Brown fat — the type of fatty tissue that mammals use to generate heat — can help our bodies burn fat calories more quickly and efficiently, but it’s only present in adult mammals in very small amounts. Doctors have been hoping for a while now that injecting brown fat cells into obese people could help them lose weight. In a new animal study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, researchers found that it did just that. More
A New York woman deemed too fat to fly has died after being kicked off three planes in an attempt to get home for medical care. At first this might seem like a complete case of negligence and fat-shaming from the airlines, but how much responsibility should people obese assume when flying? More
Sleep, those precious hours that often get cut short in the midst of our busy, over-scheduled, over-stressed lives could be the real culprit behind our nation’s obesity epidemic. According to new research, sleep is just as important as diet and exercise when it comes to weight loss. Here’s why.
Reported in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, researchers touted the benefits of sleep and how a lack of it can contribute to our waistlines: More
What makes a woman sexy? It has less to do with looks than you might think. And even less to do with body weight and size. In fact, if you ask Rebecca Jane Weinstein, author of Fat Sex: The Naked Truth, more and more people are considering overweight women downright sexy today–including guys who are attracted to larger women, even though they won’t admit it.
To find out more about how overweight women are shedding the once stereotypical belief that they aren’t sexy and desirable, we talked with Weinstein, who says sexy is all in the mind.
Since when did the Olympics become all about being sexy versus competing, representing your country and striving for a gold medal? Like, suddenly the way a female athlete looks is an open invitation for the body-snarking, fat-shaming comments to begin. But if you ask American weightlifter, Holley Mangold (who happens to be the heaviest woman at the Games this summer), she is proud of her weight and is fighting back–and so are many other Olympic women.
Even female Olympic athletes can get away from body-snarking, fat-shaming jerks. The not-so-fine folks at the Herald Sun in Melbourne have suggested that four-time Olympic swimmer Leisel Jones (who is from their own country, no less) is fat and not fit enough to swim in the London Games. It’s a double standard once again because, we don’t see them making any snide remarks about the guys and their bodies. More
Good for Kate Upton. No, freakin awesome for her. The 20-year-old model who was recently called a “fat cow” among other nasty things by the hateful SkinnyGossip blogger is retaliating and standing up for her body–but not in a defensive, all-out war kind of way, just in a really awesome way that now makes her the ultimate role model for girls and women when it comes to body image. More
The hateful female blogger behind the celebrity gossip site, skinnygossip.com, is beyond words. In her latest blog today, “skinnygurl” compares the lovely, beautiful and healthy Kate Upton to a fat cow, while also saying that American women need “thinspiration”, not real-life women with real bodies. It’s body-shaming at its finest and nastiest. More
Good news if you have cellulite that you want to get rid of: The Food and Drug Administration just approved a new laser treatment, Cellulaze, which is being hailed as THE solution for those uninvited fat deposits on our butts and thighs. Bad news: It costs $6,500.
But not to worry, those lumpy, bumpy areas of skin that often resemble cottage cheese can be minimized in other, cheaper ways. Or not at all–we, of course, think you’re beautiful just the way you are.
But, if you want to feel better about your skin, we’re big fans of more natural approaches, so here are some better–and cheaper–ways to minimize those unwanted pockets of fat: More
Ask most people why they’re limiting their fat intake, and the answer is simple: because they don’t want to gain weight. But a diet high in fat does a lot more than just lead to a few extra pounds–more and more, an unhealthy diet is being linked to other, more pressing complications. Like, according to a new study, lower concentration and lower-quality sperm in men. More
Don’t you just hate it when you have liposuction, and then a few months later, you want to inject some fat into your face to get rid of wrinkles, but all the lipo leftovers you were saving in your home refrigerator have gone bad? That’s the pits. Thankfully, a Florida doctor is providing his patients with a way to stash their excess fat–and withdraw from it later. It’s a fat bank! More