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Weight Gain

Research Suggests Weight Gain Is Contagious

Joanna Dolgoff, M.D. | Posted 07.19.2011 | Healthy Living
Joanna Dolgoff, M.D.

A new study suggests that obesity spreads socially not because friends have shared ideas about acceptable body size, but because they share environments and carry out activities together that may contribute to weight gain.

Dinner for Two, For One

Charlie Carillo | Posted 07.05.2011 | New York
Charlie Carillo

My Uncle Frank once walked into a restaurant (alone) and ordered dinner for two. "Shall we wait for your other party?" the waiter asked. Uncle Frank patted his ample belly. "This is the other party," he replied.

Liposuction: The Fat Cells That Never Let Go

Judith J. Wurtman, PhD | Posted 07.04.2011 | Home
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD

A study conducted last Fall revealed that a year after liposuction removed fat, it came back. And horrors of horrors, it reappeared mostly in the upper abdomen, shoulders and triceps (the back of the arms).

Disturbed Sleep? How To Avoid Health Consequences

Judith J. Wurtman, PhD | Posted 06.18.2011 | Home
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD

There are many reasons we don't get enough sleep -- or enough good sleep. Jet lag, long work commutes, infants, gastric reflux, barking dogs, snoring ...

Is Gaining Weight Grounds For Divorce?

Vicki Larson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Vicki Larson

A headline two years ago grabbed my attention and probably a few others': Being Fat Ended My Marriage. In the Ladies Home Journal article, the author...

Are Your Meds Making You Gain Weight?

Judith J. Wurtman, PhD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD

Getting your doctor to recognize and respond to the fact that your antidepressants or mood stabilizer caused your weight gain can be done without jumping up and down on the scale.

Myrtle Isn't Fertile Anymore

Lisa Mirza Grotts | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lisa Mirza Grotts

Take it from someone who's been there: Trying to conceive a child can be a heartbreaking but fully worthwhile journey, especially when choosing a nontraditional method of conception.

The Secret Cause of Weight Gain That Shouldn't Be Kept Secret

Judith J. Wurtman, PhD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD

Do you really want to explain to cousin Shirley or aunt Josephine that you are taking Zoloft or Lexapro or Depakote and the drug caused you to put on 20, 30 or maybe even 70 pounds since last Christmas?

'Tis the Season of Weight Gain

Christina Pirello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Christina Pirello

Here are some sure-fire tricks to get you through holiday meals so you can enjoy your family, friends and not feel guilty come the New Year.

Exploring Solutions for Obesity

Robin Quivers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robin Quivers

A friend recently visited the show and announced that after years of struggling with her weight she's decided to have bariatric surgery. It made me sad.

The Cost Of Lost Shut-Eye | Heather Loeb | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Did you know that getting enough sleep can boost the effectiveness of vitamin C? Catch more zzz's and you may be able to skip that glass of orange juice.

Rare Condition Leaves Teen Hungry But Unable To Eat (VIDEO)

Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Doctors and family members thought Gentrie Hansen had an eating disorder after she lost 30 pounds in seven months. Turns out she has a rare disease. Watch her interview on TODAY.

'Summer Reading to Prevent the 'Freshman 15'

Dr. Susan Albers | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Susan Albers

Are you worried about gaining the infamous "freshman fifteen" this fall? If so, there are five books you may want to check out this summer.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Mindful Nighttime Eating

Janice Taylor | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Janice Taylor

For many of us the biggest challenge in our day comes at night. We find it almost impossible to simply put down the fork and move on into the night without our minds drifting towards food.

My Relationship with Food: A Reflection of Self

Jan Shepherd | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jan Shepherd

I used to think that my remarkable ability to add and drop pounds at will was a function of my relationship with food. So I was as surprised as anyone to discover that it actually reflected my relationship with myself.

Feeling Fat? Forget Your Diet, Check This Out

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

What if you could take control of your waistline just by logging a few more minutes (and for some, hours) of restful sleep a night? Something to think about.

Infusing a Little Loving Kindness into the 'War on Obesity'

Michelle Lelwica | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michelle Lelwica

Treating fat as the "enemy" is that it leads to the demonization of fat people. This compounds the sense of shame many large-bodied people already feel and may try to escape through unhealthy eating patterns.

Shocking: Sugar Content of Common Food Products

Darya Pino, Ph.D | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Darya Pino, Ph.D

Obviously sugar content is not the only factor in a food's nutritional value (and not all of these have added sugar), but it can be illuminating to see the relative amounts in the foods we consume.

It's Not the Weight: Why 'Fat is Beautiful' is Not the Answer

Adia Colar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Adia Colar

While I appreciate the culture's desire for larger women, I hope for a culture that appreciates women just as we are.

Skinny in the City

Heather Kristin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Heather Kristin

As Kristin Davis' stand-in on Sex and the City, I was required to be the same height and have the same color hair as her. After a few months on the job, I had gained fifteen pounds.

The Link Between Sleep and Weight Loss

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

We've known for years now that sleep and weight maintenance go hand in hand. If you don't get your Zs, you won't see your efforts to lose weight work to your advantage.

Can the Hooters Girl Fired for Weight Gain Complain?

Charlotte Hilton Andersen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Charlotte Hilton Andersen

Hooters made news yesterday by admitting what most of us already know: Despite claims that it is best known for its wings, it turns out it is really selling breasts. A Hooters in Detroit - does this city really need any more bad publicity? - recently put 20-year-old Cassandra Smith on probation for gaining weight.

The Abominable Zero: How We Demonize Size

Juliette Fretté | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Juliette Fretté

America is obsessed with numbers. In terms of body image, most of us want to be thin, and our definition of thinness rests in the form of the number that we read on a scale or clothing tags.

Obesity: How Intestinal Bacteria May Cause Weight Gain

TIME | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Scientists led by Andrew Gewirtz at Emory University reveal that your intestines harbor a universe of bacteria -- the so-called gut microbiota -- that...

Colorado Gaining Weight Faster Than Any Other State

The Colorado Springs Independent | By Edie Adelstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

The state Department of Public Health and Environment announced today that although Colorado ranks as one of the leanest states in the country, people...