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Weight gain and loss may worsen dementia risk in older people ... read more
May 20, 2019
Older people who experience significant weight gain or weight loss could be raising their risk of developing dementia, suggests a study from Korea.

Early weight-loss surgery may improve type 2 diabetes, blood pressure outcomes ... read more
May 16, 2019
Despite similar weight loss, teens who had gastric bypass surgery were significantly more likely to have remission of both type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, compared to adults who had the same procedure. Previously, no treatment has shown longer-term effectiveness at reversing type 2 diabetes in youth, which tends to advance more quickly than in adults.

Heavily processed foods cause overeating and weight gain, study finds ... read more
May 16, 2019
People eating ultra-processed foods ate more calories and gained more weight than when they ate a minimally processed diet, according to results from a new study. The difference occurred even though meals provided to the volunteers in both the ultra-processed and minimally processed diets had the same number of calories and macronutrients.

What happens when your picky eater becomes a teenager? ... read more
May 14, 2019
Toddlers who are picky about their food are not deficient in essential nutrients compared to their peers when they are teenagers.

Obesity: The key role of a brain protein revealed ... read more
May 13, 2019
Regardless of how much you exercise or how balanced your diet is, controlling your weight is more brain-related than you might have thought. Researchers show for the first time in mice that the acyl-CoA-binding protein, or ACBP, has a direct influence on the neurons that allow rodents and humans to maintain a healthy weight.

Maternal microbes mediate diet-derived damage ... read more
May 13, 2019
New research has found, using a mouse model, that microbes in the maternal intestine may contribute to impairment of the gut barrier during pregnancy.

The heart 'talks' to fat cells ... read more
May 9, 2019
Like sending a letter through the mail or a text over a cellular network, the heart can generate messages that travel long distances through the body. Those messages ultimately reach fat cells, new research shows. The findings could have implications for modulating weight gain in patients with heart failure.

Older adults with obesity may have fewer years of healthy life ... read more
May 9, 2019
A study conducted of older Singaporeans (above 60 years) showed that those with a higher Body Mass Index (BMI) might have the same number of remaining years of life compared to those with a lower BMI, but spend fewer of those years in good health.

Avocados, as a substitution for carbohydrates, can suppress hunger without adding calories ... read more
May 8, 2019
A new study suggests that meals that include fresh avocado as a substitute for refined carbohydrates can significantly suppress hunger and increase meal satisfaction in overweight and obese adults.

Role of psychological distress and emotional eating in obesity ... read more
May 8, 2019
New research has found that people on lower incomes may be more likely to have obesity due to psychological distress that gives rise to emotional eating to cope.

Fat fruit flies: High-sugar diet deadens sweet tooth; promotes overeating, obesity in flies ... read more
May 7, 2019
Some research suggests that one reason people with obesity overeat is because they don't enjoy food -- especially sweets -- as much as lean people.

Children and teens who drink low-calorie sweetened beverages do not save calories ... read more
May 2, 2019
US children and teens who consumed low-calorie or zero-calorie sweetened beverages took in about 200 extra calories on a given day compared to those who drank water, and they took in about the same number of calories as youth who consumed sugary beverages, according to a new study.

Walnuts may help lower blood pressure for those at risk of heart disease ... read more
May 1, 2019
When combined with a diet low in saturated fats, eating walnuts may help lower blood pressure in people at risk for cardiovascular disease, according to a new study.

Keto diet has potential in military, researchers say ... read more
April 30, 2019
A new study has researchers hopeful that a ketogenic diet could prove useful in the military, where obesity is an ongoing challenge, both in terms of recruiting soldiers and keeping them fit for service.

Fat cell discovery could help combat obesity-related health issues ... read more
April 30, 2019
A world-first discovery has identified three different kinds of fat cells including a 'fast burning' type which if unlocked might help people lose weight.

Put down the protein shake: Variety of protein better for health ... read more
April 30, 2019
Researchers have examined whether there are any ongoing ramifications or potential side-effects from long-term high protein intake or from consuming certain types of amino acids.

Heavier and taller children are more likely to develop kidney cancer as adults than their average-sized peers ... read more
April 29, 2019
A study of more than 300,000 individuals in Denmark reveals that heavier and taller children are at greater risk than their average-sized peers of developing the kidney cancer renal cell carcinoma (RCC) as adults.

Children, their parents, and health professionals often underestimate children's higher weight status ... read more
April 27, 2019
More than half of parents underestimated their children's classification as overweight or obese -- children themselves and health professionals also share this misperception.

Weight-loss surgery and risk of pregnancy and birth complications ... read more
April 27, 2019
Women who have undergone weight-loss surgery appear to be at higher risk of developing complications during pregnancy, and their babies seem more likely to be born prematurely, small for gestational age, have congenital anomalies and be admitted to intensive care, according to the most comprehensive assessment of how bariatric surgery affects pregnancy outcomes.

Being a car commuter with obesity linked to a 32% increased early death risk ... read more
April 27, 2019
New research shows that individuals with obesity who commute by car have a 32% higher risk of early death, from any cause, compared with those individuals with a normal weight and commute via cycling and walking.

