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Healthy eating linked to kids' happiness ... read more
December 13, 2017
Healthy eating is associated with better self-esteem and fewer emotional and peer problems, such as having fewer friends or being picked on or bullied, in children regardless of body weight, according to a new study. Inversely, better self-esteem is associated with better adherence to healthy eating guidelines.

Anti-stress compound reduces obesity and diabetes ... read more
December 13, 2017
For the first time, scientists could demonstrate that a stress protein found in muscle has a diabetes promoting effect. This finding could pave the way to a completely new treatment approach.

Preventing colon polyps: Another reason to lose those holiday pounds ... read more
December 11, 2017
Being over ideal body weight has known risks with respect to heart and blood pressure problems, but the list is growing. Now researchers have studied nearly 3000 patients undergoing routine physicals over a 6-year period, and found a link between weight and colon polyps.

Genes may 'snowball' obesity, researchers find ... read more
December 7, 2017
37 genes that are well established as modulating the body mass in 75,230 adults with European ancestry have been examined by researchers, who found nine that have a "snowball effect."

'Obesity paradox' not found when measuring new cases of cardiovascular disease ... read more
December 7, 2017
Although obesity is a well-known risk factor for getting cardiovascular disease, a controversial body of research suggests that obesity may actually be associated with improved survival among people who have cardiovascular disease. However, a new study finds that the 'obesity paradox' is not present among people with new cases of cardiovascular disease.

Can diet help reduce disability, symptoms of MS? ... read more
December 6, 2017
For people with multiple sclerosis (MS), eating a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables and whole grains may be linked to having less disability and fewer symptoms than people whose diet is less healthy, according to a study.

Binge eating linked to weight-loss challenges ... read more
December 5, 2017
Overweight or obese patients who binge eat while trying to lose weight drop half as much as those who don't binge eat or those who do and subsequently stop, according to researchers.

Obesity prevented in mice fed high-fat diet ... read more
December 5, 2017
Researchers activated the Hedgehog protein pathway in the fat cells of mice. After eight weeks of eating a high-fat diet, mice that had been engineered with genes to activate the pathway didn't gain weight, but control animals whose Hedgehog pathways were not activated became obese.

How a nationally recommended diet can improve the environment ... read more
December 5, 2017
Changing your diet can improve both your health and the environment. A new study shows that European dietary recommendations on reducing animal products can reduce environmental impacts in most high-income nations.

Weight management program can put type 2 diabetes into remission ... read more
December 5, 2017
Type 2 diabetes can be reversed following an intensive weight management program, according a randomized trial in adults who have had the condition for up to 6 years. Almost half of participants achieved and maintained diabetes remission at one year without antidiabetic medications.

Harmful effects of being overweight underestimated ... read more
December 1, 2017
The harmful effects of being overweight have been underestimated, according to a new study that analyzed body mass index (BMI), health and mortality data in around 60,000 parents and their children, to establish how obesity actually influences risk of death.

Weight loss and risk of death: Rheumatoid arthritis findings may have wider implications ... read more
December 1, 2017
Results suggest that the findings from previous studies regarding lower weight being associated with higher mortality may not be directly related to RA and instead reflect a more generalized phenomenon.

Diet success may depend on your DNA ... read more
November 30, 2017
We can add one more thing to the list of traits affected by genetics: how our bodies respond to a particular diet. Research in animal models with different genetics shows that one diet really doesn't fit all, and what works for some may not be best for others, according to a new study.

Obesity increases dementia risk ... read more
November 30, 2017
People who have a high body mass index (BMI) are more likely to develop dementia than those with a normal weight, according to a new study.

Brain's appetite regulator disrupted in obese teens ... read more
November 30, 2017
Researchers using advanced MRI to study obese adolescents found disrupted connectivity in the complex regions of the brain involved in regulating appetite, according to a new study.

Studies examine the effects of weight on patients with rheumatoid arthritis ... read more
November 30, 2017
New research provides insights on the potential effects of weight on the health of individuals with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

More than half of US children will have obesity as adults if current trends continue ... read more
November 30, 2017
If current trends in child obesity continue, more than 57 percent of today's children in the US will have obesity at age 35, according to a new study.

