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Health-Focused Calif. Can't Dodge U.S. Obesity Woes

Thu Aug 12, 2004

By Jim Christie

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Fearing an epidemic in child obesity, advocates in health-obsessed California urged federal regulators on Thursday to clamp down on advertising that celebrates America's love affair with fast-food.

High-calorie, low-nutrition foods are already "super-sizing" America, expanding waistlines to the point where adult Americans are the world's fattest people, and Californians are not immune to the trend, said speakers at a conference on food marketing and children.


Subway Brings Jared Back in Anti-Obesity Campaign

By Nichola Groom

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sandwich chain Subway Restaurants, portraying itself as a leader in the fight against childhood obesity, unveiled a new ad campaign on Wednesday that brings back a long-time spokesman who lost nearly 250 pounds eating Subway sandwiches daily.

Spokesman Jared Fogle disappeared from the chain's commercials about a year ago at the request of franchisees who wanted to broaden the chain's message, Subway President Fred DeLuca said in an interview.


Nighttime Hunger Hormone Surge Missing in Obese

Mon Jun 28, 2004

By Merritt McKinney

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A hormone that triggers hunger may be released on a different schedule in obese people than in thin people, researchers report.

In a small study, levels of the "hunger hormone" ghrelin peaked when lean men were asleep. But obese men did not experience a surge of the hormone during the night.


MD: Obesity Risk for Elderly Overlooked

Fri Jun 25, 2004

By JOANN LOVIGLIO, Associated Press Writer

PHILADELPHIA - As growing rates of obesity in children and adults grab headlines, a doctor says another segment of the population is facing the same problem but has been largely overlooked: elderly people, particularly those in retirement communities and assisted care facilities.


Weight Loss May Improve Lung Function in Obese Women

Thu Jun 10, 2004

By Michelle Rizzo

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Obese women who lose weight may experience improved respiratory function, Canadian researchers report in the June issue of Chest.

"Weight loss seems to work to reduce breathlessness," lead investigator Dr. Shawn D. Aaron, said in an interview, "by unloading the respiratory muscles from the extra weight load around the chest muscles that the muscles were forced to work against."


Losing a Few Pounds May Help the Obese

Sun May 30, 2004

By DANIEL Q. HANEY, AP Medical Editor

For the obese, a small loss may be a big victory. Evidence is building that really heavy people may be able to greatly improve their odds of dodging weight-related illnesses while remaining very heavy.

The secret: Lose just a few pounds. Weight reduction, it appears, is powerful medicine for the large, no matter how seemingly insignificant the dose.


Demand for Surgery for Obesity Increases - Expert

Sat May 29, 2004

By Patricia Reaney

PRAGUE (Reuters) - The fattening of the rich world has sparked a surge in demand for surgery to help people lose weight, a European specialist said on Saturday.

Most people can drop excess pounds or kilos through exercise, eating less or medication, but for the most obese and people suffering a weight-related disease, this may not suffice.

Dr Martin Fried, of the Laparoscopic-Obesity Treatment Hospital in Prague, told a medical conference more patients are opting for surgery to cure their obesity.


Obesity Surgery Safely Performed on Outpatient Basis

Thu May 20, 2004

By Karla Gale

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters Health) - A "key-hole" type of stomach surgery called the "Lap-Band" procedure provides good weight loss and markedly reduces obesity-related illness, investigators reported this week at a large medical conference. They also found that the procedure was safe enough to perform on an outpatient basis.


Discoveries Show How Obesity Kills

By DANIEL Q. HANEY, AP Medical Editor

Research into the biology of fat is turning up some surprising new insights about how obesity kills. The weight of the evidence: It's the toxic mischief of the flesh itself.

Experts have realized for decades that large people die young, and the explanation long seemed obvious. Carrying around all those extra pounds must put a deadly strain on the heart and other organs.