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480 Otis Crowned in Fat Bear Week, Again
Fat Bear Week
Has Its Winner

Fat Bear Week Has Its Winner

It's 480 Otis, for the 4th time since 2014 in Alaska's Katmai National Park

(Newser) - It's "get ready for hibernation" time in Katmai National Park, which means it's cram your maw full of salmon if you're a bear to put on enough weight to get you through the winter. Which also means it's time for Fat Bear Week, the annual...

1 in 4 of Us Need a New Jeans Size
Levi's CEO: Number Who
Need New Size 'Staggering'
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Levi's CEO: Number Who Need New Size 'Staggering'

About 25% of buyers need either a bigger or smaller jeans size, says Chip Bergh

(Newser) - The pandemic didn't just change the style of jeans people are buying— skinny jeans are out and more comfortable fits are in—but something more fundamental: waist sizes. In an interview with the AP , Levi's CEO Chip Bergh estimates that 25% of customers are in need of a...

We Packed On 2 Pounds a Month During Lockdown
Study Finds Lockdown
Weight Gain Is Real
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Study Finds Lockdown Weight Gain Is Real

Small study found participants gained an average 0.6 pounds every 10 days

(Newser) - Good thing stretchy pants aren't visible on Zoom. For many Americans, buttoning one's jeans has gotten increasingly harder during the pandemic, and researchers have now estimated just how many pounds people under shelter-in-place orders tended to gain. The research letter, published Monday in JAMA Network Open , opens by...

Heavy Consequences for NFL Players Told to 'Bulk Up'

Obesity is a major issue among former players, prompting serious health problems

(Newser) - What some NFL players may have to look forward to in their retirement years: football signings, endorsement deals, and broadcasting contracts. What others may find in the cards: diabetes, cardiac issues, and hypertension. Thanks to years of being told to "bulk up" in the name of the game, former...

Lena Dunham's Before/After Photos Have a Message

Actress writes that she is 'joyous' at heavier weight

(Newser) - When an actress posts before-and-after photos of herself, they're not usually of this variety—and for Lena Dunham, that's the point. In a gone-viral Instagram post , Dunham shares a photo of herself from about a year ago in which she weighs 138 pounds and a current one in...

Woman Posts Proud Weight Gain Pics, Then Defends Them
Her Before-and-After Pics
Have an Unusual Twist
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Her Before-and-After Pics Have an Unusual Twist

Megan Jayne Crabbe put on weight, and is proud of it

(Newser) - Megan Jayne Crabbe says she was just 5 years old when she first began to hate her body. She thought her classmates were prettier and thinner, and gradually began to believe that if she were also thin, she could be pretty, too, reports the Independent . By 10, she was dieting;...

5 Actors Who Overindulged for the Sake of the Craft

Think chugging microwaved ice cream

(Newser) - Thanksgiving is coming up, and in the spirit of overindulgence, MEL magazine offers up a list of "the disgusting ways actors have gained weight for their roles." A sampling:
  • Forget articles about "how to lose 30 pounds in 30 days." George Clooney reportedly gained 30 pounds
...

Women Who Yo-Yo Diet Are Likelier to Suffer Heart Attacks
Yo-Yo Dieting Is Bad
for Women's Hearts
NEW STUDY

Yo-Yo Dieting Is Bad for Women's Hearts

'Weight cycling' appears to be a significant risk factor for otherwise healthy women

(Newser) - Lots of people are trying to lose weight—24% of American men and 38% of American women—but most who succeed also gain it back quickly, reports Medical News Daily . This so-called "weight cycling" or "yo-yo effect" could end up being quite hard on the hearts of both...

Those Who Lose Weight Gain a Stronger Appetite
Those Who Lose Weight
Gain a Stronger Appetite
NEW STUDY

Those Who Lose Weight Gain a Stronger Appetite

Findings help explain why it's so hard to keep lost weight off

(Newser) - A "landmark" new study out of the National Institutes of Health helps explain why weight gain after weight loss is so common—and so difficult to avoid. Reporting in the journal Obesity , researchers say that weight loss puts the body in a sort of fight mode and results in...

Chin Up: This Is the Lightest You'll Weigh This Entire Year

Once you gain those holiday pounds, it'll take about five months to lose them

(Newser) - The good news is you're probably lighter now than you were at any other point so far this year. The bad news is you're about to pack on the pounds again, and it'll take months to lose them. So report researchers out of Cornell and Finland in...

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...

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...

There's Science Behind the 'Dad Bod'
 There's Science 
 Behind the 
 'Dad Bod' 
NEW STUDY

There's Science Behind the 'Dad Bod'

First-time fathers gain between 3.3 to 4.4 pounds on average: study

(Newser) - There's science behind the plump dad bod: A new study that tracked the weight of 10,000 males over 20 years from adolescence into their early 30s finds the average 6-foot tall, first-time father gains 4.4 pounds if he lives with his child after birth and about 3....

Here's How Much Weight Marriage Packs On
Here's How Much Weight Marriage Packs On
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Here's How Much Weight Marriage Packs On

4.5 pounds in Europeans of average height: researchers

(Newser) - Marriage doesn't just add to your happiness , but also to your waistline, according to a new study. But singles shouldn't boast just yet. German and Swiss researchers surveyed 10,226 people in nine European countries on their marital status and body mass index—a health indicator based on...

Since 1960s, Americans Have Changed in Big Way

US women now weigh same amount as men 50 years ago

(Newser) - Picture the average American couple in the 1960s. Now picture the average American couple today. Something more than questionable fashion should stand out, according to new data from the CDC, which finds the average weight of a US woman is now 166.2 pounds—about the same weight as the...

Here's How Much Holiday Weight We Really Gain

Research shows the 10-pound figure often thrown around is likely a myth

(Newser) - Plan to enjoy a few extra helpings of mashed potatoes, gravy, and gingerbread men over the coming weeks—but worried about all those pounds you're bound to pack on? Cut yourself some slack, suggests Travis Saunders on the PLOS blog. He points out that while people regularly parrot the...

Why We Weigh Less on Fridays

Weekend behavior often results in subtle weight gain by Mondays

(Newser) - For most of us, weekends are a time to relax and indulge—maybe through more sleep, more couch time, or more calories in the food and beverages we consume. The result is that we tend to weigh slightly more on Sunday and Monday, but then slightly less again by Friday,...

After 'Fat Shaming': Weight Gain
 After 'Fat  
 Shaming': 
 Weight Gain 
study says

After 'Fat Shaming': Weight Gain

Researchers follow victims over four years

(Newser) - "Fat shaming," or targeting people over their weight, isn't going to make them thinner, a study finds. In fact, it may have the opposite effect, driving them to gain weight, LiveScience reports. Researchers asked 3,000 people if they'd suffered weight discrimination; some 5% had. The...

Pregnant and Gained Less Than 25lbs? Bad News
Pregnant and Gained Less Than 25lbs? Bad News
study says

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...

Overweight Might Truly Be Able to Blame Genes

Study finds that mutation in one can bring on obesity in mice

(Newser) - Saying it's "in the genes" might be a well-worn excuse among those looking to shed weight, but scientists have just put some serious evidence behind the notion. They found that a rare gene mutation can cause obesity in mice, reports the New York Times . The intriguing part is...

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