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Obesity

Why some experience serious side effects from bariatric surgery

What happens during bariatric surgery can be just as important as the health of the patient before the operation takes place.

19th century undertaker introduced the world to dieting

Historical studies of obesity contradict the myth that being fat was a sign of health in days gone by. The first evidence of modern dieting did not emerge until the 1860s, say researchers.

Gut bacteria sends signals to the brain to make us fat

Our gut bacteria send signals to the brain and encourage us to eat more, and may cause us to put on weight.

Is there an x-factor behind the obesity epidemic?

Weight = calories in and calories out, right? It's not that simple.

Couch potato habits don’t explain obesity epidemic

Sure, we’re less active than we used to be. But little suggests this is the main explanation for the obesity epidemic.

Scientists find gene switch for “bad” fat

New study shows that targeting a certain gene can lower fat levels in the blood and reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes, and fatty liver disease.

Antipsychotics can make you fat

Psychosis medications can also lead to an increased appetite, shows new research. It could explain why some people react so dramatically to treatment.

Why bears can be obese and healthy

Bears put on huge amounts of fat, but don't suffer from heart problems and diabetes. Researchers think that the animals’ gut microbes might provide an explanation.

Weight loss does not prolong the lives of diabetes patients

New study shows that the prescribed weight loss has no effect on cardiovascular disease and mortality among patients with type-2 diabetes.

Ninety per cent of gastric bypass patients suffer side effects

Many patients end up back at the doctor’s office with abdominal pain and other symptoms after gastric bypass surgery. But health researchers still recommend the procedure.