Smoking and Obesity, Dump Your Mate to Lose Weight, and the Fight Against Fat Goes High-Tech

Smoking and obesity equally unhealthy: The Quality-Adjusted Life Years (Qalys) lost as a result of obesity is now equal to, if not greater than, those lost from smoking.

One in seven content with current weight. Everyone else thinks he/she weighs too much.

Do you tend to burn more fat exercising outdoors in colder weather? No.

Women who live with a mate put on more pounds than those who live without one: The 10-year weight gain for an average 140-pound woman was 20 pounds if she had a baby and a partner, 15 if she had a partner but no baby, and only 11 pounds if she was childless with no partner.

Wearable wireless sensors can monitor overweight and obese people as they go about their daily lives: how many minutes they work out, how much food they consume and even whether they are at a fast-food joint when they should be in the park.

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  1. Ken says:

    I’m sure there is an important lesson in the post about women living with a man.I’m not sure what it is.

  2. John Goodman says:

    Uri Gneezy and Jason Shafrin have a paper on why getting married makes you fat here:

  3. Joe S. says:

    The theory here must be that once you “capture” the mate the incentive to keep competing against rivals is reduced.

  4. Larry C. says:

    Where are the one in seven whose weight is just right? Where I live it is one in twenty.

  5. Bridgette says:

    Obesity and diabetes is a growing problems nowadays. It is caused by todays lifestyle which does not involve lots amount of exercise. Most people are just happy sitting in their office chair and they do not even want to sweat.

  6. Kaye Abad says:

    Obesity is a growing health problem these days because people are too lazy to do some extra exercise and they eat too much. i always exercise and do cardio regularly to maintain a healthy weight.

  7. Isabel says:

    Pregnancy qetnuioss- bubbling/popping, weight gain, etc.?This is my first pregnancy (I had a miscarriage at 8 wk several years ago, didn’t really progress beyond morning sickness) so these qetnuioss may seem obvious to someone else. I’m 12.5 weeks. If it helps any, pre-pregnancy was 5’4 and 96lbs. I’m in good shape, always have been, and was active as usual until morning sickness and general exhaustion kicked in for a while.Anyway for the past few days I’ve been getting this weird feeling, kind of like bubbles popping. It’s very different than what it feels like when I have gas, and it comes every few hours or so and lasts anywhere from a few pops to almost 5 or 10 minutes of random popping, I’m feeling it right now, it almost tickles. Sometimes it feels like I swallowed a goldfish.Another thing, how much weight should I be putting on if I have an extremely high metabolism and small/skinny build- I’ve hit 101lbs so far. My belly seems to have just popped out in the past week or so, and not in a jiggly/fat way. I can wear my regular jeans and skinny jeans while leaving them unbuttoned for the belly. All I seem to have done is gain a noticeable bump. I had to up my tight tank tops for empire waists/babydoll tops, but that’s it. Is this normal or will the weight gain pick up later on?Also, do all women have a dramatic increase in breast size? I just seem to be filling out some of the bras that were cut a fraction of a size bigger but was too lazy to return. Still the same thing as my mother. I’m a 28FF so I don’t really need the extra cleavage.Again, is this something I should expect later on or is it genetic/I’m just lucky to have missed the boat?Sorry if these seem silly, but I’m very curious. Especially about that bubbly feeling.