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A Lack of Sleep Increases Unhealthy Belly Fat, New Study Finds.

Insufficient sleep increases calorie intake and may cause a buildup of dangerous, visceral fat, researchers say.

Chemicals Found in Plastic Products May Contribute to Weight Gain, New Study Finds

Many common plastic products contain chemicals known to disrupt human metabolism, researchers find.

Women Feel More Stigma from Excess Belly Fat than Men, Study Finds

Women with belly fat feel the psychological and social impact of weight bias more than men, researchers say.

One Key Factor Drives Weight Gain in College

A lack of vigorous exercise is causing many college freshmen to pack on the pounds, researchers say.

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05 Apr
How a Lack of Sleep Can Widen Your Waistline

How a Lack of Sleep Can Widen Your Waistline

People who choose to skip sleep to study, work or play late into the night may find they've extended not just their waking hours but also their tummies.

A small new study found that the basic problem sources back to the fact that people who don't get enough

21 Mar
Excess Weight in Midlife Means a Sicker Old Age: Study

Excess Weight in Midlife Means a Sicker Old Age: Study

Here's a compelling reason to shed those extra pounds: A new study finds that middle-aged people who are obese, or even simply overweight, may face more health problems down the road.

The study, of nearly 30,000 men and women, found that the more people weighed around ag...

01 Feb
Shedding Pounds Might Help Stop Pre-Cancerous Colon Polyps

Shedding Pounds Might Help Stop Pre-Cancerous Colon Polyps

Colon cancer rates are increasing for younger Americans, along with rates of obesity. Could slimming down reduce young people's risk for malignancy?

A new study suggests that even a small amount of weight loss may cut your odds for benign growths in the colon known as ad...

31 Jan
Could Everyday Plastics Help Make You Fat?

Could Everyday Plastics Help Make You Fat?

Is your plastic water bottle widening your waistline?

Could be.

In a new study, Norwegian researchers said that chemicals in common plastic products like water bottles or food packaging may put you at risk of piling on the pounds.

"Our experiments show that ...

25 Jan
Keeping Weight Stable Could Help Save Your Brain

Keeping Weight Stable Could Help Save Your Brain

Older adults who maintain a steady weight as they age are less likely to experience rapid cognitive decline, regardless of how much they weigh to start, new research suggests.

“There’s something about maintaining weight and BMI that seems to reflect some health resilienc...

19 Jan
Nearly Half of Americans Gained Weight in Pandemic's First Year

Nearly Half of Americans Gained Weight in Pandemic's First Year

Did you watch your waistline expand during lockdown? You're not alone.

Nearly half of U.S. adults piled on excess pounds during the first year of the pandemic, making a national obesity crisis even worse, a new study shows.

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24 Nov
Adding Juice to Baby's Diet Could Set Stage for Obesity

Adding Juice to Baby's Diet Could Set Stage for Obesity

Giving your baby fruit juice too early in life could lead to greater intake of sugary drinks later in childhood and much higher odds for obesity and tooth decay, a new study of more than 4,000 American mothers has found.

According to a team led by Edwina Yeung, of the U....

23 Nov
'Active Grandparent': Humans Evolved to Exercise in Old Age

'Active Grandparent': Humans Evolved to Exercise in Old Age

Becoming a couch potato as you get older goes against evolution and puts your health at risk, a new study suggests.

Humans have evolved to be active in their later years, and staying active can protect against heart disease and a number of other serious health problems, ...

19 Nov
Pandemic Curbed Kids' Efforts to Lose Excess Weight

Pandemic Curbed Kids' Efforts to Lose Excess Weight

A new study is highlighting yet another consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic: It has likely made it even harder for kids with obesity to manage their weight.

The findings, researchers sai...

09 Nov
Women Feel More Stigma From 'Spare Tire' Around Middle Than Men

Women Feel More Stigma From 'Spare Tire' Around Middle Than Men

Belly fat. No one wants it, but women are much harder on themselves about extra pounds wrapped around their middle than men are, regardless of how much they weigh.

And the more they beat themselves up about their "spare tire," the more likely women are to gain weight in ...

22 Oct
Good Sleep May Help Babies Avoid Obesity as They Grow

Good Sleep May Help Babies Avoid Obesity as They Grow

You've probably heard that getting better sleep can be good for your waistline. The same appears to be true for your baby.

Newborns who get more sleep and wake up less during the night are less likely to become overweight in infancy, according to a just-published study.<...

