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Antibiotics linked to childhood obesity

A new study suggests that taking multiple courses of common antibiotics before the age of two may increase a child’s risk of obesity in later life.

Op-Ed: Social experiment to determine dating 'cruelty' is highly flawed

Making the rounds online is the result of an experiment by Simple Pickup, a male-drive dating site. An attractive man and woman were each given body adhesives and makeup to look fat when arriving for their Tinder dates to see how the opposite sex reacts.

Fat burning cancer link

Conversion of white fat to brown is associated with muscle atrophy and weight loss in cancer patients, according to a new study.

June is Lipedema Awareness Month

This month is "Lipedema Awareness Month." A series of events and promotions are taking place to raise public awareness of lipedema.

Obesity rates show a global increase

A global study of obesity, taking in 30 years of data, reveals that an increasing number of people around the world are overweight. One of the causes is technological advances that promote inactivity and the increasing availability of unhealthy food.

Conditions masquerading as fat and obesity Special

Diet and exercise normally proves effective for weight loss. However, a leading medic asks what if you’ve tried it all and the pounds still continue to pile? Dr. Amron says someone may be suffering from one of several diseases masquerading as obesity.

Weight bias discovered in U.S. elections

Overweight political candidates in the U.S. tend to receive fewer votes than their thinner opponents, according to new research. Also, heavier men don't face discrimination unlike slightly overweight women.

Removal of fat gene may slow down aging

A single gene appears to play a key role in coordinating the immune system and metabolism. Research suggests that deleting the gene in mice reduces body fat and extends lifespan.

Why do birds fly south?

This isn’t the answer to a riddle, but it is an answer to some of the remarkable abilities and interesting behaviors that different types of birds exhibit. It seems that everything comes down to a special hormone called leptin.

Is a low protein diet healthier?

Two new studies suggests that low-protein diets are linked to longer life spans in mice and humans. These findings cast doubt on the widespread dietary trend of reducing carbohydrate intake and loading up on protein.

Obesity rates in kids improves

Atlanta - Child obesity rates in the U.S. have shown a significant decline. With children aged two to five years, obesity rates went from nearly 14 percent in 2003-2004 to just over 8 percent in 2011-2012 — a decline of 43 percent.

Deadly hantavirus is linked to cholesterol

Many viruses depend on proteins and nutrients provided by their hosts. A new study shows that proteins involved in the regulation of cholesterol are essential for hantavirus entry into human host cells.

ANC MP's fashion dress goes viral for all the wrong reasons

At the State Of The Nation Address, ANC MP Thandile Sunduza wore a rather remarkable dress on the red carpet that made social media go mental. She became an overnight Twitter sensation — for all the wrong reasons.

Want to burn fat? Shivering is as good as working out

Working out and shivering in the cold both help slow down brown fat production by altering body biochemistry, according to a new research study.

Can we detect fatty foods by smelling?

New York - New research from the Monell Center suggests that people can use their sense of smell to detect levels of dietary fat in food.

Obesity may have a ‘genetic link’

A research group have identified five new genes associated with increased waist-to-hip ratio, potentially moving science a step closer to developing a medication to treat obesity or obesity-related diseases.

High fat diet affects the body clock

Irvine - As well as other ill health effects, a new study shows that diets high in fat also alter circadian rhythms. This means that high fat diets can alter the body clock, leading to various sleep disruptions and body changes.

How exercise helps to burn fat

How does exercise help to burn off fat? A small molecule released by muscles after a workout can contribute to the browning of white fat cells and to an increase in the breakdown of fat.

Some Starbucks coffee products contains 11 teaspoons of sugar

London - It is well known that a can of Coca Cola contains a lot of sugar, nine teaspoons in one can to be precise, but many other products on the shelves of our supermarkets also have very high levels of sugar.

One in three people overweight

According to figures just released by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) almost 1 billion people in the developing world are overweight.

Morning-after pill warning for ‘larger women’

The company HRA Pharma has issued a warning that its morning-after pill is ineffective when taken by women who weigh more than 80 kilograms (176 pounds).

New app to check restaurant fat stats

To help consumers to select healthy options, a new app and website has been launched. The site provides insights into the fat, sugar and salt content of the foods sold at various eateries.

Bacteria and fat can trigger diabetes

The connection between fat, bacteria, and diabetes is inflammation. Scientists are studying how fat cells and bacteria interact to see if this can lead to new insights into diabetes treatment.

Is your liver eating your brain?

People with extra abdominal fat are three times more likely than lean individuals to develop memory loss and dementia later in life, and the reason appears to be linked to the liver.

Dietary supplement linked to hepatitis

The FDA are investigating a growing number of reports of acute non-viral hepatitis in Hawaii. The cases are linked to a dietary supplement.

New cholesterol lowering statin alternative

A Phase 1 clinical trial has demonstrated the safety and efficacy of a cholesterol-lowering drug. The drug is an alternative to statins and could avoid some of the side-effects.

Scientists produce gasoline by fat conversion

Scientists have managed to create 580 mg of gasoline per liter of cultured broth by converting in fatty acid. The process uses microorganisms.

Why do ex-smokers gain weight?

One reason why ex-smokers gain weight is because they eat more. However, weight gain is not necessarily due to an increased calorie intake, it also relates to a change in the composition of the intestinal microorganisms.

Obesity in U.S. preschoolers declines

According to a health report, after several decades of rising rates, obesity among low-income preschoolers has declined slightly in 19 states and U.S. territories.

The key to the Great White Shark’s power: a fat liver

The fuel source that allows the white shark to embark on incredibly long migrations through the world’s oceans has been identified as its liver, which is relatively large and fat compared with other creatures.
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