Jan 15, 2015

U.S. approves appetite-zapping implant for obese patients

U.S. federal regulators have approved an appetite-suppressing implant that treats obesity by zapping nerves connecting the stomach and the brain. The Maestro Rechargeable System uses electrodes implanted in the abdomen to stimulate the vagus nerve, which signals to the brain that the stomach is ...

Jan 3, 2015

Not all obese people prone to poor health: study

U.S. scientists encouraged 20 obese people to eat extra fast food for several months, and found that about a quarter stayed in good health despite the additional pounds they gained. The study in the Jan. 2 edition of the Journal of Clinical Investigation was ...

South Africa struggles to tackle obesity

Dec 19, 2014

South Africa struggles to tackle obesity

by Tiisetso Motsoeneng

At lunchtime outside South Africa’s biggest shopping mall, hungry workmen in hard hats pour out of a building site to buy cheap loaves of bread and jumbo bottles of fizzy drinks. They are joined by middle-class office workers, forming long queues at fast-food restaurants ...

Dec 9, 2014

Scientists find brain mechanism behind glucose greed

British scientists have found a brain mechanism they think may drive our desire for glucose-rich food and say the discovery could one day lead to better treatments for obesity. In experiments using rats, researchers at Imperial College London found a mechanism that appears to ...

Nov 26, 2014

Obesity is linked to 500,000 cancer cases per year

Being overweight is causing nearly half a million new cancer cases in adults every year, roughly 3.6 percent of the world’s total, a study said Wednesday. A quarter of these cases are “realistically avoidable,” said the authors of the work, published in The Lancet ...

Nov 21, 2014

Report: Global obesity costs hits $2 trillion

The global cost of obesity has risen to $2 trillion annually — nearly as much as smoking or the combined impact of armed violence, war and terrorism, according to a new report released Thursday. The McKinsey Global Institute consulting firm’s report focused on the ...

Nov 6, 2014

Colon cancer could surge among young: study

Colon cancer among people under 34 may nearly double over the next 15 years, raising new concerns about how to fight one of the most common and deadly cancers, researchers said Wednesday. The rise in incidence in the younger population — blamed on lifestyle ...

American waistlines get bigger and bigger: study

Sep 17, 2014

American waistlines get bigger and bigger: study

The average American’s waistline has expanded over the past decade, adding about 1 inch (2.5 cm) of belly fat among the general public from 1999 to 2012, researchers said Tuesday. The findings in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) are the first ...

Weight-loss sugery can reduce diabetes risk

Jun 21, 2014

Weight-loss sugery can reduce diabetes risk

Stomach-shrinking bariatric surgery beats other forms of treatment in bringing about a remission of Type 2 diabetes in the obese, according to a recent Swedish study. The study also found that the procedure was linked to fewer diabetes-related complications in the severely overweight. The ...