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For Older People, Diet Soda Means More Belly Fat

Study: Waists of daily drinkers 65 and older expand 3 times more than non-drinkers

(Newser) - More bad news on the health effects of diet soda, specifically in regard to people 65 and older. Those who drink the stuff daily gain significantly more belly fat—a particularly dangerous kind of fat, say researchers in Eureka Alert . Specifically, study subjects who drank diet soda every day gained... More »

After Liposuction, Fat Returns ... Somewhere Else

Study finds fat gets 'redistributed upstairs' within a year

(Newser) - People who undergo liposuction are playing Whac-A-Mole with body fat instead of achieving permanent reductions, new research suggests. Researchers found that after patients had fat deposits removed from one part of their body, the fat reappeared within a year in a different part of their body, the New York Times... More »

Latest Hipster Fad: A Potbelly

Have men given up? Or is the president somehow to blame?

(Newser) - A new trend is emerging among hipster males. No, not the Hanes V-neck or the straw fedora—the potbelly. The protruding guts are too prominent to write off, so what accounts for the fad? Well, hipsters love nonconformism, so some blame President Obama, a magazine editor tells Guy Trebay of... More »

Belly Fat Can Kill You: Study

Expansive survey finds waist size linked to early death

(Newser) - Flabby guts send many to the gym, but a far-reaching new study concludes that they can send you to an early grave as well—even among those with normal weight. The risk of dying prematurely shoots up about 15% each time the belt is let out two inches, researchers concluded... More »

Oz Tops US As World's Fattest

26% of Australians obese, to 25% of Americans; 9M of Aussies too heavy

(Newser) - Australia is the fattest nation in the world, the Age reports. A new study says body-mass index measurements pegs 4 million people—26% of the nation's population—as obese, narrowly beating the US, where 25% are obese. An additional 5 million Aussies are classified as overweight—with the usual suspects... More »

Big Butts Are Healthy, Study Finds

Pear-shaped bodies contain fat that could help prevent diabetes

(Newser) - The kind of fat found in the hips and buttocks may actually help fight diabetes, a result that surprised Harvard doctors performing the research that produced the finding. Although belly fat is known to raise the risk of diabetes, subcutaneous fat injected into the abdomens of mice actually increased their... More »

Big Bellies Raise Risk of Alzheimer's

Those in their 40s better trim down, study suggests

(Newser) - People who have big bellies in middle age have a much greater risk of getting Alzheimer's or dementia as senior citizens, a new study says. The bigger the belly, the bigger the risk, reports the Washington Post. The findings raise more concern about America's expanding waist lines and offer more... More »

Women's Stroke Rates Triple

Alarming rise linked to wider waistlines

(Newser) - Strokes have tripled among middle-aged American women in an alarming development experts attribute to obesity. Despite the increased use of blood pressure and cholesterol medication, 2% of women aged 35 to 54 suffered a stroke between 1999 and 2004. That's a three-fold increase over earlier studies. More »

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