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COLIN CHRISTIE weighed 271/2 stone when Dr Iain Broom asked him if he wanted to join the Xenical research programme in Aberdeen. Within a year, he had lost five stone and is now hoping that a second course of the drug might cut another three or four. "Like everybody else who is overweight, I had made various efforts," he said. "None of them ever lasted beyond the end of the time when you finish starving yourself to death.

Scientists unlock the secrets of women's sexual attractiveness

FOR WOMEN, it may come as a surprise. The men who stare at them across crowded rooms are not, after all, mentally undressing them. They are more likely to be weighing them up.

America wakes up to obesity

UP TO 29 million Americans awoke yesterday to a rude surprise. Having thought of themselves as comfortably average in size and weight, they suddenly found they were about to be re-designated as "obese". This startling turn in their fortunes resulted from a government proposal to define obesity downwards, writes Mary Dejevsky in Washington.
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