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Less Housework Correlates with Weight Gain in Women, Study Suggests

Less Housework Correlates with Weight Gain in Women, Study Suggests

(Tom Morello/Thinkstock)(NEW YORK) — Over the past 50 years the American workforce has changed. Many workers spend most of their jobs sitting down in front of a computer, and women have become a full part of the workforce. A new, and somewhat controve…

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 …

Fast Food Diet Participants Paid to Purposely Gain Weight

Fast Food Diet Participants Paid to Purposely Gain Weight

Thinkstock Images/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) — Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis are making an unusual offer: They are paying people to add fat to their own bodies by eating an extra 1,000-calorie fast food meal each da…

Lady Gaga Fights Weight Criticism by Asking Fans to Embrace ‘Flaws’

Lady Gaga Fights Weight Criticism by Asking Fans to Embrace ‘Flaws’

Alo Ceballos/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) — Lady Gaga‘s turning the criticism about her weight gain into a tool to help others. Tuesday on her social networking site, LittleMonsters.com, she launched a Body Revolution section to “inspire bravery&rd…

Texas Woman Can’t Gain Weight, Bullied Over Looks

Texas Woman Can’t Gain Weight, Bullied Over Looks

Courtesy Lizzie Velasquez(NEW YORK) — Lizzie Velasquez gets a lot of stares.  The 23-year-old senior at Texas State University stands 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs just 58 pounds.”I can’t gain weight,” said Velasquez, describing the rare syndr…

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…

College Freshman Urged to Avoid Gaining Unwanted Pounds

College Freshman Urged to Avoid Gaining Unwanted Pounds

Tom Morello/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Although researchers say the 15 pounds thought to be gained during freshman year are a bit of an exaggeration, an expert still urges students to avoid gaining unwanted pounds, Health Day reports.
Kari Kooi, a registe…

Study: More TV Linked to Larger Waists, Weaker Legs for Kids

Study: More TV Linked to Larger Waists, Weaker Legs for Kids

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The more television a child watches, even in the first years of life, the more likely he or she is to be thicker around the middle and less muscularly fit, according to a new study. Previous studies have linked lots of te…

Study: Weight Gain After Quitting Smoking Averages Around 10 Pounds

Study: Weight Gain After Quitting Smoking Averages Around 10 Pounds

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — As more people quit smoking cigarettes to protect their health, many face a new battle: weight gain.  A new study in the journal BMJ shows that quitters gain more weight than anyone previously thought.The r…

Study: Smokers Who Quit May Gain Weight

Study: Smokers Who Quit May Gain Weight

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Nicotine can stimulate brain cells that usually signal people to stop eating when they are full, according to Friday’s edition of Science.Quitters on average gain less than 10 pounds.The associate resear…

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…

Travel Agents, Attorneys Among Jobs Most Likely to Report Weight Gain

Travel Agents, Attorneys Among Jobs Most Likely to Report Weight Gain

Creatas Images/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — Most folks eat at work, but a new survey finds that certain occupations — specifically travel agents, attorneys and judges — have the highest incidence of workers reporting weight gain.A new CareerBuilder survey …

Study: Long Commutes Drive Up Weight, Blood Pressure

Study: Long Commutes Drive Up Weight, Blood Pressure

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(ST. LOUIS) — Is the morning commute grinding your gears?  Well, it might also be hurting your health.People who drive long distances to work are more likely to be overweight than their non-commuting counterparts, accordin…

Jessica Simpson Panned Over Pregnancy Weight

Jessica Simpson Panned Over Pregnancy Weight

ABC/RANDY HOLMES(NEW YORK) — When it comes to Jessica Simpson’s pregnancy weight, it seems everyone has an opinion.Simpson, who is eight months pregnant with her first child, has been called “huge,” “a house,” and “an absolute porker,” the latter comi…

Japan Concerned by Rate of Underweight Female Population

Japan Concerned by Rate of Underweight Female Population

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(TOKYO) — Americans may be battling the bulge, but the Japanese are struggling to expand their waistlines.The Health Ministry said the number of young, skinny women has risen to troubling levels.  A record 29 percent of…

Personality Causing Obesity?

Personality Causing Obesity?

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Could your personality be making your fat? Tiffanie Davis Henry, a therapist and co-host of ABC’s The Revolution, appeared on Good Morning America on Wednesday to weigh in on just that topic.  And she sa…

Shift Work Might Lead to Type 2 Diabetes, Obesity

Shift Work Might Lead to Type 2 Diabetes, Obesity

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — While shift workers are needed to help our 24-7 world go ’round, an editorial written by Dr. Virginia Barbour, chief editor of the journal PLoS Medicine, warned that such work schedules can put a person at increased …

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