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One in three U.S. adults is obese: study

WASHINGTON — One in three American adults is obese, a national level that has stayed the same in recent years, said US data released on Tuesday. About one in six children and teenagers are also obese, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association report which showed that obesity…

One in three U.S. adults is obese: study

One in three American adults is obese, a national level that has stayed the same in recent years, said US data released on Tuesday. About one in six children and teenagers are also obese, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association report which showed that obesity remains a significant problem in US…

Study: Bad maternal relationships more common in obese kids

According to a new study in the January issue of Pediatrics, children who struggle to connect happily with their mothers are more likely to be obese by their teen years. Ohio State University conducted the research, using almost a thousand kids born in 1991 to measure how mothers interacted with…

State should take obese children away from parents, say some docs

The government should have the right to remove severely obese children from their parents’ home and place them in foster care, two US doctors argued in a controversial editorial. “State intervention may serve the best interests of many children with life-threatening obesity, comprising the only realistic way to control harmful…

Overweight men have poorer sperm count

Overweight or obese men, like their female counterparts, have a lower chance of becoming a parent, according to a comparison of sperm quality presented at a European fertility meeting Monday. In what they described as the largest study of its kind, doctors looked at sperm samples from 1,940 men and…

Immigrants assimilate to American culture by eating junk food

WASHINGTON — Immigrants to the United States often ditch their ethnic diets for high-calorie American fare, partly because it is cheap and easy to find but also as a way to fit in, a new study shows. Immigrants who eat American are consuming, on average, 182 extra calories and seven…

Child obesity ‘linked to working mothers’

WASHINGTON — The more mothers work during their children’s lifetimes, the more likely their kids are to be overweight or obese, according to a US study published on Friday. Researchers from American University in Washington, Cornell University in New York state and the University of Chicago studied data on more…

Michelle Obama welcomes anti-obesity bill’s passage

WASHINGTON — First Lady Michelle Obama, a champion of measures to fight childhood obesity in the United States, welcomed passage in Congress Thursday of a law aimed at improving the quality of school meals. The House of Representatives earlier passed The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, following passage by the Senate.…

Judge: McDonald’s must pay obese employee $17.5K

Brazil judge orders McDonald’s to pay $17,500 to worker who says he became obese working there A Brazilian court ruled this week that McDonald’s must pay a former franchise manager $17,500 because he gained 65 pounds (30 kilograms) while working there for a dozen years. The 32-year-old man said he…

NY Rep wants 50% discount for fresh produce bought with food stamps

Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) has an interesting idea: instead of paying the poor to buy cheap, processed foods that make them sick, offer a discount — and thereby more food — if they purchase fresh produce. It’s an innovation to welfare that does much more than maintain the status quo.…

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