Gastric Balloons May Have Killed 12 People Since 2016 

Since 2016, at least 12 people have died worldwide soon after receiving a intragastric balloon, a new noninvasive procedure meant to help people lose weight, according to an alert released Monday by the US Food and Drug Administration (the FDA). Seven of the patients were in the US. In response, the FDA has approved new warning labels for two balloon products implicated in the deaths. Read More >>

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Can You Eat So Much That You Die?

Can you eat yourself to death in one occasion of very excessive eating? We know that the West's overeating problem is bad, albeit gradual: No one’s ever died from eating three Big Macs, but plenty of people may have died from eating three Big Macs twice a week for thirty years (some, miraculously, have managed to avoid that fate). But what about the bingers? The people who, during Christmas, or after receiving a bit of horrific personal news, find themselves eating way more than they’re used to? You don’t need to be an addict to overdose on drugs; might the same apply to food? Read More >>

A Third of All Humans Are Now Either Overweight or Obese

Over two billion people around the world are now affected by weight problems, according to new research published today in The New England Journal of Medicine. At the same time, more people are dying from weight-related health conditions than ever before—a development the authors are describing as a “growing and disturbing global public health crisis.” Read More >>

The First Rule of Pet Fit Club is Probably Stop Eating Human Food

There is a thing called Pet Fit Club, and it's happening this year. The organisers have assembled some of the UK's fattest animals and will be encouraging the poor mistreated things to lose weight via a six-month diet and exercise regime. Read More >>

5 of the Most Egregious Health Claims From the New Coca-Cola Lawsuit

Coca-Cola has long made some pretty crazy health claims about its sugary products. A fresh lawsuit takes aim at the company for “engaging in false and misleading marketing of sugar-sweetened beverages,” according to the lawsuit, first reported by the US Centre for Science in the Public Interest. Read More >>

Scientists Discover Why Diet Coke is Probably Undermining You

Aspartame — the artificial sweetener found in drinks like Diet Coke — is not good for you. If you believe otherwise, I admire your commitment to self-delusion. A new study published by a team of investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital found a possible reason aspartame doesn’t help you lose weight — oh sorry, haven’t you heard? Like most things in society, diet soda is probably a giant scam. Read More >>

Over 900 Stuck Fat People Needed Rescuing by the Fire Brigade Last Year

Stats showing how many times our various fire brigades were called out to rescue obese people have been assembled, showing that a total of 944 of the super-obese needed help getting out of their homes last year. Read More >>

How a Powerful Obesity Gene Helped Samoans Conquer the South Pacific

By studying the genomes of more than 5,000 Samoans, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh have uncovered a single gene that boosts a person’s obesity risk by upwards of 40 per cent. Remarkably, this gene — which appears in a quarter of all Samoans — may have arisen in the population as they colonised the South Pacific. Read More >>

New Weight-Loss Device Sucks Food Directly Out of Your Stomach

Though it bears some resemblance to a Tim and Eric sketch, the AspireAssist is a very real medical device, approved by a US food authority for installation in people 22 or older “with a body mass index of 35 to 55, and who have failed to achieve and maintain weight loss through non-surgical weight-loss therapy”. It allows patients to drain pre-digested food from their stomachs into a nearby toilet. Read More >>

New Food Labels Would Tell You How Long It Takes to Burn Off Calories

Food labels are notoriously confusing—but what if they simply told you how long it might take to burn off the calories you’re about to consume? Read More >>

More People Are Obese Than Underweight

The world is getting fatter. But now a study by researchers from Imperial College London suggests we’ve reached a new milestone, with more people in the world being classified as obese than underweight for the first time. Read More >>

Nearly 2,000 Obese People Rescued From Their Own Homes by Firefighters

UK firefighters have a new thing to worry about and spend their time doing, with stats showing that around 2,000 obese UK civilians have needed rescuing from their own houses by the fire services. Including many that weren't even on fire. Read More >>

Ireland Tipped to Top Europe’s Obesity Scales by 2030

A World Health Organization report on the dwindling health and expanding waistlines of the EU population has singled out Ireland as one of the worst offenders, suggesting that a staggering 89 per cent of all Irish men may be overweight or obese by the year 2030 if they don't stop with the crisps and biscuits. Read More >>