Is breakfast the most important meal of the day -- for your fat cells? ... read more
November 28, 2017
Regularly eating breakfast affects our body fat cells by decreasing the activity of genes involved in fat metabolism and increasing how much sugar they take up, according to new research. This may lower diabetes and cardiovascular risk.

Almost 800,000 cancers are attributable to diabetes and high BMI ... read more
November 28, 2017
Diabetes and high BMI (a BMI over 25 kg/m2) were the cause of 5.6% of new cancer cases worldwide in 2012 - equivalent to 792600 cases, according to the first study to quantify the proportion of cancers attributable to diabetes and high BMI. When considered individually, 544300 cases of cases were attributable to high BMI (equivalent to 3.9% of all cancers), and 280100 were attributable to diabetes (2%).

Six in 10 food ads during family TV shows push junk food, UK study reveals ... read more
November 28, 2017
A new report shows that almost six in ten food and drink advertisements shown during family programs in the UK popular with children are for 'junk food' such as fast food, takeaways and confectionery.

Fat distribution in women and men provides clues to heart attack risk ... read more
November 28, 2017
It's not the amount of fat in your body but where it's stored that may increase your risk for heart attack, stroke and diabetes, according to a new study. The study looked at the differences in fat distribution patterns among overweight and obese men and women and their associated cardiometabolic risk.

Weight loss through exercise alone does not protect knees ... read more
November 28, 2017
Obese people who lose a substantial amount of weight can significantly slow down the degeneration of their knee cartilage, but only if they lose weight through diet and exercise or diet alone, according to a new MRI study.

Type 2 diabetes: It all starts in the liver ... read more
November 28, 2017
Among the detrimental effects of obesity is the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. If the strong links between obesity and type 2 diabetes are well known, the cellular and molecular mechanisms were so far poorly understood. Scientists unravel the factors linking obesity and insulin resistance. By deciphering how the protein PTPR-? inhibits insulin receptors located at the surface of liver cells, they open door to potential news therapeutic strategies.

Parental diet affects offspring immunity: Meta-analysis ... read more
November 27, 2017
A multidisciplinary wide-ranging study across the animal kingdom has found a close relationship exists between parents' diets and the immunity of offspring, with implications for wildlife conservation and animal husbandry as well as human health.

Worried about holiday weight gain? Your scale isn't giving you the whole picture ... read more
November 27, 2017
A new, long-term diet study used MRI imaging technology for the first time to plot the diverse changes in an array of body organ fat storage pools during 18 months of Mediterranean/low-carb (Med/LC) and low-fat diets, with and without moderate physical exercise.

Low-salt, heart-healthy dash diet as effective as drugs for some adults with high blood pressure ... read more
November 22, 2017
A study of more than 400 adults with prehypertension, or stage 1 high blood pressure, found that combining a low-salt diet with the heart-healthy DASH diet substantially lowers systolic blood pressure -- the top number in a blood pressure test -- especially in people with higher baseline systolic readings.

Cinnamon turns up the heat on fat cells ... read more
November 21, 2017
New research has determined how a common holiday spice -- cinnamon -- might be enlisted in the fight against obesity.

Sleeve gastrectomy, common weight-loss surgery, lowers women's tolerance to alcohol ... read more
November 20, 2017
Women who have had gastric sleeve surgery to lose weight may want to consider limiting the number of alcoholic drinks they consume post-surgery. A new study found that after undergoing sleeve gastrectomy, women could be legally intoxicated after drinking half the number of drinks than women who did not have this surgery.

Like a baby: The vicious cycle of childhood obesity and snoring ... read more
November 17, 2017
Scientists looked at the relationships among maternal snoring, childhood snoring and children's metabolic characteristics -- including body mass index (BMI) and insulin resistance, which reflects future risk for developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease -- in approximately 1,100 children followed from gestation through early adolescence.

