King Henry VIII famously suffered from gout.
July 28, 2011 Researchers have found that gout, a painful ailment of the joints, increased 44 percent between 1988 and 2008. They suspect it has a lot to do with the obesity epidemic and related health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
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The darker the color, the larger the proportion of the population that is obese. In the darkest brown counties, more than 30 percent of people are obese, according to 2008 data.
July 19, 2011 The most worrisome aspect of the latest data is an animated map from the CDC that shows how obesity rates have climbed since 1985. In the mid-'90s, all the states were various shades of blue, meaning none had an obesity rate greater than 19 percent. By 2010, not a single state was blue anymore.
Obesity rates continue to climb in the U.S.
July 7, 2011 The best state in the current obesity rankings is Colorado, with 19.8 percent of its adults classified as obese. But turn back the clock to 1995, and that same obesity rate would have made Colorado the worst state in the nation.
June 21, 2011 McDonald's is tops with young fast-food-loving men, according to a social media survey. Of the men who said they are overweight, 21 percent said they ate at fast-food chains more than seven times in the last three months.
A buffet at a Double Quick convenience store in Holmes County, Miss., shows a wide array of fried foods.
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May 19, 2011 A new collaboration with Oxford American magazine spotlights the South, starting with a dispatch from the most obese county in the U.S.
May 17, 2011 Researchers found that obesity was more likely than sleep-disordered breathing to keep kids from staying awake during the day. But they're not sure which comes first: the weight problem or the sleepiness.
The Zucker rat has been bred specifically as a genetic model for obesity in humans.
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May 12, 2011 The muscles of obese rats don't change during weight gain to support their bigger bodies. The finding could shed light on the problems some overweight rats and humans have exercising.
April 11, 2011 Nearly half of people taking the highest dose of the drug lost 10 percent or more of their weight over a year. Only 7 percent of people taking a dummy pill lost that much.
These guys probably bring down the weight average.
April 4, 2011 The Coast Guard is raising its assumption about how much the average American weighs to 185 pounds, up 9 percent from the current benchmark of 160 pounds. The change will lower the number of people allowed on many passenger vessels.
March 11, 2011 The right sort of talk with your doctor could help get you on the road to weight loss. But many physicians are reluctant to bring it up, out of fear they might offend patients.
Caloric French Canadian comfort food: poutine.
March 2, 2011 About one-quarter of Canadians are obese compared with more than one-third of Americans. The gap is narrower between men in both countries than it is for women. But people in both nations have become fatter since the 1980s.
February 17, 2011 In 1944, the U.S. Navy was worried about sailors wasting food. But, a poster from the time that encourages moderation on the chow line resonates today for a different reason.
July 29, 2010 Britain's public health minister said calling people fat would motivate more to lose weight.
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