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  • Obese patients and smokers banned from routine surgery in ´most severe ever´ rationing in the NHS

    09/04/2016 8:39:07 AM PDT · by Nachum · 65 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 9/4/16 | Henry Bodkin
    Obese people will be routinely refused operations across the NHS, health service bosses have warned, after one authority said it would limit procedures on an unprecedented scale. Hospital leaders in North Yorkshire said that patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above – as well as smokers – will be barred from most surgery for up to a year amid increasingly desperate measures to plug a funding black hole. The restrictions will apply to standard hip and knee operations. The decision, described by the Royal College of Surgeons as the “most severe the modern NHS has ever...
  • GOP senators move to keep women out of military draft

    06/01/2016 6:28:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Hill's Floor Action Blog ^ | May 31, 2016 | Jordain Carney
    A group of Senate Republicans wants to remove a controversial provision from the Senate's annual defense policy bill that would require women to register for the draft. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) has filed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would remove the provision and block any court, including the Supreme Court, from hearing cases about who must register with the Selective Service System. The debate over requiring women to take part has split Congressional Republicans, and opponents argue that Congress needs to spend more time studying the issue. Lee’s amendment would add a section into the...
  • Fat? Maybe you can’t blame your genes after all

    05/02/2016 9:14:49 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 28 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/02/16 | Patrick Hahn
    An impressive array of brainpower —“Fat? Blame your genes, say doctors” —“Overweight? Maybe you really can blame your genes” —“Blame your genes for obesity” Headlines such as these have become a staple of science and health journalism. Are they right? Are obese people really helpless victims of their genes? Let us begin by distinguishing between “monogenic” obesity and what scientists call “common” obesity. Monogenic obesity, as the name implies, is caused by a mutation in a single gene, which is inherited in a Mendelian fashion, just as conditions such as sickle-cell anemia and cystic fibrosis are. In the case of...
  • It's XXXXXXXXL UK: Obesity crisis sweeping Britain is laid bare as demand soars for 8XL waistbands

    04/08/2016 4:16:34 PM PDT · by CtBigPat · 50 replies
    DailyMail.com ^ | 4/2/2016 | ROSIE TAYLOR and SANCHEZ MANNING
    The obesity crisis sweeping Britain is now so acute that dozens of shops are selling XXXXXXXXL size clothes. A huge 8XL T-shirt would fit an incredible 80in chest and 80in waist – the equivalent of almost seven feet in circumference. Demand for supersize clothes has increased so much in recent years that one in ten items now sold in plus size stores is 8XL
  • BMI mislabels 54 million Americans as 'overweight' or 'obese,' study says

    02/06/2016 3:50:42 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    L A Times ^ | 02/04/2016 | amina khan
    Good news for some in the high-BMI crowd: A new study from UCLA finds that some 54 million Americans who are labeled as obese or overweight according to their body mass index are, when you take a closer look, actually healthy. The findings, published in the International Journal of Obesity, reveal that employers could potentially saddle people with unfairly high health insurance costs based on a deeply flawed measure of actual health. ... Body mass index is calculated by dividing a person's weight in kilograms by the square of the person's height in meters. According to the Centers for Disease...
  • Report: U.S most obese in the world, fattest kids by a mile, tops for poor teen health

    10/13/2015 11:33:37 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 84 replies
    www.washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 10/13/15 2:16 PM | By Paul Bedard
    The United States is home to the most obese population in the Americas, Asia and Europe, has the fattest kids by a wide margin and is tops in poor health for teenagers, according to the latest measure of well-being from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. In its "How's Life 2015?" report released Tuesday, the United States is also among the nations with underperforming students and second in murders and assaults. But the U.S. shines when it comes to personal wealth and even the number of rooms in our homes, said the organization that charts the personal and economic...
  • 600 police gunshots during Stockton bank robbery were 'excessive,' report says

    08/17/2015 4:04:14 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 82 replies
    L. A. Times ^ | August 17, 2015 | Joseph Serna
    The Police Foundation, a research group based in Washington, D.C., released a detailed report Monday on how Stockton police responded to the July 16, 2014, armed robbery of a Bank of the West branch, where three gunmen took three women hostage and fired at officers from a speeding SUV. The group found that 32 officers unloaded more than 600 rounds during the hour-long rolling gun battle, which spanned three counties, 63 miles of highway and reached speeds of 120 mph. One of the hostages, Misty Holt-Singh, was killed when she was struck by 10 police bullets, authorities said. The two...
  • For most 'healthy' obese, health declines over time

