weight loss

A quick consultation with Dr. Google will tell you that drinking lots of water — and staying well-hydrated — can help you lose weight.

But is there any truth to this? A new study published in the Annals of Family Medicine adds to the evidence that hydration may play a role in weight management.

A body mass index under 25 is deemed normal and healthy, and a higher BMI that's "overweight" or "obese" is not. But that might be changing, at least when it comes to risk of death.

The body mass index, or BMI, associated with the lowest risk of death has increased since the 1970s, a study finds, from 23.7, in the "normal" weight category, to 27, which is deemed "overweight."

Promising workers lower health insurance premiums for losing weight did nothing to help them take off the pounds, a recent study found. At the end of a year, obese workers had lost less than 1.5 pounds on average, statistically no different than the minute average gain of a tenth of a pound for workers who weren't offered a financial incentive to lose weight.

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The weight-loss company Nutrisystem is buying the South Beach Diet brand for $15 million.

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A Pinellas County woman known for inventing a weight loss wrap is fighting a $1,050 fine for contempt in a Tampa federal courtroom related to a 2012 case where a federal judge ordered her to pay $800,000 to two former franchisees and their family members who sold her product and then claimed they suffered medical problems, The Tampa Tribune reports. Victoria Morton, 79, created body wraps, made by soaking elastic bandages in minerals, according to the

Tampa General Hospital & USF Health Bariatric Center

Many people struggle with their weight, and former athletes are no exception.

But athletes who gain weight once they retire are at a higher risk for serious medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. That's why four retired NFL players, including two from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, teamed up as part of a weight loss study by Tampa General Hospital and the USF Health Bariatric Center to tackle their obesity.

Few Obese Seniors Using Medicare Benefit

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Three years ago, the Obama administration offered hope to millions of overweight seniors when it announced Medicare would offer free weight-loss counseling.

Officials estimated that about 30 percent of seniors are obese and therefore eligible for counseling services, which studies have shown improve the odds of significant weight loss.

An effort to rein in a weight-loss fad that the FDA calls risky ran into a wall Thursday night at a Florida Board of Medicine hearing in Deerfield Beach.

Assistant Attorney General Ed Tellechea, the board’s general counsel, told members that state boards and agencies are no longer allowed to enact rules that could be costly to small businesses. HCG weight-loss clinics meet that definition.

On one level, it's easy to understand the allure of a fad diet: Eat this, not that and you'll lose weight, guaranteed. Who doesn't want an easy way to shed unwanted pounds?

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It’s much too soon to get excited -- it’s still in the mouse stage of research -- but a substance being tested by Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter and other centers seems to make obese rodents lose weight and use 5 percent more energy. All without exercise. As the New York Times describes, there are too many unanswered questions at this point to know whether such a substance might do more harm than good.

A South Florida company has recalled two of its weight-loss supplements, the Associated Press reports.

Florida Dolphin Intertrade Corp. announced that the two products contain Sibutramine, which is no longer allowed in the U.S., the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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Studies that set out to answer the pressing question of whether walking or running offers more health benefits found that both do, but the benefits are not the same -- particularly for those who want to prevent weight gain. As the New York Times reports, a published survey of more than 15,000 walkers and 32,000 runners found that the runners were thinner than the walkers overall and maintained their smaller waistlines better over a six-year period.

The FDA and many doctors say the hormone treatment doesn't work for weight loss and is dangerous; but some doctors continue to use it. Read more from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.