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Emma Thompson Blasts Hollywood's 'Evil' Obsession

Says actresses face pressure not to eat

(Newser) - "It's evil." That's how Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson sums up the pressure on actresses to lose weight. While appearing on a Swedish talk show last week, Thompson described how she'd almost quit work on 2008 film Brideshead Revisited because producers asked another actress—the film... More »

Lena Dunham Has Lost Weight. Some People Don't Like It

Dunham talks to Ellen DeGeneres about the 'crazy' backlash

(Newser) - Lena Dunham looks a little different these days, and not everyone is happy about it, E! reports. After the Girls creator showed up at an event for celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson last week clearly having lost weight, she started getting criticism for it, Dunham, who's also been showing off... More »

700 Pounds Lost, a New Life of 'Wonder' Gained

But Paul Mason, once the world's heaviest man, still faces major struggles

(Newser) - He once weighed almost 1,000 pounds, ate nearly 20,000 calories a day, and had become a laughingstock in his native UK. Today Paul Mason, once the heaviest man in the world, is a new man, and Justin Heckert reports on his amazing transformation for GQ . It was seven... More »

World's 'Heaviest Woman' Drops 200 Pounds

Doctors expect her to lose another 200 after successful surgery

(Newser) - Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty could soon lose her title as the world's heaviest woman . The 36-year-old Egyptian, who weighed an estimated 1,100 pounds when she arrived at India's Saifee Hospital a month ago in order to undergo life-saving weight loss surgery, surprised doctors by losing 210... More »

Cargo Plane, Crane Move 'Heaviest Woman' to India

Egypt's Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty about to undergo extreme weight-loss regimen

(Newser) - It took two months of preparation and could take more than four years of treatment, but doctors are determined to help the person believed to be the world's heaviest woman survive. The Times of India reports that Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty was flown Saturday from her home in... More »

Dieting? This Art Can Help

Study found people ate less after seeing skinny Giacometti images

(Newser) - If dropping some weight was among your New Year's resolutions, here's a tip: Visit an art museum. Writing in the journal Appetite , researchers say "dieting cues in the environment" can help people eat less. Arguing that dieters are often sabotaged by societal pressures, researchers set out to... More »

After Weight-Loss Surgery, Happiness Is Not Automatic

Formerly obese patients at first dazzled with results, then not as much: 'NYT'

(Newser) - Gastric-bypass surgery sounds like a sure path to a new life. But for the obese who undergo such radical weight-loss surgery, the ups and downs post-operation can take a precious toll, the New York Times finds after a year of tracking two of the 200,000 Americans who undergo bariatric... More »

Oprah's New Bod Is a Gift to Weight Watchers

Shares spike as she reveals 40-pound weight loss

(Newser) - Oprah Winfrey has lost 40 pounds since joining Weight Watchers—and that's doubly good news for her. After climbing as much as 19% to $12.50 on Thursday, per Bloomberg , shares of Weight Watchers were sitting at $12.02 as of this writing, meaning the nearly 6.4 million... More »

New Weight-Loss Aid: Sweet Potato Wastewater?

Mice lost weight after consuming it in new study

(Newser) - Tired of Thanksgiving weight gain? Next year you might want to pass on the sweet potato pie and drink a tall glass of sweet potato wastewater instead. That's what a new study in the Heliyon journal hints at with what Modern Farmer says "might be the weirdest weight-loss... More »

Yo-Yo Dieting Is Bad for Women's Hearts

'Weight cycling' appears to be a significant risk factor for otherwise healthy women

(Newser) - Lots of people are trying to lose weight—24% of American men and 38% of American women—but most who succeed also gain it back quickly, reports Medical News Daily . This so-called "weight cycling" or "yo-yo effect" could end up being quite hard on the hearts of both... More »

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 »

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 »

You Might Lose More Weight Without a Fitness Tracker

'We were definitely surprised,' say researchers

(Newser) - For those looking to lose weight, a two-year study suggests that wearing a fitness tracker helps. What surprised researchers, however, is that not wearing one seems to help even more, reports Ars Technica . The study in JAMA , perhaps the most comprehensive to date on the subject, followed nearly 500 overweight... More »

LA Sheriff: We're Looking Into Biggest Loser Drug Rumors

Ex-contestants say show's weight-loss tactics ruined their metabolisms and their lives

(Newser) - A New York Post exposé on alleged drug distribution on the Biggest Loser has now led to a probe by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, BuzzFeed reports. The investigation officially started last month after an unnamed journalist "advised Malibu/Lost Hills station personnel of a news report regarding... More »

Biggest Loser Contestants: We Starved, Used Drugs

The show's doctor denies the allegations

(Newser) - San Francisco police officer Mark Yesitis has seen some bad stuff: "I've seen people's brains outside their heads," he tells the New York Post . What could be worse than that? "Being on The Biggest Loser." Yesitis is among several contestants of NBC's long-running... More »

Woman Loses Vision After Weight-Loss Surgery

Not to mention severe pain and lesions on her eyes

(Newser) - After a Texas woman had gastrointestinal surgery, she lost weight as expected—but she also lost her vision. According to a study published last week in JAMA Ophthalmology, the woman in her 40s started complaining of deteriorating vision, eye pain, and lesions on her eyes. Study author Kyle Kirkland tells... More »

Vinegar for Weight Loss? It's Not a 'Magic Bullet'

Take this diet fad with a healthy dose of skepticism

(Newser) - Drinking vinegar for weight loss? The fad may be appearing all over social media, but it's "as gross as it sounds," and sipping vinegar is not the weight-loss miracle it's purported to be, reports Glamour after talking to dietitians. While drinking vinegar may aid in weight... More »

Another Oprah Weight Pitch? No Thanks, I'm Done

'Maybe it can't be done,' says fan after 'epiphany'

(Newser) - Cassie St.Onge is a longtime fan of Oprah Winfrey, and, like Oprah, she's struggled with her weight for years. But the TV writer and producer had a revelation of sorts while hearing Oprah talk about her latest attempt to keep off extra pounds via her investment in Weight... More »

Obesity Drugs May Not Work So Great for Women

Male mice see much greater benefit in study

(Newser) - Bad news, ladies: Your brain may be wired in a way that doesn't help you lose weight—at least when compared with male brains. That's what scientists led by the University of Aberdeen conclude after observing how mice shed extra weight. In a Molecular Metabolism study, pointed out... More »

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