‘Big Brother’ Is One Fat, Juicy Novel

You haven’t seen your beloved older brother in years. Then he shows up at the airport, weighing hundreds of pounds more than the last time you saw him. That’s the premise of Lionel Shriver’s new novel, Big Brother. A touchy topic for our ever-widening times? Oh yeah – and meant to be. “We’ve lost our innocence about food,” the fit-looking Shriver told me over tea and biscotti at Washington’s Dupont Circle Hotel on June 11. “What we use food for …

Christie’s Weight-Loss Plan: Will a Lap-Band Work?

New Jersey’s Gov. Chris Christie, notorious for both his blunt comments and hefty weight, said this week that turning 50 was a wake-up call for him and the reason he opted for surgery to try and slim down. He said it was his desire to stay healthy for his four kids — not plans for a future presidential campaign –that made him decide to undergo gastric-band surgery in February, he told the New York Post. This is his latest strategy …

The 9 Unhealthiest Restaurant Meals Are …

A Cheesecake Factory chicken entrée that contains as many calories as a 12-piece bucket of KFC fried chicken. A Johnny Rockets’ bacon- cheddar double burger, fries and 1,140-calorie milk shake blended with an entire piece of apple pie. An Uno Chicago Grill deep-dish macaroni with three cheeses that’s equivalent to eating a family-size box of Stouffer’s Macaroni & Cheese – with half a stick of butter melted on top. These are among the nine Xtreme Eating “dis-honorees” on the annual …

Yeah We’re Fat, But We Still Want Our Junk Food

Americans know that obesity is a health crisis, that junk food is far too prevalent and that we can’t get ourselves off the couch to exercise, but, hey! Don’t you dare try and force us to eat better through government regulation. That’s basically the finding of a new Associated Press poll, which reveals we’re concerned about the country’s growing waistlines, though deeply divided on exactly what – if anything – the government should do about it. Thanks to a multitude …

Wait, Now They Tell Us Being Overweight Is OK?

Just in time for those New Year’s resolutions about diet comes this surprising news: While being obese is still bad for your health, new research suggests that those who are moderately overweight have a lower risk of dying than normal-weight people do. The study, published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association, is a big one – an analysis of 100 international studies that included about 3 million adults. The authors were researchers with the National Center for Health …

I Don’t Want to Have Sex With My Overweight Wife

Q: I’m a man who has been married for 34 years. I love my soulmate, but I don’t have it in me anymore to make love to her when she’s overweight and has been for some time. I just can’t do it anymore. And now I feel depressed with no romance. I have no desire for sex anymore and I know my wife is aware. I love her and feel as  if there is nothing left but to wait until …