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Obesity is getting bigger in the United States
July 7th, 2011
05:59 PM ET

Obesity is getting bigger in the United States

Two-thirds of all adults and about a third of all children and teenagers in the United States are overweight or obese according to a report release Thursday by the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).

According to "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2011," adult obesity increased in 16 states during the past year and rates soared to 30% or more in these 12 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia. Four years ago, only one state - Mississippi - had an adult obesity rate of more than 30%. No state showed a decrease  in it obesity rate in Thursday's report.

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Tri Challenge: Diana Nyad on staying calm in water
July 7th, 2011
02:44 PM ET

Tri Challenge: Diana Nyad on staying calm in water

Since January, six iReporters have been training in the Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge. We’re following along as they prepare to compete alongside Dr. Sanjay Gupta in the August 7 Nautica NYC Triathlon.

Swimming a mile in the Hudson River. It's a daunting prospect for most anyone but Kas Seerla is especially anxious about it. Before the 6-Pack went to Hawaii in April for a week of triathlon training, Kas had never been swimming in open water before. Her time in Hawaii taught her that she's capable of swimming long distances but she needs more mental confidence to stay calm in the water. Who better to give her tips on how to do that than Diana Nyad!

61-year-old Nyad is in the final stages of preparing for her "Xtreme Dream" of swimming from Cuba to Key West without stopping. When she goes, she'll swim more than a hundred miles over the course of a few days. Dr. Sanjay Gupta recently spent some time with Nyad and asked her how someone like Kas could stay calm while swimming in open water.

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Tri Challenge: The race has come and gone – how do I stay healthy?
July 7th, 2011
09:43 AM ET

Tri Challenge: The race has come and gone – how do I stay healthy?

Frances Largeman-Roth, R.D., is the Food  and Nutrition Director at Health magazine. She is also the co-author, along with Ellen Kunes, of The New York Times bestselling book, "The CarbLovers Diet," published in August 2010. Largeman-Roth is the team dietitian for the Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge.

Photo Credit: John Nowak/CNN

In four short weeks, on August 7, the CNN Fit Nation 6-Pack will be taking a bracing leap into the Hudson River to begin one of the most memorable days of their lives. All of the incredible work they’ve put into their training and nutrition over the past six  months will be put to the test as they begin their 1-mile (1500m) swim, followed by a 24.8-mile (40k) bike, and then finally a 6.2-mile (10k) run.

After all the mud, sweat, and tears, I’m sure that at this point in their journey many of them are looking forward to the day after the Nautica New York City Triathlon as much as they’re anticipating the race itself. And let’s be honest, we’ve all felt this way before. I trained hardcore for about five months before my wedding, but I didn’t keep up with the intensity after I returned from my honeymoon. And most of us have cut back on booze and sweets in order to look trim for a wedding, a reunion, or another big life event.

Unless you’re an elite athlete, keeping up with a grueling training schedule, plus a restricted diet year-round is unrealistic for most people. Even Hollywood types are notorious for eating and exercising differently when they’re taping from when they have downtime. So where do you find that happy middle? The place where you’re eating for health and energy on a daily basis, not necessarily for endurance or quick energy to get you through a workout?

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Is the sex advice in 'Transformers 3' better than nothing?
July 7th, 2011
08:55 AM ET

Is the sex advice in 'Transformers 3' better than nothing?

Ian Kerner, a sexuality counselor and New York Times best-selling author, blogs about sex on Thursdays on The Chart. Read more from him at his website, GoodInBed.

Last week, upon learning that one of my books was featured in the summer blockbuster "Transformers 3," I rounded up my two boys and eagerly headed off to the multiplex.

I seriously had no idea. The book’s cameo comes about a third of the way in, when Sam (Shia La Beouf) gets some unsolicited relationship advice from his mom in response to his girlfriend woes: You have to work at a relationship, she says, shoving a copy of my book "She Comes First" at him.

Sam recoils, the audience laughs and Dad adds with a sigh, "Happy wife, happy life."

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