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Models of the SibPlus Models agency and participants of the Miss Doughnut beauty competition take part in a rehearsal in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia, March 4, 2017. (Photo by Ilya Naymushin/Reuters)

Models of the SibPlus Models agency and participants of the Miss Doughnut beauty competition take part in a rehearsal in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia, March 4, 2017. (Photo by Ilya Naymushin/Reuters)
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10 Mar 2017 00:06:00
A model walks the runway at the Christian Siriano X Lane Bryant Collection at United Nations on May 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images)

A model walks the runway at the Christian Siriano X Lane Bryant Collection at United Nations on May 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images)
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10 May 2016 12:54:00
Andrea Abarca, (C) leads an aerobics class in Los Guidos de Desamparados July 23, 2015. (Photo by Juan Carlos Ulate/Reuters)

Andrea Abarca, (C) leads an aerobics class in Los Guidos de Desamparados July 23, 2015. More than 300 women participated in a physical health program organized by Abarca, which aims to combat obesity and sedentary behavior in poor women living in a slum. The National Nutrition Survey shows that the Costa Rican population has 62.4 percent of adult men who are obese, while among women the percentage was 77.3, according to local media. (Photo by Juan Carlos Ulate/Reuters)
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25 Jul 2015 12:22:00
Sumo wrestlers of Nishonoseki clan appeal to the winner of a training bout for the next opponent during a joint training session ahead of the May Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo May 2, 2015. (Photo by Toru Hanai/Reuters)

Sumo wrestlers of Nishonoseki clan appeal to the winner of a training bout for the next opponent during a joint training session ahead of the May Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo May 2, 2015. (Photo by Toru Hanai/Reuters)
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03 May 2015 10:42:00
Contestant Emilce Lezcano, center, prepares for the evening gown portion of the “Miss Gordita” beauty contest in Asuncion, Paraguay, Saturday, April 25, 2015. In their elegant evening gowns and elaborate hair styles, the contestants defy the conventional idea that only skinny women can be beautiful. (Photo by Jorge Saenz/AP Photo)

Contestant Emilce Lezcano, center, prepares for the evening gown portion of the “Miss Gordita” beauty contest in Asuncion, Paraguay, Saturday, April 25, 2015. In their elegant evening gowns and elaborate hair styles, the contestants defy the conventional idea that only skinny women can be beautiful. (Photo by Jorge Saenz/AP Photo)
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28 Apr 2015 13:17:00
Dorothy Bradley (left), photographed for LIFE magazine article on obesity, 1949. (Photo by Martha Holmes/Time & Life Pictures)

“The most serious health problem in the U.S. today is obesity.” Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? But that pronouncement about obesity’s primacy in the hierarchy of national health problems is not new. Rather, it’s the opening line to a remarkable article published 60 years ago in LIFE magazine. This photographs made by Martha Holmes to illustrate that March 1954 article, titled “The Plague of Overweight.” Photo: Dorothy Bradley (left), photographed for LIFE magazine article on obesity, 1949. (Photo by Martha Holmes/Time & Life Pictures)
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11 Apr 2013 11:42:00


Jimmy Arnold, an overweight boy from Rochester, bites into a cake. (Photo by Reg Birkett/Keystone/Getty Images). 14th April 1951
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29 Mar 2011 13:25:00


British Liberal politician Cyril Smith relaxes on the beach at Margate, prior to the morning session of the annual Party Conference. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images). 1979
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25 Mar 2011 10:34:00