-care providers often assume that people with obesity are lazy and lack willpower, and that fatness is the only relevant health issue. (Rudd Center)

How anti-fat bias in health care endangers lives

One year ago, Ellen Maud Bennett asked women of size to make her death from cancer matter -- by advocating for their own health.
Regular exercise can go a long way towards keeping off the weight gain at college and you don’t have to be a serious athlete to participate. (Shutterstock)

How to beat the ‘freshman five’ weight gain

Research shows that young adults who don't exercise can expect an average eight kilograms of extra fat on their body by 28 years of age.
Is coconut oil all it’s really cracked up to be, or is it just another fad? Sebastien Gabriel/Unsplash

5 claims about coconut oil debunked

Coconut oil is being hailed as the new "superfood", helping us lose weight and kill harmful bugs. But how do the claims stand up to scientific scrutiny?
Over 90 per cent of food and beverage product ads viewed by children and youth online are for unhealthy food products. (Shutterstock)

This is why child obesity rates have soared

New data on soaring child obesity should not come as a surprise. The food industry spends billions marketing unhealthy foods in a global society where over-eating is seen as a character flaw.

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