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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 »

Brit Parents Arrested Over Son's Weight

11-year-old was 210 pounds

(Newser) - Suspected of child neglect and cruelty, a pair of British parents were arrested—over concerns about their son's weight. The 11-year-old is just over five feet tall and weighs 210 pounds; his body mass index is 41.8, the New York Times reports, via the Sun. A BMI of... More »

Report on World Obesity Is Just Dismal

Over 30 years, not a single country has cut obesity rates

(Newser) - There are more obese or overweight people in the world today than there were people of any weight in 1935, the most comprehensive look at worldwide obesity in decades warns. The 188-country study found that there are 2.1 billion overweight or obese people in the world, making up around... More »

'Starving Obese' Girl Drops 33 Lbs.

Alexis Shapiro 'giggling, happy,' once again, still fights hunger

(Newser) - After 12-year-old Alexis Shapiro had surgery to fight obesity, her doctor expected her to lose 40 pounds in the ensuing months. Two months later, she's already lost 33, NBC News reports. "She’s the giggling, happy little girl I remember," says her mother. What's more, the... More »

Onetime Heaviest Guy in World Dies at 48

He had slimmed down to 867 pounds in recent years

(Newser) - Slimming down didn't lead to longevity for Manuel Uribe: The Mexican, who topped the scales at 1,230 pounds in 2006 when he was the world's heaviest man, has died at the age of 48, the AP reports. He had slimmed down to around 867 pounds in recent... More »

Pregnant and Gained Less Than 25lbs? Bad News

...minimal weight gain tied to increased obesity risk for child

(Newser) - The amount of weight a mom-to-be gains during pregnancy may have a link to the weight of the child she bears, a new study finds. Gaining either too much or too little weight can both result in a greater chance that child will be obese, LiveScience reports. The research followed... More »

Obesity Surgery Leaves Girl, 12, Dramatically Better

Within 24 hours, there was no sign of Alexis Shapiro's diabetes

(Newser) - Texas 12-year-old Alexis Shapiro had long-fought-for the obesity surgery she got on March 21 , and just a week later, the girl's situation has dramatically improved. She's already off the insulin she had to take in connection with her type 2 diabetes and, most significantly, her body is indicating... More »

Girl Recovering After Obesity Surgery Changes

Doctors revised plan when Alexis Shapiro's liver was bigger than expected

(Newser) - Surgeons operating on an obese Texas girl with an unusual malady had to change strategy during the procedure, but they say Alexis Shapiro can still look forward to a "new normal" and a healthier weight, reports NBC News . Surgeons intended to perform a gastric bypass on the 12-year-old, but... More »

New Anti-Obesity Weapon: Tequila Plant?

Agave sugar eyed as potential sweetener

(Newser) - The plant tequila is derived from could play a role in fighting obesity, and it doesn't involve getting people so drunk they forget to eat, researchers say. Natural sugars found in agave appear to protect mice against obesity and type 2 diabetes, Fox News reports. The sugars, known as... More »

Obesity in Kids Plummets

Rate falls 43% among those age 2 to 5

(Newser) - Here's something we don't hear much: good news on the nation's childhood obesity rate. The CDC says it's down among kids ages 2 to 5 by 43% over the last decade, reports Time . That's not just a mild surprise, it's "stunning," declares... More »

Whole Milk Linked to ... Skinny People?

Healthy dairy choices getting more complicated

(Newser) - Drinking fattier milk will make us fatter ourselves, right? Maybe not. New research reported by NPR suggests that whole milk is actually linked to lower weight. A study by Swedish experts found that, over a 12-year period, middle-aged men who used whole milk, cream, and butter had a lower risk... More »

Obesity Sets in by Kindergarten

'Horse is out of the barn' by 5, new study suggests

(Newser) - Kids who are obese by the time they start kindergarten are likely to stay that way through childhood and into adulthood, according to a new study that suggests efforts to combat childhood obesity need to start a lot sooner. Kids who are obese at 5 are four times more likely... More »

2 Ways Diet Soda May Not Be Helping

People tend to eat more, and diet mixers may make you drunker: studies

(Newser) - It's not that researchers think switching from sugary sodas to diet versions is a bad thing, it's just that those who do make the switch should bear in mind a few things:
  • They may eat more: A Johns Hopkins study finds that heavy people who drink diet soda
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