    01/06/2015 3:21:18 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    "Healthy obese adults show a greater risk for developing cardiovascular disease than healthy normal-weight adults, although this risk is not as great as for the unhealthy obese. Healthy obesity is only a state of relative health - it's just less unhealthy than the worst-case scenario. And as we now see, healthy obese adults tend to become unhealthy obese over time, providing further evidence against the idea that obesity can be healthy," said Bell. ... "Healthy obesity is only valid if it is stable over time, and our results indicate that it is often just a phase. All types of obesity...
  • Sorry, Mate, You're Too Fat: New Zealand kicks Obese Chef Out Of The Country [Headline Truncated]

    07/27/2013 8:33:14 PM PDT · by Lmo56 · 29 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 7/27/2013 | Jaymi McCann
    Albert Buitenhuis was told he was too heavy to stay in New Zealand. Weighs 20 stone six pounds, five stone less than when he moved there. He and wife Marthie are facing deportation from their Christ Church home. Albert is five feet ten inches tall and has a Body Mass Index of 40. An obese chef has been told he is too fat to live in New Zealand, even though he has lost 66lb since moving there six years ago. Albert Buitenhuis, who weighs 20 stone six pounds, was told that it may place demands on the New Zealand health...
  • Michelle Obama to La Raza: Hispanic kids more obese - less active

    07/24/2013 10:43:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Examiner ^ | 7/23/13 | CHARLIE SPIERING |
    Speaking to the National Council of La Raza Tuesday afternoon, First Lady Michelle Obama shared her deep love of Chicago soul food with the Hispanic activists, but warned Hispanic parents that they could be putting their kids in danger by feeding them too much. The First Lady noted that changes in the modern family life were affecting Hispanic families in America. “Sadly all these changes and how we live and eat are having a devastating effect on our children’s health,” she said. “Right now nearly 40 percent Hispanic children in this country are overweight or obese – nearly 50 percent...
  • Boy Scouts of America Jamboree Camp excludes obese Boy Scouts

    07/16/2013 9:44:13 PM PDT · by Java4Jay · 55 replies
    "We required a level of fitness in order to come to the Jamboree that we haven't required before," McCarthy said. "And that has motivated an enormous return in terms of both kids and adults getting serious about improving their health."
  • Mexico takes over from the U.S. as the fattest nation on earth

    07/08/2013 9:03:44 PM PDT · by dennisw · 33 replies
    dailymail ^ | 8 July 2013 | By Olivia Williams
    Part of the difficulty is that the crisis has taken hold rapidly - In 1989, fewer than 10 percent of Mexican adults had any weight problems. Studies show that Mexicans are eating more processed foods than ever before and fewer whole grains and vegetables. This year was the first time Mexico has inched ahead into first place, with a 32.8 per cent obesity rate to America's 31.8 per cent. However, this was only among the most populated countries of the world. Both Mexico and the U.S. have nothing on the small countries such as American Samoa in the Pacific where...
  • After weight-loss surgery, new gut bacteria keep obesity away

    03/27/2013 3:00:03 PM PDT · by Chickensoup · 7 replies
    REUTERs ^ | Wed Mar 27, 2013 2:01pm EDT | By Sharon Begley
    The logic behind weight-loss surgery seems simple: rearrange the digestive tract so the stomach can hold less food and the food bypasses part of the small intestine, allowing fewer of a meal's calories to be absorbed. Bye-bye, obesity. A study of lab mice, published on Wednesday, begs to differ. It concludes that one of the most common and effective forms of bariatric surgery, called Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, melts away pounds not - or not only - by re-routing the digestive tract, as long thought, but by changing the bacteria in the gut. Or, in non-scientific terms, the surgery somehow replaces...
  • Study suggests lower death risk for the overweight

