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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.

Obesity 'epidemic' affects one in 10 worldwide

Washington - More than one in 10 people worldwide are now obese and 2.2 billion are believed to be overweight, fueling a global health crisis that claims millions of lives every year, according to a major new international study released on Monday.

Obesity affects one in 10 worldwide: study

Washington - More than one in 10 people worldwide are now obese, with weight-related health problems claiming millions of lives every year, according to a major new global study released on Monday.

Obesity rates higher when grandparents are around

Guangzhou - Are grandparents to blame for obese children? This generalization has some basis, at least in China where researchers have compared obesity rates in different households.

World's heaviest man goes under knife in Mexico

Guadalajara - The world's heaviest man, who at one point weighed almost 600 kilogrammes (1,300 pounds), has undergone successful gastric bypass surgery, his doctors in Mexico said.

Body Mass Index could be a migraine risk factor

There are multiple reasons for migraines, ranging from stress to genetics. A new factor to consider could be body mass index (height-to-weight ratio) according to a new study.

Weight-gain risks identified with diet foods

Foods packaged as diet foods, ostensibly because they have reduced levels of fat, may not help with weight loss at all. This is because the food-stuff contain high levels of sugar, partly to off-set the reduction in fat.

Keeping pets lowers allergy risk

Toronto - Does keeping cats and dogs help to protect children from developing allergies and does it also help to reduce obesity levels? These are the indicators from a new U.S. survey on families that keep pets. The reason comes down to the human microbiome.

Whole body vibration matches regular exercise

A form of exercise called whole-body vibration mimics the muscle and bone health benefits of regular exercise, based on animal studies. This less strenuous exercise regime involves person sitting, standing or lying on a machine with a vibrating platform.

Fattest cities in the U.S. revealed

This month the U.S. has been acknowledging National Nutrition Month, which has the aim of improving the health of the U.S. population. The theme this year is with tackling obesity.

Should high calorie food be sold in plain packaging?

Cambridge - Obesity is a major health and social problem in most societies. This relates to various factors, including low rates of exercise and the consumption of ‘unhealthy’ foods. Is the answer to reduce the appeal of sugar-rich food through plain packaging?

Narcolepsy drug helps food addicts lose weight

A drug, designed to address the causes of narcolepsy, seems to assist with weight loss according to a new study. The findings suggest that overweight people could be given the sleep disorder medication.

California hospitals take obesity fight to supermarkets

Irvine - Enter a US supermarket and the dilemma is all-too common: Will what I buy be healthy? Fattening? A substitute? That's when many wish they had a specialist at their side.

Relationship between jet lag and obesity for liver cancer

Cases of liver cancer linked to obesity have risen in recent decades. This has prompted a research inquiry into the causes for this. The research has centered on obesity and jet lag.

Does weight loss lead to cancer risk reduction?

Weight loss and keeping a healthy weight helps to reduce the risk of developing different forms of cancer, but not following obesity, a new study points out.

Lack of sleep leads to more eating

London - People who sleep below the recommended minimum (that's less than seven hours per night) tend to eat more than those who get a good night's sleep, according to a new study.

America’s fattest states revealed

New York City - To mark November’s National Diabetes Awareness Month, personal-finance website WalletHub has collated information about the states in the U.S. with the highest levels of obesity.

New molecule converts bad fat to good fat

A new drug has been developed to convert the form of fat stored in the human body, switching it from so-called ‘bad fat’ (or ‘white fat’) to so-termed ‘good fat’ (or ‘brown fat’.)’

Obesity and community, the fast food pattern revealed

Policy makers concerned about levels of obesity have drawn a connection with obesity, the availability of fast food and the predominance of fast food outlets in low income areas.

U.S. kids facing obesity ‘epidemic’

Children in the U.S. rank 47 out of 50 countries measuring aerobic fitness, a sign of overall health and one connected with obesity. In light of this, Dr. Elaina George has provided Digital Journal readers with some health-related tips.

Coke, Pepsi fund health groups... but fight them too: study

New York - Coca-Cola and Pepsi, the two major US soda giants, have given millions of dollars to health organizations while quietly fighting anti-obesity measures such as taxes on soft drinks, a new study shows.

Tax sugary drinks to fight obesity, says WHO

Geneva - The UN health agency on Tuesday urged countries to start taxing sugary drinks as they fight against an obesity epidemic, pointing to evidence that price hikes can dramatically reduce consumption.
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