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Why are we so fat? Face the real cause of obesity!

About one in three American adults is obese. That is more than 78 million people with a body mass index (BMI) of at least 30—the official definition for obesity used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Add those who are overweight to that figure (those

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Weight Loss Surgery is Not a Solution

The practice of combating obesity through “weight-loss surgery” (bariatric surgery) is a direct intervention to the normal function of the digestive system. A lot of people are advised by their healthcare providers that a bariatric surgery is the only effective treatment that will combat obesity. Bariatric surgery

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Study shows modest physical activity could improve disease markers

Report suggests insulin resistance could be reduced with modest physical activity. New study suggests modest physical activity can reduce risk of developing insulin resistance which leads to type 2 diabetes. Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine, or BUSM, studied the relationship of physical activity, inactivity to

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The Limits of Sugar Guidelines

Is there a danger in governments offering too-specific advice on sugar consumption? A firestorm recently erupted over a paper in the Annals of Internal Medicine that found official advice limiting sugar in diets to be based on “low” or “very low” quality evidence. Because a food-industry group had funded the

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How to read the new nutrition label; 6 things you need to know!

As Americans struggle with obesity and diabetes, help is on the way. The iconic black-and-white Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods in the U.S. is getting its first makeover in two decades. The federal government’s decision last month to update the food label means that for the first

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Low-carb diet helps control diabetes, new study suggests

A large pilot study of low-carbohydrate diets suggests they can successfully control type 2 diabetes. A review of more than 80,000 people who gave up low-fat, high carbohydrate diets found that after ten weeks their blood-glucose levels dropped. In a separate development, a new report has found

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In U.S., 38% of adults and 17% of kids are now obese, CDC study says

How do government agencies, private foundations, industry groups and professional societies squander hundreds of millions of dollars? By trying to fight America’s obesity epidemic. Two new studies show that the best efforts of all these players – as well as schools, churches and individual healthcare providers –

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American Obesity Rates are on the Rise, Gallup Poll Finds

Americans have become even fatter than before, with nearly 28 percent saying they are clinically obese, a new survey finds. More than two-thirds of Americans are either overweight or obese, but the new Gallup-Healthways poll shows a record number are tilting the scales from merely overweight into

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America’s Obesity Epidemic Hits a New High

The U.S. obesity epidemic continues to worsen: The latest reports show that 40 percent of U.S. women are obese, and American teenagers are also continuing to put on weight. The two reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that efforts to encourage Americans to

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Politically incorrect: plus-sized models and mannequins

An obese mannequin went viral on Reddit after one user posted a photo with the caption “anyone else horrified they make obese mannequins now?” Hundreds of people commented on the photo of the mannequin. While one user asked “when will fatness end?” others just criticized the design of the

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