OBESITY

  • Adult obesity in US unacceptably high, says report September 4, 2014

    Washington: Poor eating and exercise habits have kept obesity rates high in the United States, said a report today that found increases in six states and no decreases across the nation. The problem is particularly acute among the poor and in the AfricanAmerican community, said the State of Obesity report by...
  • DGCA tells cabin crew to get fit or lose job May 6, 2014

    New Delhi: The Director General Civil Aviation (DGCA) has for the first time issued Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR) for the medical examination of the cabin crew. The CAR prescribed the requirement of body mass index (BMI) and rules for disposal of high BMI cases in terms of overweight and obese...
  • Blame your genes for that paunch January 24, 2014

    London: Scientists have identified five new genes that play a key role in deciding the size of belly fat, paving the way to treat obesity better. A person's measure of belly fat is reflected in the ratio of waist circumference to hip circumference, and it is estimated that genetics account for...
  • Chocolate may help ward off diabetes risk January 20, 2014

    A compound found in chocolate and red wine may guard people against the risk of diabetes, a new study suggests. Eating high levels of flavonoids including anthocyanins and other compounds found in berries, tea, and chocolate could offer protection from type 2 diabetes according to research from...
  • Fast food not driving childhood obesity: Study January 16, 2014

    Fast food is not the main culprit behind rising childhood obesity rates, a new study has claimed. While rising fastfood consumption has been considered the major factor causing rapid increases in childhood obesity for years, researchers said fastfood consumption is simply a byproduct of a much bigger problem: poor alldaylong dietary...
  • Woman whose butt is seven feet wide, claims she has the world's biggest booty January 1, 2014

    Sarah Massey, whose butt is seven feet wide, claims she has the world's biggest booty. The 33yearold, who lives in Chicago, says that her body shape is hereditary and there's nothing she can do about it. Some of the practical problems that Massey faces on a daily basis include walking...
  • A computer chip implanted in the arm can help you lose weight November 27, 2013

    London: Scientists are developing a computer chip that could be implanted in an obese patient's arm to help them lose weight. The chip could prove to be a possible alternative to surgical interventions such as liposuction or gastric bands. Researchers have already developed an early warning system and treatment: an implantable...
  • New implantable chip can help you lose weight November 27, 2013

    London: Scientists are developing a computer chip that could be implanted in an obese patient's arm to help them lose weight. The chip could prove to be a possible alternative to surgical interventions such as liposuction or gastric bands. Researchers have already developed an early warning system and treatment: an...
  • Fat ain't fit: Obesity a health hazard October 26, 2013

    One of the most common advertisements in both the print and electronic media is that of weight loss programmes that promise magical transformation from a fat to a fit figure. Doctors, however, express doubt over the efficacy of such programmes. Doctors say that obesity, a problem increasingly consuming presentday society and...
  • Saudi man weighing over 600 kg finally gets medical help August 21, 2013

    Jazan: A young man in Saudi Arabia, Khalid Mohsin Shaeri, suffering from Morbid obesity, weighs close to 610 kg and hasn't been able to leave his bedroom for the past two and a half years. But now, he has finally got medical help. The 20yearold was airlifted out of his...
  • In India about eight to ten crore people are diabetic, estimates Dr Sujeet Jha July 30, 2013

    The cases of diabetes are growing with a rapid pace in the urban areas of the country. To discuss the growing trend of the deceases we had a talk with Dr. Sujeet Jha, HOD, Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Obesity, Max Healthcare, New Delhi. Graduate from SK Medical College, Muzaffarpur...
  • Obese air passengers should pay extra: Economist March 29, 2013

    Airlines should charge obese passengers more, a Norwegian economist has suggested, arguing that "pay as you weigh" pricing would bring health, financial and environmental dividends. Bharat Bhatta, an associate professor at Sogn og Fjordane University College, said that airlines should follow other transport sectors and charge by space and weight. "To the...
  • Viagra may also combat obesity: study January 18, 2013

    Berlin: Viagra the common male potency enhancer drug may also fight obesity by busting the unseemly fat around the abdomen, a new research has claimed. Researchers from the University of Bonn, who treated mice with drug, discovered the signalling pathway by which Viagra might be able to fight...
  • Five fitness trends to watch for January 12, 2013

    1. Battling Child Obesity in Metros Obesity has become a big problem for kids in metros: One in four schoolchildren is overweight. Though primary schools encourage physical activity, the real responsibility lies with parents to spot the problem and get inactive kids away from the TV and packet of chips...
  • Bedroom TV increases risk of obesity in children December 11, 2012

