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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,...

Walmart: Sorry We Advertised Costumes for 'Fat Girls'

Company switches label to 'Women's Plus-Size'

(Newser) - Walmart is feeling the heat after Twitter users caught an alarming label on the company's website: It advertised plus-size Halloween outfits in a category dubbed "Fat Girl Costumes," Time reports. "This never should have been on our site. It is unacceptable, and we apologize," the...

After &#39;Fat Shaming&#39;: Weight Gain
 After 'Fat  
 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...

Yale Relents, Won't Expel Thin Student

Frances Chan goes public with her dispute

(Newser) - Yale student Frances Chan is naturally thin at 5-foot-2 and 95 pounds, just like her parents and grandparents before her. But when she visited the school's health center on an unrelated matter, officials there deemed her too thin and demanded that she gain weight or face expulsion, reports the...

Whole Milk Linked to ... Skinny People?
 Whole Milk 
 Linked to ... 
 Skinny People? 
studies say

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...

US Isn't World's Fattest Country— But It's Close

Almost a third of Mexicans obese

(Newser) - Amid near-constant news of the obesity epidemic, you'd be forgiven for thinking the US led the developed world when it comes to weight—but by at least one measure, you'd be wrong. Mexico actually has a higher percentage of obese adults, with 32.8% of its grown-up population...

Airline Charges Passengers by the Pound

 Airline Charges 
 Passengers by 
 the Pound 
in case you missed it

Airline Charges Passengers by the Pound

Samoa Air starts controversial new policy

(Newser) - Sounds like Ryanair may have a competitor for most controversial airline : On Samoa Air, passengers are being charged by their weight. Rates start at $1 per kilo (about 2.2 pounds), which includes the weight of both the flyer and his or her baggage. The CEO explains to ABC Radio...

Antibiotic-Laced Meat: Making Us Fat?
 Antibiotic-Laced Meat: 
 Making Us Fat? 

Antibiotic-Laced Meat: Making Us Fat?

'Mother Jones' takes a look at recent studies

(Newser) - Animals on factory farms are given antibiotics because the drugs have been shown to fatten them up for slaughter—which raises the question, do antibiotics also cause weight gain in humans? And what about the fact that many of us eat these factory-farmed animals—will that make us fat? Mother ...

For Toddlers, More TV Means Wider Waist

 For Toddlers, 
 More TV Means 
 Wider Waist 
study says

For Toddlers, More TV Means Wider Waist

Extra hour per week adds half-millimeter: study

(Newser) - There's an unsurprising but stark link between kids' TV watching and the distance around their middles, a new study suggests. Researchers find that, among 2- to 4-year-olds, every additional hour of television per week translates into almost an extra .02 inches of waistline. Kids who watched 8.82 hours...

Those Who Quit Smoking Usually Gain 10 Pounds

Analysis finds higher-than-expected figure

(Newser) - Congrats on quitting smoking… but beware of cupcakes. A new study shows ex-smokers typically gain 9 to 11 pounds within 12 months of quitting, reports Medical News Today . That's higher than previous estimates, but the researchers also make it very clear: The big benefits of quitting cigarettes far outweigh...

Dinosaurs Were Much Skinnier: Scientists

New weight-estimation technique is shedding pounds off the ancient lizards

(Newser) - Dinosaurs were skinnier than we thought. Using advancements in scanning and computing, scientists have developed a new technique for estimating the weight and size of fossilized creatures. The more accurate method shows that the giant lizards were not nearly as chubby as paleontologists once believed, reports Discovery News via MSNBC...

Black Women Heavier, Happier With Bodies
 Black Women 
 Heavier, Happier 
 With Bodies 
survey finds

Black Women Heavier, Happier With Bodies

66% of overweight or obese black women report having high self-esteem

(Newser) - Hefty can be heavenly. That seems to be the feeling of many black women. While they tend to be heavier than white women, they're significantly happier with their bodies, a Washington Post /Kaiser Family Foundation survey has discovered. While only 41% of average-sized or thin white women report having...

Weight of Electrons Running the Internet Estimated at 2 Ounces
 How Much Does 
 the Internet Weigh? 
Brainiacs ask

How Much Does the Internet Weigh?

As much as a strawberry ... or just one grain of sand

(Newser) - How much does the Internet weigh? No, it's not a Zen koan. The answer is about 1.8 ounces, around the same as a single strawberry, reports the Telegraph . How did anyone figure this out? Well, the Internet runs on electricity, and electrons have a tiny amount of weight—...

Freshman 15? It&#39;s More Like Freshman 3.5
 Freshman 15? 
 It's More Like 
 Freshman 3.5 
study says

Freshman 15? It's More Like Freshman 3.5

Study finds that college newbies don't pack on so many pounds

(Newser) - Good news for the 18-year-olds of the world: All that pizza and, uhh, those Solo cup-housed beverages you consume this year probably won't actually add the dreaded "Freshman 15" to your frame. A national study has found that the typical female student gains only 2.4 pounds during...

LeAnn Rimes Explodes Over Weight Comment

Apparently someone told her she should eat more ... while she was eating

(Newser) - It's tough being skinny. Just ask LeAnn Rimes. The singer has been the subject of much too-thin chatter (which she has addressed on Twitter ), and it doesn't show signs of letting up. The Huffington Post reports that Rimes "blew up" on Twitter following dinner with hubby...

To Honor Women, Pepsi Launches... Skinny Can?

Attention, ladies, writes Jim Edwards: Tall and skinny equals stylish!

(Newser) - It's Fashion Week in New York, and Pepsi is debuting a new design of its own: a skinny can. Sounds harmless enough, until you read the press release accompanying the slender product. "In celebration of beautiful, confident women, Diet Pepsi presents the taller, sassier new Skinny Can…" Ouch....

More Than 10% of Planet's Adults Obese

Study also find US has highest BMI among high-income countries

(Newser) - Almost half a billion adults—10% of the adult population worldwide—were obese as of 2008, a new study finds. That’s nearly twice the 1980 rate, reports Scientific American . On average, each decade has seen a body mass index inch up 0.4 to an average of 23.8...

Women Think About Food More Than Sex

But more than 60% don't enjoy eating in front of partners

(Newser) - Women think about food a lot—as in, more than they think about sex. A recent survey shows that while 25% of women think about food every half-hour, only 10% think about sex that often. When it comes to men, 5% think about sex once a minute and 36% find...

Study: Time for Fat Crash Dummies
Study: Time for
Fat Crash Dummies

Study: Time for Fat Crash Dummies

Obesity brings higher risk of death in car crashes: study

(Newser) - Obese people face a much higher risk of death in car crashes—so doctors say we should be building overweight crash test dummies, the Daily Mail reports. A study of more than 150,000 US car crashes found that moderately obese people were 21% more likely to die in car...

Parents Forcing Chubby Babies to Diet

 to Diet 

Parents Forcing Chubby Babies to Diet

They're fearful their kids will end up fat like them

(Newser) - Chubby thighs and squeezable cheeks are the sign of a healthy baby, right? Not for some parents, who are foisting their own weight obsessions and fears on their infants, reports ABC News . "I have seen parents putting their infant and 1-year-old on diets because of history in one parent...

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