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  • The Weekly Skinny: All the healthy news you need (9-17-10)






    If high fructose corn syrup had a sweeter name, would it change how you felt about it? Corn syrup producers think so. FatFighterTV has a look at this story and other diet and fitness headlines making news this week.

    Will high fructose corn syrup get a new name?
    The makers of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) want to sweeten up its image with a new name: corn sugar. The Corn Refiners Association has already been promoting HFCS as a natural ingredient made from corn. Now, the group has petitioned the FDA to start calling it "corn sugar," saying the name change is the only way to clear up any confusion about the sweetener.

    FDA approves new fat freezing weight loss treatment

    Can you really lose weight by freezing fat? The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new treatment called Zeltiq - it uses a gel patch attached to a machine to freeze fat cells. This makes them self-destruct and get re-absorbed into the body over several months. Zeltiq was originally approved by the FDA to

    Read More »from The Weekly Skinny: All the healthy news you need (9-17-10)
  • The Weekly Skinny: All the healthy news you need (8-27-10)







    Would you give up sex to shed some pounds? What about your cell phone? FatFighterTV has results from a new survey plus a look at other diet and fitness headlines making news this week.

    Would you give up sex to lose weight?
    A new poll finds many Americans would. The survey from the Nutrisystem Diet Index shows 52-percent of American women would choose a summer without sex over gaining 10 pounds; one in four men would do the same. Results also show about three-fourths of Americans would give up television, cell phones, or computers for a flat belly during beach season. But when it comes to giving up their favorite foods, 46-percent of those surveyed said they would not diet, even when they knew they needed to lose weight.

    Burger King's new 2500 calorie pizza burger
    It doesn't quite live up to all the calories and fat in this 4-pound Michigan burger, but Burger King's new NY Pizza Burger is still loaded. It comes with four Whopper patties with pizza toppings like pepperoni, marinara

    Read More »from The Weekly Skinny: All the healthy news you need (8-27-10)
  • The Weekly Skinny: All the healthy news you need (8-13-10)






    Just seven years old. That's how young some girls are now hitting puberty. Is obesity to blame? FatFighterTV has a look at this story and other diet and fitness headlines making news this week.

    U.S. girls hit puberty earlier than ever - is obesity to blame?
    Girls in the U.S. are reaching puberty earlier than they have before - as young as seven years old, according to a new study published in Pediatrics. Researchers say the change puts them at higher risk for behavioral problems when they're teenagers and breast cancer when they're adults. The report doesn't explain why girls are developing earlier, but it finds heavier girls with a higher body-mass index were more likely than others to hit early puberty.

    Killer muffin tops
    That bulging belly is no joke. One of the largest studies to look at the dangers of abdominal fat finds if you have a bigger waistline, you have twice the risk of dying over a decade compared to people with smaller stomachs… even if your weight is considered

    Read More »from The Weekly Skinny: All the healthy news you need (8-13-10)
  • The Weekly Skinny: All the healthy news you need (7-30-10)







    Who spends more time online - men or women? And what are the most popular health topics they search? FatFighterTV has a look at this story and other diet and fitness headlines making news this week.

    Top 5 health categories women search online

    Before I get to those popular searches… did you know women spend more time online than men? Eight-percent more, according to the new report from comScore, Women on the Web: How Women are Shaping the Internet. That includes social networking, instant messaging, and emails. And here's what the comScore study found were the top 5 health-related categories women search online: Weight and Fitness, Health Conditions, Doctor Searches, WebMD, and Health Insurance. Check out more specifics of the study here.

    The longer you sit, the shorter you live
    If you're sitting down as you read this, get up and move after you finish, okay? A new study in the American Journal of Epidemiology finds the more you sit around, the shorter your average life span, even if

    Read More »from The Weekly Skinny: All the healthy news you need (7-30-10)
  • The Weekly Skinny: All the healthy news you need (7-23-10)







    You can now find warning labels on foods in Europe that have artificial dyes. Should the U.S. bring attention to the potential dye dangers? FatFighterTV has a look at this story and other diet and fitness headlines making news this week.

    Dyed foods get warning labels in Europe - should the U.S. follow suit?

    Starting this week, most foods with artificial dyes in Europe must have warning labels that say the product "may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children." Some studies show the dyes are linked to behavior problems in children and may also increase the risk of cancer, according to The Center for Science in the Public Interest.

    Accurate calories on menus? Don't count on it
    Knowing how many calories are in a meal when you eat out may help you decide what to order. And with more restaurants now required to post the calories, it's getting easier to find out just what you're getting, right? Maybe not. Researchers from Tufts University analyzed 29 dishes from 10

    Read More »from The Weekly Skinny: All the healthy news you need (7-23-10)
  • Madonna's loco about Vita Coco - should you be?


