1. Maciamo

    Health Obesity rates decreased across most of Europe from 2016 to 2024

    This map is based on the data from the CIA World Factbook as reported on Wikipedia. The percentages indicated for the increase of decrease in obesity rates are the difference between the rates for 2016 and for 2024. For example, in the United Kingdom the rate decreased from 27.8% in 2016 to...
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    Society 3 out of 4 Americans are now overweight, including nearly 1 in 2 obese

    It will come as no surprise to anybody that there are more fat people in the US than in any other developed country. It's not a new phenomenon, but it keeps getting worse year after year. 20 years ago I was already shocked that one third of Americans were obese. Now the latest data points to...
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    Religion Correlation between obesity and religiosity

    In the USA, fundamentalist Christians and most people who consider themselves very religious tend to reject many biological facts (evolution of species, existence of genetic predispositions, genetics playing a major role in intelligence or temperament, etc.). I was wondering if this ignorance...
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    Another downside of weight gain: toenail fungus

    (HealthDay)—Piling on pounds is bad for your health from head to toe. So say Korean researchers, who report that unhealthy weight gain ups a person's odds for disfiguring toenail fungal infections. In fact, people who are statistically obese have more than double the rate of the infection...
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    Obesity dulls the sense of taste

    Previous studies have indicated that weight gain can reduce one's sensitivity to the taste of food, and that this effect can be reversed when the weight is lost again, but it's been unclear as to how this phenomenon arises. Now a study publishing March 20 in the open-access journal PLOS Biology...
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    Obesity linked to Mutations in ADCY3

    Mutations in ADCY3 are discovered to be linked to obesity. Populations that practice consanguinity, or small populations like ones found in Greenland, are likely to pass on these genes, according to the article. This is also linked to diabetes, as well as losing the sense of smell (Anosmia)...