Fat news through July 15, 2016

Here’s the latest in our (roughly) weekly series, bringing you the latest news and research that affects us fatties.

July 8, 2016: A study finds that increased BMI is not associated with higher morbidity or mortality for hospitalized patients, whereas being underweight is an independent predictor for hospital complications.
http://drc.bmj.com/content/4/1/e000200.abstract

July 10, 2016: A market research firm claims that Americans are shifting their focus from weight loss and dieting to health, which is hurting the diet industry. One can only hope.
http://www.businessinsider.com/the-death-of-the-diet-industry-2016-7

July 12, 2016: Several past studies have shown a link between artificial sweeteners and increased appetite. Now, researchers in Australia show that these sweeteners trigger a neuronal fasting response, explaining the increased motivation to eat.
http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2016/07/why-do-artificial-sweeteners-increase-appetite
http://www.cell.com/cell-metabolism/abstract/S1550-4131(16)30296-0

July 13, 2016: A meta-analysis of 239 prospective studies on four continents shows increased mortality among overweight and obese people. Although people with chronic disease, smokers, and those who died in the first five years of the study were filtered out, there was no correction for other confounding variables such as socioeconomic status or ethnicity.
http://press.thelancet.com/BMI.pdf

July 14, 2016: A recent study finds that one in five “healthy” weight Americans has prediabetes, a sharp increase from 20 years prior. Although abdominal fat has also increased, it does not appear to be the primary cause of this.
http://news.health.com/2016/07/14/normal-weight-may-not-protect-against-diabetes
http://www.annfammed.org/content/14/4/304.short

July 15, 2016: Diet firm Herbalife gets hit with a $200 million fine for unfair and deceptive practices, and is told it needs to restructure its business. The fine is due to Herbalife operating like a pyramid scheme.
https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2016/07/herbalife-will-restructure-its-multi-level-marketing-operations

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2 thoughts on “Fat news through July 15, 2016

  1. One of the most refreshing news items is that Herbalife, once again, gets caught with their pants on fire. This totally bogus company has been around for ages, and who among us hasn’t had an encounter with an over-zealous Herbalife sales promoter? Two of them invaded a NAAFA event in Hagerstown, MD at one time, and I had to inform them that we could not guarantee their safety. They were pretty startled and left in a hurry!

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