‘Fat Shaming’ Just Makes Older Adults Get Fatter

Well, we could have told them this: Humiliating older adults about their weight problem doesn’t make them slim down. A new study finds, in fact, that it may do just the opposite. People who felt belittled because of their weight were 2 1/2 to 3 times more likely to either gain weight or remain obese, according to the study published last week in the journal PLOS One. “Weight discrimination, in addition to being hurtful and demeaning, has real consequences for …

If You’re Fat, Does It Mean You’re Ill? (Yes, Says AMA)

One in three American adults is obese, and the American Medical Association (AMA) believes the medical community needs to do more to help fight this problem. Th AMA’s solution is to declare obesity a disease. The nation’s largest physician organization said this week that “recognizing obesity as a disease will help change the way the medical community tackles this complex issue.” It could have a greater impact on how insurance companies deal with the problem and what additional treatments they …

Chronic Hedonic Hyperphagia Causes Eating for Pleasure

Are you overweight? If so, you may be one of the millions of people around the world who are plagued with chronic hedonic hyperphagia. If this is the first time you’ve heard this term, you aren’t alone. Until April 2013, ordinary folks-indeed, even members of the medical community-were generally unaware of this syndrome. In research presented at the 245th meeting in New Orleans of the American Chemical Society (the members certainly meet a lot, don’t they?), Tobias Hock, PhD, explained …

Wait, Now They Tell Us Being Overweight Is OK?

Just in time for those New Year’s resolutions about diet comes this surprising news: While being obese is still bad for your health, new research suggests that those who are moderately overweight have a lower risk of dying than normal-weight people do. The study, published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association, is a big one – an analysis of 100 international studies that included about 3 million adults. The authors were researchers with the National Center for Health …

New Diet Pill Belviq: 5 Things You Should Know

Belviq, the first new prescription weight-loss pill in 13 years, won approval last week from the Food and Drug Administration. The drug, generically known as lorcaserin, works as an appetite-suppressant, triggering receptors in the brain that make people feel full. It offers a new diet aid to the one in three Americans who are obese. Don’t expect dramatic results, however, as the Washington Post notes. In the three trials of almost 8,000 overweight and obese people over 52 to 104 …

The Takeaway: Romney Presses Social Security Issue; Heavier Women Less Strong; Health Insurance’s “Good News”

A new study of older women finds those that are overweight actually have less leg strength and power than their normal-weight counterparts … A survey finds that the cost of employer-based health insurance will rise less this year than in the previous few … Scientists have found a way to reverse the aging of human stem cells””which is good news, because our old fountain-of-youth hope””’longevity genes’””isn’t holding up so well in light of new research.