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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.

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.

Being overweight accelerates brain ageing

A new warning has been issued in relation to obesity. Research suggests that being overweight leads to accelerated brain ageing and this brings with it a range of age-related neurodegenerative concerns.

The more weight you carry, the harder it is to slim

Cambridge - There could be a scientific basis to the perception that a heavier a person is then the harder it is for that person to lose weight. It all comes down to a simple protein.

Obese 100-year-old crocodile dies from overeating sacrifices

An overweight 100-year-old crocodile in south-western Bangladesh has died from overfeeding caused by eating too many chickens and goats that were thrown to it by worshippers believing they would get good luck.

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.

Obesity due to genes, environment and time

Framingham - New research indicates that a common genetic variant increases the risk of obesity only in people born after 1942. This means genes, environment and time are key factors.

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.

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.

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.

Study urges heavy diet drink users to watch food intake

Baltimore - The image of an obese person ordering a mega-meal at a restaurant and washing it down with a diet soda may not be too far removed from the notion that people may rely too heavily on diet drinks for weight control, a recent study indicates.

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.

Why obese mothers may be giving their newborns heart disease

A new study revealed obese and overweight mothers may be unknowingly giving their babies heart disease. Researchers found arterial thickening of these babies' hearts.

How being fat can make you happy

A study discovered that people who have a gene linked with obesity may have a slightly lower risk of depression. Previous studies of families have found 40 percent of the risk of depression comes from genetics, the researchers said.

New 'food fight' against obesity launched by Ontario doctors

Doctors in Ontario want to dissuade the public from buying junk foods and calorie laden drinks, like pop, by imposing new rules that would require new warning labels on the packaging, similar to the graphics seen on cigarette packs.

More than one-third of US adults are obese

The latest data from the US CDC indicates that over one-third of US adults are obese. In relation to different groups, the highest rates are amongst non-Hispanic blacks with almost 50% of the population classed as obese.

Op-Ed: Obesity can be damaging to kids and parents

Obesity has of late emerged a popular subject of studies. However, most of these studies have found severe implications for obese mothers and their kids. In one such study, it was found that infants of obese mothers are slow developers.

Fitness trainer gains, then loses 75lbs to empathize with clients

Buff fitness trainer Drew Manning gained and lost 75lbs on purpose believing to understand the struggles his overweight clients were facing, he had to face them himself –– it changed his life.

Health watchdog warns 'obese' is derogatory term for overweight

British health workers dealing with the rising epidemic of obesity have been warned that referring to overweight patients as obese can be construed as derogatory.

New study finds obesity and brain damage are connected

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation (JCI) on Dec. 27, 2011 suggests there is a link between obesity and brain damage. The study was unable, however, to determine if obesity is caused by brain damage or is the cause of brain damage.

Obese passengers to file lawsuit against Air Canada

Obese passengers who were charged for two seats on Air Canada flights, prior to a 2008 ruling that allowed those disabled by obesity to have two seats and just pay for one, may now sue Air Canada to recover the costs they incurred.

Health expert believes obesity programs are a 'waste of cash'

An Australian obesity expert explained recently, "An obese person's body is programmed to regain any weight that is lost and authorities are wasting money on campaigns urging people to exercise and eat healthy food."

Ob-gyns in Florida turning away overweight women

Some ob-gyn doctors in Florida are refusing to accept overweight women as patients, and some say they have set weight cut-offs for new patients.

Jon Bon Jovi says he's bored, overweight and drinks too much

Musician Jon Bon Jovi, at 48 years old, says he is a bit overweight, drinking too much and bored to tears. The lead singer of Bon Jovi has been performing with the band which bears his name since he was 21.

People in OECD countries becoming fatter by the day

People in OECD countries are becoming fatter by the day. One in two people is now overweight or obese in almost half of OECD countries. Rates are projected to increase further and in some countries two out of three people will be obese within ten years.

Survey: 70 percent of Ontarians are overweight

A new survey by the University of Ottawa Heart Institute found that 70 percent of Ontario adults are either overweight or obese.

Overweight orangutan put on diet

Wareham - An orangutan believed to be the fattest primate in Britain has been put on a diet and exercise program. At 100 kg (15 stone) Oshine weighs double her natural body weight.

Woman charged extra for pedicure for being overweight

Lithonia - Michelle Fonville said her experience at Natural Nails on Covington Highway in DeKalb County turned from pleasant to painful in a matter of moments. “I was humiliated. I almost cried. Tears were forming in my eyes,” said Fonville.

Survey: Average video gamer is overweight and depressed

A U.S. study found that adults who spend hours in front of a games console every day are more likely to be fat and depressed than those who don't.
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