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Fat Pills

The bacteria that lives in all of our guts may explain why we're fat. Farmers fatten up their livestock by feeding them antibiotics and when we eat meat and poultry,...
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Eat Dessert After Breakfast

A weight researcher claims that dieters have less hunger and cravings throughout the day and are better able to keep off lost weight if they eat dessert after breakfast.

Endocrinologist Daniela Jakubowicz says, "The goal of a weight loss diet should be not only weight reduction but also reduction of hunger and cravings, thus...
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Why You've Got a Big Belly

If you're distressed about your big belly--which seems to be the place we gain weight the most as we get older--you can now be reassured. A fatty membrane in the belly called the omentum has until recently been considered somewhat like the appendix--it didn't seem to serve much purpose. But researchers have found that the omentum appears to play...
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Fatty Food Changes the Brain

If you're eating too many fatty foods, your brain will change (one thing that may happen is you'll start to FIGHT with your spouse!) A high-fat diet causes new brain cells to sprout in an area of the brain that seems to regulate eating. It works that way in...
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Why You're Picking Fights With Your Loved Ones

Think you're arguing over money? Nope, you're fighting because you ate too much fatty food for supper.

Today's busy families often rely on fast food and take-out to keep everyone fed and on schedule. Researchers suspect that those types of food, which are often high in saturated fat, impact the body's reaction to stress, leading to...
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Some Fat is GOOD Fat

Not all fat is the same: The GOOD kind of fat is what's called "brown fat," because it helps you LOSE weight. Fat people have less of it than thin people. Older people have less of it than younger people. Men have less of it than younger women.

It's actually is brown in color and it burns up calories as fast as you can...
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Do You Have Fat Hairs in Your Brain?

We learn something new about obesity every day. We've learned that being fat starts in your brain, and now scientists say that appetite regulation has to do with the HAIRS in your brain. In other words, if you have fat brain hairs, you'll have a fat...
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Did You Eat Too Much?

If you're fat, it might be because of the way your mother ate when she was pregnant. A high-fat diet during pregnancy can lead to obese children. And mothers who were mistreated as children have an increased risk of giving birth to low birth weight babies.

This is often (but not always) part of growing up in poverty. Researcher said...
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Fat? It's all in your BRAIN!

Traditional diet and exercise advice is all wrong. The best of diet intentions fail in late afternoon and evening because dieters fall for certain traps that sabotage success. For instance, you come home from work and turn on the TV news, which shows commercials for fast food that could make anyone hungry. In fact, manufacturers make foods...
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Fat Pollution

Can pollution make you gain weight? It works that way with animals. New research shows that exposure to polluted air early in life led to an accumulation of abdominal fat and insulin resistance in mice even if they ate a normal diet. Animals exposed to the...
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An Addiction YOU May Have

You may pride yourself on the fact that you stay away from drugs, but if you eat too much, you may be an addict--to FOOD. Sweets and high-fat foods affect the brain the same way drugs do--and like drugs,...
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Famous Diet Book Now a Download

Anne Strieber's famous diet book "What I Learned from the Fat Years" is now available as a download! When she found her clothes were getting too tight, she thought they had all shrunk, until she realized she had gained weight due to Type II...
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Why We're Fat: Still a Mystery

After eating that big turkey dinner, you're probably feeling fat, and most of us are fat and getting fatter--why is this? Most people would say it's because we eat too much and exercise too little. But that answer, while valid, may be a little too simple--there may be many other causes for obesity.
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Not Too Much & Not Too Little

After you eat Thanksgiving dinner, you may find yourself getting sleepy, because turkey contains a natural sleep-inducing amino acid called tryptophan. This is GOOD because cutting back on sleep reduces the benefits of dieting BUT sleeping too much may cause you to die younger....
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Fat Free

We've reported on why "low fat" foods actually make you fat. We're told we should especially avoid "trans fats," but most of us don't know what they are.

High consumption of trans fat, found mainly in partially hydrogenated vegetable oils and widely used by the food industry, has been linked to an increased risk of coronary heart disease...

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Not Everyone Gets Supersized on Fast Food Diet

The January 27 issue of New Scientist reports on a study by Swedish researcher Fredrik Nystrom, in which he had 18 volunteers eat the same type of fast food diet that Matthew Spurlock ate for his film "Supersize Me." Unlike Spurlock, who ate all his meals at McDonald's for a month (which caused him to gain weight and even have liver trouble),...

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Fat is All in the Mind

New research shows that our brains help make us fat, because they think of our obese bodies as normal, so they don't stop craving food. And there?s a country in the world where fat is considered beautiful, and women go to special camps to be "fattened up" before marriage.

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Coming Soon: Liposuction in a Pill

Scientists are working on a drug that may be used for chemical liposuction. It's a natural enzyme that breaks down collagen in cells. Right now, it's being used to shrink cancer tumors but researcher Tom Wegman says, "There's no reason why fat in other parts of the body wouldn't respond in the same way?We did think then that this might become a...

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You Really Do Weigh More on Carpet

Do you weigh more if you put your scales on a carpet than you do if they?re on a tile floor? This is a long-standing controversy among dieters. Now researchers say it?s true?you really do seem to weigh more if you put your scales on a carpeted surface.

David MacKay, a physicist at the University of Cambridge, heard about this controversy...

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Fat? There?s Good News & Bad

Heavier people are more likely to be killed or seriously injured in car accidents than lighter people, according to a study carried out in Seattle. That could mean car designers will have to build in new safety features to compensate for the extra hazards facing overweight passengers.

Car manufacturers have already redesigned air bags...

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Hunger Hormone Discovered

Dr. Alison Wren, Research Fellow at Imperial College, London has isolated a ?hunger hormone? that dramatically boosts human food consumption. Scientists have known for some time that the hormone stimulates hunger in rats, but they had never been able to identify its effects in humans. Now they have shown that it can make people so ravenous they...

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Obesity Gaining Among Formerly Malnourished

Obesity is surpassing malnutrition as a major health problem in many parts of the world.Weight problems have long been recognized as a health hazard in the United States, Europe and other industrialized countries, but in recent years the same worries have begun to emerge in many less well-off places.

?Obesity has penetrated the remotest...

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Fat? Pop a Pill

Scientists have developed a new class of drug which enables users to lose weight without cutting calories or exercising. Obese men who took part in a trial lost an average of more than a pound a month after being injected with a single dose of the drug.

The drug has been developed by a team of researchers at Monash University in...

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