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40% of food stamp recipients obese; SNAP participants buy more soda, fewer fruits and vegetables

5/16/2015 - Most Americans are fairly generous and mindful that not everyone has the same economic opportunities as they do. Therefore, most people are generally supportive of so-called "social safety net" programs that help the poorest among us. However, many Americans are also supportive of changes in public...

Mocking the obese should be "illegal," but mocking anti-vaxxers considered media sport

4/19/2015 - The trouble with regulating behavior is that the social change artists who want to lord over what people think, say and do are never satisfied. And, they are hypocritical. Case in point: A British "obesity expert" and researcher, Dr. Sarah Jackson, has a rather authoritarian solution for anyone who...

Development of obese-size crash test dummies reflects growing weight problem

2/7/2015 - In a move that demonstrates the need to keep up with today's ever-increasing waistlines, the world's leading crash test dummy producer, Humanetics, is developing its first-ever obese crash test dummy set to be available in 2015. Its new model is a 273-pound one, which would have an approximate body...

EU court declares being obese a disability; employers must now pay for workers' poor health choices

1/2/2015 - Fat people now have their own protected class in Europe, where the bloc's top court has ruled being obese to be a disability. This landmark decision, according to reports, could eventually mean that employers will have to provide more support for their overweight workers in the form of care or compensation,...

Being obese can cause you to die 8 years earlier, with the last 20 years in miserable health

12/14/2014 - Everybody knows that being obese greatly reduces one's quality of life and makes it much more difficult to maintain a normal, healthy existence. But a new study out of Canada has scientifically quantified the obesity health toll as shaving up to eight years off of a person's life, with several decades...

30% of world's population is obese, costing economy $2 trillion per year

12/9/2014 - Almost one-third of the world's population is obese, and the global economic cost is nearly the same as that of smoking or even war, according to the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI). The researchers at MGI recently published a discussion paper, Overcoming obesity: An initial economic analysis, which...

Capsaicin from chili peppers can improve health in diabetic and obese persons

6/6/2014 - The activity of a specific pain receptor may be behind the beneficial effects of chili peppers on metabolism, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of California-Berkeley and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, Calif., and published in the journal Cell...

Whey protein lowers diabetes and cardiovascular disease risk factors in obese adults

5/19/2014 - Whey protein may reduce obese adults' risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, according to a study published in the Journal of Proteome Research and funded by the Nordic Centre of Excellence and the Danish Council for Strategic Research. Whey is a form of protein most commonly found in dairy...

Losing weight can significantly improve vitamin D levels in obese women

5/10/2014 - It's known in the health community that obesity increases one's risk of getting cancer, heart disease and diabetes, but there is more to the story than just weight gain. In fact, in a new study, blood samples of most obese individuals (70 percent) showed low vitamin D levels. That correlation is significant,...

'Active' video games help obese kids lose weight

4/5/2014 - One of the best and most successful of fitness programs in recent times is the National Football League's "Play 60" program, which uses professional football players to encourage kids to get at least an hour's worth of physical activity in per day, through personal visits and sponsored programs. Then...

UK town to send fitness tips to obese residents

2/22/2014 - In what some claim is a bizarre way to help residents stay fit, officials in one British town have said they will begin texting fitness tips to those who are deemed to be overweight, though some have criticized the program as worthless, expensive and doomed to fail. The BBC reports that folks rated...

Obese individuals and pregnant women are more susceptible to this year's flu virus

1/23/2014 - Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released statistics indicating that almost half of all hospitalized adults in the United States are obese. Obese adults account for 46% of all adults hospitalized with influenza. While this is attributed to the relationship between the immune...

Oncology group claims obese people aren't getting enough chemotherapy - Higher poison guidelines being adopted

10/5/2013 - American waistlines are apparently becoming too large for conventional cancer therapy, which means poison doses need to increase in order to achieve the same treatment outcomes. This is according to a new study recently published in the American Society of Clinical Oncology's (ASCO) Journal of Clinical...

