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Why exercise may not help obese shed much weight: Exercise can elevate stress response and make it more difficult to become slim

The obese are advised to do physical exercise. But this can increase their physiological stress responses, and thereby make it more difficult to slim, according to a new Norwegian study. This research may provide an explanation for the difficulties which many people encounter in losing weight despite energetic keep-fit efforts. “It’s often said obese people […]

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Simply being called ‘fat’ makes young girls more likely to become obese: Trying to be thin is like trying to be tall

Girls who are told by a parent, sibling, friend, classmate or teacher that they are too fat at age 10 are more likely to be obese at age 19, a new study by UCLA psychologists shows. The study looked at 1,213 African-American girls and 1,166 white girls living in Northern California, Cincinnati and Washington, D.C., […]

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Astronauts’ hearts become more spherical in space

New findings from a study of 12 astronauts show the heart becomes more spherical when exposed to long periods of microgravity in space, a change that could lead to cardiac problems, according to research to be presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 63rd Annual Scientific Session. With implications for an eventual manned mission to […]

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Blood test may help predict whether a child will become obese

Scientists have found that a simple blood test, which can read DNA, could be used to predict obesity levels in children. Researchers at the Universities of Southampton, Exeter and Plymouth used the test to assess the levels of epigenetic switches in the PGC1a gene — a gene that regulates fat storage in the body. Epigenetic […]

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