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Our 9 Favorite Feature Stories This Week: Deserters, Second Chances, And The End Of Obesity

This week for BuzzFeed News, Joel Oliphint discovers how one simple device could change our understanding of hunger and the way physicians treat obesity. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed News and around the web.

1. The Invention That Could End Obesity — BuzzFeed News

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A Michigan surgeon invented an apparatus that he believes tricks the brain into thinking the stomach is full. His Full Sense Device could be a lifesaver for millions of obese Americans and raises questions about how hunger — our most basic human impulse — even works. Read it at BuzzFeed News.

2. A Boy Among Men — The Marshall Project/The Atlantic

Illustration by Edel Rodriguez

A devastating piece by Maurice Chammah on how the American prison system fails to stop — and may even facilitate — the rape of young men, despite the passage of the Prison Rape Elimination Act in 2003. “PREA has not been a complete failure, but it is also far from delivering on its promise.” Read it at The Marshall Project or The Atlantic.

3. How the Killing of a Trans Filipina Woman Ignited an International IncidentVice

Courtesy of Marc Sueselbeck for Vice

Jennifer Laude was engaged and in the happiest time of her life when she was brutally murdered last October. Meredith Talusan travels to the Philippines to discover how authorities are — or aren’t — planning to prosecute the US marine standing trial for her death. Read it at Vice.

4. Could Running for President Destroy Ben Carson’s Legacy? — BuzzFeed News

Carolyn Kaster / AP Photo

Long before Ben Carson was a champion to social conservatives and an anathema to liberals, he was a legendary neurosurgeon and an icon of black triumph. Joel Anderson asks: Will his turn to politics destroy his legacy? Read it at BuzzFeed News.

5. American DeserterNew York Magazine

Photograph by Christopher Anderson

Wil S. Hylton explores the fraught, divisive, and precarious lives of the few American military deserters remaining in Canada. “American deserters [are] in a grotesque bind: At a time when most Americans can agree that the decision to invade Iraq was disastrous, the only U.S. troops still fighting over the invasion are those who took a firm stand against it.” Read it at New York Magazine.

6. Will the “Female Viagra” Ever Get It Up? — BuzzFeed News

Alice Mongkongllite for BuzzFeed News.

Flibanserin, a drug that revs up women’s sex drives, has been battling for five years to get the FDA’s stamp of approval. Azeen Ghorayshi digs into the debate between feminists, who say flibanserin is a victory for women’s rights, and other scientists, who question whether the drug really works. Read it at BuzzFeed News.

7. How an Undocumented Immigrant from Mexico Became a Star at Goldman SachsBloomberg Business

Photograph by João Canziani for Bloomberg Businessweek

Max Abelson chronicles the career of Julissa Arce who, as an undocumented immigrant, went from selling food cart funnel cakes in Texas to eventually becoming a vice president at Goldman Sachs. “If there’s something valued more deeply at Goldman than separating the irrelevant from what matters or anticipating issues before they erupt, it might be the dogged pursuit of opportunity.”
Read it at Bloomberg Business.

8. MC Jin’s Second Chance — BuzzFeed News

Photograph by Jon Premosch for BuzzFeed News

Jean Ho profiles MC Jin, the first Chinese-American rapper to approach mainstream success, only to vanish from the scene as quickly as he arrived. Now, he’s attempting a comeback — but is anyone listening? Read it at BuzzFeed News.

9. Confessions of a Disordered Eater — BuzzFeed News

Illustration by Justine Zwiebel for BuzzFeed News

After a lifetime struggling with compulsive, secretive, and restrictive eating, Anita Badejo is still figuring out how to have a healthy relationship with food. “I’ve come to realize I eat the same way I hit my snooze button every morning: just a little bit more.” Read it and more great essays published for #BodyWeek at BuzzFeed.

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