Healthy gut bacteria prevent obesity: Study

9/16/2013 - The key to shedding those excess pounds and achieving that lean figure you have always dreamed about could be as simple as eating more bacteria. A new study out of Washington University in St. Louis has found that maintaining healthy and balanced gut bacteria -- that is, the beneficial microbes that...

Obese moms-to-be show abnormal brain activity in developing fetuses

2/18/2013 - A recent study, presented on February 15, involving 16 pregnant women, divided evenly between obese and lean subjects, conducted at the Mother Infant Research Institute (MIRI) at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, "found that fetuses of obese women had differences in gene expression as early as the second...

Obese women give birth to babies with lower vitamin D levels

1/22/2013 - Obese women are more likely to give birth to children with low blood levels of vitamin D that women of healthy weight, according to a study conducted by researchers from Northwestern University and published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. Vitamin D is produced naturally...

Reversing obesity

11/22/2012 5:54:42 PM - Obesity is not merely a cosmetic problem, but a severe threat to health and longevity. That old saying, "The longer the belt, the shorter the life," is entirely accurate. Associated with obesity are diabetes and heart disease among others. This can be confirmed by Googling or Yahooing, "Could Sulfur...

British women the most obese in Europe

2/7/2012 - British women are the fattest in Europe, an EU report States. In Britain, 24% of women are classified as obese, compared to just 9.3% in Italy, 12.7% in France and 15.6% in Germany. This is a fact backed up by Britain's own NHS (National Health Service) statistics released during national obesity week....

Every other American obese by 2030?

9/14/2011 - According to the world's leading medical journal, Great Britain's Lancet, by the year 2030, half of all Americans will be obese." The Lancet suggests that the United States Government should somehow begin a top down approach to regulating and taxing unhealthy foods in order to reduce obesity, all while...

US pediatrician suggests government should take obese children away from their parents

7/19/2011 - A pediatrician in Boston named David Ludwig has been sharply criticized over the past week for suggesting that obese children might be taken away from their parents by state authorities for their own safety. In his article, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, he explains that...

US pediatrician suggests government should take obese children away from their parents

7/18/2011 - A pediatrician in Boston named David Ludwig has been sharply criticized over the past week for suggesting that obese children might be taken away from their parents by state authorities for their own safety. In his article, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, he explains that...

Obese and trying to get pregnant? Fertility treatments might not work for you, suggests study

7/7/2011 - Obese women trying to get pregnant via in vitro fertilization (IVF) may have a much harder time doing so than women of normal weight, according to a new study conducted by researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) in Boston, Massachusetts. Published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology,...

Overweight and obese individuals at higher risk for vitamin D deficiency

2/15/2011 - A new study published in the Journal of Nutrition indicates that overweight and obese individuals might benefit from testing their vitamin D levels. Low levels of this vitamin may indicate health issues and might be linked to heart disease, diabetes, and even some kinds of cancer. Maintaining optimum...

Three-fourths of Americans obese or overweight by 2020, says alarming report

10/10/2010 - America is already on the verge of drowning in sick-care bankruptcy, but the situation is about to get even worse. According to a new study released by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, three-fourths of Americans will be obese or overweight by 2020. That puts America in first...

Majority of Obese People Fail to Recognize Their Own Obesity

3/6/2010 - Nearly three-quarters of obese adults do not consider themselves obese, according to a poll carried out by YouGov for Slimming World. "In my view there is a very clear tendency for individuals with obesity to feel that they do not stand out from the crowd," says Jonathan Pinkney, of the Association...

One in Six Children Clinically Obese Before Starting Primary School

12/1/2009 - One in every six children in some parts of the United Kingdom are already obese when they begin primary school, according to a report from that country's Department of Health. Nationwide, the statistics show a continuing and dangerous rise in childhood obesity, with one in 10 children classified...

Obese People Create an Extra Billion Tons of CO2 Each Year, Warn Experts

10/27/2009 - Editor's note: NaturalNews doesn't agree with all the conclusions reached by the scientists being covered in this article, but we thought it was important to bring you this story on one of the many ways in which climate change discussions might start targeting -- or even criminalizing -- individual...

Swine Flu Kills Obese People: Is U.S. Primed for a Pandemic Catastrophe?

