Sugar Fee Soda

A proposed tax on sweetened drinks could raise $35 million for Multnomah County.

News Stories
Soda pop, energy drinks and even some juice mixes will get more expensive in Multnomah County if voters approve a new tax proposal bound for the November ballot. As first reported Jan. 9 at ww   More
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 HANNAH HOFFMAN

Confessions of a Chubster

The moral crusade against fatties.

Culture Features
Americans are disgustingly fat. I’m allowed to say so because not long ago, I was disgustingly fat. Three years ago, I weighed close to 300 pounds. I would like to tell you being a big, lazy s   More
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 MARTIN CIZMAR

Oregon Kids are America's Unfattest, Even Without Menu Labels

The big news today about Oregon is everywhere: we have the lowest rate of childhood obesity in the country. True — in super-sized America, that distinction is kind of like winning an IQ contest at a Tea Party rally. But still, it beats placing near the top of the unemployment listings. The news reminded us of a story we covered a few years back about Multnomah County's efforts to require ...   More
Tuesday, May 4, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Oregon: New Study Shows We're Not That Obese

Expect this new report about the nation's childhood obesity rates to come up at tonight's board meeting of Portland Public Schools. Supporters of keeping physical education in Portland schools are planning to attend the 6:30 pm board meeting in hopes ot protecting PE from Superintendent Carole Smith's proposed cuts to fill the district's $19 million budget hole. And those PE proponents just ...   More
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 HANK STERN

Diary of an Immigrant: Learning to Love Your Fat American Asses

WW Presents another installment of our Australian music intern's diary of moving to Portland. When Australians visit America, the first question everyone asks when you get back home is: “Was everyone fat?” I wish I had something nicer to report, but this is a fact. And it's true: according to the World Health Organization, 66.7 percent of Americans are overweight. But 66.5 ...   More
Monday, August 9, 2010 RUTH BROWN


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