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Bad Diet a Factor in 20% of All Deaths

'It is amongst the really big problems in the world'

(Newser) - Everyone dies, and frequently it's what we eat (or don't eat) that's killing us. The Guardian reports the newest results from the massive, ongoing Global Burden of Disease study show diet is a factor in one of every five deaths around the world. That means millions of... More »

FDA Investigating 5 Deaths Following Obesity Procedure

The procedure involves placing silicone balloons in the stomach

(Newser) - The FDA is investigating after five people have died since 2016 following an anti-obesity procedure involving silicone balloons, the Washington Post reports. The procedure, which is FDA-approved, involves inserting one or two silicone balloons into the stomach through the mouth and filling them with liquid until they are about the... More »

How Being Lonely Can Be as Bad for Your Health as Smoking

And social isolation and loneliness may carry even more mortality risk than obesity

(Newser) - Being lonely won't just make you feel sad—it may also endanger your life. In fact, researchers now say that people steeped in social isolation (including those who live by themselves) and a lack of connection with others can suffer just as much of a mortality risk as someone... More »

Researchers Sound Alarm on Dropping Male Sperm Counts

There's been a 52% drop in sperm counts over the last 40 years

(Newser) - The Western man's sperm count just isn't what it used to be. In what the Washington Post calls the largest and most comprehensive look into the matter, an international team of researchers reports in the journal Human Reproductive Update that after analyzing 185 previous studies involving 42,000... More »

'Activity Inequality' Behind US Obesity Problem: Study

US ranks 30th out of 46 countries in activity level

(Newser) - Americans are lazier than people from Russia, China, Switzerland, Belgium, Turkey, Chile, and a whole host of other countries—at least according to a new study of walking habits published in Nature . The study tracked the walking activity of more than 700,000 people using cellphone data, USA Today reports.... More »

The 5 Most, Least Obese States

Go West, (skinny) young man

(Newser) - At least one in five Americans are considered obese, but some of them are clustered together geographically. And if you want to avoid a bulging waistline, you'd do well to steer clear of Paula Deen and the South and head West, notes 24/7 Wall St. in compiling its list... More »

'World's Heaviest Woman' Drops 713 Pounds— or Has She?

Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty reportedly weighs 389lbs; sister refutes that story

(Newser) - Just a few months ago she was billed as the world's heaviest woman , but doctors in India now say Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty has dropped more than 700 pounds and will be transferred to a hospital in the United Arab Emirates to continue her medical treatment closer to... More »

Pink: I'm Supposedly 'Obese,' and That's Crazy

She shares her post-baby weight, along with a message for women

(Newser) - Pink had her second child in December, and she just posted an image of herself at the gym on Instagram . No, she's not sporting a magically slim celeb body, and that's her point, notes E! Online . "Would you believe I'm 160 pounds and 5'3"?... More »

10 Fattest Cities in America

Jackson, Mississippi, takes the top spot

(Newser) - WalletHub has ranked 2017's fattest cities in America, and—as the US is once again the fattest country in the world—possibly the fattest cities anywhere. More than 70% of Americans over the age of 15 are considered overweight or obese by one metric. WalletHub ranked 100 of... 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 »

Americans Getting Fatter, Ditching Diets

'Socially acceptable body weight is increasing,' say researchers

(Newser) - Despite a steady rise of obesity rates, fewer overweight Americans are trying to drop extra pounds, new research shows. "Socially acceptable body weight is increasing," the scientists write in JAMA . They theorize that as individuals see more overweight people around them, they become less "motivated to lose... More »

Woman Sues Club After Fall, but Judge Cites Her 'Obese State'

That she was 'inebriated' and wearing heels didn't help, the ruling adds

(Newser) - A judge in Britain has denied a woman's claim that dim lighting in a jazz club was to blame for injuries she suffered in a fall, with her unusually frank ruling making headlines because of its references to the woman's "inebriated, obese state." Judge Heather Baucher... More »

Firefighters Rescue Ohio Woman 'Molded' to Chair

Barbara Foster, 75, may have been in it since last July

(Newser) - Firefighters in Ohio got a shock last week when they were called to the home of a 550-pound woman who was stuck in a chair in her house, the Toledo Blade reports. Barbara Foster, 75, was "molded" to the chair and surrounded by excrement when firefighters wearing Hazmat suits... 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 »

Childhood Obesity Study Has Surprising Good News

Obesity declines among WIC program participants

(Newser) - Chubby babies and toddlers at risk for later obesity are on the decline in a government food program serving millions of kids, a glimmer of good news in the nation's fight to slim down. The trend was found in a study, published Tuesday in Pediatrics, on children up to... More »

1,100-Pound Woman to Leave Home for 1st Time in 25 Years

She's traveling from Egypt to India for risky weight-loss surgery

(Newser) - Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty's family says the 36-year-old Egyptian woman hasn't left her home in 25 years, the BBC reports. Her extreme weight forced her to crawl instead of walk by age 11, and an ensuing stroke left her bedridden. Her family says she weighs more than... More »

To Lose and Keep Off Weight: Poop Transplant?

Research is young but promising

(Newser) - Stool transplants already appear to be helping fight the hospital-acquired superbug C. difficile, and they're also being tested against ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. But could the radical treatment go so far as to help obese people shed weight and not gain it back again? Researchers at the... 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 »

If You're Really Desperate to Lose Weight, Here's What You Need to Do

Doctors should be recommending low-carb diets, not bariatric surgery: columnists

(Newser) - When low-carb diets first came into vogue, they were seen as fad diets. But more than 40 clinical trials involving thousands of subjects have deemed the diets not just safe, but successful. And, with one in three Americans projected to be diagnosed with diabetes by 2050 and 45 international medical... More »

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