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McDonald’s and Disney Will, Once Again, Live Happily Ever After

After much deliberation, Disney has decided to take back McDonald’s.

Disney and the Golden Arches have finally reunited. After over 10 years apart, the two will thankfully have McDonald’s Happy Meals featuring Disney characters as the toys accompanying your child’s delicious meal that you will eventually steal from.

Starting off this shift is the “Incredibles 2,” with toys featuring characters from the highly anticipated new Disney film.

The only Disney film that seems like it could potentially helm the role of Happy Meal toy is “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2,” but that doesn’t come out until November ’18, so the “Incredibles 2” better live up to its name and reputation.

But it’s alright, it’s been over a decade, we’ll cut them some slack for now. The reason Disney severed its ties with the fast food empire was because they found the Happy Meals to be too high in caloric intake. In 2006, the obesity epidemic was huge, and Disney thought it best to relinquish any further desire of the Happy Meals that children harbored.

It was a smart move on Disney, to keep McDonald’s to a healthier standard. The fast food franchise showed it really understood the change by announcing this February that it would reduce the calorie count on their Happy Meals by 20 percent, as well as cutting the cheeseburger from the meal.

So, it seems the children of 2006 were gifted with toys and calories galore, and the little tykes nowadays are going to be getting the same, just maybe a fewer toys and fewer calories. That ain’t so bad, is it?

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Coca-Cola Allegedly Manipulated Study Aimed To Sabotage UK Sugar Tax

Coca-Cola is apparently up to some underhanded trickery once again.

In a special investigative documentary, Britain’s Channel 4 investigative series, “Dispatches,” uncovered a series of e-mails that suggest the soft drink giant influenced a study shifting the blame of obesity away from sugar. The e-mails reveal that Coca-Cola aimed to use this study as evidence to derail a planned tax on sugar in the UK, according to the Daily Mail.

The original study was published last year by Bath University, and it claimed that factors such as too much time in front of screens and a lack of exercise and sleep were key in developing obesity, and that “more work needed to be done” to confirm that diet had an impact on obesity. Coca-Cola was mentioned as a backer for the study, but the authors claimed that “The funder had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.”

This isn’t the first time Coca-Cola has backed studies debunking sugar as a factor in obesity. Food Dive reports that the soda giant has been linked to research claiming that calls to decrease sugar intake are based on weak research and can’t be trusted, and has also been sued for deceiving customers about the safety of sugar-filled drinks.

What’s different this time is the e-mails that go along with the study. Dispatches revealed that Coca-Cola representatives were in contact with senior university members at Bath University plotting to use the study to help derail the sugar tax in the UK, and were also scheming to derail similar taxes in multiple other countries.

Scientists interviewed in the documentary were “deeply disturbed” at these findings. Cardiologist Dr. Aseem Malhotra had this to say about Coke’s involvement:

“‘You can see Coca-Cola pulling the strings – the studies tend to be positive for them. When the studies are independent they are not. This is the tip of the iceberg. Commercial corruption of science and medicine is endemic. Science institutions collude with industry for financial gain at the expense of public health.”

Secret meetings conducted between Coca-Cola officials and British ministers also resulted in threats of legal action from the soda company if the tax were to pass.

All of this points to Coca-Cola utilizing sketchy methods, funding, and what can be classified as bribery to keep their soda flowing into millions of consumers’ hands as cheaply as possible.

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Study Reveals The 20 ‘Fattest’ Cities In The U.S.

Source: WalletHub

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 70.7 percent of Americans over 20 years old were overweight or obese.

A personal finance website named Wallethub decided to chart the cities that have the “fattest” people. By analyzing the 100 most populated U.S. metro areas, they gathered data from physically inactive adults to projected obesity rates by 2030 to healthy-food access within those areas.

It’s also good to point out that a lot of the top cities on this list, such as Memphis, TN and Jackson, MS, are known to be food deserts. Cities like these don’t have easy access to healthy or wholesome food, which may be the leading cause of the rampant obesity.

A lot of the cities that deal with obesity, or have weight-related health problems on this list, seem to be from the South. In fact, the whole top-20 consists of cities in the southern U.S.

Peep the top-20 below, and the whole list of 100 on Wallethub.

The Top 10


No. 11-20

h/t brobible


Woman Saved by Daughter’s Poop Transplant, Gains 35 Pounds


A few years ago, a loving daughter gave her mother the biggest gift she could give: obesity.

In 2011, an unnamed woman suffering from a debilitating intestinal infection called “Clostridium difficile” (CDI) received a fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) from her then slightly overweight, but healthy daughter. The FMT (yes, this is a real medical poop replacement procedure) successfully restored a healthy balance of bacteria, but the woman gained 35 pounds in the three years following.

The daughter also gained 30 pounds in an undisclosed period of time after the stool transplant and, despite a medically supervised diet and exercise regimen, her mother had crossed from a barely overweight BMI into medical obesity within the first two years after the FMT.

Researchers are attributing the substantial weight gain and inability to lose any of it to the daughter’s donated stool based on similar occurrences in rats given “obese microbiota.”

