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Want Lower BMI? Pot Might Help

Daily marijuana use linked to lower body mass for both women and men

(Newser) - People who smoke weed on a daily basis tend to have slightly lower body mass indexes than people who don't, and while researchers say they're not suggesting that people take up regular marijuana smoking, they're keen to understand the mechanism at play. Specifically, they followed more than... 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She instead pens an essay arguing the index is outdated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 »

Your Size Predicts How Much You Earn

Short men, overweight women are at a disadvantage: study

(Newser) - Bad news for short men and overweight women: You have "reduced chances in life" when it comes to income, education, and job prospects, the Washington Post reports via a new study in the British Medical Journal . University of Exeter researchers analyzed how genetic variants related to height and BMI... More »

Going to Bed Late Could Be Making You Fat

Researchers link later bedtimes to increased BMI

(Newser) - Want to lower your chances of gaining weight? Then maybe cut out before Jimmy Fallon's opening monologue, according to a new study published in the October issue of Sleep. The New York Times reports researchers looking at more than 3,300 adolescents between 1994 and 2009 found a two-point... More »

Court Says Casino Can Fire Servers for Gaining Weight

But it has to do so in a professional way

(Newser) - An Atlantic City casino is free to tell its cocktail waitresses they're too heavy, but it has to do so in a professional manner, according to a ruling this week. The New Jersey appeals court says the Borgata casino's personal appearance standards are lawful. But it also found... 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 »

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 »

Whole Foods CEOs: We 'Unintentionally' Overcharged

Mackey, Robb say wrong weights sometimes work in customers' favor

(Newser) - If you're a New York City resident and have found it odd that all the packages of pecan panko you've bought at Whole Foods seem to always be the exact same weight, you're not alone . And the reason why is something the grocery chain has been in... 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 »

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 »

Walmart: Sorry We Advertised Costumes for 'Fat Girls'

Company switches label to 'Women's Plus-Size'

(Newser) - Walmart is feeling the heat after Twitter users caught an alarming label on the company's website: It advertised plus-size Halloween outfits in a category dubbed "Fat Girl Costumes," Time reports. "This never should have been on our site. It is unacceptable, and we apologize," the... 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 »

Yale Relents, Won't Expel Thin Student

Frances Chan goes public with her dispute

(Newser) - Yale student Frances Chan is naturally thin at 5-foot-2 and 95 pounds, just like her parents and grandparents before her. But when she visited the school's health center on an unrelated matter, officials there deemed her too thin and demanded that she gain weight or face expulsion, reports the... More »

Whole Milk Linked to ... Skinny People?

Healthy dairy choices getting more complicated

(Newser) - Drinking fattier milk will make us fatter ourselves, right? Maybe not. New research reported by NPR suggests that whole milk is actually linked to lower weight. A study by Swedish experts found that, over a 12-year period, middle-aged men who used whole milk, cream, and butter had a lower risk... More »

US Isn't World's Fattest Country— But It's Close

Almost a third of Mexicans obese

(Newser) - Amid near-constant news of the obesity epidemic, you'd be forgiven for thinking the US led the developed world when it comes to weight—but by at least one measure, you'd be wrong. Mexico actually has a higher percentage of obese adults, with 32.8% of its grown-up population... More »

Airline Charges Passengers by the Pound

Samoa Air starts controversial new policy

(Newser) - Sounds like Ryanair may have a competitor for most controversial airline : On Samoa Air, passengers are being charged by their weight. Rates start at $1 per kilo (about 2.2 pounds), which includes the weight of both the flyer and his or her baggage. The CEO explains to ABC Radio... More »

Antibiotic-Laced Meat: Making Us Fat?

'Mother Jones' takes a look at recent studies

(Newser) - Animals on factory farms are given antibiotics because the drugs have been shown to fatten them up for slaughter—which raises the question, do antibiotics also cause weight gain in humans? And what about the fact that many of us eat these factory-farmed animals—will that make us fat? Mother ... More »

For Toddlers, More TV Means Wider Waist

Extra hour per week adds half-millimeter: study

(Newser) - There's an unsurprising but stark link between kids' TV watching and the distance around their middles, a new study suggests. Researchers find that, among 2- to 4-year-olds, every additional hour of television per week translates into almost an extra .02 inches of waistline. Kids who watched 8.82 hours... 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 »

Dinosaurs Were Much Skinnier: Scientists

New weight-estimation technique is shedding pounds off the ancient lizards

(Newser) - Dinosaurs were skinnier than we thought. Using advancements in scanning and computing, scientists have developed a new technique for estimating the weight and size of fossilized creatures. The more accurate method shows that the giant lizards were not nearly as chubby as paleontologists once believed, reports Discovery News via MSNBC... More »

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