7/12/2009 - The fact that nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults are clinically obese is worrisome for a whole new reason: Evidence emerging from a hospital in Michigan (and published by the CDC) appears to indicate that obese patients may be very easily killed by swine flu. In the Centers for Disease Control and...

Statins Raise Prostate Cancer Risk of Obese Men

1/3/2009 - A study conducted earlier this year at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research in Seattle found that the use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, especially when used long-term, seems to raise the risk of prostate cancer among obese men. Background Statin drugs inhibits the enzyme which controls...

Five Ways One Has To Pay the Price for Obesity

11/3/2008 - Obesity causes poorer health, which in turn translates into higher medical and health care costs. For example, the obese are more likely to suffer from ailments such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. On top of that, there are also other ways in which obese people have to, quite literally,...

Obese People to Blame for Accelerating Global Warming?

8/30/2008 - The weight and consumption habits of the overweight and obese are worsening the pace of global warming, said two researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in a letter to the medical journal Lancet. It takes more fuel to transport people who are obese and therefore heavier,...

High-Fat, High-Carb Meals Cause More Oxidative Stress in Obese People

8/5/2008 - Meals high in fat and carbohydrates produce damaging changes inside the body that are more long-lasting in the obese, according to a study conducted by researchers from Kaleida Health in Buffalo, N.Y., and published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Researchers fed eight obese...

Obese diabetics misjudge calorie intake, study finds

12/15/2006 - A new study by French researchers found that diabetic obese adults tend to report eating far less than they really do, which researchers say can hamper treatment or management of the disease. Researchers from the University Hospital of Angers in France, led by Dr. Patrick Ritz, recruited 21 obese...

Double jeopardy: Obese smokers at higher risk of death (press release)

11/20/2006 - People who are both very obese and who smoke increase their risk of death by 3.5 to 5 times that of people of normal weight who never smoke, finds a study in the November issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. According to the study, 20 percent of obese adults in the United States...

Disease of Older Adults Now Seen in Young, Obese Adults (press release)

11/14/2006 - Acute diverticulitis, a disease traditionally seen in patients older than 50 years old, is now being seen in younger adults who are obese, according to a study conducted by the University of Maryland Medical Centerís department of radiology in Baltimore, MD. Acute diverticulitis is one of the most...

Higher death rates associated with increasing degrees of obesity, PITT researchers report (press release)

9/5/2006 - While obesity has generally been viewed as a single significant health concern, a University of Pittsburgh study suggests that not all obese women share the same health risks. This multi-center study of more than 90,000 women published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association, shows...

Obesity in prostate cancer patients predicts cancer recurrence and progression (press release)

8/29/2006 - Obesity in a patient is an independent predictor of whether localized prostate cancer will progress following radiotherapy treatment, say researchers at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. In a study reported in the Aug. 1 issue of the journal...

One in three British adults to be obese by 2010 - predictions

8/25/2006 - New statistics from the Health Survey for England predict that more than 12 million adults and 1 million children in England will be obese by 2010. The Department of Health released statistics today that indicate one in three British adults and one in five children will be obese by the end of the...

Reality gap? Obese Americans claim to follow healthy eating and exercise habits

8/2/2006 - A new survey has found that more than 75 percent of obese adults claim to have healthy eating habits, while 40 percent say they exercise vigorously at least three times a week. "There is, perhaps, some denial going on," says Dr. David Schutt of Thomson Medstat, the research company that performed...

DHEA for weight loss: miracle drug or unproven experiment?

6/27/2005 - In a study exploring DHEA-replacement therapy as a weight loss technique, researchers gave test animals large doses of both DHEA and the drug fenfluramine. According to Dr. Ray Sahelian's DHEA: A Practical Guide, "Even a hot fudge sundae with fresh bananas and dark chocolate syrup couldn't get [the...

Growing band of obesity deniers claim that being obese isn't bad for your health

7/25/2004 - One thing I love about this world is the diversity of opinions. After all, if we all agreed on everything, the world would be unbearably boring. Every once in a while, however, I come across opinions and beliefs that strike me as bizarre, and the latest is the growing belief by a band of people I call...

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