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Should We Have Legal Protection Against Fat Discimination?

Two sociologists make a compelling case for eradicating fat stigma. Even with legal protection, it's going to be a formidable task.

In 2002, Jennifer Portnic tried to start a Jazzercise franchise, but the company worried that a 240-pound woman might jeopardize the company’s reputation. Portnick argued that she was a perfectly capable aerobics instructor and brought a complaint before the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, which ruled in her favor.

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Obesity Is Up Again, But Is It "Leveling Off"?

A new report suggest that one in four Americans is obese. But that could slowly be changing—for the better.

As expanding buses, revolving doors and crash test dummies suggest, Americans are increasingly obese. Now, a new report by Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows that obesity rates have topped 25 percent (in red above) in more than two-thirds of the United States. The rates worsened in 16 states and not a single state showed improvements. While obesity is considered one of the Western "diseases of affluence," it disproportionately affects minorities and those with less education and less money.

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Michelle Obama and Beyoncé Get Kids Dancing at 600 Schools

Yes, our First Lady can "teach you how to Dougie."

Need more proof that Michelle Obama might just be the fittest (and coolest) First Lady ever? In the video above, she joins a student "flash mob" at Washington D.C.'s Alice Deal Middle School. Yes, our First Lady knows how to Dougie.

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Jamie Oliver Still Isn't Offering Real Solutions, But Maybe That's Fine From Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution to Beyoncé, Battling Childhood Obesity

The new season of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution probably won't offer any practical solutions to childhood obesity. But maybe it only needs to be fun.

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Tonight, the new season of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution premiers on ABC.

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Dietary Supplements: Chef-Designed Shoes and Aerosolized Excrement

We visit Chicago, Orlando, and Delhi, India, in today's daily roundup of what we're reading at GOOD Food HQ. Enjoy!


Superbugs have become a problem on big pig farms. So has pollution and aerosolized excrement.

More than 12 million tons of Chinese rice (and millions of acres of agricultural land) are contaminated by cadmium and other toxic metals from industrial pollution.

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Why the School Lunch Bill Is a Historic Victory

One of the last victories to be secured by the Democratic Congress, the school food bill increases the quality of school food we serve to kids.


A victory in the battle for healthier school lunches cleared its way through Congress yesterday afternoon. The bill is now headed for President Obama's desk, where is is virtually guaranteed a swift passage (thanks in no small part to the interest and backing of the First Lady).

The child nutrition bill determines the reimbursement rate for school lunches, the type of food that can be sold in vending machines, and whether trans fats can be banned from the equation. Prior to the new legislation, schools were reimbursed up to $2.68 per school lunch. For the first time in 30 years, it will now be increased by six cents, to $2.74.

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