    01/01/2013 8:28:12 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 9 replies
    ny times ^ | 1-1-13 | Pam Belluck
    A century ago, Elsie Scheel was the perfect woman. So said a 1912 article in The New York Times about how Scheel, 24, was chosen by the "medical examiner of the 400 "coeds"' at Cornell University as a woman "whose very presence bespeaks perfect health." Scheel, however, was hardly model-thin. At 5 feet 7 and 171 pounds, she would, by today's medical standards, be clearly overweight. (Her body mass index was 27; 25 to 29.9 is overweight.) But a new report suggests that Scheel may have been onto something. The report on nearly 3 million people found that those whose...
  • TV anchor Jennifer Livingston blasts viewer who attacked her weight

    10/03/2012 5:51:11 AM PDT · by RochesterNYconservative · 154 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Oct. 2, 2012 | Christine Roberts
    A local news anchor took the air Tuesday to blast a viewer who attacked her for being overweight. Jennifer Livingston of WKBT in La Crosse, Wis., slammed the viewer on-air after he wrote in to complain that Livingston wasn't "a suitable example for this community's young people, girls in particular" because of her size. "I was surprised indeed to witness that your physical condition hasn't improved for many years," the viewer wrote in the email titled "Community Responsibility." "I leave you this note hoping that you'll reconsider your responsibility as a local public personality to present and promote a healthy...
  • Ohio inmate says he's too obese for execution

    09/17/2012 1:58:49 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 59 replies
    Assoc. Press ^ | 09/17/2012 | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A condemned Ohio inmate who weighs at least 480 pounds wants his upcoming execution delayed, saying his weight could lead to a "torturous and lingering death." Ronald Post, who shot and killed a hotel clerk in northern Ohio almost 30 years ago, said his weight, vein access, scar tissue and other medical problems raise the likelihood his executioners would encounter severe problems. He's also so big that the execution gurney might not hold him, lawyers for Post said in federal court papers filed Friday. "Indeed, given his unique physical and medical condition there is a substantial...
  • Famed New Mexico fat cat ''Meow'' dies

    05/15/2012 7:51:48 AM PDT · by dragonblustar · 5 replies
    News 10 WTSP ^ | May 8, 2012 | The Associated Press
    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A cat that got national attention for tipping the scales at 39 pounds has died. The Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society said Monday that the orange and white tabby named Meow died over the weekend, likely from complications from his morbid obesity.
  • Meow the 39-pound cat dies

    05/10/2012 9:13:02 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 52 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 8MAY2012 | Kathaleen Roberts
    The extra pounds that propelled Meow the shelter cat to national celebrity have killed him. The 5-year-old, 39-pound cat died Saturday of respiratory complications related to his girth, Santa Fe Animal Shelter executive director Mary Martin said Monday. The huge but personable feline became the subject of nationwide fame last month after appearing with Anderson Cooper and on the “Today” show — where Meow met actor Hugh Grant — as part of a media blitz to warn pet owners of the dangers of pet obesity. Meow traveled between Santa Fe and the East Coast for his TV appearances by airplane...
  • Burger King tests home delivery

    Can't make it out for a Whopper? Burger King just might bring it to you. The fast-food chain has begun delivering to homes in Washington, D.C., USA Today reports. If the test goes well, the King may expand the service to other cities. Home delivery has always been a challenge for the food and beverage business. Pizza restaurants obviously have found success, but burgers and fries don't hold up quite as well in transit. They also lose some appeal in the microwave. Finally, the size of a fast-food order isn't normally large enough to justify the expense of delivery. So...
  • Case of 200-pound 8-year-old in Ohio renews question: Should parents of obese lose custody?

    11/29/2011 5:49:42 AM PST · by Libloather · 97 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 11/29/11 | THOMAS J. SHEERAN
    Case of 200-pound 8-year-old in Ohio renews question: Should parents of obese lose custody?Article by: THOMAS J. SHEERAN, Associated Press Updated: November 29, 2011 - 7:16 AM CLEVELAND - The case of an 8-year-old Cleveland Heights boy taken from his family because he weighs more than 200 pounds has renewed a debate on whether parents should lose custody if a child is severely obese. The boy was removed from his family and was placed in foster care in October after county case workers said his mother wasn't doing enough to control his weight. The boy, at his weight, is considered...
  • Republican Governor Mandates BMI Reporting - One Doctor Speaks Out

