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2009-03-05 18:28:46

U.S. researchers say a person who lives in a neighborhood with more fast food outlets and less opportunities to walk has a higher risk of weight gain. The study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, finds neighborhoods having the highest amount of fast food outlets were associated with an increase of 3 pounds in weight and .8 inches in waist circumference in those who ate at fast food restaurants. On the other hand, neighborhoods with high-walkability were associated with a...

2009-03-02 00:20:00

Researchers in Germany have confirmed what many suspected -- most say an ideal woman's figure is slim and has a relatively small waist-to-hip ratio. Web-based research quantified the attractiveness of the female form using morphing software. The researchers manipulated the features of one woman into 243 variations with differing leg lengths, weights, bust sizes, and hip and waist widths. More than 34,000 people judged the attractiveness of the images. While the woman's face remained exactly...

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2009-02-13 09:03:36

Overweight people who are between the ages of 20 and 55 may have a higher risk of experiencing migraine headaches, according to a study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 61st Annual Meeting in Seattle, April 25 to May 2, 2009. For the study, abdominal obesity was measured by waist circumference or the total size around the waist. Total body obesity was also measured. This was calculated using the body mass index, a measurement related to weight and...

2009-01-04 23:49:09

Liposuction may provide a quick fix to reduce waist size but the loss of weight may not help the heart, U.S. researchers advise. Dr. Amit Khera, who directs the University of Texas Southwestern program in preventive cardiology, says belly fat, or waist circumference, is more closely associated than other distributions of fat with heart disease or risk factors for heart disease. However, how one gets rid of the fat seems to matter in terms of reducing these risks. Diet and exercise certainly...

2008-12-31 15:57:17

Although most women would choose a slender shape over an hourglass figure and believe men would do the same, new research suggests larger waists come with hidden health benefits. A study recently published in Current Anthropology points out that a waist-to-hip ratio of larger than 0.8 is prevalent in countries where women are stronger, more competitive and better able to handle stress. This sheds new light on medical evidence that suggests a waist-to-hip ratio of 0.7 or lower is preferable...

2008-12-26 09:03:47

A recent British study provides solid evidence that frequent TV viewing can lead to excess weight gain. It also shows your TV-viewing habits as a teenager can influence your body shape in mid-life.Results show those who watched TV "often" when they were 16 gained weight more quickly until they were 45. Watching TV at age 11 showed no effect on weight gain according to body mass index (BMI) in males, but girls who watched TV "often" at 11 were heavier at 33 and gained weight more quickly...

2008-12-15 00:59:44

Researchers say people in the federal state of Saxony-Anhalt suffer more from obesity than those in any other part of Germany. They also have the greatest waist circumference. The people of Brandenburg are the second-fattest in Germany, the researchers say. Hans Hauner of Munich Technical University and his colleagues have performed a study of the regional differences in prevalence in general medical care. The study, published in Deutsches Arzteblatt International, found that the mean...

2008-12-03 10:18:08

Women who go out and bring home the bacon tend to have less than perfect hourglass-shaped bodies, U.S. researchers said. Elizabeth Cashdan of University of Utah said in societies and situations where women are under pressure to procure resources -- to support themselves or their families -- they may be less likely to have the classic hourglass figure. Studies have shown that a curvy waist-to-hip ratio of 0.7 or lower is associated with higher fertility and lower rates of chronic disease and...

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2008-11-13 08:50:00

Simple measurements of the waist and hips may offer a better way of predicting obesity-related death than a standard, but more complicated, system of relating weight to height, according to a large European study. Researchers have begun building a case that it is better to look at waist circumference or the ratio of waist size to hip size, as the standard body mass index, or BMI, method does not work very well for some people, such as the elderly or body builders. The team led by Dr. Tobias...

2008-09-15 09:00:11

By Kate Foster A TEAM of NHS nurses is patrolling Scotland's streets to target pot-bellied members of the public and tell them how to lose weight. Armed with measuring tapes to check waists and equipment to test blood pressure, the "Street Nurses" are policing busy shopping centres, supermarkets and community centres. Any man with a paunch, or woman with an "apple-shaped" body whose waist measurement is higher than recommended limits is given diet and lifestyle advice or referred to...