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New obesity drug can cut weight down by 20 percent

A new anti-obesity drug is set to be released. The results have been described as a 'gamechanger'. The new medication is appears to be capable of cutting body weight down by up to 20 percent.

Over half of Chinese adults now overweight: official

Bejing - More than half of adults in China are now overweight, official figures showed Wednesday, with increasingly sedentary lifestyles among the country's growing middle class translating to expanding waistlines.

Essential Science: Obesity, coronavirus and overall health

A raft of new reports have been issued about obesity and ill-health effects. Included within these reports are on-going concerns about obese people and a greater chance of developing more severe COVID-19 symptoms.

Junk food linked to age-marker in chromosomes: study

Paris - People who eat a lot of industrially processed junk food are more likely to exhibit a change in their chromosomes linked to ageing, according to research presented Tuesday at an online medical conference.

Virus-wracked Mexico struggles to get in shape

Mexico - With martial arts training on rooftops, virtual exercise classes and outdoor workouts, Mexicans are getting creative as they try to slim down during the pandemic in one of the world's most obese countries.

Malnutrition in poorer nations costs firms up to $850 bln: study

Paris - Hunger, poor nutrition and obesity not only present a health burden in developing countries but carry a hidden economic penalty that costs businesses up to $850 billion a year, according to a new report published Wednesday.

Disease puts 1 in 5 globally at severe COVID-19 risk: study

Paris - An estimated 1.7 billion people -- more than 20 percent of the world's population -- risk becoming severely infected with COVID-19 due to underlying health problems such as obesity and heart disease, analysis showed Tuesday.

Most overweight and obese cities in the U.S. unveiled

The increasing numbers of people who are overweight and obese is a problem across advanced industrialized countries, and especially with the U.S., as a new study reveals. This brings with it major health implications.

Q&A: Why trending diets won't work in 2020 Special

Popular diets won’t work in 2020 for people trying to lose weight, according to registered dietitian Kajsa Ernestam. This is because popular diets don’t take into account individual factors.

Overweight expectant mothers affect their children's IQ

A new study finds how a mothers obesity during pregnancy is connected to lag in sons' development, especially with motor skills, and IQ. The same effect was not found with daughters.

Double burden of obesity, undernourishment stalks world: report

Paris - Low- and middle-income countries risk seeing their development progress slashed by the double-edged sword of obesity and undernutrition, both caused by a lack of access to affordable healthy food, a report in The Lancet warned Monday.

Drop that donut! Mexico pays portly cops to slim down

Mexico - It's a sunny morning in Mexico City, and police officers drip with sweat as they do push-ups and squats, part of a program for overweight cops in one of the world's most obese countries.

Weighing in on the fattest states in the U.S.: Survey

Obesity and associated metabolic disorders are a global problem. However, there are reginal differences, and this is evident from a new WalletHub survey looking into the U.S. The survey provides a state-by-state breakdown.

Essential Science: Linking screen time and obesity together

New research suggests that too much screen time, for young people, is correlated with an increased consumption of sugary-foods and caffeine. This draws a connection between the use of devices and obesity.

1-in-3 young children undernourished or overweight: UNICEF

Paris - A third of the world's nearly 700 million children under five years old are undernourished or overweight and face lifelong health problems as a consequence, according to a grim UN assessment of childhood nutrition released Tuesday.

Latin America faces obesity-food insecurity paradox: report

Paris - Latin America and the Caribbean is facing an obesity epidemic while paradoxically the number of people facing food insecurity in the region continues to rise, the OECD and FAO warned in a report on Monday. "In Latin America and the Caribbean ...

Coffee could help fight obesity

Looking for a way to help fight obesity or a strategy to assist with weight loss? Coffee could be the answer, according to new research. But coffee drinkers will have to go without milk or sugar in order to gain the benefits.

Essential Science: Why the time of day for exercising matters

If you exercise regularly, do you prefer to get up early and go for a jog or head to gym after a long day at work? The time of the day which you choose to exercise can be important, according to new research.

Where are the 'fattest cities' in the U.S.? New study

The U.S., like many high-income countries, has a problem with its population’s expanding waistlines. However, the variations in weight are not evenly distributed and some cities have populations heavier (and less healthy) than others.

Obesity-linked cancers on the rise in young adults

Paris - A sharp increase in the rate of obesity-linked cancers among young adults in the United States could foreshadow a reversal in the overall decline in cancer mortality, researchers warned Monday.

'Radical rethink' needed to tackle obesity, hunger, climate: report

Paris - To defeat the intertwined pandemics of obesity, hunger and climate change, governments must curb the political influence of major corporations, said a major report Monday calling for a 'global treaty' similar to one for tobacco control.

Research: Health apps can assist with weight loss

A new study shows how health apps can assist obese patients, who live in low-income households, with weight loss. This has been tested out with people assesses as being at cardiovascular risk.

The Spanish town that wants to shed 100,000 kilos

Nar - In a remote corner of northwestern Spain, a small town has set itself the ultimate weight loss challenge: by early 2020, its residents must shed 100,000 kilos (220,500 pounds).

Shedding weight, scoring goals in Mexico's obese football league

Monterrey - Dripping with sweat, the burly footballers sprint across the pitch seeking to score in Mexico's Heavyweight Football league, where points are awarded not just for goals but for shedding weight.

Too fat to march: Spanish Legion soldiers put on diet

Madrid - The fierce reputation of Spanish Legion soldiers is being put to the test: too fat, some of them have been offered a weight-loss plan to save the "prestige" of the force.

Onetime 'world's heaviest man' has second surgery in Mexico

Mexico - A Mexican once certified as the heaviest man in the world is recovering from a second stomach-reduction surgery that doctors hope will help him shed more than 200 kilograms (440 pounds), the medical center treating him reported Thursday.

Mexican toddler weighing 28 kilos baffles doctors

Cofrad - Like any other 10-month-old, Luis Manuel Gonzales babbles and touches anything within reach. But he stands out in a stunning and perhaps life-threatening way: he weighs 28 kilos (62 pounds).

Child obesity grows tenfold since 1975: study

Paris - The world had 10 times as many obese children and teenagers last year than in 1975, but underweight kids still outnumbered them, a study said Wednesday.

'World's heaviest woman' dies in Abu Dhabi hospital

Abu Dhabi - An Egyptian believed to be the world's heaviest woman died Monday of heart and kidney failure at an Abu Dhabi hospital, following months of treatment to help her lose weight and one day walk again.

Mother's obesity boosts risk for major birth defects: study

Paris - Children of obese women are more likely to be afflicted by major birth defects, including malformations of the heart and genitals, according to a study published on Thursday.The fatter the mother, the higher the risk, it found.
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Nearly 45% of Cuba's 11 million people are overweight or obese
Nearly 45% of Cuba's 11 million people are overweight or obese
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An overweight woman
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The World Health Organization estimated in 2014 that 39 percent of adults globally were overweight
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600 Pound man needing medical attention is cut from his home
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A chart illustrating the varying degrees of being overweight, measured by body mass index or BMI
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