Obesity and emotional problems appear to develop together from age 7 ... read more
April 27, 2019
Obesity and emotional problems, such as feelings of low mood and anxiety, tend to develop hand-in-hand from as young as age seven years.

Nationwide study suggests obesity as an independent risk factor for anxiety and depression in young people ... read more
April 27, 2019
Obesity is linked with an increased risk of developing anxiety and depression in children and adolescents, independent of traditional risk factors such as parental psychiatric illness and socioeconomic status, according to new research.

Comfort food leads to more weight gain during stress ... read more
April 25, 2019
Australian researchers have discovered a new molecular pathway in the brain that triggers more weight gain in times of stress.

It's OK to indulge once in a while, study suggests: The body adapts to occasional short-term overeating ... read more
April 25, 2019
Overeating has been found to impair blood sugar (glucose) control and insulin levels. A new study suggests that the duration of a bout of overeating can affect how the body adapts glucose and insulin processing when calorie intake increases.

Obesity linked with differences in form and structure of the brain ... read more
April 23, 2019
Researchers using sophisticated MRI technology have found that higher levels of body fat are associated with differences in the brain's form and structure, including smaller volumes of gray matter, according to a new study. The findings add important information to our understanding of the connection between obesity and negative health consequences such as dementia.

Improved WIC food packages reduced obesity risk for children, study finds ... read more
April 23, 2019
A decade ago, the U.S. federal government overhauled nutrition standards for food packages in its primary food assistance program for young mothers and their children. The change reduced obesity risks for 4-year-olds, according to a new study.

Mediterranean diet deters overeating, study finds ... read more
April 23, 2019
A new study finds that nonhuman primates on a Mediterranean diet chose not to eat all the food available to them and maintained a normal weight.

How lifestyle affects our genes ... read more
April 23, 2019
In the past decade, knowledge of how lifestyle affects our genes, a research field called epigenetics, has grown exponentially. Researchers have summarized the state of scientific knowledge within epigenetics linked to obesity and type 2 diabetes.

No increase in complications with 'tummy tuck' in obese patients ... read more
April 22, 2019
'Tummy tuck' surgery (abdominoplasty) can be safely performed in obese patients, with no increase in complications compared to non-obese patients, reports a new study.

New insight into how obesity, insulin resistance can impair cognition ... read more
April 22, 2019
Obesity can break down our protective blood brain barrier resulting in problems with learning and memory, scientists report.

Marijuana users weigh less, defying the munchies ... read more
April 19, 2019
New evidence suggests that those who smoke cannabis, or marijuana, weigh less compared to adults who don't. The findings are contrary to the belief that marijuana users who have a serious case of the munchies will ultimately gain more weight.

Genetic variants that protect against obesity could aid new weight loss medicines ... read more
April 18, 2019
Around four million people in the UK carry genetic variants that protect them from obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease, suggests new research. The team say the discovery could lead to the development of new drugs that help people lose weight.

Achieving sugar reduction targets could cut child obesity and healthcare costs ... read more
April 17, 2019
Reducing the sugar content of certain foods by 2020, in line with UK government policy targets, could cut child obesity and related illness, and save the NHS in England £286 million over 10 years, suggests a new study.

Cognitive functioning does not predict weight-loss outcome for adolescents ... read more
April 15, 2019
Young people with cognitive impairments and developmental disabilities, including Down syndrome, have similar weight-loss trajectories to those with typical cognitive function after bariatric surgery, according to a new study.

DNA methylation levels linked to obesity ... read more
April 12, 2019
A multidisciplinary study has linked DNA methylation levels to the development of the metabolic disease associated with obesity. A multidisciplinary work that has been carried out by biologists, surgeons and endocrinologists and conducted in patients with metabolic risk factors such as high levels of glucose (hyperglycemia), triglycerides (hypertriglyceridemia), blood pressure (hypertension), abdominal obesity and low levels of good cholesterol (HDL).

SRC-1 gene variants linked to human obesity ... read more
April 12, 2019
Researchers have discovered how the gene SRC-1 affects body weight control.

Body mass index may play a significant role in the progression of multiple sclerosis ... read more
April 11, 2019
A new article identifies a link between high levels of blood lipids and worsening of disease in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients who are overweight or obese.

Eggs for breakfast benefits those with diabetes ... read more
April 11, 2019
While some cereals may be the breakfast of champions, a professor suggests people with Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) should be reaching for something else. New research shows that a high-fat, low-carb breakfast (LCBF) can help those with T2D control blood sugar levels throughout the day.

Breast milk analyses show new opportunities for reducing risk of childhood obesity ... read more
April 10, 2019
The composition of breast milk in normal weight mothers differs from that of overweight mothers, and variations in small molecule metabolites found in breast milk are possible risk factors for childhood obesity.

A new molecule to fight type 2 diabetes and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease ... read more
April 10, 2019
A new molecule -EPB-53-, could help fight type 2 diabetes and the non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. According to a new study, the EPB-53 molecule increases levels of the FGF21 hormone, a biological factor playing a determining role in the control of diabetes and obesity.

