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C-Section Births Tied To Obesity

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Caesarian sections are on the rise in the United States, but a new study out yesterday indicates that the surgical birth method may have an unexpected consequence. It found that babies born by C-section are twice as likely to be obese by age three, reports the Washington Post. Researchers reviewing the records of 1,255 mothers and babies discovered that 7.5 percent of those born vaginally were obese at three, vs. 15.7 percent of those born by C-section. Read more…

Jamie Oliver Proves That Heaven Exists

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Jamie Oliver And Victoria Government Announce Partnership To Tackle Obesity

Okay, okay, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver was actually using this glorious table of junk food to prove a point about the dangers of obesity as he kicked off a healthy cooking and nutrition initiative in Melbourne, Australia. I really admire Jamie and his work, but if I’m being completely honest, looking at this picture gave me a serious pizza craving.

Facts About America’s Warped Body Ideals Are “Controversial” Somehow

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Naked models usually gets mouths flapping. But the real reason people are gabbing about a photo spread in Plus Model Magazine is because each picture of plus-size model Katya Zharkova posing nude is accompanied by a fact about body size and eating disorders. In the image from the spread shown above left, Katya even holds a “straight size model,” cupping her hand over her butt like a newborn baby. Of course, commenters on the Plus Model blog — and every other blog that has posted about this spread — are shrieking about obesity. I’ve never quite understood why the fact that human beings are made in different sizes — and beauty comes in all of those sizes — is so controversial. While I don’t doubt that obesity exists (in fact, there was a great piece in the New York Times this weekend about obesity in children), such a knee-jerk response obscures the larger point that many of us are bored with the assumed beauty ideal of stick-thin 14-year-olds. Give me an adult model with voluptuous, womanly curves any day. 

You can check out all the images from the Plus Model Magazine spread after the jump. [Fashionista] Keep reading »

Munchies, Shmunchies: Pot Smokers Are Less Likely To Be Obese

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It must be all those pot brownies and long nights spent playing video games. According to a new study, pot smokers are less likely to be obese than their non-toking peers. No, like seriously. A researcher at Louis Mourier Hospital in France was so surprised by her initial finding that she went back to the drawing board and tried again with a second sample, this time one that surveyed more than 41,000 people, but she still found the exact same thing. Overall, while 22 to 25 percent of the general population is obese, for self-reported pot smokers, it’s only 16 to 17 percent. And of people who report smoking pot at least three times a week, only 14 percent were obese. We are waiting for the diet industry to catch wind of this one. [Newser, LiveScience]

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“Maggie Goes On A Diet,” Children’s Diet Book, Criticized For Hurting Body Image

Add this to your fall reading list (or book burning pile): Maggie Goes On A Diet, a children’s book for elementary schoolers, about an obese 14-year-old girl named Maggie who loses weight and becomes the school soccer star. As you can imagine, quite a few people are not happy with this. Bitch Magazine called it “douchy.” A Huffington Post blogger called it “disturbing.” The UK’s Guardian questioned whether this book was “the worst idea ever.”

Everyone, just stick a donut in your mouth and shut up for a second. Keep reading »

On Men Who Like Fat Chicks

“Guys Who Like Fat Chicks.”

I assumed the worst when I read that headline. Can you blame me? As I started to read the Village Voice article about men who are attracted to obese women, I prepared myself to be offended by men who objectify and fetishize a stigmatized, marginalized group of women to get their rocks off. Luckily, what I read was surprisingly respectful and nuanced. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Black Women May Have Bigger “Healthy” Waist Size

  • The size of a “healthy” waist may be bigger for black women, according to a study in the journal Obesity. [Reuters]
  • Anti-abortion activists are gathering this weekend in Washington, D.C., to protest against last weekend’s 38th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. [Los Angeles Times]
  • Police say four women whose bodies were found on Long Island beaches worked as escorts on Craigslist and may have been killed by a serial killer. [Wall Street Journal]

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What A 30,000 Calorie Holiday Meal Looks Like

No matter how much you ate over the holiday weekend, we’re betting it was not even close to the amount of food that Donna Simpson devoured. The New Jersey woman is angling to be the fattest woman in the world, and is on a quest to weigh a thousand pounds, so she had a lot of holiday eating to do. Donna’s Christmas dinner? How about two turkeys, two hams, a roast, five pounds of mashed potatoes, and 20 pounds of vegetables? And, of course, there’s always room for dessert! For a sweet after-dinner treat, she had a “salad” of marshmallows, cream cheese, whipped cream and cookies. The whole meal took her two hours to eat (that’s it?!) and was around 30,000 calories — that’s, oh, about 15 times the recommended daily caloric allowance for a single day. Still, Simpson has a long way to go to reach her goal. She’s currently at 650 pounds. [NY Mag] Keep reading »

For Fat, Head to Mississippi

Aside from being one of the hardest states to spell, Mississippi is also the fattest state. At least according to the folks over at CalorieLab, who calculated the rankings based on the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System database maintained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Around 33.8 percent of Mississippi’s adult population is obese. The thinnest state is Colorado, where only 19.2 percent of the population is obese. Not surprisingly, the biggest pocket of “thin” states is in the Western half of the country. California, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, Idaho, New Mexico and Wyoming all had less than 26 percent obesity. [Calorie Lab] Keep reading »

Surprise! Fat Guys Are Better In Bed

Size does matter — but not in the way you think! According to a new study from Erciyes University in Turkey, fat men are better in bed. The study reported that men with a higher Body Mass Index (BMI) were able to last exponentially longer in bed. Keep reading »

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