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Why Is Christmas the Perfect Time for Telling People They’re Overweight? — Health Check

Who says the holidays have to be all warm and fuzzy? According to some health groups in the UK, Christmas can be the perfect time to tell a loved one he or she is overweight.

It may sound rude, but experts insist the health risks involved with obesity, including diabetes, heart disease and stroke, make it worth the uncomfortable conversation.

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Obesity Isn’t Just Bad for Your Body, It’s Bad for Your Wallet, Too — Health Check

The health risks of obesity are well-documented, but there’s a financial downside, too — data shows obese people also earn less money, especially women.

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‘Obesity May Run in the Family,’ Say Researchers — Health Check

Is obesity contagious? A study back in 2007 seemed to indicate that, saying we get it from our friends. To back that up, researchers highlighted data showing members of social groups were likely to have similar rates of obesity. New research, however, seems to be changing all this by finding that social interactions may have little impact on body weight.

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Want a Smaller Backside? Stand Up — Health Check [VIDEO]

It’s already well-known that a sedentary lifestyle can make one heavier, but new research indicates the simple act of sitting too much can actually generate more fat in the hips and posterior.

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Should We Be Concerned About Obesity in Kindergarteners? — Health Check

We never used to think of chubby kids as being anything other than adorable, but researchers are now more concerned about children’s eating habits now that more Americans are being considered obese.

According to a new study, 40 percent of American children enter kindergarten with a body mass index (BMI) greater than the 75 percentile. Anything over the 85th percentile is considered “overweight,” and over the 95th percentile is “obese.”

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Can Experimental Drug That Helped Monkeys Lose Weight Work on Humans? — Health Check

Researchers have used an experimental drug to help obese monkeys lose weight — and it could work for humans too.

The medication, Adipotide, works by finding and sticking to proteins on the surface of blood vessels that feed white fat cells, and then releasing a synthetic molecule that kills those cells.

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Fatty and Sugary Foods May Be as Addictive as Cocaine and Cigarettes

There is a growing body of evidence suggesting fatty and sugary foods rewire the brain in the same way drugs like cocaine and nicotine do, leading to addiction.

In recent studies, lab animals who have been fed a diet of sugary and fatty snacks show the classic signs of addiction, and brain scans of obese humans show the same disturbances in their reward circuits as the brains that are found in drug addicts.

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Car Companies Working on Bigger Cars for Fat Drivers

Don’t worry if your waistline is expanding, because pretty soon, your luxury vehicle will expand with it.

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