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Author Calls Out Other Authors Over Fat Characters

Emma Copley Eisenberg lays out the issue in the New Republic

(Newser) - "I am a novelist and a fat person," writes Emma Copley Eisenberg in the New Republic . Both descriptors are relevant to the point of her essay: that American novelists do a lousy, irresponsible job handling overweight characters. "To read contemporary American fiction is to swim through a...

Here Are the Chubbiest States in America

And the least chubbiest

(Newser) - "Being overweight is becoming the new normal in America." So says WalletHub in its list of the chubbiest and slimmest states in the nation. The site took a look at obesity and overweight prevalence, health consequences, and food and fitness, and cross-referenced them across 31 health metrics. (Note:...

Diabetes Drug Helped Dieters Lose Quarter of Body Weight
This Drug Is Like a 'Medical
Gastric Bypass' for Weight Loss
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This Drug Is Like a 'Medical Gastric Bypass' for Weight Loss

Experts say Eli Lilly diabetes drug Mounjaro, aka tirzepatide, holds potential for treating obesity

(Newser) - The medicine in the diabetes drug Mounjaro helped people with obesity or who are overweight lose at least a quarter of their body weight, or about 60 pounds on average, when combined with intensive diet and exercise, a new study shows. By comparison, a group of people who also dieted...

Most Active Service Members Are Overweight, Report Says
Group Warns of Military Obesity

Group Warns of Military Obesity

Nonprofit calls problem an issue of readiness and health

(Newser) - The majority of US active duty service members register as overweight or obese, according to their body mass index, a nonprofit's report says. "At a time when we are struggling to recruit an adequate labor force for the military, the growing rates of obesity are especially alarming,"...

Christie Zings Back at Trump Over Jokes About Weight

'He should take a look in the mirror'

(Newser) - Chris Christie is firing back at Donald Trump's potshots about his weight with a potshot of his own: "He should take a look in the mirror." The former New Jersey governor appeared on Fox's MediaBuzz over the weekend, where host Howard Kurtz asked him about the...

Overweight People Will Soon Be the Majority
Overweight People Will
Soon Be the Majority
NEW REPORT

Overweight People Will Soon Be the Majority

More than half of global population predicted to be overweight or obese by 2035

(Newser) - In a little more than a decade, obese people will be the majority around the world. More than half of the world’s population, or more than 4 billion people, will be overweight or obese by 2035, according to the World Obesity Federation, which is warning countries to act now...

You Know What Anorexia Is. But That's Just Half the Story

The 'NYT Magazine' explores the newer diagnosis of atypical anorexia

(Newser) - Read the words "anorexia nervosa" and you'll likely visualize an emaciated person. That view might change after reading Kate Siber's piece for the New York Times Magazine . It's a deep dive into "atypical anorexia," a little-discussed eating disorder that mirrors that of anorexia—extreme...

Fat Acts as a 'Reservoir' for COVID
Fat Acts as a
'Reservoir' for COVID
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Fat Acts as a 'Reservoir' for COVID

Research may show why obese, overweight people are at greater risk

(Newser) - A recent study found obese people with COVID-19 were 113% more likely to end up in a hospital, 74% more likely to be admitted to an ICU, and 48% more likely to die than people of a healthy weight, per Science . New research might explain why. The study, posted online...

More Than Half of Adults in China Are Overweight

That's roughly 500M people

(Newser) - China is worried that the nation's expanding waistlines will translate into a surge of chronic health issues in the not-too-distant future. New stats suggest that more than half the adult population is overweight, with 34.3% deemed overweight and another 16.4% considered obese, reports the New York Times ...

Actor Undergoes '1K-Pound' Change
Actor Undergoes
'1K-Pound' Change

Actor Undergoes '1K-Pound' Change

Ethan Suplee looks incredibly lean and mean

(Newser) - That guy with the beard and "Die First, Then Quit" T-shirt is someone you recognize—sort of. It's Remember the Titans star Ethan Suplee, who has trimmed down, pumped up, and publicly revealed a grueling battle-with-fat story, People reports. "I learned really quickly that if I wanted...

