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Children with autism, developmental delays at higher risk for obesity

The study included nearly 2,500 children between 2 and 5 years old – an age group that can present a valuable window of opportunity for early obesity prevention. The research …


Study: Obese mice lost a third of their fat using a natural protein; will it work in humans?

Scientists found that the natural protein FGFBP3 (or BP3) turned out to be a powerful regulator of metabolism, helping obese laboratory mice that were genetically predisposed to eat often lose …


Study: Helping low-income obese patients lose weight

Using a free phone app, low-income obese patients in a Duke University study achieved clinically meaningful weight loss in a year-long focus including regular coaching from primary care providers. Locally, …


Unlocking puzzles in pediatric diabetes

As more kids get diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, new research led by a Seattle professor has found yet another concern. Medications are less effective on youth than their adult …


Scientists engineer proteins that caused obese animals to lose weight and lower cholesterol

As the U.S. obesity rate has galloped toward 40 percent, doctors, drug designers and dispirited dieters have all wondered the same thing: What if a pill could deliver the benefits …


Outside View: Seattle finds that taxing sugar is complicated

One question is whether customers are shopping in other jurisdictions to avoid the tax, or getting their sugar fix in other products.


UPDATED: Thu., April 6, 2017, 10:37 p.m.

Pattie Kappen used surgery to lose weight and found herself in the process

Spokane resident Pattie Kappen embarked on a series of positive life changes a few years ago. She’s lost about 250 pounds, quit smoking and gone to counseling to deal with …


1,100-pound woman leaves Egypt to India for surgery

The head of the Egyptian national airline, EgyptAir, says the company has transported a 1,100-pound woman in a cargo plane to India for a series of surgeries.


Texas man caught with cocaine hidden under belly fat, police say

Authorities say a Texas man tried to destroy cocaine hidden under his belly fat while being taken to jail after failing a field sobriety test early on New Year’s Eve.


Special Olympics racing to better health

A high percentage of people with intellectual disabilities are obese, based on national body mass index data. Special Olympics Washington, the state-level organization, began a focus this year to increase …


Chubby babies on the decline in aid program serving millions

Chubby babies and toddlers at risk for later obesity are on the decline in a government food program serving millions of kids, a glimmer of good news in the nation’s …


Once underfed, Brazil’s poor have a new problem: obesity

Brazil has been bogged down in a recession for over two years but one business is still growing. Fast food. And as it expands, so does the country’s obesity problem.


To fight childhood obesity, task force recommends screening all kids starting at age 6

Draft guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force urge pediatricians and other clinicians to check the body mass index of children and adolescents to identify patients who would benefit …


Battle of the bulge: Many of Canada’s troops are fat

Canada has often been criticized for failing to pull its weight as a military partner in organizations like NATO because of its relatively low level of defense spending.


WSU study shows lack of plus-size activewear often discourages women from exercising

A recent study from Washington State University found a lack of fashion options has plus-size women feeling frustrated and might be hindering activity. The study, recently published in the journal …


Why are women losing the battle of the bulge?

After a national report this summer showed that women have surpassed men in obesity rates, doctors and obesity researchers are searching for answers to why women are struggling more than …


Idaho congressman lost 72 pounds walking. Now he wants everyone to do it

WASHINGTON – At 55, Brian Whitlock is like millions of Americans, getting far too little exercise. But he’s ready to do something about it, pledging to walk 2,963 miles in …


Adult obesity in U.S. rises to 38 percent, CDC study says

How do government agencies, private foundations, industry groups and professional societies squander hundreds of millions of dollars? By trying to fight America’s obesity epidemic. Two new studies show that the …


Diabetes guidelines urge using obesity surgery more often

International diabetes organizations are calling for weight-loss surgery to become a more routine treatment option for diabetes, even for some patients who are only mildly obese.


Subway posting calories nationally as regulation lags

Subway is moving ahead and posting calorie counts on menu boards nationally despite another delay in a federal rule requiring the information.


Will obesity reverse life span gains made over decades of health triumphs?

New statistics on death rates in the United States appear to confirm a grim prediction – that obesity is reversing decades of steady expansion in Americans’ life spans, according to …


Anchorage noticed nationally for reducing childhood obesity

ANCHORAGE, Alaska– Anchorage has been recognized by a national public health foundation as one of four communities in the country to have reduced and maintained a lower rate of childhood …


Your Neanderthal inheritance could affect your mood, skin and smoking habits

It’s been 40,000 years since the Neanderthals disappeared, but their lingering genetic legacy may be influencing your health.


BMI mislabels 54 million Americans as ‘overweight’ or ‘obese,’ study says

Good news for some in the high-BMI crowd: A new study from the University of California, Los Angeles, finds that some 54 million Americans who are labeled as obese or …


Link between obesity, faulty gene could open different path of treatment

Scientists have finally figured out how the key gene tied to obesity makes people fat, a major discovery that could open the door to an entirely new approach to the …


Northern Idaho mental illness, obesity are top health issues

Obesity and mental illness are the top public health concerns in northern Idaho, according to a study released Thursday. Both kids and adults struggle with their waistlines, the study found. …


Obesity, mental illness top North Idaho’s list of health concerns

Obesity and mental illness are the top public health concerns in North Idaho, according to an assessment released today.


Tips to surviving the holidays without gaining too much weight

Nobody gains 20 pounds all at once. Extra weight creeps up on us over time. Especially around this time, said Lisa Randall, a dietitian and diabetes educator at the INHS …


TOPS offers weight-loss support at skinnier price

Near the top of every TOPS meeting, there’s a weight-loss roll call. Or weight gain or weight maintenance, depending on what kind of week the member had. At one such …


House Call: Weight-loss medications offer hope

Last month we had good news about obesity rates in the United States – a significant decline among children 2 to 5 years old. Because children who are overweight or …