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Does Teen Pregnancy Lead To Obesity?

Teenage mothers are at a greater risk of becoming obese than other women their age who don’t get pregnant, according to a new study by health care provider Kaiser Permanente. “Our findings are potentially important because adolescence has been identified as one of the critical periods of development that set the stage for the onset of obesity later in life,” wrote researchers in Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. Their findings show that pregnancy boosts obesity risks for adult women, and that adolescent pregnancy may have a greater influence on the body weight and fat accumulations of teens. Keep reading »

Overweight Women Hit A Glass Ceiling, Overweight Men Get Promoted

A larger waistline may enhance a man’s chance of being promoted in the U.S., whereas overweight women have little prospects of being promoted, according to a study published recently. Researchers found that only 5 percent of male and female bosses at 1,000 leading companies in the U.S. were considered obese — an average of 36 percent of men and 38 percent of women of a similar age are obese in the United States. However, they also found that of the leading male bosses, 61 percent were overweight — only 41 percent of males the same age are overweight in the United States. In contrast, overweight women made up only 22 percent of the chief executives, compared with 29 percent of same age women in the U.S. “The results suggest that while being obese limits the career opportunities of both women and men, being ‘merely overweight’ harms only female executives – and may actually benefit male executives,” said researcher Mark Roehling, an associate professor of human resource management at Michigan State University. The study also backs up previous research that shows weight standards for women are harsher in white, middle-class communities. The study also suggests there’s a preference for larger-sized men and smaller-sized women in the business world. “It appears that the glass ceiling effect on women’s advancement may reflect not only general negative stereotypes about the competencies of women, but also weight bias that results in the application of stricter appearance standards to women,” said Roehling. [News.Scotsman.com] Keep reading »

Quickies!: Natasha Richardson Is Brain Dead, Male Sexuality Explained

  • Sadly, Natasha Richardson is reportedly going to be taken off life support. [FOXNews]
  • Christina Ricci and her “All’s Faire In Love” co-star, Owen Benjamin, are engaged. He doesn’t have much in the looks department, but at least they’ll have tall children if this isn’t a publicity stunt. [Perez Hilton]
  • Guy Ritchie had dinner with Elle Macpherson recently, and both were all smiles as they left the restaurant “separately.” What an upgrade, Guy! [Dlisted]
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    The Daily Squeeze: Fertility Treatment Discounts And Living In The Anthropologie Catalog

  • CVS is doing lots of cool things. Not only are they starting to offer higher-end cosmetics, as we told you yesterday, but they’re also giving discounts of about 30 percent on fertility treatments to couples struggling with high medication costs because their insurance doesn’t cover it. [Reuters]
  • The ad Sofia Coppola directed for Miss Dior Cherie fragrance debuted during last night’s “Gossip Girl.” Commercials are the new indie films. [Fashionologie]
  • Edward Norton is producing a documentary on President-elect Barack Obama, and his production company has been following the family for the last two years. The film is slated for release early next year. [MarieClaire.co.uk]
  • Do you lust after every page in the Anthropologie catalog? CasaSugar tells you how to steal the feel without spending $118 on a single pillow. [CasaSugar]
  • A study in the November issue of Appetite found that obese women may be less able to control their impulses than normal-weight women. [EurekAlert]
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    The Daily Squeeze: Porn On TV, Pregnancy, And Dr. Drew

  • One of Sweden’s state-run TV channels will be airing a trio of porn-tastic documentaries next week: “Inside Deep Throat,” “Ron Jeremy, Porn Star,” and “PopWhore.” A very educational evening, indeed. [Variety]
  • Women who are obese tend to miscarry more than normal weight women. [Medical News Today]
  • Speaking of pregnancy, 20 percent of first time mothers took six months after giving birth to feel physically comfortable having sex. [Times of India]
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    Obesity Can Cause Fertility Problems

    There’s been a dramatic increase in obesity in the U.S. over the past 20 years, and a new study from researchers in Scotland suggests obesity might be inhibiting men’s fertility. Past studies have shown that this is the case with women, and this new study, which looked at sperm samples from 5,000 men and divided them into groups based on the Body Mass Index, found that those with a normal BMI (20 to 25) had higher levels of normal sperm than those who were overweight or obese. Underweight men also had fewer normal sperm, “but there were not many underweight men in Scotland,” said Ghiyath Shayeb, the lead researcher. He and his team have a couple ideas about what could cause the issues in overweight men, and they either think fat tissues influence the metabolism of sex hormones, or the increase in fat may cause a rise in body temperature and result in overheating. Sperm is best produced at a temperature two degrees cooler than the normal body temperature — who knew? [CBS News] Keep reading »

    Wedding Weight Loss To The Extreme

    We often hear about women trying to lose weight before their wedding, but here’s a story about a man doing so, and it’s not just a few extra pounds. Manuel Uribe, who has dropped 550 lbs. over the last two years, celebrates his 43rd birthday today, and his wish is to be able to walk down the aisle on his wedding — he hasn’t been able to leave his bed for the last six years. Still, his fiancée said they have a real relationship, including sex, and the only real issue is that her parents were concerned that her first husband, also obese, had died of respiratory failure. Manuel, who lives in Mexico, says his obesity began when he lived in the U.S. about 10 years ago and consumed a diet of junk food and soft drinks. “It is all because of the junk food,” he said. [CBS News] Keep reading »

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