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Execution of 486-Pound Death Row Inmate ‘Simply Will Not Work,’ Attorneys Say

Execution of 486-Pound Death Row Inmate ‘Simply Will Not Work,’ Attorneys Say

Getty/David J. Sams(ELYRIA, Ohio) — Attorneys for a 486-pound Ohio death row inmate claim that the execution procedure “simply will not work” on their client and will cause him a “torturous and lingering death.”Ronald Post, 53, was sentenced to death …

AMA Paper Says Fat Taxes, Soda Bans Make Dollars and Sense

AMA Paper Says Fat Taxes, Soda Bans Make Dollars and Sense

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Taxing or limiting the serving sizes of high-calorie junk food may sound like the perfect weapon in the war against obesity, but it seems to have backfired in at least one instance.Last week, the Danish government announc…

Plastic Chemical BPA Linked to Childhood Obesity

Plastic Chemical BPA Linked to Childhood Obesity

David McNew/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New research is reheating the debate on bisphenol A, a chemical banned from baby bottles that can still be found in other food and drink containers. The new study found children and teens exposed to high levels of …

Most Americans May Be Obese by 2030, Report Warns

Most Americans May Be Obese by 2030, Report Warns

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — By 2030, more than half of Americans could be obese, resulting in millions of new cases of diabetes, coronary heart disease, and stroke — a constellation of illness that could cost the United States up to $66 bil…

Rural Areas of U.S. Hit Harder by Obesity than Cities, Study Says

Rural Areas of U.S. Hit Harder by Obesity than Cities, Study Says

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A new study has found that rural areas of the United States are hit much harder by obesity than cities, Health Day reports. University of Florida researchers said that almost 40 percent of adults in rural communit…

Rural America Fatter Than Urban America, Study Says

Rural America Fatter Than Urban America, Study Says

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(KANSAS CITY, Kan.) — City slickers are slimmer than their country counterparts, according to a new study that suggests rural obesity is a bigger problem than we realized.A national study in the Journal of Rural Health of over …

Philadelphia Students Slimmer; Schools’ Anti-Obesity Efforts Cited

Philadelphia Students Slimmer; Schools’ Anti-Obesity Efforts Cited

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) — Researchers found a drop in Philadelphia high school obesity rates between 2006 and 2010, the first time a large evaluation has suggested that a school system’s efforts to curb obesity were effective.Philadelphia…

Rabbits Are Adding Flab to Their Fluff, Study Finds

Rabbits Are Adding Flab to Their Fluff, Study Finds

Zoonar/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Pet bunnies better hop to it.  A new study in the British journal, Veterinary Record, notes that, like their owners, their waistlines are expanding at an alarming rate.The review charted the weight of 41 rabbits over…

Breast Cancer Recurrence Risk Goes Up with Weight

Breast Cancer Recurrence Risk Goes Up with Weight

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Even being moderately overweight is linked to a higher risk of breast cancer recurrence, finds a new study published Monday in the journal Cancer.Despite the best treatment, researchers at Montefiore Medical Center foun…

Study: Antibiotics Too Soon May Set Babies Up for Obesity

Study: Antibiotics Too Soon May Set Babies Up for Obesity

altrendo images/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Giving your baby antibiotics too early may increase their chances of being overweight in childhood, new research suggests.Specifically, infants exposed to antibiotics during the first six months of thei…

Kids Who Exhibit Self-Control May Have a Lower BMI as Adults

Kids Who Exhibit Self-Control May Have a Lower BMI as Adults

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Now, parents can tell their children an added benefit to being a good kid — growing up to have a healthier body weight.Children who exhibit self-control at an early age have a lower body mass index (BMI) 30 years la…

Stressed Men Prefer Heavier Women, Study Suggests

Stressed Men Prefer Heavier Women, Study Suggests

Hemera/Thinkstock(LONDON) — Gentlemen may prefer blondes, but stressed men prefer heavier women — at least according to a new study.In the study, published Wednesday in the journal PLoS ONE, researchers at the University of Westminster in London subj…

New Obesity Measure ABSI Better Than BMI?

New Obesity Measure ABSI Better Than BMI?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Body mass index (BMI) is a widely used indicator of obesity, but a new study suggests it may not be the best predictor of whether your weight raises your risk of death.Researchers at The City College of New York deve…

Physical Inactivity as Damagaing to Health as Smoking

Physical Inactivity as Damagaing to Health as Smoking

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Physical inactivity has a negative global impact so severe that its adverse effects on health are comparable to that of smoking or obesity, according to a new study.What’s more, the researchers say the problem of i…

Newly Identified ‘Beige Fat’ Cells Could Help Fight Obesity

Newly Identified ‘Beige Fat’ Cells Could Help Fight Obesity

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have isolated a new type of energy-burning cell known as “beige fat,” which they say may have therapeutic potential for aiding weight loss and treating obesity in adults. …

Food Industry Should Be Regulated, Says Editorial

Food Industry Should Be Regulated, Says Editorial

Jupiterimages/Pixland/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — At a time when New York City’s mayor is under fire from the soda industry for pushing for a seemingly modest reduction in drink size, one Yale nutrition expert is pushing across the board regulation of the …

For Calories, It’s All About Quality over Quantity, Harvard Study Says

For Calories, It’s All About Quality over Quantity, Harvard Study Says

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — When is a calorie not just a calorie? When it comes to losing weight, according to a new study from Harvard University. The results found that the number of calories consumed is not necessarily as important as the qual…

Appetite for Food, Cocaine Linked to Same Spot in Brains of Mice

Appetite for Food, Cocaine Linked to Same Spot in Brains of Mice

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW HAVEN, Conn.) — In the global fight against obesity, scientists have become particularly interested in the parts of the brain that make us want to eat, and sometimes to eat too much. Many researchers have noted that hunger a…

Where You Shop for Food May Affect Your Weight, Study Finds

Where You Shop for Food May Affect Your Weight, Study Finds

George Doyle/Stockbyte(SEATTLE) — If you buy your food in a high-priced supermarket, you may be doing your health a favor.Researchers from the University of Washington in Seattle believe that people who regularly shop in stores where food is discounte…

Obesity and Bullying Top Voters’ Child Health Concerns

Obesity and Bullying Top Voters’ Child Health Concerns

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(ANN ARBOR, Mich.) — The economy dominates this election season but it’s not the only issue that Americans are worried about.With the Supreme Court ready to rule on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, voter…

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