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  1. Your Body's Fat-Cell 'Switch' May Decide This

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they've found a "toggle switch" that controls whether fat cells in the body burn up or store their energy. The switch is the vitamin D receptor (VDR), a protein that binds with vitamin D. Along with many already

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  2. Skipping Breakfast May Not Lead to Weight Gain

    By Denise Mann HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, July 26 (HealthDay News) -- Skipping breakfast may not sabotage your waistline after all, a small, new study suggests. For years, people have been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and that missing it would encourage them to eat more

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  3. Obese Applicants More Often Denied Entry to Graduate Schools: Study

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 24 (HealthDay News) -- Add higher education to the list of things obese people might lose out on due to discrimination. A new study finds that being overweight may lower your odds of getting into graduate school. "The success rate for people who ha

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  4. Your Smartphone May Be Making You Fat

    By Barbara Bronson Gray HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 18 (HealthDay News) -- Smartphone users just might be the new couch potatoes. Researchers studying college students found that cellphone use -- much like watching television -- may significantly decrease physical activity and fitness levels.

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  5. As Years Spent Obese Rise, So Do Heart Risks

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 16 (HealthDay News) -- There's more bad news for overweight Americans: A 30-year study finds the risk for heart disease rises the longer someone is obese. "Each year of obesity was associated with about a 2 to 4 percent higher risk of subclinical c

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  6. Could a Gene Help Make You Obese?

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 15 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers have discovered a potential genetic explanation for why some people overeat and run a greater risk for obesity. People who carry two copies of a variant form of the "FTO" gene are more likely to feel hungry soon af

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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