    Once word got out that coconut water was Madonna's new drink of choice and that she invested $1.5 million in a company that makes the beverage, people went nuts over it! But what about all the health claims out there? Can coconut water really lower cholesterol, boost your metabolism, and prevent diabetes? Is it a good substitute for sports drinks? FatFighterTV went to dietitian, Andrea Giancoli, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, for answers.

    "I wouldn't believe all the hype - that it's going to cure diabetes and cancer and hypertension, etc.," says Giancoli. "Unfortunately, that always ends up being the issue with some of these products - their actual health benefits get lost in the hype."

    So, what are the real health benefits? Here's what gives coconut water its claim to nutritional fame.

    "The star behind coconut water is its high potassium content," Giancoli explains. "Most people aren't getting enough potassium because they're not eating enough fruits andRead More »from Madonna's loco about Vita Coco - should you be?
  • The Weekly Skinny: All the healthy news you need (7-9-10)







    Had any inulin lately? That added fiber in your favorite foods could be giving you stomach problems. FatFighterTV has a look at this story and other diet and fitness headlines making news this week.

    Popular food additive can upset your stomach
    It's in chocolate, drinks, even yogurt. Inulin is showing up in more processed foods to add fiber to them. For most people, it is not a problem. But a new report from the University of Minnesota at St. Paul shows it can cause stomach problems - gas, bloating, flatulence, and diarrhea - if you have too much of it.

    Inulin is a dietary fiber naturally found in lots of common plant foods like artichokes, wheat, and bananas. It's also in chicory root, which is being used more often as a way to get inulin into processed foods.

    Will new diet pills be safer than in the past?

    Despite a checkered past with diet pills, the first of three new weight loss drugs will get reviewed by an FDA panel next week. If it is approved, Qnexa would be the first new

    Read More »from The Weekly Skinny: All the healthy news you need (7-9-10)
  • The Weekly Skinny: All the healthy news you need (7-2-10)







    Mice, roaches, and flies - all found in some of the facilities where meals for major airlines are made.FatFighterTV has a look at this story and other diet and fitness headlines making news this week.

    Ewww! Airline food could make you sick

    Here's a good reason to pack your own food when you fly. The FDA finds most of the meals major airlines serve passengers are made in unsanitary conditions. USA Today reports many of the catering companies that provide meals for nearly all the big airlines store food at improper temperatures, use unclean equipment and hire workers with poor hygiene. At some caterers' kitchens, FDA inspectors found cockroaches, flies, and mice.

    Obesity rates up in 28 states - is yours one of them?
    Staggering statistics about obesity rates in the U.S. - they went up in 28 states in the past year, and only went down in the District of Columbia, according to F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2010 - a report from the Trust for America's Health (TFAH)

    Read More »from The Weekly Skinny: All the healthy news you need (7-2-10)
  • The Weekly Skinny: All the healthy news you need (6-25-10)








    Should McDonald's be sued for using toys to entice kids to eat Happy Meals? A consumer group thinks so. FatFighterTV has a look at this story and other diet and fitness headlines making news this week.

    Consumer group threatens to sue McDonald's over Happy Meal toys

    A consumer group wants McDonald's to stop using toys to promote Happy Meals to children and has threatened to sue the chain if it does not comply within 30 days. The Center for the Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) says using toys to lure kids into McDonald's is unfair and deceptive marketing and is illegal under various state consumer protection laws. McDonald's called the group's charges a "misrepresentation" of its effort to sell healthier food and safe toys, according to this report from Reuters.

    Cartoon characters attract kids to junk food

    Junk food is causing trouble again! New research shows half of children say food from a package decorated with a cartoon celebrity, like Shrek or Dora the Explorer, tastes

    Read More »from The Weekly Skinny: All the healthy news you need (6-25-10)
  • The Weekly Skinny: All the healthy news you need (6-18-10)






    Ever dropped a weight on your foot? Maybe accidentally hit yourself with equipment at the gym? These types of injuries are sending more Americans to the ER. FatFighterTV has a look at this story and other diet and fitness headlines making news this week.

    Weight lifting injuries going up

    Be careful when you're lifting weights. A new report in The American Journal of Sports Medicine finds from 1990 to 2007, nearly a million Americans went to the emergency room because of weight-training injuries. Researchers say the most common injuries happened when people dropped weights on themselves, crushed a body part between weights, or hit themselves with the equipment. (OUCH!) Women were more likely to hurt their feet and legs; men - their trunk and hands. More than 90 percent of the injuries happened while people were using free weights.

    New dietary guidelines focus on unhealthy population
    The obesity epidemic takes center stage as the new dietary guidelines from the USDA acknowledge the

    Read More »from The Weekly Skinny: All the healthy news you need (6-18-10)

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