With obesity on rise, Paris reflects on mirrored ‘fatphobia’

Saturday, 16 December 2017

France gave the world butter croissants and foie gras, yet it has often been a place where being overweight was seen as almost sinful. Now, after taking a hard look at the contradictions in the mirror, its capital has launched a campaign to counter sizeism, an often disregarded kind of discrimination in the image-conscious city known for luxury fashion brands and tiny waists. Paris anti-discrimination chief Helene Bidard began the initiative after falling victim to weight-related insults and ...

Saudi doctors reduce 20kg of 5-year-old girl’s weight in a month

Thursday, 30 November 2017

A Saudi medical team has succeeded in reducing the weight of a Saudi girl, no more than five years old, by 20 kilograms in one month, without any complications on her health. The girl, named Safia, weighed 85 kg because of what has been described as her inability to stop eating. The doctor who supervised her treatment, Hamed al-Oudaani, said she was suffering from the syndrome Prader Willi. Prader-Willi (PRAH-dur VIL-e) syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that results in a number of physical, ...

World’s former heaviest woman Eman dies during stay in Abu Dhabi hospital

Monday, 25 September 2017

The world's former heaviest woman, Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, passed away on Monday morning, UAE newspaper Khaleej Times reported citing the Burjeel Hospital in Abu Dhabi. The 37-year old Egyptian, who initially weighed 500kg, was seen dancing in her bed last month after it was reported she was making progress. Eman had suffered complications - including heart disease and kidney dysfunction - during her weight loss treatment while in India earlier this year. She left Mumbai close to 300kg lighter ...

Meet the six-year-old girl who eats and never feels full

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

While snacks and meal time calls are music to the ears for most, this isn’t the case with six-year-old Megan Adams Fitzgerald, a young girl with a hungry appetite all the time, Hull Daily Mail reported Tuesday. Megan suffers from a rare health condition in which the part of her brain responsible of letting her know she’s full after eating doesn’t, as a result she’s always hungry. This medical condition is known as Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS). So why might using the words ...

Physical inactivity, screen time increasing child obesity in MENA

Friday, 4 August 2017

A group of health experts has mapped childhood obesity in the MENA region, where youngsters are at high risk, with some countries having 60 percent of male children categorized obese or overweight.  “National intervention programs to manage obesity in the Eastern Mediterranean are meager or absent,” found the study titled, ‘A systematic review of childhood obesity in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region’. The study explains that the MENA region has ...

India wonder woman sheds 62kgs in two years through ‘will power’

Monday, 12 June 2017

A woman in India who reduced her weight to 70 kg from 132 kg in two years without crash dieting, exercise, medication or surgery has become a media darling flooded with requests to share her secret formula for shedding extra kilos. “Even doctors suffering from obesity are knocking at my door for help”, a beaming Papiya Sen Bhattacharya, 50, told Al Arabiya. Papiya, a teacher by profession, lives in Kolkata, capital of India’s West Bengal state, with her husband and 26-year-old ...

How Egypt’s Eman Ahmed will be treated after move from India to UAE

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Dr. Yassine Al-Shahat, the chief medical officer at the Burjeel hospital in Abu Dhabi, said that a team of 20 doctors and specialists have evaluated the case of Egypt’s Eman Ahmed and devised a treatment plan that will begin with certain priorities, the UAE daily Emarat Al Youm reported. Eman, who was once the world's heaviest woman, arrived in Abu Dhabi on Thursday. She suffered complications during her loss weight treatment while in India. During a press conference held at the hospital ...

Egypt’s Eman Ahmed given water by sister, Indian hospital calls the cops

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Eman Ahmed, the Egyptian woman considered to once be the world’s heaviest, was given water by her sister – a move prompting the Indian hospital that is treating her to call the police. Her sister, Shaimaa, has previously complained on social media that India’s Saifee Hospital is using Eman for publicity and blamed doctors for the patient’s recurring paralysis attacks. Now, the hospital filed a complaint saying Shaimaa gave water to Eman to sip without informing doctor ...

No cure as yet for gene defect behind Eman’s obesity

Sunday, 2 April 2017

The hope for a cure for Eman Ahmed Abdelaty, the world's heaviest woman, currently in a Mumbai hospital, has receded after it was found that the reason for her obesity was because of a rare gene defect. Doctors say they believe they have found the reason behind the cause of Eman Ahmed Abdelaty’s obesity, which at its peak saw the Egyptian weigh 500kg. A special gene study focused on samples from the patient found that the gene behind her weight was in the leptin receptor gene. ...

Researchers use worms to tackle obesity in people

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Scientists believe they have made a discovery that could help fight obesity and it’s all down to a gene found in worms.Danish researchers and Monash University say the gene could help break the cycle of overeating followed by lack of physical drive to exercise. A similar gene to the one found in worms has been found in humans according to a report by the website discovery opens up the potential to reduce people’s appetite and increase their desire to exercise, ...

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