Cheryl Lawson (right) and daughter Naima The chest pains began during a board meeting for the public library Cheryl Lawson oversaw. Indigestion, she thought. She walked around a bit, trying to ignore it, until a reminder came in the form of a slamming pain that shot up her chest and into her neck. Cheryl stayed…

James Driscoll described himself 14 years ago as “happily married – and fat.” At 212 pounds, the now 48-year-old from Austin, Texas, wasn’t healthy and he wasn’t happy with the way he looked. He kick started his weight-loss journey with a daily exercise routine and a popular low-carbohydrate diet. He ate more protein and eliminated…

The Problem: The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America breaks down the numbers across the country, based on statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Latinos and African-Americans are disproportionately affected. 42 percent of Latino and 47.8 percent of African-American adults are obese compared with 32.6 percent of whites. More…