5 Most Interesting Obesity Headlines for January 2014

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  • We are changing the way we think about food, nutrition, and health. So what’s the latest buzz around the Internet and in the news this month? Below are some of the most intriguing insights and trends.

     

    Transforming from couch potato to athlete after weight loss.

    Emergence of the “Bariathlete:” A new population is emerging known as bariathletes -- people who have lost weight via bariatric surgery and are now competing in endurance events. Because bariatric surgery provides access to moving more freely without weight-bearing pain, it allows people to act on the opportunities to make vital lifestyle changes. Bariathletes get to choose to live into a life that may not have been possible without getting the weight off.

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    Should toy makers create plus-sized Barbie dolls?

    Plus Size Barbie on Modeling Site Sparks Debate over Body Image: Plus-Size-Modeling.com posted an illustration of a plus-size Barbie-like doll on Facebook that sparked a debate. Over 35,000 people have “liked” it, but many have taken issue with the doll’s extreme size. The debate mirrors one currently being waged in the fashion world.

     

    Plus-Size beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder.

    “Regular” Women in Lingerie Remind Us of What Imperfect, Un-PhotoShopped Bodies Look Like: When plus-size lingerie store Curvy Girl kicked off a campaign to share images of “regular” women in lingerie, the campaign was criticized for supposedly encouraging unhealthy habits and promoting obesity. The “Regular Women” campaign invited female consumers to post photos of themselves in lingerie on the store’s Facebook page.

     

    Diet pills fail to live up to their promise.

    Arena, Vivus, and Orexigen: The Obesity Drug Debate Continues: There is a lively and ongoing debate about each of these companies' respective obesity medications. While Arena's Belviq and VIVUS's Qsymia gained approval with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration over a year ago, neither drug has lived up to its billing sales-wise. Orexigen's Contrave is also widely expected to gain approval in the U.S. this year, and its potential effect on the marketplace is unknown. 

     

    Wakeup call: The U.S. is NOT on this list!

    The 7 Healthiest Countries in the World: The United States found its way to the top of the list of the 9 Most Obese Countries in the World with nearly 34% of its citizens weighing in as obese. But not all countries are struggling with obesity issues. Certain factors have been key in allowing the following seven countries to keep their obesity rates low while other nations have witnessed soaring levels: Norway, Switzerland, Korea, Japan, China, Indonesia, India. 

      

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Published On: January 11, 2014