obesity

New Urine Test Could Reveal Whether You're Prone To Gaining Weight

Urine tests target everything from kidney disease to ganja use, but now something surprising can be added to the list: your risk of becoming overweight.


Genetically-Engineered Bacteria Can Keep Mice From Getting Fat 

Scientists now know that gut microbes almost certainly play a role in us getting fat, and poop transplants are sometimes touted as a potential route to weight loss. But if that’s a little too icky for you, Vanderbilt scientists have been experimenting with more refined microbiome tinkering in mice using genetically modified E. coli.


Gold Nanoparticles Are Coming To Melt Your Fat For Liposuction

Maybe you’ve heard about how gold nanoparticles are going to revolutionise our lives. Is that day here? No. But do we now have gold nanoparticle-assisted liposuction? Yes.


Fitmodo: The Science Of Fat

If you’re anything like over 60 per cent of Australians, you have a few kilos of fat you could stand to lose. If you saw what a pound of body fat actually looks like, you might be double-motivated. Yet there are a lot of misconceptions about fat — some of which could inform mistakes in our weight-loss endeavours. Let’s see if we can’t cut through some of the misinformation with a little bit of knowledge.


Scientists Have Figured Out How To Turn Off Hunger

Recently, scientists have been coming up with more and more, er, creative ways of combating the potentially fatal effects of obesity. Soon though, people with overeating disorders might have a single solution that stops the problem at the root. We could just turn off part of their brain.


New Zealand Woman's Death Blamed On Coca Cola Addiction

It always seemed like a scare tactic that fat-fearing parents would tell their sugar-loving kids: if you drink too much Coke, you could die! (OK, maybe in a not so morbid way.) However, a coroner really has found that a New Zealand woman’s death is the result of an eight-litre-per-day Coke habit.


This Is Why You Can't Stop Eating

High fructose corn syrup is in practically everything we eat these days, and doctors and health nuts have been waxing poetic about its dangers for years. Now, a new study from Yale University School of Medicine may finally prove them the right: fructose is making us fat.


Why Fat People Can't Help Getting Even Fatter

Put down those bear claws. No, both of them! Researchers at Trinity College Dublin have found that once you’re fat, you’re probably just going to get fatter.


Being Obese Is Better Than Being Underweight

Modern society is obsessed with weight: everyone longs to be skinny, and obesity is demonised. But while being overweight does carry health risks, a new study suggests that being underweight is far more dangerous than being obese.


How Much Does Everyone On Earth Weigh?

How much does everyone on Earth weigh if you add it all together? That’s the question a team of UK researchers have asked, and after many calculations, they have the answer.