20 Oct
Even With Mild COVID, Obesity May Mean Worse Symptoms

Even With Mild COVID, Obesity May Mean Worse Symptoms

Obese people have a tougher time fighting COVID-19, even if they have a milder form of the virus, a new study finds.

Researchers looked at more than 500 patients who tested positive for COVID but didn't require hospitalization. Teens and adults who were overweight or obe...

30 Sep
Obese? Lose Lots of Weight, Watch Your Heart Risks Drop

Obese? Lose Lots of Weight, Watch Your Heart Risks Drop

It's no secret that excess weight is bad for the heart. But a new study suggests that obese people who lose a substantial amount of weight may reverse the related cardiovascular risks.

Researchers found the odds for high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol were simil...

17 Sep
Child Obesity Rose Sharply During Pandemic

Child Obesity Rose Sharply During Pandemic

Childhood obesity was a worrisome issue before the pandemic, and now it's alarmingly worse, new data shows.

A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found a "profound increase in weight gain for kids" that is "substantial and alarming," Dr. Alyson Goodman,...

16 Sep
In 16 States, 35% or More Residents Now Obese: CDC

In 16 States, 35% or More Residents Now Obese: CDC

America's waistline keeps widening.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that 16 states now have at least 35% of their residents who are obese, a number that's nearly doubled since 2018.

The CDC's 2020 Adult Obesity Prevalence...

01 Sep
One Key Factor Drives Weight Gain in College

One Key Factor Drives Weight Gain in College

College students often put on weight during their freshman year, and a lack of structured exercise may be largely to blame, a new study suggests.

Weight gain is so common among first-year college students that it has spawned the phrase "the freshman 15" -- though that fi...

13 Jul
Whole Grains Every Day: Key to Your Health and Waistline

Whole Grains Every Day: Key to Your Health and Waistline

Whole grains can help older adults maintain a thinner waist, lower blood pressure and lower blood sugar, new research suggests.

Just three servings a day may do the trick, the authors said.

One serving is a slice of whole-grain bread, a half-cup of rolled oat cere...

12 Jul
Obese Men May Have Better Survival With Advanced Prostate Cancer

Obese Men May Have Better Survival With Advanced Prostate Cancer

When men have advanced prostate cancer, obesity might offer something of a survival advantage, a preliminary study suggests.

Researchers in Italy found that among men with prostate cancer that had spread throughout the body, those who were obese were less likely to die o...

25 Jun
Lockdown Weight Gain May Have Caused Surge in New Diabetes Cases in Kids

Lockdown Weight Gain May Have Caused Surge in New Diabetes Cases in Kids

Rates and severity of type 2 diabetes among U.S. children rose during the COVID-19 pandemic, possibly due to weight gain during lockdowns, researchers say.

"While our study examined hospital admissions for type 2 diabetes in children at one center, the results may be a m...

23 Apr
What's for Lunch? Often, It's What Your Co-Workers Are Having

What's for Lunch? Often, It's What Your Co-Workers Are Having

Everyone has probably heard the expression "you are what you eat," but do you eat what you want, or do you follow the crowd?

New research suggests that what people have at lunch is influenced by the friends or coworkers who they are dining with. And this is true whether ...

22 Apr
You Don't Have to Be Obese for Belly Fat to Harm You, Heart Experts Warn

You Don't Have to Be Obese for Belly Fat to Harm You, Heart Experts Warn

Extra padding around the belly can spell trouble for the heart, even if you're not technically overweight.

That's among the conclusions of a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association (AHA), where experts lay out the heart risks of being "apple-shaped."...

09 Apr
Obesity May Help Trigger Heavier Periods: Study

Obesity May Help Trigger Heavier Periods: Study

Obese women can be more likely to have heavy monthly periods, and now new research hints at why.

In addition to stirring up inflammation, excess weight may slow down the uterine repair process, U.K. researchers reported. Menstruation occurs when the lining of the uterus ...

30 Mar
'Couch Potato' Lifestyles Cause Up to 8% of Global Deaths: Study

'Couch Potato' Lifestyles Cause Up to 8% of Global Deaths: Study

"Couch potatoes," take note: Sedentary behavior now accounts for up to 8% of non-communicable diseases and deaths worldwide, researchers say.

Physical inactivity is a known risk factor for premature death and several non-communicable diseases, including heart disea...

25 Mar
Too Much Restaurant Fare Could Shorten Your Life

Too Much Restaurant Fare Could Shorten Your Life

Whether it's takeout or dining in, lives filled with lots of restaurant fare could turn out to be shorter, new research shows.

