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Those Who Lose Weight Gain a Stronger Appetite

Findings help explain why it's so hard to keep lost weight off

(Newser) - A "landmark" new study out of the National Institutes of Health helps explain why weight gain after weight loss is so common—and so difficult to avoid. Reporting in the journal Obesity , researchers say that weight loss puts the body in a sort of fight mode and results in... More »

Chin Up: This Is the Lightest You'll Weigh This Entire Year

Once you gain those holiday pounds, it'll take about five months to lose them

(Newser) - The good news is you're probably lighter now than you were at any other point so far this year. The bad news is you're about to pack on the pounds again, and it'll take months to lose them. So report researchers out of Cornell and Finland in... More »

Americans Got Heavier, Wider, but Not Taller, Over Past 20 Years

The average American is more than 15 pounds heavier today

(Newser) - The average American is more than 15 pounds heavier than two decades ago, HealthDay reports. And with the exception of young boys, they aren't really any taller. The new statistics come from the CDC, which found the average American man now weighs 195.7 pounds—15 pounds more than... More »

Gaining Weight Between Pregnancies May Harm Baby

A roughly 12-pound weight gain increases risk for all adverse outcomes in newborns

(Newser) - Not only the sins of the father, but the weight of the mother may well also be laid at the feet of the children. So report researchers out of Sweden in the journal PLoS Medicine in finding that women whose BMI increases by two or more units—amounting to a... More »

There's Science Behind the 'Dad Bod'

First-time fathers gain between 3.3 to 4.4 pounds on average: study

(Newser) - There's science behind the plump dad bod: A new study that tracked the weight of 10,000 males over 20 years from adolescence into their early 30s finds the average 6-foot tall, first-time father gains 4.4 pounds if he lives with his child after birth and about 3.... More »

Here's How Much Weight Marriage Packs On

4.5 pounds in Europeans of average height: researchers

(Newser) - Marriage doesn't just add to your happiness , but also to your waistline, according to a new study. But singles shouldn't boast just yet. German and Swiss researchers surveyed 10,226 people in nine European countries on their marital status and body mass index—a health indicator based on... More »

Since 1960s, Americans Have Changed in Big Way

US women now weigh same amount as men 50 years ago

(Newser) - Picture the average American couple in the 1960s. Now picture the average American couple today. Something more than questionable fashion should stand out, according to new data from the CDC, which finds the average weight of a US woman is now 166.2 pounds—about the same weight as the... More »

Here's How Much Holiday Weight We Really Gain

Research shows the 10-pound figure often thrown around is likely a myth

(Newser) - Plan to enjoy a few extra helpings of mashed potatoes, gravy, and gingerbread men over the coming weeks—but worried about all those pounds you're bound to pack on? Cut yourself some slack, suggests Travis Saunders on the PLOS blog. He points out that while people regularly parrot the... More »

Why We Weigh Less on Fridays

Weekend behavior often results in subtle weight gain by Mondays

(Newser) - For most of us, weekends are a time to relax and indulge—maybe through more sleep, more couch time, or more calories in the food and beverages we consume. The result is that we tend to weigh slightly more on Sunday and Monday, but then slightly less again by Friday,... More »

After 'Fat Shaming': Weight Gain

Researchers follow victims over four years

(Newser) - "Fat shaming," or targeting people over their weight, isn't going to make them thinner, a study finds. In fact, it may have the opposite effect, driving them to gain weight, LiveScience reports. Researchers asked 3,000 people if they'd suffered weight discrimination; some 5% had. The... More »

Pregnant and Gained Less Than 25lbs? Bad News

...minimal weight gain tied to increased obesity risk for child

(Newser) - The amount of weight a mom-to-be gains during pregnancy may have a link to the weight of the child she bears, a new study finds. Gaining either too much or too little weight can both result in a greater chance that child will be obese, LiveScience reports. The research followed... More »

Overweight Might Truly Be Able to Blame Genes

Study finds that mutation in one can bring on obesity in mice

(Newser) - Saying it's "in the genes" might be a well-worn excuse among those looking to shed weight, but scientists have just put some serious evidence behind the notion. They found that a rare gene mutation can cause obesity in mice, reports the New York Times . The intriguing part is... More »

22 Stars Who Went to Crazy Body Extremes for Roles

Let's just say, Russell Crowe is currently not a 'gladiator'

(Newser) - You may not recognize Gladiator Russell Crowe these days—because he's currently quite a bit heavier, bald, and sporting an impressive beard for his role as Biblical figure Noah. Crowe has had some prior experience gaining weight for a movie role—he packed on 63 pounds for Body of ... More »

Those Who Quit Smoking Usually Gain 10 Pounds

Analysis finds higher-than-expected figure

(Newser) - Congrats on quitting smoking… but beware of cupcakes. A new study shows ex-smokers typically gain 9 to 11 pounds within 12 months of quitting, reports Medical News Today . That's higher than previous estimates, but the researchers also make it very clear: The big benefits of quitting cigarettes far outweigh... More »

10 Stars Who Dramatically Changed Bodies for Roles

From slimming down to packing on the pounds

(Newser) - We might not go quite so far as Radar , which claims these 10 celebs "dangerously" transformed their physiques for their films, but we will concur the changes were nothing short of dramatic:
  • Anne Hathaway: That Catwoman suit is apparently quite unforgiving. She ate "kale and dust" to fit
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Chocolate Lovers Are ... Leaner

Compounds may fight weight gain

(Newser) - Sweet news: People who regularly eat chocolate tend to be thinner, scientists have discovered. Of 1,000 subjects studied, those who ate chocolate a few times a week were on average slimmer than those who only ate it occasionally, reports the BBC . Frequency of eating chocolate appeared to be more... More »

15 Things That Will Make You Fat

Holidays, relationships, and quitting smoking among the dangers

(Newser) - With Americans continuing to get bigger and bigger , we need all the help we can get to stay healthy—so the Daily Beast offers a warning on 15 things that might cause you to pack on the pounds:
  • Holiday season: With all the food, stress, and booze associated with Thanksgiving,
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Scientists Find Connection Between Nicotine, Weight

It helps tells the brain to stop eating

(Newser) - For some smokers, the threat of weight gain is a deterrent to quitting—and now, scientists think have finally discovered the link between the two. Nicotine binds to receptors on brain cells, including those in the hypothalamus that tell your body when your belly is full, reports AP . Scientists gave... More »

New Lawmakers Battle Freshman 15

Seriously, does this suit make me look fat?

(Newser) - Being a freshman is tough: Making friends, figuring out where the bathroom is, partying without packing on the pounds. Such are the trials and tribulations of the newest crop of lawmakers, who report that weight gain—thanks in part to frequent cocktail parties—is no joke. “At every event,... More »

Beauty Queen Gains Weight, Loses Crown

Teenage Miss San Antonio fighting to keep title

(Newser) - A teenage beauty queen in Texas is suing to keep her crown, after she was stripped of her title for—in part—gaining weight. Domonique Ramirez, 17, won the local pageant in April, but was informed last month that the runner-up would take her place as Miss San Antonio—meaning... More »

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