    10/12/2011 11:42:48 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 17 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/12/2011 | Dr. Megan Edison
    Gov. Rick Snyder recently proposed an unprecedented plan to have doctors report the Body Mass Index of individual children into a state database and tracking system (the Michigan Care Improvement Registry). Contrary to the governor’s claim, this is not anonymous reporting. The records in this database would be accessible not just to doctors and nurses, but also to schools, day care providers and insurance companies — all without parental consent. Specific children could be tracked over time, as could their compliance (or lack thereof) with a doctor's recommendations. The scientific and statistical reality of this intrusiveness is impossible to ignore....
  • Suit claims obesity firing (680 lb Man - Fired)

    09/29/2011 7:34:02 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 20 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 09/29/2011 | L.M. SIXEL
    HOUSTON — Ronald Kratz II, who weighed as much as 680 pounds while he was working at BAE Systems in Sealy, says his obesity never kept him from doing his job or receiving high performance ratings during his 16-year career. But one day two years ago, when he reported for an overtime shift on his materials handling job, Kratz was told that he was too heavy to continue performing the work. In an interview with the Houston Chronicle on Wednesday, Kratz said he was called into the human resources office and told he was being terminated because company officials thought...
  • Canadian MDs consider denying fertility treatments to obese women

    Canadian doctors are considering a policy that would bar obese women from trying to have babies through fertility treatments – provoking debate over whether the fat have the same reproductive rights as the thin. Some studies find obese women face higher risks of medical complications while trying to become pregnant through in-vitro fertilization (IVF). The science is not certain and some believe a ban would be tantamount to discrimination, yet a growing number of fertility doctors worldwide already bar treatment based on a woman’s Body Mass Index. “We’ve had many angry patients say to us, ‘This is discriminatory’ and I...
  • Gen X stymied by baby boomers hanging on to jobs

    09/18/2011 2:04:40 PM PDT · by the invisib1e hand · 269 replies
    Cleveland Dot Com ^ | Saturday, September 17, 2011, 11:06 PM | clevelanddotcom
    NEW YORK -- In Tiffany Spaulding's 12 years in the pharmaceutical industry, she has worked for three companies, two of which no longer exist, and relocated to four states. Now 39 and living in Brookfield, Conn., she hasn't had a promotion in five years and says she sees no chance to advance, stuck behind a wall of baby boomers. She would quit and turn her hobby of jewelry design into a business, she says, if not for the home and school loans that eat up half her salary. Spaulding, according to a new report, is a typical member of the...
  • New home for 750-pound woman

    09/13/2011 3:03:00 PM PDT · by triumphant values · 43 replies
    Fox News Tampa Bay ^ | September 12, 2011 | Ken Suarez
    AKELAND - Two and half months is a long time to be stuck in the hospital, especially if you don't really have to be there. Yvonne Gallimore has been living at Lakeland Regional Medical Center because she had no place else to go. Now, she finally does. Gallimore just moved into a duplex provided by the Lakeland Housing Authority. It's a big improvement, but not easy living yet. It has big, French doors, so she can get out quickly in case of an emergency. "I was glad to get out of there," she said on Monday. When emergency workers took...
  • LAWMAKER: Slap parents of fat children with higher taxes...

    05/10/2011 7:46:22 PM PDT · by deek69 · 59 replies
    St. Louis Today ^ | May 10, 2011 | Hannah Hess
    An Illinois lawmaker says parents who have obese children should lose their state tax deduction. "It's the parents' responsibility that have obese kids," said state Sen. Shane Cultra, R-Onarga. "Take the tax deduction away for parents that have obese kids." Cultra has not introduced legislation to deny parents the $2,000 standard tax deduction, but he floated the idea Tuesday, when lawmakers took a shot at solving the state's obesity epidemic.
  • Morbidly Obese Man Dies After Two Years in the Same Chair

    03/30/2011 8:18:52 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 88 replies
    abcnews ^ | 3-2011
    Morbidly Obese Man Dies After Two Years in the Same Chair Ohio Man Reported Stuck to Chair With His Own Waste; Later Died at Hospital A morbidly obese man has died after being stuck in a chair at home that he had been unable to leave for two years, ABC affiliate WRTF reported and ABC News has confirmed. Watch: Tilikum's Big Comeback at Sea World The Bellaire, Ohio man, who has not been publicly identified, was a patient at Wheeling Hospital in West Virginia, ABC Affiliate WTRF reported. On Sunday, the 43-year-old man's two roommates discovered him unconscious. They called...
  • Brothers denied flight due to size

