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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 »

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 »

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