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20% of 4-Year-Olds Already Obese: Study

(Newser) - A striking new study says almost 1 in 5 American 4-year-olds is obese, and the rate is alarmingly higher among American Indian children, with nearly a third of them obese. Researchers were surprised to see differences by race at so early an age. Obesity is more common in Hispanic and...

Obese Americans Now Outnumber Overweight

Over a third of adults classed as one step up the scale from overweight

(Newser) - Americans who are merely overweight are now outnumbered by the obese, Reuters reports. New government statistics reveal that 34% of adults are obese and almost 6% extremely so, whereas 32.7% are classed as overweight. The proportion of Americans who are overweight has stayed much the same since 1980—but...

Obese? Court Backs Two Seats for One Fare

Those 'functionally disabled by obesity' get fare break in Canada

(Newser) - Obese air travelers in Canada who need two seats must be given the extra seat for free, Reuters reports. The Supreme Court of Canada has refused to hear an appeal from Air Canada and two other airlines after they failed to win a lower court appeal on the fare issue....

Half-Ton Mexican Man Dies After Pleading For Help

Man had gone on TV to ask nation for assistance in solving his weight problem

(Newser) - A bedridden 990-pound man who had appealed on Mexican television for help tackling his weight problem has died of heart failure, AP reports. Emergency officials had to knock down Jose Luis Garza's bedroom wall and hoist him onto the back of a friend's pickup truck to take him to the...

World's Most Obese Man to Wed
 World's Most Obese Man to Wed 

World's Most Obese Man to Wed

Fianceé helped Uribe trim 550 lbs. off record weight of 1,230

(Newser) - Manuel Uribe, once the world's heaviest man, is being swept away to the chapel—quite literally. The 43-year-old will be towed through the streets to his Oct. 26 wedding in Monterrey, Mexico, on a customized bed, reports the AP.

Teen Obesity Can Cause Liver Disease, Cancer

Condition may lead to organ failure; weight loss can help: experts

(Newser) - In a new and disturbing twist on the obesity epidemic, some overweight teens have severe liver damage caused by too much body fat, and a handful have needed liver transplants, the AP reports. The condition, which can lead to cirrhosis and liver failure or liver cancer, is being seen in...

700-Pound Man Enjoys Day Out Thanks to Forklift

He's trimmed down from 1,234 pounds

(Newser) - With the help of a forklift, a 700-pound Mexican man made his first excursion outdoors in five months yesterday—without getting out of bed, AP reports. The machine lifted Manuel Uribe’s bed onto a platform truck, which transported him to a lake, where he rested near the shore and...

Want a Skinny Kid? Don't Tell Her She's Fat

Chunky teens pushed by parents to diet fare worse than peers

(Newser) - A new study of obese teens has produced a counterintuitive indication: Parents should under no circumstances tell pudgy youngsters to diet, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports. A group of teens correctly identified by parents as overweight and encouraged to diet were more likely to still be chunky 5 years later than...

Parents Blind to Their Fat Kids
Parents Blind to Their Fat Kids

Parents Blind to Their Fat Kids

Only 13% recognize when their child is obese

(Newser) - Nearly half the parents of severely overweight children ages 6 to 11 said their child was “about the right weight,” and only 13% recognized that their child had a severe problem, says a University of Michigan study. The results indicate parents think children will “grow out” of...

Cat Diabetes Becoming a Weighty Problem

Some vets think dry, high-carb kibble is a major culprit

(Newser) - If your cat is fat, he might have an even bigger problem. The rate of type 2 diabetes among pets—particularly cats—is soaring, reports the Chicago Tribune. Experts aren't in total agreement about why, but in general they think that our furry feline companions are developing the disease for...

America's 10 Chubbiest Cities
America's 10 Chubbiest Cities

America's 10 Chubbiest Cities

Sun Belt hogs the lion's share of pudgiest locales

(Newser) - The weather may be great and the lifestyle good, but Southern culinary hospitality might be landing the Sun Belt disproportionately on Forbes' list of America's most obese cities. The most rotund:
  1. Memphis
  2. Birmingham
  3. San Antonio

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