    11/30/2010 7:49:51 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 37 replies
    WGN TV ^ | November 29, 2010 | Lourdes Duarte
    WGN Brothers denied flight due to size Southwest Airlines kicks Chicago teens off flight because one was too big Lourdes Duarte WGN News 9:41 PM CST, November 29, 2010 Two Chicago brothers say Southwest Airlines made things too difficult for them when it required one of them to buy a second ticket. The twin brothers were headed to Minnesota to visit their aunt on Thanksgiving night when one of them was told he was too big to fit in a seat and needed a second ticket. The 18-year-old brothers had no cash or credit cards on them so they called...
  • Guest to Bob Schieffer: “That’s a Bull$#*! Question,” Calls Americans Lazy, Obese

    11/28/2010 7:55:31 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    mediaite ^ | 11/28./10 | Matt Schneider
    Although the clip below from CBS’s Face The Nation is not as confrontational as the title to this post might suggest, it’s actually much funnier. Bob Schieffer annually hosts a roundtable in an attempt to bring together for an intellectual conversation four authors who wrote serious historical or political books. This year authors Ron Chernow (Washington: A Life), Arianna Huffington (Third World America), Edmund Morris (Colonel Roosevelt), and Bob Woodward (Obama’s Wars) participated in the thoughtful and sedate conversation, that is until a sound rarely, if ever, heard on a Sunday morning news show caught all viewers by surprise:
  • Travelling while fat

    10/24/2010 1:55:30 AM PDT · by Cronos · 49 replies · 1+ views
    The New York Times ^ | October 20, 2010 | Ron Goldstone
    At 285 pounds and 5 feet 7 inches, I may not be the tallest, but I am almost always one of the biggest passengers on a plane. That’s “one of”: as anyone with even the most tangential relationship with news headlines over the last several years knows, Americans are getting fatter and fatter. .. “How many kilos you weigh?” asked a customs officer at Ho Chi Minh Airport when I visited Vietnam a few years ago. “Is that a question on the form?” I responded, slightly unnerved. Smiling, she told me no. She was apparently just curious. After giving me...
  • 603-Pound Thai Woman Leaves Home On Forklift

    08/26/2010 12:45:07 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 26 replies
    AP via WTAE ^ | August 26, 2010 | THANYARAT DOKSONE
    BANGKOK -- A 603-pound (274-kilogram) woman believed to be the heaviest in Thailand left her apartment for the first time in three years Thursday with the help of Bangkok city hall and a forklift. Neighbors of 40-year-old Umnuayporn Tongprapai contacted the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority when they learned she needed medical attention to remove a tumor in her right leg.
  • Sword-wielding man dies after being Tased in Hampton

    12/11/2009 3:27:07 PM PST · by csvset · 35 replies · 935+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | December 11, 2009 | Kristin Davis & Patrick Wilson
    A sword-wielding man died early this morning hours after being Tased twice by police. Police identified him later Friday as Hatchel Pate Adams III, 36, of the first block of Overlook Court in Hampton. According to a news release from Hampton Police, officers responded to a complaint involving an emergency custody order in the 1st block of Overlook Court about 11 p.m. Thursday. Officers tried to make contact with Adams, but he refused to come to the door, police said. They went inside after calling one of the man's relatives, who came to the scene. Adams, carrying a Samurai-style sword,...
  • Sony boss asks theater owners for healthier snacks

    03/16/2010 6:46:40 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 48 replies · 660+ views
    hostednews/ap ^ | 03/15/10 | AP
    LAS VEGAS — The head of Sony Pictures suggested Monday that movie theaters offer healthier snacks to help fight obesity and give audiences a broader range of food choices.
  • Woman aims to become world's fattest

    03/15/2010 9:28:13 AM PDT · by RedDogzRule · 30 replies · 1,118+ views
    9MSN (Australia) ^ | 3/15/10 | nineMSNstaff
    An obese mother in the US is trying to put on weight in order to become the world's fattest woman. Donna Simpson, from New Jersey, weighs 273kg but told the Daily Mail newspaper she had her heart set on reaching her goal weight of 1000lb (450kg) in two years. The 42-year-old already holds the title of the world's fattest mother after giving birth to her daughter in 2007 when she weighed 241kg. "I'd love to be 1000lb ... it might be hard though, running after my daughter keeps my weight down," Ms Simpson told the Daily Mail.
  • Swearing surgeon snaps over woman's 'lifestyle' choice.

