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Questions tagged [obesity]

the condition of being grossly fat or overweight.

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Does central heating contribute to obesity? [closed]

I remember a letter sent to the Financial Times some time last year from a farmer who claimed it wasn't surprising that obesity rates have increased because nowadays, with the ubiquity of central ...
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Is fat as bad as we are led to believe? [duplicate]

According to Fat is back: Rediscover the delights of lard, dripping and suet in The Independent (2009), the idea that eating a diet high in saturated fat clogs up the arteries and leads to heart ...
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Is obesity contagious?

Gina Kolata wrote in the NYTimes in the article Study Says Obesity Can Be Contagious in 2007: Obesity can spread from person to person, much like a virus, researchers are reporting today. When a ...
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Are obese patients in the US commonly sent to zoos for CT scans?

Nothing like the Daily Mail for raising an eyebrow: The bizarre requests to use CT scanners, normally intended for four-legged animals, at the UK’s leading veterinary college in north London were ...
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Are statistics in controversial Australian antigay posters true?

According to the photo of an anti-gay poster depicted here: 92% of children of gay parents are abused 51% have depression 72% are obese My questions: Are these stats supported by other studies? If ...
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Is Fructose the #1 source of obesity in the United States today?

Not my belief but one I ran into over at health SE. Interested to see what data there is beyond my (and tyler's) findings. Argument for: https://health.stackexchange.com/a/7648/5266 -dead link ...
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Do high-fat diets causes heart disease?

This article in The Guardian alleges that the nutritional science establishment has spent the last 4 decades claiming that fatty diets cause heart disease when in fact sugar is largely to blame. The ...
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Does a tax on drinks with high sugar content reduce sugar consumption?

The UK government is introducing a sugar tax on soft drinks with more than 5g per 100ml of sugar. Coca-Cola claims that this "flies in the face of evidence from around the world" A longer quote: ...
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Is the chance of an obese person attaining normal body weight 1 in 210 for men and 1 in 124 for women?

@GoogleFacts wrote in a tweet: The chance of an obese person attaining normal body weight is 1 in 210 for men and 1 in 124 for women, according to a new study. Are those numbers accurate?
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Is the correlation in betwen childhood trauma and addiction stronger than the correlation in between diabetes and obesity?

I came across this image on the internet, which makes the claim, "There is a stronger link between childhood trauma and addiction, than there is between obesity and diabetes. Two thirds of addicts ...
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Is obesity correlated with solitary and/or social eating?

The basis of this question is a pair of newspaper articles that appeared in the Guardian just over a year apart. I know, it's not a scholarly journal, and the articles aren't remotely scientific. The ...
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Is height about as heritable as obesity?

The Thin Privilege FAQ explains: Weight is about 50% - 80% heritable (sources disagree, but here’s a study that shows it to be 77% heritable). Height, for comparison, isn’t 100% heritable (I’ve ...
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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 a ...
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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: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2160934/Overweight-obese-threaten-world-...
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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 ...