The Weight of Secrets and Shame

Dr. David L. Katz

The following is a guest post by Dr. David L. Katz, director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center. The article was originally published on, and has been modified and updated for Childhood Obesity News. About a year ago I appeared on MARTHA: The Martha Stewart Show to talk about — what else — living […]

Obesity Tales: Walk a Mile in My 46"-Waist Track Pants

Plus size mannekin

Let’s check in with some people who have experienced childhood obesity or observed it from a nearby vantage point. Jane Shure is a psychotherapist specializing in eating disorders and the transformation of shame. She trains healthcare professionals and gives workshops in making peace with food and body image, and she’s a former fat kid. In […]

Fat Boy Thin Man: Michael Prager

Fat Boy Thin Man

Fat Boy Thin Man is Michael Prager’s memoir of “a fat and troubled childhood that lasted almost 35 years.” He spent more than 10 years over the 300-pound mark. When Prager hit 365, he opted for standard addiction treatment, just like any substance abuser might, upon realizing that he’s in the grip of a lower […]