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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 »

Device Zaps Nerve, Tricks Body Into Feeling Full

FDA approves implantable device to fight obesity

(Newser) - If taking a pill that tricks your body into feeling full isn't appealing, how about some quick zaps instead? The FDA has approved a device that uses electrodes implanted in the abdomen to fool the brain, reports Bloomberg . The electrodes stimulate the hunger-controlling vagus nerve, which in turn tells... More »

Now There's an 'Imaginary Meal' —in a Pill

Fexaramine tricks body into burning fat, increasing metabolism—on 'no calories'

(Newser) - Overweight? There may be a pill for that, and if successful trials done on obese mice translate to humans, that pill could be more than just a passing fad. So write researchers in the journal Nature Medicine about the compound fexaramine, which has stopped weight gain, controlled blood sugar, lowered... More »

Europe Court: Obesity Can Be a Disability

350-pound man sued after getting fired

(Newser) - Obese people who feel discriminated against in the workplace scored a potentially big legal victory in Europe today. The European Court of Justice ruled that obesity can be a disability that requires special protections, reports the BBC . The ruling is "nuanced," however, observes Al Jazeera America . The court... More »

Obesity Can Knock 8 Years Off Your Life

Severe obesity can slash up to 8 years off a life: researchers

(Newser) - If you haven't yet grasped the danger of obesity, Canadian researchers have attempted to quantify it: Being obese can slash as many as eight years off your life—and leave you in ill health for up to 19 years before that death. Researchers compiled data from roughly 4,000... 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 »

Crash-Test Dummies Don't Look the Way They Used To

They're getting fatter

(Newser) - Your average crash-test dummy, it seems, weighs 167 pounds. But a lot of Americans, as you might have noticed, weigh considerably more than that. That disparity raises safety issues rather than health issues, reports UPI , and there's a sobering statistic to back that up, as per CNN : "Obese... More »

Breast Cancer Risk Expands With Your Waistline

Going up a size or 2 a decade increases risk of postmenopausal breast cancer

(Newser) - Obesity, especially when fat is concentrated in one's middle, is a known risk factor for cancer. But gaining weight throughout one's life has just been found to be another—at least when it comes to women and postmenopausal breast cancer. Researchers found that going up a size every... More »

Soda Giants: You Drink Too Many Calories—From Soda

Big 3 promise 20% cut by 2025

(Newser) - Even America's soda-makers agree that people are getting too many calories from their products, and the biggest three have now pledged to cut calorie consumption by a fifth by 2025. Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Dr Pepper Snapple Group won't actually be reducing the number of calories their products contain,... More »

US Bellies Get Bigger: Worst Kind of Obesity

American waistlines expand in a big way over last decade

(Newser) - The number of American men and women with big-bellied, apple-shaped figures—the most dangerous kind of obesity—has climbed at a startling rate over the past decade, according to a government study. People whose fat has settled mostly around their waistlines instead of in their hips, thighs, buttocks, or all... More »

How Obesity Affects Women's Sex Lives

Girls in particular feel the brunt of it, says new book

(Newser) - American childhood obesity has soared in the past 30 years, and that's bad for people's sex lives—particularly women's, according to a new book. In XL Love, health-policy journalist Sarah Varney talks to experts about how obesity affects females as girls and adults, the New York Post... More »

Almost Everyone's in the 'Clean Plate Club'

Adults eat 92% of whatever they put on the plate, study finds

(Newser) - Feeling guilty about that huge serving you heaped onto your plate at dinner last night and promptly finished? You're not the only one who does it. New research published in the International Journal of Obesity finds that the average adult eats 92% of the food on his or her... More »

It Isn't Extra Food That's Making Us Fat

Food intake stayed steady while exercise rates fell

(Newser) - Americans are a lot heftier than they were in 1988, but it's not because they're eating a lot more than they were a couple of decades ago; it's because they're sitting around a lot more, according to a new study. Researchers found that daily intake of... More »

Are Light Bedrooms Making Us Fat?

We've seen 100 years of lighter bedrooms: expert

(Newser) - Here's an odd theory: Researchers at Oxford say one explanation for obesity might be … excessive light in our bedrooms. They aren't yet certain enough to advise a darkness boost, but a study in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that women had larger waistlines if their bedrooms... More »

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