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Obesity, Chronic Diseases Stable Across U.S. States in 2011

Most states in the country have an obese adult population above 20 percent, according to the latest Gallup Index Healthways Well-Being Index.

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Study: Obesity Is Associated With Altered Brain Function

In the battle against the bulge, scientists are now looking to the brain in an effort to learn why some people are prone to overeating and weight gain.

Researchers in Finland found that in comparison to lean individuals, the brain glucose metabolism of obese individuals was significantly higher in the region of the brain where rewards are processed.

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Is Obesity Contagious?

Recent studies have shown we tend to eat more when the people around us do. But new research with mice takes that one further, revealing obesity may actually be contagious.

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CDC: Obesity Rates Steady Over Past Decade

Obesity rates in the United States have remained steady over the past decade, according to a new study from the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Effects of Risk Factors For Obesity Causes People to Put on Weight

A new study published in the journal PLoS Medicine found people with several risk factors for obesity were more likely to put on weight.

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Slightly Fewer Americans Obese in 2011

Fewer Americans reported being obese in 2011, compared to years past, according to the latest Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

 

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Researcher Propose Higher Tax on Sugary Beverages

As obesity continues to plague the United States, many states have imposed a tax cost on some of the products that contribute to unhealthy weight gain, like soda. But experts believe that the current sales tax isn’t high enough to truly impact health and weight loss.

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U.S. Cancer Rates Drop, While Obesity Related Cancers Increase

There has been a steady drop in in the cancer death rate in the United States, but obesity related cancers, such as kidney cancer, is on the rise, according to the American Cancer Society’s annual report.

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Hey Moms, It Could Be Your Fault Your Kid Is Overweight

Childhood obesity is soaring. In fact, about a third of US children are currently overweight or obese — and a new study may reveal one big cause.

Researchers found toddlers who have a poor relationship with their moms could be twice as likely to be obese by the time they turn 15, possibly because they tend to turn to food as a substitute for motherly comfort.

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Obesity Isn’t Just Bad for Your Body, It’s Bad for Your Wallet, Too — Health Check

The health risks of obesity are well-documented, but there’s a financial downside, too — data shows obese people also earn less money, especially women.

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