The study found that dining out frequently -- two or more meals prepared away from home each day -- is tied to an increased risk of death from a...

11 Mar
Pandemic Stress Has Americans Gaining Weight, Drinking More: Poll

Pandemic Stress Has Americans Gaining Weight, Drinking More: Poll

If you're drinking more, sleeping less, seeing downright scary numbers on your scale and fretting about the future, you're far from alone, a new survey reveals.

"We've been concerned throughout this pandemic about the level of prolonged stress, exacerbated by the grief, ...

19 Feb
Many Psych Meds Trigger Weight Gain, But New Research Points to Better Options

Many Psych Meds Trigger Weight Gain, But New Research Points to Better Options

Scientists may have uncovered the reason critical medications for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder cause weight gain and diabetes -- findings they hope will lead to better drugs.

The medications, known as antipsychotics, help control the hallucinations, delusions and c...

08 Feb
Why Adding on a Few Pounds as You Age Might Be Good for You

Why Adding on a Few Pounds as You Age Might Be Good for You

Putting on a few extra pounds in your 50s may add years to your life -- if you start off at a normal weight and your weight gain doesn't tip into obesity, a new study suggests.

But two outside experts cautioned that the findings are not a license to pack on the...

25 Dec
Think You Gained Weight During Quarantine? You Might Be Wrong

Think You Gained Weight During Quarantine? You Might Be Wrong

That "quarantine 15" weight gain may be all in your head, not on your hips.

A team from Florida State University (FSU) compared information on actual and perceived weight changes among a sample of college students from January to April 2020. Participants were far more li...

17 Nov
'Couch Potato' Time Rises Sharply After Women Retire

'Couch Potato' Time Rises Sharply After Women Retire

Women are at high risk of becoming much less active right after they retire, researchers find.

Inactivity was tracked among nearly 700 participants in an ongoing study of retiring municipal workers in Finland that began in 2013. Most (85%) of the participants were women,...

10 Sep
Who's Most Likely to Binge Eat Amid Pandemic?

Who's Most Likely to Binge Eat Amid Pandemic?

A lot has been made of the so-called "quarantine 15." Now, a new study suggests certain people are more likely to binge eat during the coronavirus pandemic than others.

Most often they are young adults who faced social stigma about being overweight before COVID-19 sw...

01 Sep
Eating in the Evening Could Be Bad for Your Health

Eating in the Evening Could Be Bad for Your Health

To get a handle on your eating habits, keep a close eye on the clock, researchers suggest.

Consuming most of your daily calories in the evening is associated with a less nutritious diet and higher calorie intake, a new study shows.

Unfortunately, hunger pan...

25 Aug
How to Keep Your Kids Trim Through Quarantine

How to Keep Your Kids Trim Through Quarantine

A lot of kids have been pushing up the scale numbers while home during the pandemic -- and parents need to take steps to prevent the dreaded "quarantine 15," an expert says.

"During the school year, most parents rely on schools to provide their child with regular exe...

07 Jul
Working Off Your Quarantine Weight Gain

Working Off Your Quarantine Weight Gain

Life in lockdown has led many to overeat and gain weight, a phenomenon referred to as the "COVID-15."

But some small changes can get you back into shape, a weight management specialist suggests.

"COVID-19 changed how we eat, what we eat and how we spend o...

16 Jun
Telehealth May Help Rural Americans Keep the Weight Off

Telehealth May Help Rural Americans Keep the Weight Off

Although many people can lose weight, few maintain the loss. Could individual telephone support be the key to keeping extra pounds at bay?

New research suggests that telehealth counseling after weight loss may be just the support that people in rural areas need to m...

15 Jun
Lockdowns Making Things Worse for Obese Americans: Study

Lockdowns Making Things Worse for Obese Americans: Study

As COVID-19 closed gyms and forced people to hunker down at home, "Quarantine-15" jokes flooded the internet, referring to the weight gain that many anticipated.

For people who are already obese, though, breaking healthy habits poses special risks, according to Sarah...

11 Jun
Eating Before Bedtime Might Pack on the Pounds

Eating Before Bedtime Might Pack on the Pounds

If you have a late dinner and then head to bed, beware: You may gain weight while you sleep, a new study suggests.

That's most likely because your metabolism slows, boosting blood sugar and other chemicals that contribute to weight gain and type 2 diabetes, research...

08 Jun
Not a Myth -- Contraceptives Can Cause Weight Gain

Not a Myth -- Contraceptives Can Cause Weight Gain

Genetics may explain why some women gain weight when using a popular method of birth control, researchers say.

