Fat Stigma Is on the Rise

Research conducted by Arizona State University anthropologists finds an increasing number of societies express negative attitudes towards overweight individuals—a reversal of earlier trends.

What accounts for shifts in fat stigma? "Researchers believe global campaigns characterizing obesity as a disease has something to do with it. Media messages from Western societies commonly associating slimness with self-worth and societal value could influence opinions about fatness as well. Tracking such trends adds another facet to how health programs can better help individuals who may feel socially stigmatized by their weight. After all, the authors note, services exist to alleviate the physical burdens of obesity, but rarely consider its social effects."

Why American history lives between the cracks

The stories we tell define history. So who gets the mic in America?

  • History is written by lions. But it's also recorded by lambs.
  • In order to understand American history, we need to look at the events of the past as more prismatic than the narrative given to us in high school textbooks.
  • Including different voices can paint a more full and vibrant portrait of America. Which is why more walks of American life can and should be storytellers.
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Juice is terrible for children. Why do we keep giving it to them?

A glass of juice has as much sugar, ounce for ounce, as a full-calorie soda. And those vitamins do almost nothing.

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Quick: think back to childhood (if you've reached the scary clown you've gone too far). What did your parents or guardians give you to keep you quiet? If you're anything like most parents, it was juice. But here's the thing: juice is bad for you. 

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Scientists claim the Bible is written in code that predicts future events

The controversy around the Torah codes gets a new life.

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  • Mathematicians claim to see a predictive pattern in the ancient Torah texts.
  • The code is revealed by a method found with special computer software.
  • Some events described by reading the code took place after the code was written.
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