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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...

New Pictures of Kim Jong Un Show One Big Difference

Concerns over North Korean leader's health emerge after he appears noticeably thinner

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un recently banned skinny jeans , but he may want to reconsider. Plenty of people lost weight during the pandemic, and the 37-year-old appears to be one of them, at least according to new pictures of him published in NK News , which notes it looks like he dropped "...

Men Want This, Right? Not So Fast
Men Want This,
Right? Not So Fast
new study

Men Want This, Right? Not So Fast

2 studies suggest that women overrate men's taste for 'skinny models'

(Newser) - Looks like men aren't quite as gobsmacked by skinny models as women might think, PsyPost reports. New research shows that men and women overestimate the others' obsession with very thin female bodies—but "this misperception was strongest when women estimated how men would react to the models' bodies,...

The Show Is Called Hot & Heavy. That's Just One Issue

People are miffed about soon-to-debut TLC show, following 3 men with 'plus-size' women

(Newser) - TLC doesn't exactly shy away from headline-generating shows, but one that's coming down the pike next month isn't garnering the best of buzz. Per a press release , Hot & Heavy, a reality program that debuts Jan. 7, shadows three men as they "face judgment due to...

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...

This Is How Much the Average American Weighs
This Is How Much the
Average American Weighs
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This Is How Much the Average American Weighs

197.9 pounds for men, 170.6 pounds for women—30 pounds more than in the early '60s

(Newser) - Everyone might want to get a head start on their New Year's resolutions to shed a few pounds. Per CNN , a new report from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics shows Americans are shrinking—the average height for men (5-9) and women (5-4) decreased slightly from 1999-2000...

The 10 Heaviest Objects on Earth
Heaviest Object
on Earth Weighs
116B Pounds
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Heaviest Object on Earth Weighs 116B Pounds

China's Great Wall will probably always be man's heaviest structure

(Newser) - Some things (death, taxes) are unavoidable; others are simply immovable. The heaviest objects in the world have been rated by 24/7 Wall St. , which examined the numbers based on sources such as Guinness World Records, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and various travel, science, and engineering sources. Note...

Judge: Teen Maybe 'Flattered' by Cabbie Who Assaulted Her

Jean-Paul Braun also labeled 17-year-old victim 'a little overweight' but with a 'pretty face'

(Newser) - Taxi driver Carlo Figaro was found guilty of sexual assault in a Quebec court earlier this year, but not before the judge in his case made some questionable comments about the 17-year-old victim. The BBC reports a complaint has been filed by a provincial minister against Judge Jean-Paul Braun. Per...

Beauty Queen Told to Lose Weight, Loses Crown Instead

Zoiey Smale gives up UK national title in protest

(Newser) - If she lived in the US, Zoiey Smale would wear a size 6, meaning she's far slimmer than the average American woman, who wears a size 16 . But her thin frame apparently wasn't thin enough for organizers of an international beauty contest. The 28-year-old beauty queen from the...

Pink: I'm Supposedly 'Obese,' and That's Crazy

She shares her post-baby weight, along with a message for women

(Newser) - Pink had her second child in December, and she just posted an image of herself at the gym on Instagram . No, she's not sporting a magically slim celeb body, and that's her point, notes E! Online . "Would you believe I'm 160 pounds and 5'3"?...

Want Lower BMI? Smoke Pot


Want Lower BMI?
Pot Might Help
NEW STUDY

Want Lower BMI? Pot Might Help

Daily marijuana use linked to lower body mass for both women and men

(Newser) - People who smoke weed on a daily basis tend to have slightly lower body mass indexes than people who don't, and while researchers say they're not suggesting that people take up regular marijuana smoking, they're keen to understand the mechanism at play. Specifically, they followed more than...

8th-Grader Refuses to Share Her 'Perfect' BMI
 8th-Grader 
 Refuses to 
 Share Her 
 'Perfect' BMI 
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8th-Grader Refuses to Share Her 'Perfect' BMI

She instead pens an essay arguing the index is outdated

(Newser) - An Indiana 8th-grader's refusal to complete a school project as assigned is making headlines . The unnamed girl was asked to calculate her body mass index and give the definition for BMI , which is found by multiplying one's weight by 703 and dividing by squared height in inches. But...

Your Size Predicts How Much You Earn

 Your Size Predicts 
 How Much You Earn 
STUDY SAYS

Your Size Predicts How Much You Earn

Short men, overweight women are at a disadvantage: study

(Newser) - Bad news for short men and overweight women: You have "reduced chances in life" when it comes to income, education, and job prospects, the Washington Post reports via a new study in the British Medical Journal . University of Exeter researchers analyzed how genetic variants related to height and BMI...

Going to Bed Late Could Be Making You Fat

Researchers link later bedtimes to increased BMI

(Newser) - Want to lower your chances of gaining weight? Then maybe cut out before Jimmy Fallon's opening monologue, according to a new study published in the October issue of Sleep. The New York Times reports researchers looking at more than 3,300 adolescents between 1994 and 2009 found a two-point...

Court Says Casino Can Fire Servers for Gaining Weight

But it has to do so in a professional way

(Newser) - An Atlantic City casino is free to tell its cocktail waitresses they're too heavy, but it has to do so in a professional manner, according to a ruling this week. The New Jersey appeals court says the Borgata casino's personal appearance standards are lawful. But it also found...

Study: 99% of Obese Will Still Be Obese Next Year

Less than 1% of obese men, women return to normal weight annually

(Newser) - A new study offers some rather depressing news for those of you who are obese: You’re probably going to stay that way. Researchers at King's College London monitored the weight of 278,982 Brits, including 176,000 who were obese, from 2004 to 2014. Excluding those who had...

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...

Whole Foods CEOs: We 'Unintentionally' Overcharged

Mackey, Robb say wrong weights sometimes work in customers' favor

(Newser) - If you're a New York City resident and have found it odd that all the packages of pecan panko you've bought at Whole Foods seem to always be the exact same weight, you're not alone . And the reason why is something the grocery chain has been in...

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...

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