    02/13/2010 7:43:42 PM PST · by GSP.FAN · 87 replies · 1,411+ views
    ABC.news ^ | Feb 11, 2010 | Kerri Ritchie
    A surgeon in New Zealand has received a dressing down for swearing at a severely obese patient. The New Zealand Herald newspaper reports the doctor said "f..." at least three times after the 44-year-old obese woman told him she did not like the word "diet" and preferred the term "lifestyle".
  • Surgery better than diet, exercise in obese teens

    02/09/2010 7:29:12 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 41 replies · 746+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 2/9/10 | Julie Steenhuysen
    CHICAGO (Reuters) – Severely obese teens who had surgery to limit what they could eat lost more weight and enjoyed more health benefits than those who did an intensive lifestyle program, researchers said on Tuesday. They said 21 of 25 severely obese teens aged 14 to 18 who underwent a form of gastric banding lost more than half of their excess weight compared with just 3 out of 25 who did a diet, exercise and behavior modification program. "In this study, gastric banding proved to be an effective intervention leading to a substantial and durable reduction in obesity and to...
  • Obese SC man dies after 8 months in home recliner

    11/19/2009 1:26:57 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 52 replies · 15,155+ views
    hosted ^ | Nov 19, | JEFFREY COLLINS
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Authorities say a severely overweight South Carolina man stayed in his recliner without moving for eight months until shortly before his death. Firefighters had to cut Tillmon Webb from the chair after his mother called paramedics because he was in pain. Greenwood County deputies say the 33-year-old weighed about 800 pounds when he died Wednesday at a hospital....
  • World's heaviest man could need airlift to British hospital as he weighs 70st

    10/19/2009 8:36:59 PM PDT · by Saije · 56 replies · 2,287+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/19/2009 | Andrew Levy
    Doctors fighting to save the life of the world's heaviest man are considering calling in an RAF Chinook to move him 150 miles to a specialist centre that will treat him. Paul Mason, who weighs 70 stone, needs the help of weight-loss doctors and possible surgery to lose tens of stones. But the treatment will have to take place in Chichester, West Sussex, a considerable distance from his home in Ipswich. The Health Service has introduced a number of the specialist ambulances designed to transport massively overweight patients but it is not clear if one can be made available to...
  • Fox News "Red Eye" Takes a Look at "Obese Chairs" in Brazil - Video 8/29/09

    08/30/2009 6:38:20 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 6 replies · 793+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | August 30, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video from Fox News' tongue-in-cheek program "Red Eye," discussing news that Brazil has started providing "Obese Chairs" in train stations for those who are overweight. . . . (Watch Video)
  • 800-pound corpse hoisted from downtown Fresno room

    05/20/2009 4:09:58 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 15 replies · 1,192+ views
    The Fresno Bee ^ | May. 19, 2009 | Denny Boyles
    Fresno firefighters had to remove a wall and use an improvised pulley system to remove a man believed to weigh more than 800 pounds who was found dead in a downtown residential hotel Tuesday night.
  • Fatties cause global warming

    04/21/2009 11:11:53 AM PDT · by safetysign · 35 replies · 1,144+ views
    The Sun ^ | 04/21/2009 | Ben Jackson
    THE rising number of fat people was yesterday blamed for global warming. Scientists warned that the increase in big-eaters means more food production — a major cause of CO2 gas emissions warming the planet. Overweight people are also more likely to drive, adding to environmental damage. Lard help us ... overweight must eat less for planet Dr Phil Edwards, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said: “Moving about in a heavy body is like driving in a gas guzzler.” Each fat person is said to be responsible for emitting a tonne more of climate-warming carbon dioxide per...
  • Thinner is better to curb global warming, study says

    04/20/2009 8:01:57 PM PDT · by aclusux.com · 24 replies · 605+ views
    CNN.com ^ | Mon April 20, 2009 | Elizabeth Landau
    (CNN) -- Here's yet another reason to stay in shape: Thinner people contribute less to global warming, according to a new study. More than 1 billion adults worldwide are overweight, and about 300 million are obese.
  • A Cure for Obese Government

