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July 12th, 2011
11:32 AM ET

FDA: Calorie information to become manadtory for restaurant, fast food menus

As a part of the Affordable Care Act's push to reduce obesity in the US, the FDA will make it mandatory for information about the calories in foods to be on the menu at restaurants and fast food chains with more than 20 locations.

However, evidence is mounting that indicates that this may not be the most effective way to get Americans to be more conscious of their health.

Elizabeth Cohen, CNN senior medical correspondent, gives examples of some high calorie meals and discusses the implementation of the law on American Morning today.

Filed under: Food • Obesity
December 3rd, 2010
07:53 AM ET

Why even a small amount of weight gain could be deadly

If you think you may indulge yourself and pack on a few extra pounds this holiday season, you may want to think again. A new study finds that just being a little overweight can have deadly consequences.

The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, is a compilation of 19 separate long-term studies - the data covering 1 1/2 million patients. It found that having a body-mass index (BMI) just above the recommended range increases your mortality rate from causes such as heart disease, cancer and stroke.

Dr. Louis Aronne, director of the comprehensive weight control program at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center joins American Morning's Kiran Chetry to explain why even a small amount of weigh gain can be deadly.

Filed under: BMI • Health • Obesity