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Obesity News

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.

Australia morgue refuses bodies as 'too fat'

Sydney - An Australian funeral director had to store the body of a 200-kilogramme (441-pound) man in her car overnight after a morgue refused it for being too big, reports said Thursday.

Body cell's link to obesity

The hormone leptin, which signals fullness to animals, has been shown to act through neurons. New research suggests that another type of cell is also involves called glia. The finding could have implications for obesity research.

Big Problem: Report finds 2.1 billion people overweight or obese

The prestigious medical journal The Lancet has released a study that comes to alarming conclusions about the number of overweight and obese persons on Earth. The numbers are growing and so is the percentage of those who are too big.

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.

Obesity weighs heavily on global health

Paris - Nearly a third of adults and a quarter of children today are overweight, according to a report Thursday that said no country has turned the tide of obesity since 1980.

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.

Military generals say youth too fat and stupid to fight

Military leaders claim that only a quarter of american youth are eligible for the army because of the increasing rate of illiteracy and obesity among the nation's youth.

Passive smoking and obesity link

Scientists suggest that there is a link between long-term exposure to passive smoking and a risk of Type 2 diabetes in adults. The diabetes is, in turn, connected with obesity.

Study shows fitness trackers help older people lose weight

A study from Wake Forest University in the U.S. shows the use of fitness trackers helps older people to lose weight. The researchers worked with 48 obese persons from 65 to 79 for ten months.
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