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Don't Blame 'Obesity Gene' for Failure to Lose Weight

Study finds the gene does not prevent carriers from losing weight

(Newser) - Carriers of a specific form of the FTO gene, known as the "obesity gene," are 70% more likely to be obese , tend to have a bigger appetite , and weigh an average of 6.6 pounds more than non-carriers. But, a new study finds, carrying the gene does not... More »

8th-Grader Refuses to Share Her 'Perfect' BMI

She instead pens an essay arguing the index is outdated

(Newser) - An Indiana 8th-grader's refusal to complete a school project as assigned is making headlines . The unnamed girl was asked to calculate her body mass index and give the definition for BMI , which is found by multiplying one's weight by 703 and dividing by squared height in inches. But... More »

560-Lb Man Biking Across US to Save His Marriage

He blames soda and a whole lot of sitting around

(Newser) - Eric Hites recently hit 40 and decided it was time to make some serious lifestyle changes. Having reached 560 pounds thanks to soda and a whole lot of sitting around, the DJ says both his health and his marriage are at stake, reports the Newport Daily News . Unfortunately, after getting... More »

Study: 99% of Obese Will Still Be Obese Next Year

Less than 1% of obese men, women return to normal weight annually

(Newser) - A new study offers some rather depressing news for those of you who are obese: You’re probably going to stay that way. Researchers at King's College London monitored the weight of 278,982 Brits, including 176,000 who were obese, from 2004 to 2014. Excluding those who had... More »

Colombia's Fattest Baby 'Rescued'

Santiago Mendoza is 8 months, weighs what a 6-year-old does

(Newser) - "Grossly obese" is a phrase that should never sit alongside another one: "8-month-old." But that is apparently indeed the case in Colombia, where a baby has been "rescued" from his family by a charity—at his own mother's request. Santiago Mendoza weighs a staggering 44... More »

Got an Obese Mom? You May Die Earlier

Study finds those born to obese mothers more likely to die young

(Newser) - Bad news if your mother was obese or overweight while she was pregnant with you: You're more likely to die young, according to a new study. Researchers looked at health records for more than 37,000 people born in Scotland who are now between the ages of 34 and... More »

New Diet Device: Eat, Then Suck Food From Stomach

Weight-loss pump intended for the morbidly obese

(Newser) - You'll need an, uhh, strong stomach to make it through this story: The latest in dieting is a device dreamed up by Segway inventor Dean Kamen that's designed to suck food right out of your stomach 20 minutes after you've feasted on it. Kamen and a team... More »

Yo-Yo Dieter? You Can Still Lose Weight

New study finds no lasting negative effects of 'weight cycling'

(Newser) - Heartening news: No matter how many times you've lost and then re-gained weight, a new study suggests it's never too late to shed the pounds once more. Previous studies have found that so-called "yo-yo dieting" can have a negative impact, but the new study of overweight and... More »

Canned Obese Employee Sues, Gets $55K

680-pound Ronald Kratz II says he was fired for being fat

(Newser) - When 680-pound Ronald Kratz II got fired from his job, he was pretty sure it was for being too fat. Now his old company is giving him $55,000 and six months of outplacement services in a legal settlement, reports the Houston Chronicle . With the help of the US Equal... More »

FDA OKs First Diet Pill in 13 Years

Arena's Belviq is intended for the obese

(Newser) - For the first time in 13 years, the FDA has approved an anti-obesity pill. The medication, called Belviq, targets a section of the brain responsible for regulating hunger, reports Bloomberg . Sales could hit $2 billion in 2020, predicts an analyst. “Two-thirds of the people in this country are overweight... More »

Texas Hospital Won't Hire Obese

Is ban discrimination on the overweight?

(Newser) - If your BMI is over 35, Citizens Medical Center in Texas won't hire you. The hospital policy, instituted last year but getting some attention thanks to a recent article in the Texas Tribune , requires that potential employees not be obese. (For reference, a 5'5" person would have to... More »

US Obesity Rates Leveling Off

After 30 years on the rise, rates appear to be stabilizing

(Newser) - After rapidly rising for three decades, obesity rates in the US are apparently stabilizing—finally, the Los Angeles Times reports. New data shows just a slight rise in obesity rates since 2005, and many experts say this flattening reflects the success of efforts such as healthier school lunches and nutritional... More »

Chris Christie Is Fat—So What?

'Girth doesn't equal character,' writes Frank Bruni

(Newser) - Sometimes, size does matter, such as in spelunking or squeezing into a middle seat on economy class flights. "But the presidency? That’s ludicrous," writes Frank Bruni in the New York Times , referring to recent sneering coverage of the portly Chris Christie and his presidential amibitions. There are... More »

Pot Smokers Less Likely to Be Obese

Maybe the munchies aren't so bad for you...

(Newser) - Marijuana users are less likely to be obese, according to a new study that would seem to fly in the face of the legendary munchies that are almost synonymous with pot. Researchers were so surprised by the results that they examined a second sample, only to come up with the... More »

32% of 9-Month-Olds Obese or Overweight

And more likely to stay that way as toddlers, a new study finds

(Newser) - Chubby babies are adorable, sure, but a new study shows that overweight or "obese" babies (researchers shy away from attaching the label to kids so young) are likely to stay that way—and a huge number of infants fall into those categories. Almost 32% of babies are obese or... More »

Just a Little Overweight? You're Still at Risk

New study shows being chubby isn't good for you

(Newser) - If you think that carrying around a little extra meat on your bones might actually be good for you, think again: A new study shows that simply being overweight—not obese—is enough to put you at risk of a premature death. Researchers looked at a pool of 19 long-term... More »

Animals Face Obesity Epidemic, Too

Pets, wild animals, even research animals gaining weight

(Newser) - America is suffering from an obesity epidemic —and not just among the humans. A new study of more than 20,000 animals shows that even family pets, wild critters that live close to humans, and research animals are getting fatter, Scientific American reports. The biostatistician who published the study... More »

McDonald's Manager Wins Suit: Job Made Me Obese

Brazilian judge awards him $17,500

(Newser) - This might top the infamous McDonald's hot coffee lawsuit. A court in Brazil has found the fast-food chain liable for the obesity of a franchise manager and ordered it to pay $17,500 in damages, the AP reports. The 32-year-old man claims he gained 65 pounds over a dozen years... More »

1 in 4 Applicants Too Fat to Be in the Army Now

Standards aren't that extreme, either

(Newser) - US military recruiters have a big fat problem: "Almost one in four applicants to the military are rejected for being overweight," says a Cornell researcher. Some 6 million men and 17 million women were rejected as too porky for combat between 2007 and 2008, reports LiveScience. It's the... More »

Thin Women Make More Money, Thin Men Make Less

New study shows it pays to be skinny—for ladies

(Newser) - If you want to snag a higher paycheck, get skinny—unless you're a guy, in which case you’d do better to pack on the pounds, according to a new study. The new research shows that employers tend to pay very thin women more than their average-weight counterparts, while very... More »

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