Month: May 2016

May 29, 2016

Are We as Fat as We Think?

In the last 33 years, not a single country has made serious progress in the fight against obesity. While in 1980, 857 million people worldwide were overweight or obese, by 2013 that number had more than doubled. Today, nearly one third of all living people — a whopping 2.1 billion — are either overweight or obese. These stats, including the graphics, come from a new analysis of 1,749 published studies on weight from around the world, published in the Lancet in May.

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May 21, 2016
May 16, 2016

How to Maintain a Healthy Body Image

Girls who watch thin, beautiful adult women on TV shows have a more negative body image later on, a study in The British Journal of Psychiatry found. This research described a cohort of adolescent girls who hadn't been exposed to much television. But after watching it for three or more nights a week, half the teens were more likely to call themselves "fat" and about a third were more likely to go on a diet than those who didn't watch as much. 

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May 11, 2016

How to Gain Weight the Healthy Way

Being overweight gets a lot of attention — and deservedly so. It’s a serious health risk for both adults and children, leading to soaring rates of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke, among other health problems. But being underweight can lead to just as many and just as serious problems as weighing too much.

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May 7, 2016
May 2, 2016

What Your Trouble Spots Say About Your Health

Wondering how to lose weight in your thighs and arms? As aggravated as you are by your fat zones — those diet-resistant trouble spots where most of your extra pounds are packed on — they could be more than a cosmetic nuisance. A number of recent scientific studies have made a connection between pockets of fat in certain body types and health conditions as varied as restless legs syndrome, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and post-menopausal memory loss.

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