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Time to stop using BMI as a health measure?

The body mass index (or BMI) is a long established method for assessing whether someone is of the correct weight (and therefore healthy) or underweight or overweight (and thus unhealthy). But is BMI accurate and meaningful as regards health?

Your waiter's weight could affect whether you order dessert

Be careful who you surround yourself with. That's the advice, anyway, from a recent study published by the academic journal Environment and Behavior on how we order food in restaurants.

Are Europeans too fat?

According to the World Health Organization, the average European is now overweight and this carries health implications.

Chris Christie tells NJ National Guard leader to shed weight

Trenton - New Jersey governor Chris Christie is shaping up — the leader of the National Guard, that is. Christie, who's struggled with his own weight problems over the years, has given Air Force Brigadier General Michael L. Cunniff 90 days to slim down.

Only one way to tackle obesity: Cut portion sizes

London - In might seem obvious but in the world of quick-fix miracle diets and must-eat / must-not-eat foods, obesity can be addressed by eating less high calorific foods. This is the outcome of a new research study.

Being overweight leads to lower risk of dementia

In one of the most bizarre health related studies of the year so far, a research group have found that people who are overweight have a lower chance of developing dementia when older compared to people who are thinner.

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.

Chinese farmer stumbles across 7.85kg of gold on ground

A farmer in a remote region of China has stumbled across a huge gold nugget on the ground on the land. The incredible find has an expected value of at least $250,000.

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.

Fiber supplements shift bacteria and trigger weight loss

A new study suggests that the addition of dietary fiber to a diet leads to a shift in the gut toward beneficial bacteria. This reduces risks of cancer and can help with weight loss.

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.

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.

Weight bias discovered in U.S. elections

Overweight political candidates in the U.S. tend to receive fewer votes than their thinner opponents, according to new research. Also, heavier men don't face discrimination unlike slightly overweight women.

Will sunlight help you to lose weight?

Bright morning light is associated with weight loss, according to a new study. People who had most exposure to bright light in the morning had a significantly lower body mass index (BMI) than those who had most of their light exposure later in the day.

New obesity related gene discovered

Scientists have discovered a new gene connected to obesity in a surprising part of the genome. This is the latest "genetic" link to obesity.

Parents underestimate the size of their youngest child

Most parents underestimate the size of their youngest child, often by several inches, according to a new study. This tends to become apparent when a second child is born.

Op-Ed: How much is too much? The weight debate continues

When it comes to the "fat" issue, it's difficult to distinguish whether it's just a health concern or an actual case of discrimination. Research has only one stand, though: You can't be fat and healthy at the same time.

Why do ex-smokers gain weight?

One reason why ex-smokers gain weight is because they eat more. However, weight gain is not necessarily due to an increased calorie intake, it also relates to a change in the composition of the intestinal microorganisms.

Weight Watchers now offers accessible solutions

Chicago - Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NYSE: WTW) today announced its ongoing initiative to make its websites, mobile applications and print information more accessible.

Is the Body Mass Index ethnically biased?

The U.K. government has questioned whether its own one-size-fits-all approach to the recommendations for ‘health,’ Body Mass Index, is ethnically biased.

Can a gut bacterium curb obesity?

A certain bacterium has been found in high numbers in the guts of people who are not over weight and in lower numbers in people who are. The bacterium appears to have a role in preventing certain types of obesity.

Can the fat burning 'toggle switch' be found?

Several scientific inquiries have sought to find a way to convert undesirable white fat cells into brown fat cells as a means of stimulating weight loss. Some new research may have found the answer.

Possible probiotic treatment for premature babies

Scientists have put forward the idea that chemicals secreted by ‘good bacteria’, which typically live in the intestines of babies, could reduce the frequency and severity of diseases of premature infants.

Where you live may affect your weight, a national study shows

The odds of rural Americans to be obese could be almost 20 per cent more compared to their counterparts in the cities, WLS reports based on a national study of more than 8,800 Americans published in the Journal of Rural Health.

World's heaviest woman sheds 98 lbs with seven-times-a-day sex

Pauline Potter, Guinness Book of World Record's heaviest living woman, weighing 643 lbs, turned to seven-times-a-day marathon sex sessions with her ex-husband to help shed 98 pounds.

Want to lose weight? Don’t eat as often, states new research

New research suggests that the time at which food is eaten is almost as important as the types of food that are eaten in relation to obesity levels.

'Early to bed, early to rise' keeps kids healthy and thin

A study in Australia has taken the old adage "early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise," and proved at least the healthy part to be legit. It also confirmed that early birds are generally thinner and more active than night owls.

Survey: Half of men would leave a woman who gained weight

In a recent poll, almost half of the men surveyed said they would dump their partner if she gained weight, 37% said they fantasize about their partner's friends, and 55% think they can tell when a woman fakes an orgasm.
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