    03/30/2009 7:12:40 AM PDT · by Mack E. O-Velly · 6 replies · 413+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | March 29, 2009 | Roger Banks
    Medical experts confirm that a procedure known as gastric bypass surgery can lead to dramatic improvements to weight and overall health. . . . . In the case of government obesity, the bypass would entail the detachment of the fiscal alimentary tract from the endless entrails of superfluous federal agencies, where trillions of taxpayer funds are currently absorbed and excreted in wasteful government programs. Instead, a new incision would be made just below the gullet of the IRS and revenue would be routed exclusively to essential functions -- those that provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and...
  • 'No Child Left Indoors' bill would tax Louisiana TVs, video games

    03/30/2009 4:24:21 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 3 replies · 377+ views
    3/27/09 | AP
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  • Bellevue police officer's firing overturned (Caption this picture!)

    03/18/2009 2:42:23 PM PDT · by Parody · 48 replies · 1,782+ views
    Omaha World-Herald ^ | March 17, 2009 | Leia Baez
    A former Bellevue police officer fired for being overweight could be back patrolling the streets in a few months. Christopher Parent The Nebraska Court of Appeals, in an opinion released Tuesday, reversed the Bellevue Civil Service Commission’s decision upholding the termination of Christopher D. Parent. Parent, 52, had been a member of the Police Department for more than 25 years, mostly as a detective, but had been reassigned to road patrol. His firing stemmed from his performance during an Aug. 28 combat shooting exercise, which prompted fellow officers to report him to the command staff. Parent was fired in 2007,...
  • Disabled, obese allowed free extra plane seat

    11/24/2008 11:23:00 PM PST · by Bushwacker777 · 19 replies · 3,381+ views
    The Province ^ | November 20, 2008 | Canwest News Service 2008
    "Canada's two largest airlines must give disabled and morbidly obese passengers an extra free seat on domestic flights, beginning in January, after the Supreme Court refused yesterday to consider the carriers' appeal of a federal order."
  • Obese have right to 2 airline seats: Canada court

    11/20/2008 11:43:58 AM PST · by Cementjungle · 112 replies · 2,334+ views
    Yahoo News (Reuters) ^ | 11/20/2008 | Rooters
    OTTAWA (Reuters) – Obese people have the right to two seats for the price of one on flights within Canada, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled on Thursday.
  • Pay the obese to take a walk:[UK] offers rewards just for losing weight in £30m health drive

    11/11/2008 8:05:40 AM PST · by BGHater · 22 replies · 170+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 11 Nov 2008 | Daniel Martin
    Overweight parents will be paid to walk their children to school under plans to tackle the obesity epidemic. Those who attend keep-fit classes, weight-loss clubs or even go for a run in the park would also be eligible for rewards. They will collect points on supermarket-style loyalty cards which would be redeemed against healthy food, sports equipment or gym sessions. The scheme is part of a £30million drive to improve health which will begin next year in Manchester, one of England's unhealthiest cities. If successful, it could be rolled out nationwide. However, critics believe that the payments are tantamount to...
  • Seven obese children placed in care[UK]

    10/29/2008 3:24:52 PM PDT · by BGHater · 10 replies · 295+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 29 Oct 2008 | Chris Irvine
    At least seven children have been placed in care over fears they were too fat, it has been disclosed. Obtained under Freedom of Information laws, reports showed one boy aged six in Derby was taken from his home by social workers because he was dangerously obese. Another boy in London, aged 12, was put into care with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 28 - 60 per cent above the 17.5 average for his age. In Cumbria, social services intervened when one girl aged only eight weighed over 9st and wore size 16 clothes. Dr Colin Waine, former head of...
  • 1,000 pound aunt indicted for killing toddler (Texas)

    08/22/2008 7:23:42 AM PDT · by devane617 · 103 replies · 742+ views
    Brownsville Herald ^ | 08/21/2008 | Sean Gaffney
    EDINBURG -- A nearly half-ton woman charged with capital murder in the death of her 2-year-old nephew faces additional charges following a grand jury indictment Thursday. Investigators suspect Mayra Lizbeth Rosales, 27, hit Eliseo Gonzalez Jr. at least two times on March 18, crushing the child's head. The bedridden woman told investigators at the time that she accidentally crushed Eliseo under her own weight while trying to pick him up. In addition to the capital murder charge - which carries a death sentence upon conviction - she was indicted on one count of first-degree murder, a charge punishable by up...