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.