    Washington: Children watching TV in bedrooms might have greater chances of becoming obese, says a US study. A team from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Los Angeles linked the relationship between watching TV in bedrooms and childhood obesity, especially larger waists. "The established association between TV and obesity is...
  • Gene keeps fat people happier than skinny ones November 21, 2012

    London: A specific gene could explain why fat people are happier than their thinner counterparts, says a new research from McMaster University, Canada. Scientists have linked the "fat gene" with the "happy gene". "Strictly" star Lisa Riley has recently said she is a "big, really happy girl who is lucky...
  • World's first antiobesity shot promising July 9, 2012

    Washington: The world's first antiobesity vaccine has shown promising results in boosting weight loss, according to a study. Keith Haffer from Braasch Biotech LLC, south Dakota, who developed the vaccines in two versions JH17 and JH18, derived from a peptide hormone somatostatin, tested them in two groups of diet induced...
  • Soon, a pill to motivate you to hit the gym June 14, 2012

    London: Want to shed those extra flab but struggle to get to the gym? Don't worry, scientists have now found a potential pill which they say could motivate you to exercise harder. Researchers from the University of Zurich in Switzerland found that when a certain hormone in the brain was elevated...
  • New York moves to ban 'supersized' sodas June 1, 2012

    New York: Want to supersize that soda? Sorry, but in New York City you could be out of luck. In his latest effort to fight obesity in this era of Big Gulps and triple bacon cheeseburgers, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is proposing an unprecedented ban on large servings of soda and...
  • Woman tracks 43 diet plans to lose weight January 9, 2012

    New Delhi: In an age where people tend to be judged for their looks and weight as well, how hard is it to be fat in India? How hard is to come back from what media professional Kalli Purie calls the dark zone? At the first glance, it's hard to...
  • Hyderabad: Obese techie ends life on failed cure January 5, 2012

    HYDERABAD: A software engineer ended his life reportedly depressed over failure to reduce his weight even after medical treatment at Miyapur. The depression resulted in the engineer suffering from severe headache since the past few days, police said. The software engineer immolated himself while his wife had gone to her...
  • 200kg man flies 2 hours to lose 10 kg November 18, 2011

    Mumbai: This man's journey of liberation from the unbearable heaviness of being involved two journeys in ambulances, and a 2hour long flight in a refashioned private jet for weightloss surgery. But he didn't travel light. Even without any luggage, Satish Khichriya (50) a patient of obesity hypoventilation syndrome, weighed a whopping...
  • 48% of Hyderabadis obese November 11, 2011

    HYDERABAD: Here is some food for thought for Hyderabadis. A shocking 48 per cent of the citys adult population suffer from obesity and 8 per cent of the children too are obese, according to a study conducted by the National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad.In a sample survey of 3,102 adults...
  • Solved: Why many people overeat? August 29, 2011

    London: Researchers claim to have finally unlocked the key to what causes some people to overeat. An international team, led by Yale School of Medicine, has found that "free radicals" molecules tied to ageing and tissue damage are crucial to suppressing appetite, the 'Daily Express' reported. In fact, in...
  • Don't touch that! A gadget that counts calories August 3, 2011

    Washington: Now all your mindless munching can soon come to a halt with Bite Counter, a gadget to remind you of the number of bites you intake, claim researchers. Bite Counter is worn like a wrist watch. It tracks a pattern of wristroll motion to identify when the wearer has taken...
  • The gene that makes people fat 'identified' May 16, 2011

    London: Scientists have identified what they claim is the "master switch" gene which causes obesity, a breakthrough which could help treat fatrelated diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. A team, led by Tim Spector of King's College London, which has made the discovery, claims that the DNA controls other genes...
  • Shaming obese people can backfire: study May 4, 2011

    Sydney: If you think passing a nasty remark to your obese friend can compel him into doing something about his waistline think again. A new finding suggests that shaming your overweight people can be counterproductive. The findings reveal weight stigma can have a negative influence on people's motivation to exercise,...
  • Hot red pepper can help burn calories April 27, 2011

    London: Spicing up the daily diet with some red pepper can curb appetite and help burn unwanted calories, a study says. "We found that consuming red pepper can help manage appetite and burn more calories after a meal, especially for individuals who do not consume the spice regularly," said Richard Mattes,...
  • Women's greatest fear: A big bottom? April 19, 2011

    London: Guess what's a woman's greatest fear? A big bottom, according to a new study. The study has found that most imageconscious women often ask their friends whether their bums look big to seek reassurance as it's one part of their body they can never really see for themselves, the 'Daily...
  • New app calculates calories through food photos April 13, 2011

    New York: Worried about how many calories you are going to consume in that slice of pizza, chocolate cake or bag of fries? A new iPhone application may help. After taking a picture of the meal with the phone, the app gives a calorie readout almost instantly. The app, called MealSnap, was...