Link between obesity and cancer is not widely recognized ... read more
November 17, 2017
A new study has shown that the majority of people in the United Kingdom do not understand the connection between weight issues and cancer. Obesity is associated with thirteen types of cancer, including those of the breast, kidney, bowel, and womb. However, after surveying 3293 adults, taken as representative of the UK population, researchers found that only a quarter of respondents were aware of the link between obesity and cancer.

Dieting combined with high-intensity exercise helpful in reducing risk of weight regain, study finds ... read more
November 16, 2017
Combining a calorie-restricted diet with high-intensity interval training could be a solution for reducing weight regain after weight loss, researchers report.

Redefining obesity in postmenopausal women ... read more
November 16, 2017
There is no doubt the prevalence of obesity has increased significantly across all age groups, creating greater health risks. What exactly constitutes obesity, however, is subject to debate, especially for postmenopausal women who have a different body composition than younger women. A study now demonstrates that the long-accepted BMI definition for obesity may no longer be accurate.

When vegetables are closer in price to chips, people eat healthier ... read more
November 16, 2017
A new study determined that the difference in price of healthy foods compared to unhealthy foods plays a significant role in whether people have a healthy diet.

Does this one gene fuel obesity? ... read more
November 15, 2017
Variants in a gene called ankyrin-B -- carried by millions of Americans -- could cause people to put on pounds through no fault of their own, new research demonstrates.

Sugary beverage consumption in US declining but remains high among certain groups ... read more
November 14, 2017
Consumption of sodas and other sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) fell for both children and adults between 2003 and 2014, according to a new study. But despite this positive trend, the researchers found, consumption remains high among adolescents and young adults, and is particularly high among black, Mexican American, and non-Mexican Hispanic populations.

Gene prompts cells to store fat, fueling obesity ... read more
November 13, 2017
Obesity is often attributed to a simple equation: people are eating too much and exercising too little. But evidence is growing that at least some weight gain is predetermined. New research suggests variants in a gene called ankyrin-B could be causing millions of Americans to put on pounds through no fault of their own. The study shows that the gene causes fat cells to suck up glucose faster than normal, more than doubling their size.

Obesity during pregnancy may lead directly to fetal overgrowth, study suggests ... read more
November 13, 2017
Obesity during pregnancy -- independent of its health consequences such as diabetes -- may account for the higher risk of giving birth to an atypically large infant, according to researchers.

New spin on how 'beige' fat cells burn calories ... read more
November 13, 2017
It has been known for decades that low temperatures can trigger specialized fat cells to burn energy to produce heat, but in a new study, researchers have discovered a new heat-producing pathway in fat cells that works by burning excess blood glucose, suggesting a potential new approach to treating metabolic disorders such as obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Increased taxes on high fat and high sugar foods will help improve children’s diets ... read more
November 13, 2017
Increasing the tax on high fat and high sugar foods will help improve children’s diets. This is one of the recommendations from a new report that includes recommendations that are aimed at tackling the causes of poor diets in children.

Low sodium-DASH diet combination dramatically lowers blood pressure in hypertensive adults ... read more
November 13, 2017
A combination of reduced sodium intake and the DASH diet lowers blood pressure in adults with hypertension, according to preliminary research.

Both obese and anorexic women have low levels of 'feel good' neurosteroid ... read more
November 10, 2017
Women at opposite extremes of the weight spectrum have low levels of the neuroactive steroid allopregnanolone, according to new research.

Report from groundbreaking 'EndoVators Summit' offers guidance for obesity treatment ... read more
November 10, 2017
Research breaks new ground in defining the role and value of the latest approaches for obesity management. The paper reports on the scope and impact of the obesity problem as well as the multiple factors and players involved in treating this chronic condition.

Study reveals how a very low calorie diet can reverse type 2 diabetes ... read more
November 9, 2017
A research team has uncovered how a very low calorie diet can rapidly reverse type 2 diabetes in animal models. If confirmed in people, the insight provides potential new drug targets for treating this common chronic disease, said the researchers.

Research on reversing negative effects of maternal obesity ... read more
November 8, 2017
A drug that increases energy metabolism may lead to a new approach to prevent obesity in children born to overweight mothers, researchers have found.

