Tagged With obesity

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Aspartame — the artificial sweetener found in drinks like Diet Coke — is probably not good for you. If you believe otherwise, I admire your commitment to self-delusion. A new study published by a team of investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital in Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism found a possible reason aspartame doesn't help you lose weight — oh sorry, haven't you heard? Like most things in society, diet soft drink is probably a giant scam.

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By studying the genomes of more than 5000 Samoans, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh have uncovered a single gene that boosts a person's obesity risk by upwards of 40 per cent. Remarkably, this gene — which appears in a quarter of all Samoans — may have arisen in the population as they colonised the South Pacific.

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Though it bears some resemblance to a Tim and Eric sketch, the AspireAssist is a very real medical device, approved by the US FDA for installation in people 22 or older "with a body mass index of 35 to 55, and who have failed to achieve and maintain weight loss through non-surgical weight-loss therapy". It allows patients to drain predigested food from their stomachs into a nearby toilet.

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The world is getting fatter. But now a study by researchers from Imperial College London suggests we've reached a new milestone, with more people in the world being classified as obese than underweight for the first time.

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When Oklahoma declared a 'war on obesity', it planned to change the city's infrastructure and encourage healthy living at a huge scale. So far it's population has lost "a million pounds of fat" — but is that enough to defeat obesity?

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If you eat mountains of food and don't exercise, you are more likely to be obese. This is not exactly news. But measuring calorie input and energy expenditure on a large scale has traditionally been difficult, and that's where Twitter comes in.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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There's a never-ending stream of scientific explanations for obesity. The latest suggests that carbon dioxide contributes to our weight gain, and that as we pump more of it in to the atmosphere, the fatter we become. But can that really be the case?