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The idea that fat is lazy and thin is virtuous has its roots in Christianity and is perpetuated by industry and media today. (Unsplash/ Mārtiņš Zemlickis)

Why you resolved to get thinner and fitter this year

Moralistic talk about food, exercise and bodies has its roots in Christianity and is perpetuated by corporations. Collectively, we can resist.
S'gaw Karen girls of Khun Yuam District, Mae Hong Son Province, Thailand. Takeaway

Immigration to US Westernizes Asian guts

When immigrants come to the US, it isn't just the people who assimilate. The microbes in their gut also become Westernized after living here. This may predispose them to diseases like obesity.
Some forms of obesity severely disrupt the metabolic pathways that keep us healthy. Farik gallery, MarShot / Shutterstock.com / Evans Love

There are many types of obesity – which one matters to your health

Body mass index is often used to gauge health. But there may be more accurate measures. A report on your blood metabolites, your metabolome, may distinguish healthier-obese from sicker-obese.

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