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  1. Exercise Up in U.S., but So Is Obesity: Report

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 10 (HealthDay News) -- Although Americans are exercising more, the obesity epidemic continues to expand, University of Washington researchers report. Their nine-year study of data from two U.S. health surveys suggests that physical activity alone

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  2. Can Hi-Tech Avatars Promote Real-Life Weight Loss?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 1 (HealthDay News) -- Watching an avatar exercise and learn healthy habits in a virtual community might help people shed excess weight, a small new study suggests. An avatar is the graphical or physical representation of the user, in video games or on

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  3. Night Owls May Pack on More Pounds

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 28 (HealthDay News) -- Night owls are more likely to gain weight than people who get good sleep because they tend to graze the kitchen for junk food in the wee hours of the morning, a new study suggests. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania

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  4. U.S. Doctors' Group Labels Obesity a Disease

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 19 (HealthDay News) -- In an effort to focus greater attention on the weight-gain epidemic plaguing the United States, the American Medical Association has now classified obesity as a disease. The decision will hopefully pave the way for more att

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  5. Gene Variants May Play Role in Obesity

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 17 (HealthDay News) -- Two new studies offer some solace to those who can't control their weight despite diet and exercise by providing more evidence that genetics may play a role in obesity. One study offers unique insight because it finds genetic mu

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  6. Brain Stimulation as Last-Ditch Obesity Treatment?

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 13 (HealthDay News) -- For the first time, researchers have shown that implanting electrodes in the brain's "feeding center" can be safely done -- in a bid to develop a new treatment option for severely obese people who fail to shed pounds even after w

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  7. Mom's Weight Loss Surgery May Help Later Offspring

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 28 (HealthDay News) -- Weight-loss operations in women could be a genetic bonus for the health of their future children, a new study suggests. Researchers found differences in the activity of genes in children born to women after they'd had gastric by

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  8. Losing Weight May Ease Chronic Heartburn

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 20 (HealthDay News) -- Obese and overweight men and women who suffer from heartburn often report relief when they lose weight, a new study shows. The researchers tracked the effects of weight loss over a year in patients who had a persistent form of

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  9. Gene Variations & Weight Gain Among Men, Women

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 15 (HealthDay News) -- Weight gain in men and women is predicted by two different genetic variations -- so-called polymorphisms, according to a new study from the Netherlands. Men with a certain mutation of the FTO gene had an 87 percent gre

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  10. Money Motivates Weight Loss -- One Step at a Time

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 8 (HealthDay News) -- When a health insurer told obese people they could either pay 20 percent more for coverage or start exercising, most of them decided to get active, according to a new study. More than 6,500 obese people insured by Blue Care Net

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