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Brooklyn Man Sues Former Employer for Weight Discrimination

Brooklyn Man Sues Former Employer for Weight Discrimination

Courtesy Seth Bogdanove(NEW YORK) — A Brooklyn man has sued his former employer for firing him because of his weight, court documents show.
A lawsuit, filed June 19 in the Kings County Supreme Court, maintains that Jerry Greenberg, the owner of the ar…

Mother’s Obesity Surgery May Break Cycle in Kids

Mother’s Obesity Surgery May Break Cycle in Kids

George Doyle/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Children born to mothers who have undergone weight-loss surgery weigh less than their siblings born before the mother’s surgery.According to a study published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, …

Obese World Cup Soccer Fans Get Extra Wide Seating in Brazil

Obese World Cup Soccer Fans Get Extra Wide Seating in Brazil

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK ) — Brazil is famous for tiny bikinis and a national passion for all things sports and fitness. Perhaps that’s why it’s so shocking the country is faced with an obesity problem — one grown so large tha…

Study Tying Women’s Weight Gain to Housework Draws Fire for Coke Link

Study Tying Women’s Weight Gain to Housework Draws Fire for Coke Link

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A group of researchers now says that one reason modern women may be packing on the pounds is because they’re not doing the heavy lifting around the house that they once did.“We looked at 91 different activitie…

Chairs, Buses and More Redesigned to Accommodate Obese People

Chairs, Buses and More Redesigned to Accommodate Obese People

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — In the past year, some hospitals spent as much as $5 million to update and enlarge their facilities to accommodate obese patients, according to a recently released report by Novation LLC, an Irving, Texas, health-…

Stigma Against Fat People Is the Last Acceptable Prejudice, Studies Find

Stigma Against Fat People Is the Last Acceptable Prejudice, Studies Find

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — At a time when obesity is seen as a serious public health threat, research has found a growing prejudice against fat people.Last week, the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University published a stud…

Coca-Cola Sugar Hiccup: Soda Giant on the Defense

Coca-Cola Sugar Hiccup: Soda Giant on the Defense

Ramin Talaie/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Coca-Cola has been a staple in American lives for more than 100 years and its iconic advertisements have shaped the soda industry from its 1930s depictions of jolly ol’ St. Nick to its recent polar b…

Male Jurors Biased Against Obese Women, Study Shows

Male Jurors Biased Against Obese Women, Study Shows

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(NEW HAVEN, Conn.) — Male jurors are more likely to find obese women guilty than lean women, but they didn’t show the same weight bias against their own gender, a Yale University study found.Researchers showed 471 stud…

Will Smart Fork Stop Stupid Eating?

Will Smart Fork Stop Stupid Eating?

HAPILABS(LAS VEGAS) — At the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, a company is betting its new fork will be the latest weapon in the battle of the bulge.
HAPILABS’ HAPIfork is designed to monitor a user’s meal times and eating habits, vibratin…

Company Patents DIY Stomach Pump

Company Patents DIY Stomach Pump

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(LONDON) — Inventor Dean Kamen, the man who tried to make exercise obsolete with the Segway, is now using technology to shortcut sensible eating.
According to the U.K.’s Independent, Kamen has applied for a patent for a device …

Weight Loss Reality Star “Ruby” Dishes on Show’s Failure

Weight Loss Reality Star “Ruby” Dishes on Show’s Failure

http://www.rubyschallenge.com/(NEW YORK) — Starving herself then bingeing on Cool Whip and Graham crackers; shifting her weight to trick the scale; even disguising herself and going through McDonald’s Drive-Thru — these are the kinds of se…

Obesity Rates Among Preschoolers Declining, Study Suggests

Obesity Rates Among Preschoolers Declining, Study Suggests

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Have parents and pediatricians gotten the message about the dangers of obesity in young kids?  A new study out Tuesday suggests that the obesity rates of kids ages 2 to 4 may be declining for the first time in 1…

Many Santas Are Now Ho Ho Ho-bese

Many Santas Are Now Ho Ho Ho-bese

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Adele Saidy, owner of Adele’s of Hollywood, has been designing custom Santa suits for St. Nick stand-ins all over the world for more than four decades.  And she’s seen some changes to the seasonal co…

Not Just How Many Calories Kids Eat, It’s Also What They Eat

Not Just How Many Calories Kids Eat, It’s Also What They Eat

(NEW YORK) — With childhood obesity becoming a greater problem in the U.S., a new study finds that weight control is more than just a matter of counting calories.    About 32 percent of U.S. children are overweight or obese, according t…

Reddit Users Sound Off on Supersized Mannequins

Reddit Users Sound Off on Supersized Mannequins

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Department store mannequins with plus-sized curves have had quite an oversized reaction in the blogosphere. When a user of the online forum Reddit posted a photo of a big boned display model under the heading “Anyone…

Children in Poor Neighborhoods More Likely to be Obese, Study Says

Children in Poor Neighborhoods More Likely to be Obese, Study Says

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A new study indicates that children in poor neighborhoods are more likely to be obese than children in middle-class or wealthy neighborhoods, Health Day reports. Researchers compared over 17,500 5-year-old childre…

Urge to Splurge at Checkout Counter May Contribute to Obesity

Urge to Splurge at Checkout Counter May Contribute to Obesity

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — We all know impulse buys can lead to overspending.  But when something isn’t on your shopping list, health policy experts worry it’s also likely to lead to weight gain.Tempting treats placed right near the cash …

Soda Makers Plan Calorie-Counting Vending Machines

Soda Makers Plan Calorie-Counting Vending Machines

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The battle against obesity seems to have turned largely into a war on soda.  All across the nation there are calls for taxes on sugar-sweetened drinks and limitations on where they can be sold.  The most …

Study: Weight Watchers as Successful as Clinical Weight-Loss Programs

Study: Weight Watchers as Successful as Clinical Weight-Loss Programs

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Commercial weight-loss programs like Weight Watchers may be just as effective in losing weight as clinical programs, and the key ingredient to success in both programs is buddying up, according to a new study pu…

Weight and Taste Sensitivity Are Linked, New Study Says

Weight and Taste Sensitivity Are Linked, New Study Says

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The secret to avoiding weight gain may be residing on the top of your tongue. According to a new German study, obese children have less sensitive taste buds than kids of normal weight, and that may drive them to eat more….

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