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Fat Keeps You Warm

Why do some of us get fat, while others stay skinny? It turns out that there is "good" fat and "bad" fat, and some of us have inherited too much of the bad (brown) stuff, which is found throughout the interior spaces of humans and other warm-blooded creatures. It may hold the secret to diets and weight-loss programs...
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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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A New Cancer Medicine Fights Fat

Sometimes cures are discovered by accident, as when one medicine not only helps cure the disease it was designed for, but turns out to cure another condition as well. The hair restoring drug Rogaine was one of these--when it was administered to heart patients, they all began to grow (and regrow) hair. Now a cancer drug designed to kill colon...
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What is the Thinnest State?

What state has the thinnest population--and WHY? You'd think it would be California--where health food abounds and fruits and vegetables are grown--or even New York, where everyone seems to have a gym or health club membership. But it's none of those: it's Colorado!
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Hot Weather May Make Us Fat

It's not cool to be fat, but fat people may be cool. Fat dogs are cool, and obese people may be, too. Psychologist Roberto Refinetti studied the relationship between body temperature and body weight in lean and obese dogs. His findings showed that obese dogs have lower body temperature than lean dogs, and the difference in temperature is enough to...
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Business Travel is Bad for You

Even if you're lucky enough to HAVE a job, you just can't win! Being in the office makes you fat and it turns out that people who ...
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Don't Get Caught Snacking

Snacking, especially drinking sodas, continues to increase among Americans, accounting for more than 25% of calorie intake each day. The amount of secondary eating and drinking--consumption while engaged in another activity--has also increased. And beverages account for 50% of the calories consumed through snacking.
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Your Office Makes You Fat

If you can catch fat from the people around you, this may make sense: Your office can make you fat. Is all that sitting making you wider? Although office snacks might boost morale are they...
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Why You're WIDER Than You Used to Be

When we diet, the fat comes back, and not only that, we get WIDER as we get older--and it's not just because we gain weight! By the age of 20, most people have reached skeletal maturity and do not grow any taller. Until recently it was assumed that skeletal enlargement...
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You Can Catch Fat from Other People

It's hard to take it off but even harder to KEEP it off--and one reason may be that fat is contagious. No, not like a cold or the flu--but being around fat people can make YOU fat too (...
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Sometimes the Fat Comes Back

Losing weight is HARD WORK, but it can be especially frustrating when you GAIN IT BACK (Anne Strieber talks about how to solve this problem in her famous diet book What I Learned from the Fat Years). Lately women who have had lipsuction have discovered...
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The Best Way to Lose Weight is Feeling Full

One problem that overweight people have is that they don't know when to stop eating. Now researchers have identified a signaling pathway in the brain that may cause leptin resistance, which decreases the body’s ability to "hear" that it is full and should stop eating. Leptin is a hormone released by fat cells that is known to...
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A First for Mankind

And no, it's not good news: For the first time in history, the next generation will not live longer, or even as long, as their parents (and they won't do as well in school, either). Diseases such as Type II diabetes, high blood pressure, heart conditions and joint deterioration--...
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Fat Forgetful

If you're overweight, you're also likely to have a bad memory. This is one of the results of insulin sensitivity, which is what causes people to gain too much weight. This means that a healthy lifestyle when you're young could lead to a higher quality of life in old age, when...
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Couch Potato

The Superbowl is a time many of us eat too much while we sit around in front of the TV. Are you a couch potato? The causes of the obesity epidemic are still a mystery, but scientists who are studying...
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Why are our Kids so Fat?

Kids who are deficient in vitamin D gained weight more rapidly than kids who got enough vitamin D, and since you get the D vitamin mainly from being out in the sun, this is probably because they're spending...
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Your Genes are PREHISTORIC

Our minds may be modern but our genes are prehistoric, which is the reason we have so much trouble losing weight! In addition to fast food, desk jobs, and inertia, there is one more thing to blame for unwanted pounds-our genome, which has apparently not caught up with...
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Another Reason to Keep a Diary

One of the most common New Year's resolutions is to LOSE WEIGHT, and if it's yours too, here's something you should know: The first step to reaching your ideal weight in the New Year may be as simple as writing it down--Keeping a daily journal of meals and snacks is one of the best strategies of successful dieters.
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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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What Light Does

Sleep with the blinds closed! Exposure to even dim light at night is enough to cause physical changes in the brains of hamsters (and humans?) that may lead to depression. But light DOES kill superbugs, which must be why, when you're in the hopsital, nurses come over and shine a flashlight in your eyes at night!
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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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A Surprising Reason Why You're Fat

Are you fat because you're stressed? Or are you fat because of a virus you caught when you were a kid? A virus that can cause respiratory infections has been linked to childhood obesity. In the latest study, pediatricians found that fat children had antibodies in their blood...
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Too Fat to Fight

At a time when American military forces are stretched thin overseas and people who wouldn't ordinarily considered joining up need jobs, a growing number of potential recruits are too fat to enlist. This is a shame, because there are things you can only learn by being a soldier. Subscribers can still listen to this show.

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Why Diets Don't Work for You

Even though they work for your friends - Lots of us are entangled in a conundrum that's giving us a fear of food. Ever notice some people seem to eat anything they want and never gain a pound, while others seem to gain weight just by looking at fattening foods? Does the diet that works for a friend not work for you?

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Why Some Lose Weight & Others Don't

It's all in the BRAIN! - Why do some people gain weight easily, while others never seem to get supersized, no matter what they eat? And when those of us who gain weight DO get fat, why do men and women pack the fat on in different places on the body?

A protein called SIRT1, which is found in cells throughout the body,...

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