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'Metabolic Switch' Toggles Our Cells to Store or Burn Fat

It seems like cruel fate that some folks are naturally thin, while others have to work tirelessly to control their weight. But in the future, we may be able to level the playing field, because scientists have just discovered a ‘metabolic master switch’ that determines whether fat-producing adipocytes store or burn… » 8/22/15 3:00pm 8/22/15 3:00pm

Genetically-Engineered Bacteria Can Keep Mice From Getting Fat 

Scientists now know that gut microbes almost certainly play a role in us getting fat, and poop transplants are sometimes touted as a potential route to weight loss. But if that’s a little too icky for you, Vanderbilt scientists have been experimenting with more refined microbiome tinkering in mice using genetically… » 4/09/15 7:00pm 4/09/15 7:00pm

A Woman Died from Drinking Too Much Coca Cola

It always seemed like a scare tactic that fat fearing parents would tell their sugar loving kids: if you drink too much Coke, you could die! (okay, maybe in a not so morbid way) But a woman actually died from drinking too much Coke. The coroner blamed the 30-year-old woman's 2.2 GALLON a day Coke problem—as in Coca… » 2/12/13 10:30pm 2/12/13 10:30pm

Dead Obese Woman Carried So Much Fat She Set Crematorium on Fire

As you'll well know if you barbecue very often, fat is extremely flammable. Normally, the human body doesn't carry enough of the stuff for it to be a problem during cremation—but recently, an obese woman from Austria carried so much weight that her fat burnt strongly enough to set a crematorium ablaze. » 6/05/12 4:40pm 6/05/12 4:40pm

We Waste a Billion Gallons of Gas a Year Because We're So Fat

Heavier cars use more fuel. Now some bright spark has calculated that the US uses one billion gallons more gas every year than if the entire population had remained at the average weight of the 1960s. For every extra pound added to the average weight, the country uses another 39 million gallons of fuel each year. » 4/30/12 12:20pm 4/30/12 12:20pm

Stop Complicating a Simple Obesity Solution: Eat Less, Exercise More

Today an article in The Atlantic discusses "obesogens:" environmental contaminants that some researchers believe are making people fat. Obesogens? Great, another meaningless buzzword Americans can discuss at dinner parties instead of facing facts: eating too much and not exercising enough is what's making them fat.… » 3/08/12 3:40pm 3/08/12 3:40pm

Americans Are So Fat, Washington State Ferries Have to Carry Less of Them

America's gotten significantly heavier over the past twenty years and we should have seen this coming. First Kevin Smith gets booted off that flight, then that guy sues White Castle for not having plus-sized booths. Now, one of the nation's largest ferry systems is obligated to carry fewer people on each trip. » 12/22/11 2:40am 12/22/11 2:40am