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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 »

Man Who Lost 650 Pounds Loses Even More

Paul Mason had a second skin-removal surgery Wednesday

(Newser) - The New York Times has an inspiring update on the man once known as the world's fattest. Paul Mason, who at one point weighed as much as 980 pounds, had to be removed from his apartment with a forklift in order to receive gastric bypass surgery in 2010. After... More »

Americans Got Heavier, Wider, but Not Taller, Over Past 20 Years

The average American is more than 15 pounds heavier today

(Newser) - The average American is more than 15 pounds heavier than two decades ago, HealthDay reports. And with the exception of young boys, they aren't really any taller. The new statistics come from the CDC, which found the average American man now weighs 195.7 pounds—15 pounds more than... More »

Italian Researchers: Pasta Doesn't Make You Fat

Pasta intake linked to lower obesity rates

(Newser) - People who blame pasta for weight gain have missed the message about the Mediterranean diet , according to Italian researchers. The team from IRCCS Neuromed Institute in Italy crunched the numbers from earlier studies involving more than 20,000 Italians and discovered that pasta intake was associated both with lower obesity... More »

Kim Jong Un Packing on Pounds Amid Binging, Anxiety

Spies say he is also suffering from insomnia, not exactly a picture of health

(Newser) - Combining a toxic cocktail of binge eating and drinking with rampant insomnia and paranoia, Kim Jong Un has gained a whopping 90 pounds since taking over as the leader of North Korea four years ago, according to South Korea's spy agency. The big problem: Kim apparently is deeply fearful... More »

Gaining Weight Between Pregnancies May Harm Baby

A roughly 12-pound weight gain increases risk for all adverse outcomes in newborns

(Newser) - Not only the sins of the father, but the weight of the mother may well also be laid at the feet of the children. So report researchers out of Sweden in the journal PLoS Medicine in finding that women whose BMI increases by two or more units—amounting to a... More »

America's Obesity Problem Is Only Getting Bigger

2 in 5 women and 1 in 5 teens are now obese

(Newser) - Despite "hundreds of millions of dollars" spent fight obesity in America, the problem is only getting worse, specifically for women and teens, researchers say . The CDC published two new studies of obesity in adults and children Tuesday. The results were not encouraging. MSNBC reports 38% of US adults are... More »

These Genes Make Your Dog Look Fat

Your dog might have good reason to be chubby, at least for Labs

(Newser) - Labs are among the most popular dogs in the country, and they're also prone to packing on too many pounds. A new study suggests a scientific reason that helps explain both: a genetic mutation. Researchers at Cambridge found that about 25% of Labs have a gene variant that makes... More »

The Potential Issue With 'Good Cop, Bad Cop' Parenting

'Nicer' parent may not be able to compensate for the 'meaner' one

(Newser) - When a child has an overbearing parent, it's bound to be stressful, and it may even spur a "good cop, bad cop" dynamic between parents. But a new study published in Social Science and Medicine suggests that not only is such severe parenting linked to an increased risk... More »

Diabetes, Obesity Dramatically Increase Risk of Big Babies

Fetuses can be abnormally large by the sixth month of pregnancy

(Newser) - Diabetic or obese pregnant women may already be carrying abnormally large fetuses by the sixth month of pregnancy, US News & World Report reports. And that matters because, according to the BBC , abnormally large babies are at risk of injury during delivery and can have a higher chance of obesity... 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 »

World's Obese Now Outnumber the Underweight

A 5th of the world will be obese by 2025, researchers warn

(Newser) - It's a big world after all: Researchers say that over the last 40 years, the number of obese people worldwide has ballooned and the obese now outnumber the underweight, HealthDay reports. The proportion of obese people worldwide now stands at 11% among men and 15% among women, while 9%... More »

The 10 Fattest Cities in the US

Don't blame the South, its food is just too good

(Newser) - Obesity-related medical treatments cost Americans up to $315.8 billion every year, and that could increase by up to $66 billion per year if current health trends continue. With the increasing cost of the US' obesity epidemic in mind, WalletHub looked at the 100 largest American cities (by population, not... More »

Snacking on Peanuts May Help Obesity Epidemic

12-week study of Hispanic middle school kids finds peanuts help reduce BMI

(Newser) - Good news for those who like peanuts and aren't allergic: Snacking on them three to four times a week could help lower one's BMI, researchers report in the Journal of Applied Research on Children . Researchers from the University of Houston, Baylor College of Medicine, and Texas Woman's... More »

This New Seat Could Be the Solution for Obese Flyers

As well as for families and the elderly

(Newser) - More than one-third of US adults are considered obese, CBS News reports. Now a French airplane manufacturer thinks it has a solution to keep those Americans comfortable when they take to the skies. According to NBC News , Airbus filed a patent application for a bench seat on Feb. 11. The... More »

For the Obese, Objects Are Closer Than They Appear

The obese see distances as at least 10% greater than those of average weight

(Newser) - The very weight we carry can change our perception of the space around us, reports the Guardian , with obese people seeing distances as being at least 10% greater than those of average weight do, report researchers from Colorado State University Fort Collins. In the journal Acta Psychologica they report that... More »

Millions of Obese Americans Are Actually 'Quite Healthy'

'This should be a final nail in the coffin for BMI'

(Newser) - A new study finds that more than 50 million "quite healthy" Americans have been mislabeled as obese or overweight thanks to an over-reliance on BMI as a measurement of health, the Los Angeles Times reports. “This should be a final nail in the coffin for BMI,” says... 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 »

Cure for Obesity: Freeze-Dried Poop?

Clinical trial aims to find out

(Newser) - Atkins, paleo, juice cleanses … people will try most anything to shed some pounds. How about freeze-dried poop? A clinical trial set to start this year will involve 20 obese patients taking capsules filled with freeze-dried stool from healthy donors to test researchers' hunch that intestinal microbes can influence people'... More »

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