Being obese as a teenager may be linked with an increased risk of multiple sclerosis as an adult, researchers say.
Shouted at, spat at and even attacked, overweight people are campaigning for laws to protect them. Why is "fattism" seen by many as an acceptable prejudice?
February 24, 2009
Pop quiz for teenagers: Are you more likely to die from smoking more than 10 cigarettes a day or from being obese?
Thats a trick question. According to a new study from the British Medical Journal, its a tie.
Swedish researchers studied the health records of 45,920 men who were drafted by the Swedish Army in 1969 and 1970 at an average age of 18 years and 8 months. The Army collected information on their height and weight, along with their smoking habits.
People throughout the world are struggling to lose weight and to maintain their weight. They are trying and using all types of weight loss products and are joining one program after the other. There is now one such supplement that produces slow and consistent weight loss and it contains two natural ingredients Rhododendron Caucasicum and Rhodiola rosea.
By Terri Somers
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
March 18, 2008
Arena Pharmaceuticals said yesterday an independent safety monitoring board found the company's experimental obesity drug, lorcaserin, was safe and did not cause any heart valve problems after 12 months.
A GENE found in 16 per cent of the population could be largely responsible for exploding rates of obesity, it has been revealed.
People with two copies of the variant gene are almost 70 per cent more at risk of being obese than those having none - and 6.5 lbs heavier on average.
Although the gene mutation only accounts for a modest weight increase, scientists believe it can tip the scales and lead to obesity in an already-heavy population.
Mon Nov 6, 2006
BEIJING (Reuters) - Newly rich China, where the wealth gap is expanding year by year, has more than double as many obese people as it has people living in abject poverty, Xinhua news agency said on Monday.
Changes in traditional diet, including a new fondness for Western fast food, and a sharp rise in the use of cars have been blamed for bulging waistlines in China, where famine and chronic malnutrition caused the deaths of millions in the 1950s.
By Elsa McLaren and agencies
Britain is the "fattest" country in Europe, according to a map of the the nation's health published today.
Figures in the The Health Profile of England report show that 24 per cent of people in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are obese, compared with 8 per cent in Italy, 9 per cent in France and 12 per cent in Germany and Spain.