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Healthy Foods Aren't Necessarily Healthy for Everyone

Researchers say it could change the way we think about dieting

(Newser) - Like many people, one middle-age woman in an Israeli study just couldn't seem to find a diet that worked. The problem: The seemingly healthy tomatoes she was eating multiple times per week were actually causing her blood sugar levels to spike. The New Zealand Herald reports the researchers from... More »

Women Have Overtaken Men in the Obese Category

38% of women obese, compared to 34% of men: CDC report

(Newser) - Obesity is still rising among American adults, despite more than a decade of public-awareness campaigns and other efforts to get people to watch their weight, and women have now overtaken men in the obese category, new government research shows. For the past several years, experts thought the nation's alarming,... More »

Study: Benefits of Teen Obesity Surgery Worth the Risks

Study finds health gains can last at least 3 years

(Newser) - The largest, longest study of teen obesity surgery shows huge weight loss and health gains can last at least three years, and many say it's worth the risks. "I feel awesome. It's like a new life," said Miranda Taylor, a Cincinnati nursing student in the study... More »

Prescription-Drug Use Just Hit a Crazy New Peak

Obesity, better diagnoses, overprescribing could explain the jump

(Newser) - Americans are taking more prescription drugs than ever before, according to a new study that finds almost three in five take at least one medication. Researchers surveyed 38,000 adults aged 20 and older, then estimated that 59% of Americans took prescription drugs as of 2012, compared to 51% in... More »

Reducing Sugar Boosts Kids' Health Within Days

Results push study author to call for a tax on 'toxic' sugar

(Newser) - Dr. Robert Lustig previously argued that sugar is as bad as tobacco or cocaine. Now, he's advocating for a sugar tax in the Guardian based on a new diet study of obese kids. Lustig and colleagues asked 43 black and Hispanic children, aged 8 to 18—each with symptoms... More »

800-Pound Man: Hospital Kicked Me Out Over Pizza

Steven Assanti says he was celebrating with a 'cheat meal'

(Newser) - A Rhode Island man's weight is a death sentence, and his father says he's now nearing that fate after the hospital that was treating the 33-year-old kicked him out. Steven Assanti says he spent nearly 3 months at Rhode Island Hospital, during which time he lost 20 pounds.... More »

It Was Easier to Be Thin 20 Years Ago

Study says millennials have to work harder than their parents

(Newser) - It's hard out there for millennials: the economy tanked, the Earth is getting hotter, sometimes Facebook crashes. Oh, and they'll end up fatter than people 20 to 40 years ago even if they eat and exercise the same, according to a study in Obesity Research & Clinical Practice... More »

How Birth Order May Affect Your Weight

First-born sisters tend to be heavier as adults

(Newser) - Attention, big sisters: First-born women are more likely to be overweight or obese than their younger sisters, a new study suggests. The Washington Post reports that researchers at the University of Auckland looked at 13,406 pairs of Swedish sisters and found the older sibling was 29% more likely to... More »

'Obesity Gene' May Have an Off Switch

Scientists discover how faulty gene makes people fat

(Newser) - Fighting obesity is a lot more complicated than simply eating less and exercising more, according to researchers who have made a major breakthrough in studying the FTO "obesity gene." The gene was linked to obesity years ago , and scientists say they've now figured out how it works,... More »

Study: Carbs Are Not a Dieter's Enemy

A physician's mathematical model proves to be correct

(Newser) - Think carbs are a dieter's enemy? It turns out restricting one's fat intake leads to a 68% greater loss of body fat than restricting the same amount of calories through carbohydrates in obese adults on strictly controlled diets—and this is in spite of the fact that a... More »

Soda Causes Obesity? Nah, Say Coke-Funded Scientists

NYT: Coke funding nonprofit that promotes exercise rather than calorie cutting

(Newser) - The key to maintaining a healthy weight isn't limiting calories, but rather, increasing exercise, according to a group of scientists who are, unsurprisingly, getting support from the world's largest soda company. The New York Times reports Coca-Cola donated $1.5 million last year to start nonprofit Global Energy... More »

America, Getting Fatter? Not Anymore

Food consumption is changing for first time in decades

(Newser) - America, fat and proud of it? Not quite as much anymore, according to new data showing that Americans have been eating better and have halted a decades-long slide into obesity, the New York Times reports. Among the takeaways from this mishmash of government numbers , food-production estimates, and food bar-code data:... 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 »

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 »

America's 10 Skinniest States

Hawaii tops the list

(Newser) - The US obesity rate rose to 27.7% last year, up from 27.1% the year prior—and in all but one state, at least one in five people are obese (in some states, more than a third of residents are obese). That one state is Hawaii, America's skinniest... More »

Could 'Thunder God Vine' Extract End Obesity?

Mice fed extract from Chinese plant lost weight, big-time

(Newser) - Could a Chinese plant make our lifestyle of dieting, exercise, and rampant obesity a thing of the past? Well, a new study says that mice given an extract from the plant—known as "thunder god vine"—ate as much as 80% less than their counterparts and lost 45%... More »

Overweight People a Lot Less Likely to Get Dementia

Biggest study of its kind surprises researchers

(Newser) - The skinnier you are in middle age, the more likely you are to get dementia in your old age, according to British researchers who sound baffled by their own findings. In the largest study of its kind, the researchers looked at up to 20 years of medical records from almost... More »

First US Junk Food Tax Coming to Navajo Nation

Tax will fund healthy-eating projects

(Newser) - The Navajo Nation has some of the highest obesity and diabetes rates in America, and advocates are aiming to turn that around with a return to older ways—and America's first junk food tax. The initiative, which will go into effect next month, slaps a 2% tax on food... More »

This Cooking Method Slashes Rice's Calorie Count

Coconut oil, cooling could be key to cutting obesity

(Newser) - People in the world's biggest rice-eating countries are developing some of the world's biggest bellies, but chemists in Sri Lanka say they've found a way to combat obesity by dramatically cutting the calorie count in rice. The researchers say cooking rice with a small amount of coconut... More »

WHO Tells World It Has a Sugar Problem

UN agency says only 5% of calories should be from sugar

(Newser) - New guidelines from the World Health Organization are enough to kill anyone's sugar high. The UN health agency says the world is eating too much sugar and people should slash their intake to just six to 12 teaspoons per day—an amount that could be exceeded with a single... More »

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