"For years, women have said that birth control causes them to gain weight but many doctors failed to take them seriously," said lead study author Dr. Aaron ...

01 Jun
Stay-at-Home Orders Could Mean More Obese Kids: Study

Stay-at-Home Orders Could Mean More Obese Kids: Study

As if the childhood obesity epidemic isn't bad enough, new research warns that over one million more American boys and girls stand to become obese if coronavirus-related school closures continue through the end of the year.

The culprit: a steep rise in sedentary beha...

18 Apr
Tips to Keeping Slim When You're Stuck at Home

Tips to Keeping Slim When You're Stuck at Home

Beware of your fridge, pantry and couch during the coronavirus pandemic.

Being cooped up at home with easy access to food can lead to overeating. Couple that with routine housekeeping, working from home, homeschooling your kids and tending to loved ones, and it's a s...

08 Apr
School Closures Could Be Adding to Kids' Waistlines

School Closures Could Be Adding to Kids' Waistlines

One side effect of the coronavirus pandemic could be long-lasting: U.S. school closures may worsen the child obesity crisis, experts warn.

Previous research has shown that kids tend to gain weight when they're out of school during the summer -- especially Hispanic an...

07 Apr
Heavy Drinking Into Old Age Ups Health Risks: Study

Heavy Drinking Into Old Age Ups Health Risks: Study

Long-term heavy drinking may lead to significant weight gain and an increased risk of heart disease and stroke in older adults, British researchers warn.

They analyzed data from more than 4,800 U.K. civil servants who were 34 to 56 years old when the study began in t...

26 Feb
Weight Gain Is No Friend to Aging Lungs

Weight Gain Is No Friend to Aging Lungs

Piling on extra pounds speeds up the decline of lung function in older adults, a new study suggests.

While lung function decreases naturally as people age, researchers linked moderate or significant weight gain to an even sharper decline.

The study included...

19 Dec
Obesity in Middle Age Could Raise Odds for Alzheimer's Later

Obesity in Middle Age Could Raise Odds for Alzheimer's Later

Obesity in middle age is associated with an increased risk of dementia later in life, according to a study of more than 1 million women in the United Kingdom.

Those who were obese in their mid-50s had 21% greater risk of being diagnosed with dementia 15 or more yea...

06 Nov
How to Head Off Holiday Weight Gain

How to Head Off Holiday Weight Gain

From Halloween through New Year's, holiday weight gain affects people the world over and, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, it can happen with any major holiday, not just the winter ones.

As you might know firsthand, it's ...

01 Nov
When You Eat May Matter More Than What You Eat: Study

When You Eat May Matter More Than What You Eat: Study

There's evidence that the old expression "eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper" could use some tweaking. With one important revision, this approach could help not just for better health, but also for losing weight.

A study in the

29 Oct
It May Be Even Tougher for Women to Quit Smoking Than Men

It May Be Even Tougher for Women to Quit Smoking Than Men

Smoking is a notoriously tough habit to quit, but a new study suggests it is far harder for women to stop than it is for men.

Why? The researchers point to a higher prevalence of anxiety and depression in women, which might interfere with even the best intentions to ...

28 Oct
Too Much Salt Might Make You Gain Weight

Too Much Salt Might Make You Gain Weight

Too much salt has long been linked to high blood pressure. In fact, one way to help control blood pressure is to reduce your salt intake. Research done at Vanderbilt University and published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation shows that salt may also be involved i...

24 Oct
More TV, Smartphone Time Means More Sugary Drinks for Teens

More TV, Smartphone Time Means More Sugary Drinks for Teens

Teens who stay glued to screens, be it televisions or electronic devices, are not only getting less exercise -- they're more likely to down too many sugary, caffeinated drinks, according to a new study.

Researchers analyzed data from more than 32,400 U.S. students in...

17 Oct
Why Maintaining a Healthy Weight Is Important in Adulthood

Why Maintaining a Healthy Weight Is Important in Adulthood

Adults who pack on pounds between their mid-20s and middle age have an increased risk of premature death -- and the same is true of those who lose weight from middle to late adulthood, according to a new study.

The findings suggest that maintaining normal weight thro...

19 Sep
Can You Still Be Healthy If You're Overweight?

Can You Still Be Healthy If You're Overweight?

If you're overweight but have dodged chronic health issues like high cholesterol and high blood pressure, you might not think that losing weight is a priority. But an analysis of five years of records on 3.5 million people -- underweight, normal weight, overweight and obese --...

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