I cannot even think about this long enough to make a joke: Japanese scientists have developed stink-free underwear for astronauts to wear for extended periods in space.
Also in today's links: a link between obesity and ADHD, a debate over the population of the Galapagos, and a remarkable climate-change contrarian.
OBESITY IN AMERICA State Lines
Obesity, defined as a body-mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher, is not equally distributed across the U.S. Check out this map to find out which state is the fattest (hint: it's the namesake of mud pie), which is the thinnest (think Coors Light), and which spends the most money on obesity-related health care (its governor pumps iron).
Read on, after the break, for more of America's (and the world's) fat facts.
Researchers are uncovering some pretty strange culprits behind the obesity epidemic—everything from air-conditioning to infectious love handles
By Jill WaldbieserPosted 02.20.2009 at 12:51 pm 14 Comments
Obesity is our century's version of the Kennedy assassination: Everybody's got a theory. But even with blame perpetually shifting -- one day it's fast-food corporations, the next it's genetics -- and a $40-billion-a-year diet industry, our waistlines just won't stop expanding.
As magic little pills go, the weight-loss drug rimonabant was destined to be huge. It was supposed to put a dent in the obesity epidemic and help people quit smoking and improve their cholesterol along the way. Pharmaceutical execs expected it to usher in a new class of drugs bigger than cholesterol-controlling statins, like Lipitor, Pfizer's $1-billion-a-month blockbuster.
Want to eat yourself thin? Cool your jets. According to research published in the British Medical Journal this week, those who wolf down their food and eat until they're stuffed are three times more likely to be overweight.
As our planet heats up and gas prices creep higher, prepare for some unusual consequences
By Jaya JiwatramPosted 07.22.2008 at 7:52 am 3 Comments
As the planet overheats and gas prices remain high, we could get thinner; we might sneeze more; and we have a higher chance of getting kidney stones. That's the good, the bad and the ugly, according to the latest research released concerning the future of our health in terms of external circumstances.
A new study suggests fat itself breeds a well-known appetite-stimulating hormone
By Matt RansfordPosted 04.17.2008 at 9:47 am 3 Comments
As if fast food and TV werent enough to make and keep us fat, a new study from the University of Western Ontario has found that our fat may also be making us fat. Neuropeptide Y (NPY) is an appetite-stimulating hormone produced by our brains, which is responsible for a lot of our drive to eat. Scientists had previously thought that overweight people simply had more NPY flowing from their heads than they needed. As it turns out, the UWO study found that not only do our brains produce NPY, but our abdominal fat makes it as well.