New study explains why drinking alcohol causes the munchies ... read more
April 8, 2019
New research in mice suggests that a shared circuit in the brain could be one reason why heavy drinking and high-fat 'junk food' cravings go hand in hand.

Exercise during pregnancy protects offspring from obesity ... read more
April 7, 2019
A new study found that offspring born to mice that exercised during pregnancy were less likely to gain weight after consuming a high-fat diet later in life. Although previous studies have shown that exercise by obese females benefits their offspring, this is the first research to demonstrate that the same is true when non-obese females exercise.

Health claims on packaging for many foods marketed to UK kids are 'confusing' ... read more
April 4, 2019
The health claims made on the product packaging for a large proportion of foods marketed to children in the UK are 'confusing,' and could be contributing to rising rates of childhood obesity.

Analysis identifies patients most at risk for weight regain after bariatric surgery ... read more
April 4, 2019
In the years following bariatric surgery, a person's overall eating behaviors and the amount of time spent watching television, playing video games and using a computer for recreation are a better indication of long-term weight loss success than specific weight control practices like counting calories. Also, despite the thorough psychological evaluation often required in preparation for bariatric surgery, mental health and eating habits prior to surgery were not useful in predicting which patients would struggle most with keeping the weight off after surgery.

People with obesity often 'dehumanized,' study finds ... read more
April 3, 2019
New research has found that people with obesity are not only stigmatized, but are blatantly dehumanized.

Anti-inflammatory plant-based diet helps reduce gingivitis ... read more
April 3, 2019
A plant-based whole food diet reduced gingivitis in a recent randomized trial.

Defining obesity in children should be based on health issues, not just BMI ... read more
April 2, 2019
A new study aims to identify what influences the success participants achieve in weight management programs and help improve these programs. The study follows participants for three years.

Shift work increases diabetes and heart disease risk ... read more
April 2, 2019
Many studies have shown that shift work is associated with heart and metabolic diseases, but new research has clarified how shift work can have a long-term effect on the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Digital device overload linked to obesity risk ... read more
April 2, 2019
If your attention gets diverted in different directions by smartphones and other digital devices, take note: Media multitasking has now been linked to obesity.

Bariatric embolization shows promise in treatment of obesity ... read more
April 2, 2019
Bariatric embolization, a new, minimally invasive treatment for obesity produces weight loss and reduces appetite for up to one year, according to a new study.

Depression, obesity, chronic pain could be treated by targeting the same key protein ... read more
April 1, 2019
Major depression, obesity and chronic pain are all linked to the effects of one protein, called FKBP51. Researchers have now developed a highly selective compound that can effectively block FKBP51 in mice, relieving chronic pain and having positive effects on diet-induced obesity and mood. The new compound also could have applications in alcoholism and brain cancer.

Exercise is more critical than diet to maintain weight loss ... read more
March 29, 2019
The study showed successful weight-loss maintainers rely on physical activity to remain in energy balance (rather than chronic restriction of dietary intake) to avoid weight regain. Successful weight-loss maintainers are individuals who maintain a reduced body weight of 30 pounds or more for over a year. The study, published in the March issue of Obesity, was selected as the Editor's Choice article.

Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids may play opposite roles in childhood asthma ... read more
March 29, 2019
Dietary intake of two fatty acids, omega-3 and omega-6, may have opposite effects on the severity of asthma in children and may also play opposite roles in modifying their response to indoor air pollution, according to new research.

Gene transfer improves diabetes-linked heart ailment ... read more
March 27, 2019
Researchers have shown that a gene transfer technique can combat heart dysfunction caused by diabetes.

On the keto diet? Ditch the cheat day ... read more
March 27, 2019
The often embraced 'cheat day' is a common theme in many diets and the popular ketogenic diet is no exception. But new research says that just one 75-gram dose of glucose -- the equivalent a large bottle of soda or a plate of fries -- while on a high fat, low carbohydrate diet can lead to damaged blood vessels.

Testosterone can help men with hypogonadism lose weight, keep it off ... read more
March 25, 2019
Long-term testosterone therapy can help men with hypogonadism lose weight and maintain their weight loss, researchers report.

Removal of 'zombie cells' alleviates causes of diabetes in obese mice ... read more
March 25, 2019
Researchers have shown that when senescent cells -- also known as 'zombie cells' -- are removed from fat tissue in obese mice, severity of diabetes and a range of its causes or consequences decline or disappear.

Obesity speeds up the start of puberty in boys ... read more
March 25, 2019
Girls are not the only ones who go through puberty early if they have obesity. Boys with obesity enter puberty at an earlier age than average, according to a new study.

Investigational obesity drug, oxytocin, weakens brain's reward signals for food ... read more
March 25, 2019
The hormone oxytocin reduces the communication between different brain areas involved in the cognitive, sensory and emotional processing of food cues that people with obesity demonstrate when they look at high-calorie foods.

Adipose hormone may play role in obesity-related asthma ... read more
March 25, 2019
New research suggests a hormone released from fat tissue is critical in the development of obesity-related asthma and may be a target of future treatments for the disease.


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