The woman is unfortunately still dealing with intestinal issues; she’s gone from having chronic diarrhea with CDI to constipation without the infection.

Because bloating is definitely what you need more of when you stumble into obesity.


Report Finds that Overweight People Cost the World $2 Trillion a Year


A recent McKinsey report finds that the world’s population of overweight people is not only increasing, but the impact of fat people costs the world around $2 trillion a year.

Richard Dobbs is head of the McKinsey Global Institute, a management consulting firm, and one of the authors of the study which found that the world is growing fatter faster than the fastest developing economy. “It seems that many of the emerging markets that are on this phenomenally fast growth trajectory are on an even faster obesity trajectory,” says Dobbs.

The report found that almost 30 percent of the world’s population, around 2.1 billion people, range from overweight to obese. The United States still has the highest obesity rate in the world at 34.9 percent, but you might be surprised to know that the next four countries on the “fattest” list include Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Mexico and South Africa.

But it’s the massive impact that obesity has on the world that should concern everyone. The report estimates that up to $2 trillion is lost every year because of obesity. The researchers factored in the global costs for fighting obesity-related diseases like Type II diabetes, but also all the lost productivity obesity causes. Dobbs explained:

“People suffering from obesity often work less. They have to take more time off sick. They retire early or even die early.”

It’s a pretty huge financial impact over a very preventable issue, but the report details that while solving the problem takes more than eating right and exercising, “fat shaming” obesity, as many would be inclined to do, is always the wrong direction to take.

“This is a massive global economic issue … It’s largely been left to the health people but actually it’s having a huge economic effect and there really hasn’t been a systematic view of how to address it.”

By systematic, Dobbs refers to measures taken in every aspect of our lives, like how cheap, tasty food is labelled and marketed to how the cultures of developing countries should shift to more active lifestyles.

“The challenge we have with addressing obesity is we are fighting thousands of years of evolution … Our bodies have a natural inclination to want to horde energy when we have it available. [We want] to horde food and to horde fat.”

The report ended with 74 different forms of intervention to combat obesity, one of which is as simple as changing the food you keep in the fridge and put in your body.

Source: NPR

Originally written by Max Chang for NextShark


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New Study Shows Being Fat Actually Is Making You Dumber


So a long-term study was conducted on a group of people in their early 60s, and they discovered negative effects occurring in the brains of those who were obese.

According to National Geographic, the researchers were observing the hippocampus. No, it’s not a school for hippos, it’s a brain region that’s known to deteriorate with Alzheimer’s disease.

Anyway, as they studied this hippocampus on the obese people, they noticed a 2 percent decrease in a year’s time, a similar decrease seen in people with Alzheimer’s.

For people of normal weight, there was still a decrease in the hippocampus region, but it was only half as much as the shrinkage found in the obese folks.

A separate study by neurologist Nicolas Cherbuin showed similar results. He conducted MRIs on 400 people in their 60s and found a link between the obese subjects and diminishing brain activity.

Essentially, the more obese a person is, the more the brain decrease that occurs.

“Obesity levels are a time bomb when it comes to brain health. If we don’t do [something] now, we’re going to pay so much in 20 or 30 years. We just can’t let it happen.” -Nicolas Cherbuin

I should probably put down this double cheeseburger.

H/T National Geographic, PicThx Pixgood

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This Kid Ate Fast Food Every Day for 3 Months, Somehow Got Diabetes


Who would have thought that eating nothing but fast food for a quarter of the year would have negative side effects? Probably everybody.

According to Shanghaiist, a 12-year-old boy in China was diagnosed with diabetes after going on an ill-advised diet, eating fast food every day for three months. This was done as a form of rebellion after his mother had him on a strict diet. As soon as she went away for a three-month business trip, young Linlin took it upon himself to stuff his face with cheeseburgers and fries on the daily.

He gained about 11 pounds in those three months, felt a constant thirst and had to run to the bathroom constantly.

After getting checked out by a doctor, he was diagnosed with diabetes, and the fast food diet was said to be the culprit.

You can argue that not listening to mama could have been the culprit as well.

H/T Shanghaiist, PicThx @Mariuxss


London Might Ban Fast Food Near Schools ‘Cause Kids Are Too Fat


London is a bit concerned about the large number of obese kids in the city. The concern has reached a drastic level, where they’re now trying to pass a law blocking fast food restaurants from being built near schools.

According to The Standard, London Mayor Boris Johnson is considering several measures concerning children’s health, one being a fast food ban.

Lord Ara Darzi, head of the London Health Commission, gathered research for over a year that essentially shows that kids are getting too fat and something needs to be done. Now he has put together multiple proposals based on that research. One of his main points revolves around a hefty stat that one in three 10-year-olds in London are medically obese. And although Darzi’s proposals don’t support physical activity much, they stress that kids need to eat less.

If Mayor Johnson approves these proposals, kids will have to walk more than 10 minutes before they can find a fast food joint, so they might start seeking healthier alternatives at school. Not that a walk would be bad for them.

H/T The Standard