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Do obese people have lower lifetime healthcare costs?

I've always been told that obesity is a drain a country's healthcare system...and it's generally accepted as fact. In online debates I frequently see reference to this. I remember seeing news ...
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Do scientists use monosodium-glutamate (MSG) to fatten lab mice/rats?

I recently came across a video (that is anti-MSG) that made the claim that scientist use MSG to fatten lab rats/mice. I can't seem to find any source for this information. I can find examples of ...
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Do body piercings lead to fat gain?

A Facebook friend was concerned by this report Don’t get pierced! Body piercings can raise cortisol levels and lead to fat gain, and no site is as susceptible to fat gain as your abs! If you have ...
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Do consumer-grade body-fat scales provide consistent results?

There are weight scales that additionally claim to measure body fat by electrical resistance. According to this article, body-fat scales are "absolutely" superior to just-weight scales, although the ...
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Does the average European adult weigh 71kg?

The Daily Mail says that the average weight of both males and females in Europe is UN 70.8kg in this article: ...
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Does gliadin in wheat stimulate appetite to the point of obesity?

Dr William Davis claims that the protein gliadin in wheat (at least, strains grown since the '60s or so) stimulates appetite, leading to obesity. He has released a book on the topic, called Wheat ...
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Does smoking prevent obesity and diabetes?

In a letter to The Guardian newspaper artist and pro-tobacco campaigner David Hockney suggests that there could be a link between not smoking and being obese or having diabetes. Is there a link ...
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Are plastics making us fat and giving us diabetes?

A recent widely reported news story (example report from the Independent) suggested that one explanation for the modern rise in obesity was not too much food or two little exercise but many of ...
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Is the United States the fattest country in the world?

It is often said that the United States is the fattest country in the world. Is it? Does it depend on how one measures fatness?
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Is obesity a disease?

A northern Indiana hospital that erected billboards with the message “Obesity is a Disease. Not a Decision” is facing a backlash from people offended by the signs’ suggestion that obesity isn’t a ...