Dec 3, 2013 — The proposition that some extra weight may not be a health worry has sparked a heated medical debate. Some studies have found that a little extra fat might have benefits. A new analysis suggests that for almost all people excess weight increases the risk of death and disease.
Nov 20, 2013 — Around the world, children are slowing down. Researchers have found that kids don't run as fast as they did in the 1970s. The finding suggests a potential uptick in future heart problems because running speed is a proxy for aerobic fitness and a measure of overall cardiovascular health.
Nov 4, 2013 — Three years after bariatic surgery, most people experienced health improvements. Yet some people benefited much more than others. Figuring out those differences would help doctors and patients understand who should have surgery and who should avoid it.
Oct 31, 2013 — The National Confectioners Association says weather was one factor in keeping Halloween candy sales flat for the last two years. But could consumers also be heeding the messages to cut back on sugar and empty calories?
Sep 26, 2013 — Chefs are the masterminds behind restaurants that enable and celebrate indulgence and gluttony. So when they do weight loss challenges, the messages are mixed.
Sep 24, 2013 — Surgery sounds like a quick cure for sleep apnea, but a review of the evidence by doctors found the operations can be risky and disappointing for many people. Masks and pumps that keep airways open at night are effective. And the equipment is more comfortable than it used to be.
Sep 16, 2013 — If obesity were a disease, would you be more likely to seek medical help because insurance would pay for treatment? Or would you feel stigmatized and just give up? That's the debate surrounding increased efforts to classify obesity as a disease.
Sep 6, 2013 — There's a mountain of myths and assumptions about what makes us fat. One researcher is interested in understanding where these ideas come from and why scientists continue to recycle them. In a new study, he homes in on the presumption that skipping breakfast has a direct effect on obesity.
Sep 5, 2013 — Mice that got microbe transplants from obese humans gained more weight and accumulated more fat than mice that received microbes from lean humans. The findings, though preliminary, suggest a future path for obesity treatment.
Aug 28, 2013 — Lean people tend to have many more kinds of intestinal bacteria than obese people. Having too few species, regardless of your weight, appears to increase the risk for Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer.