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Five surprising things making you fat

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | People might think battling unwanted fat is down to sheer willpower, but medical research says otherwise. Here are five potentially surprising factors that can affect your weight, as unearthed by ‘The Truth About Obesity’. 1. Gut microbes Prof Tim Spector believes a lot of human …

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Study challenges ‘healthy but obese’ theory

Paris, France | AFP | Being overweight or obese does pose a risk of heart disease, despite claims to the contrary, a study of nearly 300,000 British adults suggested Friday. While it is generally accepted that being overweight increases a person’s disease risk, some researchers have recently suggested that carrying …

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Linger over lunch to lose weight: study suggests

Paris, France | AFP | People who wolf down their food could lose weight simply by chewing longer and pausing between bites, study results suggested Tuesday. Research involving nearly 60,000 Japanese people showed a link between eating slower or faster, and losing or gaining weight. “Changes in eating speed can affect …

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Diabetes, obesity behind 800,000 cancers worldwide: study

Paris, France | AFP | Nearly six percent of new cancers diagnosed worldwide in 2012 — some 800,000 cases — were caused by diabetes and excess weight, according to a study published Tuesday. Among the 12 types of cancer examined, the percentage of cases chalked up to these factors was …

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Mexican 10-month toddler weighing 28 kilos baffles doctors

Tecomán, Mexico | AFP |  Like any other 10-month-old, Luis Manuel Gonzales babbles and touches anything within reach. But he stands out in a stunning and perhaps life-threatening way: he weighs 28 kilos (62 pounds). He might need medical treatment costing a fortune, but his father earns a little over …

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Obesity ‘epidemic’ affects one in 10 worldwide

Washington, United States | AFP |  More than one in 10 people worldwide are now obese and 2.2 billion are believed to be overweight, fueling a global health crisis that claims millions of lives every year, according to a major new international study released on Monday. Obesity numbers have more …

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Swallowable balloons work to curb obesity

Paris, France | AFP |  Weight-loss balloons swallowed rather than surgically inserted in the stomach were shown to be safe and effective in preliminary trials, according to findings unveiled Thursday at a medical conference. So-called intragastric balloons have been used for decades to help obese patients shed unwanted kilos. Inflated …

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Chile sues Nestle, Kellogg’s in anti-obesity drive

Santiago, Chile | AFP |  Chilean authorities are suing the giant breakfast cereal-makers Nestle and Kelloggs for putting children’s cartoon characters on packets of fattening food in breach of an anti-obesity law, officials said Tuesday. The government’s National Consumer Service said in a statement it had filed a suit against …

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Whole grain consumption could lead to longer life

A diet that includes three daily servings of whole grains appears to help people live longer, including by reducing the rates of death from heart disease and cancer, according to findings released Monday. For each 16-gram serving of whole grains, public health researchers at Harvard University noted a seven percent …

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