Studies Suggest Not All Obese People Are Unhealthy

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While many people believe that obese men and women are in poor health and have a greater risk of dying, two recent studies suggest that appearances can be deceiving. 

"Our study challenges the idea that all obese individuals need to lose weight," Dr. Jennifer Kuk, assistant professor in York University's School of Kinesiology & Health Science in Toronto, said in a statement. "Moreover, it's possible that trying - and failing - to lose weight may be more detrimental than simply staying at an elevated body weight and engaging in a healthy lifestyle that includes physical activity and a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables."

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Obesity Rates in America Continue to Rise

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Americans keep getting fatter and fatter. According to a a report released by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 16 states saw a rise in obesity rates and 12 states are now plagued with an obesity rate of at least 30%.

"These numbers signal an emergency, and we simply have to have the courage and resolve to do more than what we're doing,” Kelly D. Brownell, director of Yale University's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity told The Los Angeles Times. Brownell is not associated with the recent report.

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“Night Owls” at Risk for Gaining Weight

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Are you one of those people who enjoy staying up until the wee hours of the night and then sleeping in the next day? According to a new study, you’re at risk for gaining weight.

"When the sun goes down you are supposed to be sleeping, not eating," said Dr. Phyllis Zee, a professor of neurology and director of the Sleep and Circadian Rhythms Research Program at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. “When sleep and eating are not aligned with the body's internal clock, it can lead to changes in appetite and metabolism, which could lead to weight gain." 

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Does Religion Make You Fat?

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Religion may be good for the soul, but is it good for the body? According to a new study, the answer is no. It seems praising God may increase your chances of becoming obese.

Researchers at Northwestern University came to this conclusion after following 2,433 young men and women starting at ages 20 – 32 for a period 18 years. While all study subjects were at a normal body weight at the beginning of the study, those who went to church functions at least once a week were more likely to be obese, 50% more likely, as a matter of fact.

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