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A few extra pounds can’t hurt you — or can they?

Global study contradicts a previous finding that being overweight increases longevity ...

Calorie-Burning ‘Good’ Fat Can Be Protected, Says Study

Preventing Beige Fat Cells From Digesting Their Own Energy Sources Reduces Obesity and Pre-Diabetic Symptoms in Mice ...

Research note: Yale researchers find new molecular regulator of eating

A set of neurons previously linked to lactation in women may also play a key role in regulating eating and body weight, a new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers has found. ... Full story

Brains of overweight people 'ten years older' than lean counterparts at middle-age

From middle-age, the brains of obese individuals display differences in white matter similar to those in lean individuals ten years their senior, according to new research led by the University of Cambridge. White matter is the tissue that connects areas of the brain and allows for information to be communicated between regions. ... Full story

Higher BMI not associated with increased risk of heart attack or death, study shows

A study of 4,046 genetically identical twin pairs with different amounts of body fat shows that twin siblings with a higher Body Mass Index, as a measure of obesity, do not have an increased risk of heart attack or mortality. The study, conducted by researchers at Umeå University in Sweden, also shows that a higher BMI is associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. The study is published today in JAMA Internal Medicine. ... Full story

Online intervention helps sustain weight loss

New research, led by the University of Southampton, has found that an online behavioural counselling tool is effective at helping people lose weight. ... Full story

Newly Identified 'Thrifty' Genetic Variant May Explain Samoan Obesity

CINCINNATI—A new study involving researchers at the University of Cincinnati (UC) reports that a newly discovered genetic variant, affecting energy metabolism and fat storage, may partly explain why Samoans, a semi-isolated Polynesian population, have among the world’s highest levels of obesity. ... Full story

Brain activity and response to food cues differ in severely obese women, UTSW study shows

DALLAS – The brain’s reward centers in severely obese women continue to respond to food cues even after they’ve eaten and are no longer hungry, in contrast to their lean counterparts, according to a recent study by a multidisciplinary team at UT Southwestern Medical Center. ... Full story

Global study links obesity to premature death, with greatest effect in men

A study of 3.9 million adults published in The Lancet has found that being overweight or obese is associated with an increased risk of premature death. The risks of coronary heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease and cancer are all increased. Overall, the excess risk of premature death (before age 70) among those who are overweight or obese is about three times as great in men as in women. ... Full story

Water and Weight Loss

Nearly one-third of all Americans are overweight or obese, and thus at risk for diabetes, heart disease and a host of other negative health consequences ... Full story

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