Being overweight is even more harmful than we thought, new study shows

We knew that extra pounds are bad for your health, but a new study claims that we may have underestimated the effect.

Childhood obesity has grown by 1,000% worldwide in the last 40 years

We’re dealing with a worldwide crisis by now.

Overweight Asian Americans seen as “more American” than their thinner counterparts

Does that guy look American to you? Nah he’s too thin.

How much does the Earth and its population weigh?

Humanity is getting more numerous and fatter while planet Earth itself is getting lighter.

It’s not just humans — 1 in 3 US pets are also overweight

Just like humans, pets are becoming too overweight — and we need to improve this.

Cash 4 Weight Loss programme shown to work and make people excited about exercise

That sounds more like wizardry than science.

This protein might be the key to developing the fabled slim-pill — that actually works

An international team has discovered that by inhibiting Gq protein production in adipose tissue, cells can be re-purposed from storing fat to burning it.

Overweight people judge distances as being farther, making it harder to exercise

Our perception does not always reflect reality, as evidenced by numerous studies. The information sent by the eyes to the brain is processed and contains many short-cuts and assumptions which makes things more optimized, but also leads to biases. One study, for instance, found that people who are overweight will judge an object as being farther than it really is. This suggests that physical characteristics — people who thought they were overweight, but weren’t in fact, did not share this bias — plays a major role in defining perception.

Conditioned reflex to food might cause people to overeat, NOT hunger

Obesity is a huge problem in the developed world, with some places worse off than others (i.e. the US). There are a slew of environmental factors that contribute to obesity, like eating unhealthy, hectic work schedules, genetics and so on. Researchers at University of California have a different hypothesis in mind that explains why people overeat. It’s not that they’re hungry,

Obesity in the developing world quadruples since 1980

The world is changing awfully fast, and with change expect many paradigms to shift or crumble entirely to dust. Over the course of a mere couple of decades, world’s politics has changed dramatically. Superpowers have fallen, the Cold War is well behind us and countries which not long ago were considered hallmarks of poverty have significantly changed their status. I

Overweight kids overcome junk food addiction by staring at it

Counter the popular dictum “out of sight, out of mind”, Kerri Boutelle, professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at University of California, San Diego’s School of Medicine, wants to tackle junk food addition in a novel way. In her experiments, she instructs overweight kids to stare at foods like french fires or cheetos  in order to overcome their urges and develop willpower. Her

Leading a Healthy Lifestyle: 8 Gadgets That Can Help

In our increasingly health-conscious world, the marketplace has been flooded by gadgets that insist they’ll help us achieve our fitness goals. But for every useful innovation there are several destined to collect dust. Read on to discover the health inventions worth investing in. Monitor Your Body with the Basis B1 Watch Image via Flickr by Alan Cleaver Heart-rate monitor watches

Obesity linked to dementia, study says

According to a recently published study reported by Swedish scientists, people who are obese and middle aged are up to four times more likely do develop dementia than people of normal weight. Published in the journal Neurology, the research was conducted 8,534 Swedish twins over the age of 65, of which data showed that 350 had been diagnosed with Alzheimer