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You’re more likely to gorge on fatty foods when you think obesity is a disease, study finds

On June 18, 2013, the American Medical Association officially recognized obesity as a disease. The nation’s largest physician organization said the new classification would help turn more medical attention toward obesity, as well as increase reimbursement for obesity-related drugs, surgery, and counseling. “Recognizing obesity as a disease will help change…

There’s a gene in your saliva that determines how your body breaks down carbs: scientists

British researchers have discovered a link between a gene that breaks down carbohydrates and obesity, which may pave the way for more effective, individually tailored diets for people wanting to lose weight. Researchers at King’s College London and Imperial College London found that people with fewer copies of a gene…

Experts warn obesity will soon reach pandemic proportions

Obesity has become a global pandemic that could leave more than half of all adults worldwide overweight within two decades, experts said, calling for urgent action beyond just blaming people for lacking willpower. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, health, nutrition and fitness experts said the world’s increasingly…

Solid ‘finger food’ may help babies avoid obesity

Infants outgrowing a liquid diet who give themselves finger food rather than being spoon-fed puree are likelier to eat healthily and avoid getting fat during weaning, reports a study released Tuesday. Researchers found that the technique, known as “baby-led weaning,” led to a child expressing a clear preference for pasta,…

Obesity costs US at least $215 billion every year: study

Obesity costs the US economy at least 215 billion dollars a year in direct and indirect impacts including medical expenses and lost productivity, a new study showed Tuesday. The report by Brookings Institution researchers found that medical costs for obese adults amounts to 147 billion dollars more than for those…

Less focus on the scale, more on the muscle?

File in the “interesting and useful if proven true” files: Research has come out showing that the health risks associated with obesity may be more a matter of fat-to-muscle ratios than just the number on the scale. The spin on the article is that there’s a lot of fat thin…

US scientists may have discovered key to defeating obesity

Shutting down an energy-controlling mechanism in mice left them leaner than normal mice and could be a new way to fight obesity in humans, US researchers said in a study published Tuesday. And the finding is big news in the United States, where around a third of the adult population…

In No Way Will We Actually Change The Things That We Are Doing

The Miami Herald talks about workplace efforts to fight obesity. The efforts to do so are intensive, but tend to fail to consider one basic solution: restructuring work schedules and work life so that people can organically choose healthier lifestyles. Even with more companies offering wellness programs, something is going…

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