Heavy Consequences for NFL Players Told to 'Bulk Up'

Obesity is a major issue among former players, prompting serious health problems

(Newser) - What some NFL players may have to look forward to in their retirement years: football signings, endorsement deals, and broadcasting contracts. What others may find in the cards: diabetes, cardiac issues, and hypertension. Thanks to years of being told to "bulk up" in the name of the game, former...

This Is How Much the Average American Weighs
This Is How Much the
Average American Weighs
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This Is How Much the Average American Weighs

197.9 pounds for men, 170.6 pounds for women—30 pounds more than in the early '60s

(Newser) - Everyone might want to get a head start on their New Year's resolutions to shed a few pounds. Per CNN , a new report from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics shows Americans are shrinking—the average height for men (5-9) and women (5-4) decreased slightly from 1999-2000...

Woman's Obit Slams 'Fat Shaming' by Doctors
A Woman's Final
Note to All Doctors
in Her Obituary
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A Woman's Final Note to All Doctors in Her Obituary

Ellen Maud Bennett says she endured 'fat shaming' from the medical profession

(Newser) - When a terminal cancer diagnosis finally came, Ellen Maud Bennett was given only days to live. The 64-year-old of Victoria, BC, spent them eating lobster and shrimp-wonton soup and boasting, "I look so good for someone almost dead!" Her much-lauded obituary published this month, however, called out something...

Critics on Netflix's 'Revenge Comedy': Shut It Down

Some say 'Insatiable,' about a once-overweight teen, engages in 'body shaming'

(Newser) - The trailer for a new Netflix show dropped last week, but instead of generating excitement, it has spurred a petition calling for the show's cancellation. More than 113,000 people have signed the Change.org appeal to nix Insatiable, starring Disney Channel darling Debby Ryan as a once-obese teen,...

Internet Raises Eyebrow at Trump's Height, Weight
Internet Raises Eyebrow
at Trump's Height, Weight
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Internet Raises Eyebrow at Trump's Height, Weight

And the term 'girther' is born

(Newser) - That President Trump requested and aced a cognitive exam as part of his first physical as president isn't the detail that's being pored over by the internet. That honor goes to Navy doctor Ronny Jackson's detailing of Trump's height and weight, which Jackson reports as 6-foot-3...

Pink: I'm Supposedly 'Obese,' and That's Crazy

She shares her post-baby weight, along with a message for women

(Newser) - Pink had her second child in December, and she just posted an image of herself at the gym on Instagram . No, she's not sporting a magically slim celeb body, and that's her point, notes E! Online . "Would you believe I'm 160 pounds and 5'3"?...

10 Fattest Cities in America
10 Fattest Cities in America

10 Fattest Cities in America

Jackson, Mississippi, takes the top spot

(Newser) - WalletHub has ranked 2017's fattest cities in America, and—as the US is once again the fattest country in the world—possibly the fattest cities anywhere. More than 70% of Americans over the age of 15 are considered overweight or obese by one metric. WalletHub ranked 100 of...

To Lose and Keep Off Weight: Poop Transplant?
To Lose and Keep Off Weight:
Poop Transplant?
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To Lose and Keep Off Weight: Poop Transplant?

Research is young but promising

(Newser) - Stool transplants already appear to be helping fight the hospital-acquired superbug C. difficile, and they're also being tested against ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. But could the radical treatment go so far as to help obese people shed weight and not gain it back again? Researchers at the...

Egypt State TV to Female Hosts: Lose Weight or Lose Job

Women's rights groups are calling mandate sexist

(Newser) - Eight female TV hosts in Egypt have been suspended, and they've been given one month to win their jobs back—if they come back a few pounds lighter. Via the BBC , the Al-Yawm al-Sabi website reports the state-run Egyptian Radio and Television Union issued the slim-down mandate, though the...

8th-Grader Refuses to Share Her 'Perfect' BMI
 8th-Grader 
 Refuses to 
 Share Her 
 'Perfect' BMI 
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8th-Grader Refuses to Share Her 'Perfect' BMI

She instead pens an essay arguing the index is outdated

(Newser) - An Indiana 8th-grader's refusal to complete a school project as assigned is making headlines . The unnamed girl was asked to calculate her body mass index and give the definition for BMI , which is found by multiplying one's weight by 703 and dividing by squared height in inches. But...

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