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Common food additives promote obesity

Various food additives have been linked to ill health effects, including weight gain and obesity. This is because additives alter the composition of microbes in the gut.

Highly processed foods are linked to addictive eating

New research confirms what most people know: highly processed foods, including certain types of chocolate, pizza, burgers and French fries are among the most addictive and trigger an inclination to overeat.

Doubt cast on gut bacteria triggering obesity

San Jose - Some science studies indicate that the gut microbiome is the cause of obesity. However, one microbiologist is challenging this and says it is not so simple.

Time to spread butter again? Study questions historic advice

For several decades the fats associated with butter and cheese have been on a list of substances to consume in moderation. This original advice is not evidence-based, according to a new study.

Unexpected weight gain from a fecal transplant

Fecal transplants have received considerable coverage, they act as a means of transferring beneficial bacteria to people with anatomical concerns or infections (such as MRSA).) However, a new study has found an unusual side effect: obesity.

New medication increases metabolic rate in men for weight loss

A new study has found that an approved medication increases metabolic rate and also the activity of "healthier" brown fat in men.

Brain hormones affect fat and obesity

A new study has found how certain hormones, active in the brain, affect levels of fat (and types of "good" and "bad" fat). In turn, this influences levels of obesity.

FDA approves new weight loss drug for chronic obesity

The FDA has approved a new weight loss drug intended for those obese persons who have failed at other weight loss options. It says the drug is to be used along with a lower calorie intake and increased physical activity.

4 out of 10 cancers linked to lifestyle

South Mimms - A U.K. based cancer charity estimates that 4 out of 10 cancer cases could be avoided if people make alternative lifestyle choices.

Mistletoe could help combat liver disease

Mistletoe is not just for kissing under during Christmas. The berries from the tree could help combat obesity related liver disease, according to a new study.

EU court says obesity can be disability

Luxembourg - The European Union's highest court ruled Thursday that obesity can be considered a "disability" if it hinders an overweight person's performance at work.

Researchers find shift work triggers obesity and ill-health

London - New research has found that there are higher rates of obesity and ill-health in shift workers when compared with the general population.

Gut immune system linked to body weight

A team of scientists have identified a mechanism that affects the development of obesity and diabetes type 2 in relation to a diet rich in fats. The discovery shows the role of the intestinal immune system in controlling metabolism.

Obesity linked to shorter life

Montreal - A new study, based on modeling predictions, suggests that excess body weight — obesity — can decrease one’s life expectancy by nearly 10 years.

Dangers of eating during sleep time

Washington - A mouse study shows that eating at the wrong time of day impacts on the hippocampal function. This leads to strange behaviors and general unhealthiness. Could the same be true with people?

New FDA rules will require calorie counts on menus

Washington D.c. - The Food and Drug Administration is adding one more soldier to the battle against obesity in Americans by requiring chain restaurants, movie theaters and pizza parlors nationwide to list calorie counts on their menus.

Op-Ed: Losing the war against obesity with bickering and bull

Sydney - A combination of “issues” with body image, obesity, and truly grotesque nutritional issues are costing a fantastic amount of money. The health impact is colossal and no progress is being made in solving any of these issues.

Report: Obesity costing the global economy $2 trillion annually

A new report suggests that obesity is costing the world $2 trillion dollars per year — that's comparable to the impact of war and terrorism.

Doomsday pope warns man's greed will destroy world

Rome - Pope Francis warned Thursday that planet Earth would not forgive the abuse of its resources for profit, urging the world's leaders to rein in their greed and help the hungry -- or risk a doomsday scenario in which nature would exact revenge.

Jet lag linked to obesity

Tel Aviv - New findings suggest that frequent airplane travel could contribute to obesity. This is by throwing out circadian rhythms and changing the composition of the composition of gut bacteria.

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.

Processed foods lead to disease: Healthy diet will combat risks

Diets filled with processed foods are now known to increase the risk of cancers and autoimmune diseases along with obesity. Researchers have discovered that taking processed foods out of the diet and eating healthier will help prevent disease.

U.S. waistlines just keep growing

Despite the best efforts of health professionals, Americans’ waistlines continue to expand, with women outpacing men. Slightly more than half of all Americans are now considered abdominally obese, according to a new study.

Mother’s diet can influence obesity in her young

Ramat Gan - By studying rats, researchers have unearthed an epigenetic link between a mother's diet and an offspring's risk of future obesity. This link relates to the blocked expression of a gene which goes onto trigger overeating.

Antibiotic use linked to obesity

Low doses of antibiotics early in life lead to adult obesity in mice, according to some new research. Some scientists wonder if the same effects occur with people.

Fox News contributor: Michelle Obama should 'drop a few' pounds

Fox News contributor Keith Ablow apparently thinks First Lady Michelle Obama is too fat to be an effective advocate of healthy eating among children.

Eating more pulses helps with weight management

Eating about one serving a day of beans, peas, chickpeas or lentils can increase fullness, which may lead to better weight management and weight loss, a new study has found.

Op-Ed: Obesity worse than smoking? New study may change laws

The National Cancer Institute has found that obesity can be worse for your lifespan than smoking. Will this prompt changes in legislation?

Obese sibling plays larger role in obesity than overweight parent

A new study suggests that having an obese sibling increases a child's chances of becoming overweight more than having obese parents.

Despite soaring obesity, New York City big-soda ban struck down

The New York State Court of Appeals has struck down the proposed ban on the sale of super-sized sugary sodas that former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg had championed last year.
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