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Docs Push Back on New Guidelines for Obese Kids

USPSTF says kids, teens with high BMI should get intensive counseling; critics say that's a big ask

(Newser) - A panel of US health experts is urging more aggressive moves to fight childhood obesity, including a recommendation for intensive counseling. On Tuesday, the US Preventive Services Task Force released guidelines in JAMA that suggest "comprehensive, intensive behavioral interventions" for children and teens 6 years of age and older...

Chalk One Up for Exercising at Night
Chalk One Up
for Exercising
at Night

Chalk One Up for Exercising at Night

New study suggests the hours between 6pm and midnight are most beneficial

(Newser) - In the longstanding debate over whether there's a best time of day to exercise, a new study from the University of Sydney adds some ammo for evening or nighttime advocates. Using data from the UK Biobank, a long-term research project that tracks health markers over time, the researchers followed...

Obese Kids Claim Higher Risk for MS Than Others
Obese Kids May
See More Risk of MS

Obese Kids May See More Risk of MS

Children with obesity had more than double the risk of a multiple sclerosis diagnosis than slimmer kids

(Newser) - Scientists have long suspected that childhood obesity could play a role in the development of multiple sclerosis down the line, but now they appear to have verification, according to a new study. Per the Guardian , research out of Sweden's Karolinska Institute has found that kids who were obese had...

Think Your Lab Is Too Chunky? There's a Reason
For These Dogs, a 'Double
Whammy' on Chonking Out

For These Dogs, a 'Double Whammy' on Chonking Out

Labradors, other flat-coated retrievers have genetic mutation that predisposes them to obesity

(Newser) - Every pet owner has to take care to keep their furry friends happy, healthy, and at a safe weight. For those who have a Labrador or flat-coated retriever in their charge, however, that last task might prove a bit more difficult. That's due to a "double whammy" with...

Oprah Talks Weight Loss Meds, 'Fighting Your Brain'

In TV special, Winfrey reveals her own struggles: 'Making fun of my weight was national sport'

(Newser) - Oprah Winfrey's newest program starts streaming Tuesday on Hulu, with one topic center stage: dropping pounds. The much-hyped An Oprah Special: Shame, Blame, and the Weight Loss Revolution aired Monday night first on ABC, with Winfrey interviewing medical experts and patients alike about their experiences with weight loss medications...

Patients Discover Going Off Ozempic Is No Easy Road

One study saw people gain back two-thirds of weight lost within a year of stopping meds

(Newser) - Patients on GLP-1 drugs like Ozempic for weight loss often gain back the pounds they shed after they stop taking them. But continuing treatment indefinitely isn't viable for many, the Wall Street Journal reports, especially as insurance companies are shifting how freely they cover leading brands Wegovy, Zepbound, and...

More Than 1B People Worldwide Are Obese
Obesity Rate Worldwide
Has Soared Since 1990

Obesity Rate Worldwide Has Soared Since 1990

The rate has quadrupled among kids and teens, researchers say

(Newser) - More than 1 billion worldwide are obese and obesity is now the most common form of malnutrition in many countries, according to a new study published in the Lancet . Researchers used data from thousands of studies involving more than 220 million people in almost 200 countries, the Guardian reports. They...

Teen's Story Shows How Childhood Obesity Is Changing

'The Cut' profiles a Missouri girl who lost 80 pounds through surgery and drugs

(Newser) - Weight-loss drugs such as the popular Ozempic are quickly changing the way people shed unwanted pounds. At the Cut , Lisa Miller takes an in-depth look at a particular aspect of all this—what it's like to be an American girl in this era. The story focuses on 15-year-old Maggie...

He Quickly Lost 40 Pounds With New Drug. Now What?
He Dropped 40 Pounds
With New Drug. Now What?
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He Dropped 40 Pounds With New Drug. Now What?

Bradley Olson writes about his experience in the 'Wall Street Journal'

(Newser) - In August, Wall Street Journal editor Bradley Olson joined the growing ranks of those taking weight-loss drugs. It worked. In an essay, he describes his 40-pound weight loss since then, which he found hard to process because it largely occurred without will power. "There are simply fewer cravings,"...

Here Are the Chubbiest States in America

And the least chubbiest

(Newser) - "Being overweight is becoming the new normal in America." So says WalletHub in its list of the chubbiest and slimmest states in the nation. The site took a look at obesity and overweight prevalence, health consequences, and food and fitness, and cross-referenced them across 31 health metrics. (Note:...

