FDA approves first diet pill in decade
The FDA cleared Arena Pharmaceutical’s anti-obesity pill Belviq for adults who are obese or overweight with at least one medical complication.
Supersized servings a big concern
Heaping plates of pasta and giant cups of sugary drinks may be good values for the wallet, but they can also be a health hazard, researchers say.
Cranberry industry lobbying to avoid school ban
Industry officials are leveraging high-profile political support to help keep cranberry juice cocktails off the list of sugary drinks that could soon be banned from schools.
Cambridge mulls NYC-type soda ban
Following in the footsteps of New York City, Cambridge is considering limiting the size of sodas and sugar-sweetened beverages in city restaurants.
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Obesity rates down for infants, toddlers in Mass.
- After a three-decade tripling in childhood obesity rates, the trend has leveled off and, for the first time, appears to be on a decline among infants and preschoolers, according to a study.
Menino challenges Boston: Shed 1 million pounds
- Mayor Menino will launch a citywide effort encouraging residents to lose a collective 1 million pounds over the next year.
Link between sleep, diabetes, and obesity
- Working night shifts and sleeping on a schedule that is out of whack with your body’s natural rhythms has been associated with obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Sixty percent of obese say they lost weight last year
- Not only is weight loss possible, people are doing it all the time, a new study suggests.
Fat gene provides protection against diabetes
- While obesity is a huge risk factor for type 2 diabetes, many people with 50 or 60 extra pounds to lose never develop the condition, and a new study from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center provides a possible explanation.