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Chocolate Lovers Are ... Leaner

Compounds may fight weight gain

(Newser) - Sweet news: People who regularly eat chocolate tend to be thinner, scientists have discovered. Of 1,000 subjects studied, those who ate chocolate a few times a week were on average slimmer than those who only ate it occasionally, reports the BBC . Frequency of eating chocolate appeared to be more... More »

15 Things That Will Make You Fat

Holidays, relationships, and quitting smoking among the dangers

(Newser) - With Americans continuing to get bigger and bigger , we need all the help we can get to stay healthy—so the Daily Beast offers a warning on 15 things that might cause you to pack on the pounds:
  • Holiday season: With all the food, stress, and booze associated with Thanksgiving,
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Scientists Find Connection Between Nicotine, Weight

It helps tells the brain to stop eating

(Newser) - For some smokers, the threat of weight gain is a deterrent to quitting—and now, scientists think have finally discovered the link between the two. Nicotine binds to receptors on brain cells, including those in the hypothalamus that tell your body when your belly is full, reports AP . Scientists gave... More »

New Lawmakers Battle Freshman 15

Seriously, does this suit make me look fat?

(Newser) - Being a freshman is tough: Making friends, figuring out where the bathroom is, partying without packing on the pounds. Such are the trials and tribulations of the newest crop of lawmakers, who report that weight gain—thanks in part to frequent cocktail parties—is no joke. “At every event,... More »

Beauty Queen Gains Weight, Loses Crown

Teenage Miss San Antonio fighting to keep title

(Newser) - A teenage beauty queen in Texas is suing to keep her crown, after she was stripped of her title for—in part—gaining weight. Domonique Ramirez, 17, won the local pageant in April, but was informed last month that the runner-up would take her place as Miss San Antonio—meaning... More »

Corn Syrup Makes You Fatter Than Sugar

Princeton researchers say rat study answers contentious question

(Newser) - It may not end the debate, but researchers say they have definitively proven that high-fructose corn syrup is many times more likely to contribute to obesity than sugar. The Princeton team gave one group of rats water spiked with sugar, and another water with corn syrup. Though the sugar water... More »

Forget the Gym, Ladies—Wine Makes You Thinner

Study: Women who drink red wine pack on fewer pounds

(Newser) - What women who keep slim in middle age have in common isn't a brutal gym routine or an raw-vegetable diet—it's a glass or two of wine a day. So claims a new study that followed the weight fluctuations of almost 20,000 middle-age women over 13 years and found... More »

Sitting All Day Is Making You Fat

Sedentary life destroys gains of exercise, makes metabolism go haywire

(Newser) - Exercise all you want, but that office chair—or your couch at home—will erase your good intentions. Multiple studies, Olivia Judson writes, have shown that people who sit for extended periods can’t help but pack on the pounds. Consider this result: “Among people who sit in front... More »

To Boost Memory, Go to Sleep

How shut-eye helps you remember, process more

(Newser) - Popping pills and or toiling away at Sudoku may help boost memory, but according to a slew of recent studies, good old-fashioned sleep may be best: It strengthens long-term memory, decision-making, and creativity. "It turns out we are not like TiVo," says a sleep researcher, which "is... More »

Dating Site for Hotties Culls Fatties

BeautifulPeople members saw holiday pudge, weren't having it

(Newser) - Some 5,000 members of the online dating site BeautifulPeople.com are members no more after their discerning compatriots booted them for beefing up over the holidays. “Vigilant members” of the community, which has a strict “ugly people” ban, noticed a slew of photos over the New Year... More »

Gut Bacteria Can Make You Fat

Unhealthy diet encourages efficient micro-organisms

(Newser) - Eating junk food may do a double whammy on your waistline: In addition to the calorie influx, high-fat foods alter intestinal bacteria, actually making it easier to get fat. Obese mice in a new study had significantly more of a specific type of bacteria, Firmicutes, that easily convert food into... More »

Fattening Up Was Easy: Damon

Actor gained 30 pounds for movie role

(Newser) - Beefing up for his role in The Informant was a breeze, Matt Damon says. "It was very, very easy" to gain 30 pounds, said the now-slimmed down actor, who plays FBI informant Mark Whitacre. "It was very, very fun, probably the funnest time I had working because I... More »

I Think, Therefore I Overeat

New fleet of books tries to explain American obesity

(Newser) - As the waistlines of Americans continue to expand, so is the genre of literature seeking to explain why, Elizabeth Kolbert writes in the New Yorker, profiling no fewer than seven books on the subject—including one that endorses “fat power.” The Fat Studies Reader argues that the real... More »

Gain Less Pregnancy Weight If Obese: Docs

New guidelines say rising obesity puts mom, baby at risk

(Newser) - Obese women should gain between 11-20 pounds when pregnant, new guidelines urge; the figure is about half what’s recommended for women of normal weight, HealthDay News reports, and reflect concerns about the effect of rising obesity rates on mother and child. More »

Gene Discovery Lets Mice Gorge on Carbs, Stay Thin

Tweaked mice can munch carbs without getting fat

(Newser) - Yet another breakthrough for mice: Genetic researchers have found a way to allow them to eat all the carbs they want and not get fat, reports the Los Angeles Times. The scientists turned off a gene in the liver that plays a role in turning excess glucose into fatty acids.... More »

'Vulnerable' Simpson Loses It Onstage

(Newser) - Sympathetic fans helped Jessica Simpson through a strained performance last night during which she flubbed lines, restarted songs, and wept visibly, the Grand Rapids Press reports. The singer has been plagued by media reports that boyfriend Tony Romo is cheating and snide remarks about her reported weight gain. “You... More »

Naughty Sienna Booted From Robin Hood

Sources say problem was Crowe's weight or Miller's affair

(Newser) - Sienna Miller's dalliance with a married actor has reportedly gotten her kicked off Ridley Scott's remake of Robin Hood, the Telegraph reports. "Sienna's image just wasn't right" to play Maid Marian, a source working on the movie said, "especially after her controversial affair with Balthazar Getty."... More »

Why Oprah's Weight Matters to Millions

We're sharing in her long health struggle

(Newser) - Why do we follow Oprah’s battle with her weight so avidly? Because so many of us share the same battle, and identify so strongly with its ups and downs, writes Robin Givhan in the Washington Post. Oprah “may sell a million books, hand out scholarships and cars, build... More »

Oprah Hits 200 Lbs, 'Fell Off Wagon'

Talk show host 'fell off the wagon'

(Newser) - Oprah Winfrey has once again hit “the dreaded 2-0-0” pounds. The talk show queen, who has famously struggled with her weight for years, writes, “I definitely wasn't setting an example. I was talking the talk, but I wasn't walking the walk,” in an article in the January... More »

Obesity Linked to Cancers

Strong connections between weight and cancer in men and women

(Newser) - Researchers have identified a powerful link between being overweight and the risk of developing certain types of cancer. Strong links were discovered between obesity and cancer of the esophagus in men and women, and uterine endometrial and gallbladder cancers in women, reports WebMD. Researchers also found modest connections between obesity... More »

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