Diabetes Drug Helped Dieters Lose Quarter of Body Weight
This Drug Is Like a 'Medical
Gastric Bypass' for Weight Loss

This Drug Is Like a 'Medical Gastric Bypass' for Weight Loss

Experts say Eli Lilly diabetes drug Mounjaro, aka tirzepatide, holds potential for treating obesity

(Newser) - The medicine in the diabetes drug Mounjaro helped people with obesity or who are overweight lose at least a quarter of their body weight, or about 60 pounds on average, when combined with intensive diet and exercise, a new study shows. By comparison, a group of people who also dieted...

Most Active Service Members Are Overweight, Report Says
Group Warns of Military Obesity

Group Warns of Military Obesity

Nonprofit calls problem an issue of readiness and health

(Newser) - The majority of US active duty service members register as overweight or obese, according to their body mass index, a nonprofit's report says. "At a time when we are struggling to recruit an adequate labor force for the military, the growing rates of obesity are especially alarming,"...

Injectable Weight-Loss Drug May Soon Come in Pill Form
Injectable Weight-Loss Drug
May Soon Come in Pill Form

Injectable Weight-Loss Drug May Soon Come in Pill Form

Novo Nordisk wants FDA to OK pills that use same medication used in Wegovy, Ozempic

(Newser) - What if treating obesity could be as easy as popping an effective pill? That's a notion that has long fueled hope for many of the more than 40% of Americans who are considered obese—and fueled criticism by those who advocate for wider weight acceptance. Soon, it may be...

10 Most Obese States
10 Most Obese States

10 Most Obese States

West Virginia fares the worst in 'US News & World Report' ranking

(Newser) - US News and World Report has crunched data on obesity in America and ranked states accordingly. The CDC estimates that roughly 1 in 3 adults in the US qualify as obese, as defined by having a body mass index of 30 or above. The states faring worst in this...

Overweight People Will Soon Be the Majority
Overweight People Will
Soon Be the Majority

Overweight People Will Soon Be the Majority

More than half of global population predicted to be overweight or obese by 2035

(Newser) - In a little more than a decade, obese people will be the majority around the world. More than half of the world’s population, or more than 4 billion people, will be overweight or obese by 2035, according to the World Obesity Federation, which is warning countries to act now...

Fat Acts as a 'Reservoir' for COVID
Fat Acts as a
'Reservoir' for COVID
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Fat Acts as a 'Reservoir' for COVID

Research may show why obese, overweight people are at greater risk

(Newser) - A recent study found obese people with COVID-19 were 113% more likely to end up in a hospital, 74% more likely to be admitted to an ICU, and 48% more likely to die than people of a healthy weight, per Science . New research might explain why. The study, posted online...

US Stays Mum About Diet's Effect on Getting COVID

Government lacks a strategy, or even a public stance, on the problem as obesity worsens

(Newser) - Other nations have acted during the pandemic to counter the increased risk of contracting COVID caused by diet-related conditions such as obesity, hypertension, and diabetes. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's moves have received attention, but it's not just Britain, Politico reports. Chile has slapped warning labels on foods with...

New Weight Loss Drug May Be Like No Other
New Weight Loss Drug
May Be Like No Other
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New Weight Loss Drug May Be Like No Other

Semaglutide's results suggest it could be a game-changer

(Newser) - We may have a game-changer when it comes to obesity drugs. The results of a clinical trial involving taking higher doses of Novo Nordisk's Type 2 diabetes drug semaglutide as an anti-obesity medication were published Wednesday, and they're staggeringly good: Those who injected it weekly for a little...

Obese Might Move Up in Vaccine Line
Obese Might
Move Up in
Vaccine Line

Obese Might Move Up in Vaccine Line

CDC panel to meet Tuesday on setting priorities

(Newser) - A new realization of the role obesity plays in putting people at risk of a severe COVID-19 illness could affect decisions on the order in which Americans receive a vaccine. "Obesity was ignored for the longest time, and overweight was completely ignored," said a researcher at the University...

Johnson: Brits Are Fatter Than Most Everyone But the Maltese

Says politicians can't treat obesity as 'irrelevant'

(Newser) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who weighed close to 250 pounds when he was hospitalized with COVID-19 , suggested he is no longer a "libertarian" on the subject of obesity. He said Monday that the British are "significantly fatter" than most other nations in Europe—"apart from the...

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