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Slightly Fewer Americans Obese in 2011

Fewer Americans reported being obese in 2011, compared to years past, according to the latest Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

 

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Why Is Christmas the Perfect Time for Telling People They’re Overweight? — Health Check

Who says the holidays have to be all warm and fuzzy? According to some health groups in the UK, Christmas can be the perfect time to tell a loved one he or she is overweight.

It may sound rude, but experts insist the health risks involved with obesity, including diabetes, heart disease and stroke, make it worth the uncomfortable conversation.

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Should an Obese Child Be Taken From His Parents? Some Authorities Thought So and Did

A boy in Cleveland, OH, who weighs more than 200 pounds, was taken from his mother by authorities last week. Officials were forced to remove the third-grader from his home when caseworkers decided that his mother’s inability to reduce his weight constituted medical neglect.

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British Prime Minister David Cameron Considers Implementing ‘Fat Tax’

Citing a desire to avoid soaring health costs and shortened life expectancies, British Prime Minister David Cameron will consider introducing a “fat tax” similar to one recently introduced in Denmark.

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Pot Smokers Are Less Likely to Be Obese Than Non-Smokers

People who smoke pot once a week are about 25 percent less likely to be obese than non-smokers.

According to a study by French researchers, marijuana smokers have a 16 percent rate of obeseity, whereas those who don’t partake enjoy a rate of obesity between 22 and 25 percent.

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Leading Doctor Recommends Obese Children Be Taken From Their Parents

A doctor has proposed putting severely obese children in temporary foster homes.

Dr. David Ludwig, an obesity specialist at Harvard-affiliated Children's Hospital Boston, made this recommendation Wednesday in highly respected 'Journal of the American Medical Association.'

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