A focus on dental health can protect children from becoming overweight ... read more
November 8, 2017
Talking about dental health with children and parents - about what is healthy and unhealthy for your teeth - can be one way to prevent children from becoming overweight.

Fat cells may inactivate chemotherapeutic drug ... read more
November 8, 2017
Adipocytes, or fat cells, can absorb and metabolize the chemotherapeutic agent daunorubicin, reducing the effectiveness of the drug and potentially contributing to poorer treatment outcomes.

Potential long-term negative impact of high protein diets ... read more
November 7, 2017
High protein diets may lead to long-term kidney damage among those suffering from chronic kidney disease, according to new research.

Serving water with school lunches could prevent child, adult obesity ... read more
November 7, 2017
A kinesiology and community health professor's analysis suggests that nationwide expansion of a program in New York City schools that encouraged children to consume water with their lunches could reduce child and adult obesity rates in the US significantly, saving billions in medical costs and other expenses over children's lifetimes.

Obesity increases incidence, severity, costs of knee dislocations ... read more
November 3, 2017
The obesity epidemic is resulting in a higher risk of knee dislocations as well as serious vascular injuries and higher treatment costs, a new national study finds.

Several reasons why whole grains are healthy ... read more
November 2, 2017
When overweight adults exchange refined grain products -- such as white bread and pasta -- with whole grain varieties, they eat less, they lose weight and the amount of inflammation in their bodies decreases.

Why do some obese people have 'healthier' fat tissue than others? ... read more
November 1, 2017
One little understood paradox in the study of obesity is that overweight people who break down fat at a high rate are less healthy than peers who store their fat more effectively.

Lose fat, preserve muscle: Weight training beats cardio for older adults ... read more
November 1, 2017
Weight training or cardio? For older adults trying to slim down, pumping iron might be the way to go. A new study suggests combining weight training with a low-calorie diet preserves much needed lean muscle mass that can be lost through aerobic workouts.

Riding the bike to work is just as effective as leisure time exercise ... read more
November 1, 2017
A new study shows that inactive, overweight people can lose fat mass just as effectively by riding the bike to work than by exercising in their leisure time. It is a time-effective solution if you want to be physically active, but lead a busy everyday life, the researchers say.

Western diet linked to vascular damage, prediabetes ... read more
October 31, 2017
Could short-term exposure to the average American diet increase one's risk for developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease? According to a recent study, researchers provide compelling evidence to support this hypothesis.

Less but more frequent exercise best to reduce weight? Study provides a clue ... read more
October 30, 2017
Low magnitude, high frequency mechanical stimulation (LMMS) reduces adipose (fat) tissue and thus may be a method of reducing weight and health risks such as diabetes. A new study takes this concept to another level.

Less fat, more hair and younger skin: Study in mice shows benefits from calorie-restricted diet ... read more
October 30, 2017
Scientists show that mice subjected to the diet presented body fat reduction and fur production increase. The research group also noted that liver, pancreas and brain cells from these mice boasted a higher performance in activities related to metabolic regulation.

For older adults, keeping your heart healthy may protect against disability ... read more
October 26, 2017
Recently, a team of researchers studied older Latin Americans to examine the relationship between the American Heart Association's definition of 'ideal cardiovascular health' and disability.

Weight loss after bariatric surgery can improve heart health ... read more
October 24, 2017
In overweight and obese people, fat often gets deposited in the midsection of the body. Large amounts of this belly fat can lead to unhealthy changes in a heart's function and size. But according to new findings a bariatric surgical procedure, and the weight loss that follows it, actually allows the heart to return to its natural shape and function.

Genetics may put a person at risk of high triglycerides, but adopting a healthy diet can help ... read more
October 24, 2017
Triglycerides, a type of fat in the blood, are important for good health. But having high triglycerides might increase a person's risk of heart disease, and may be a sign of metabolic syndrome.

Drug can dramatically reduce weight of people with obesity ... read more
October 23, 2017
A drug that targets the appetite control system in the brain could bring about significant weight loss in people with clinical obesity, according to new research.


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