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Mildly obese fare better after major heart attack ... read more
June 28, 2017
People who survive a major heart attack often do better in the years afterward if they're mildly obese, a study by cardiologists shows.

Adolescent obesity linked to early mortality from cardiovascular diseases ... read more
June 28, 2017
While there is solid evidence that adolescent overweight and obesity are associated with coronary heart disease (CHD) and stroke, less is known about the association between body mass index (BMI) and rarer cardiovascular diseases.

Older obese adults can benefit from moderate exercise ... read more
June 27, 2017
Moderate-intensity exercise can help even extremely obese older adults improve their ability to perform common daily activities and remain independent, according to researchers.

Obesity risk factors dropped in preschoolers in prevention program ... read more
June 27, 2017
A community-wide intervention for families who receive WIC benefits reduced obesity risk factors in preschoolers.

Scientific statement on obesity's causes ... read more
June 26, 2017
A new Scientific Statement calls for more research aimed specifically at understanding the underlying mechanisms that make it difficult to maintain long-term weight loss.

Decades after the discovery of anti-obesity hormone, scant evidence that leptin keeps lean people lean, scientists say ... read more
June 23, 2017
Decades after the discovery of anti-obesity hormone, scant evidence that leptin keeps lean people lean, scientists caution.

How insulin in the brain may suppress the subjective feeling of hunger ... read more
June 23, 2017
Insulin in the brain may help regulate the hunger sensation and improve functional connectivity in certain cognitive brain regions (default-mode network, DMN *) as well as in the hippocampus and hypothalamus.

Study uncovers link between male hormones and metabolic disease in polycystic ovary syndrome ... read more
June 22, 2017
Scientists have discovered the link between increased male hormones and metabolic complications such as diabetes and fatty liver disease in patients with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

High fat diet reduces gut bacteria, Crohn's disease symptoms ... read more
June 22, 2017
A high fat diet may lead to specific changes in gut bacteria that could fight harmful inflammation -- a major discovery for patients suffering from Crohn's disease, research indicates. Crohn's disease, a type of inflammatory bowel syndrome, causes debilitating intestinal swelling, cramping, and diarrhea. The disease affects half a million people in the United States, but its cause is yet unclear.

Clinics cut pregnancy risks for obese women ... read more
June 22, 2017
Specialist antenatal clinics for severely obese mums-to-be can help cut rates of pregnancy complications, research has found. Women who received the specialist care were eight times less likely to have a stillbirth and health experts say the clinic helps them to spot signs of complications sooner.

Changes to diet, physical activity, behaviour may reduce obesity in children, adolescents ... read more
June 22, 2017
Making changes to diet, physical activity and behavior may reduce obesity in children and adolescents, suggests a new report.

Marriage makes men fatter, shows new research ... read more
June 21, 2017
Being married makes men gain weight, and the early days of fatherhood add to the problem, finds new research.

Fathers' involvement may help prevent childhood obesity ... read more
June 21, 2017
Fathers are becoming more involved with raising children, but limited research has examined their association with childhood obesity.

Internet-based weight-loss program for low-income women after child birth ... read more
June 20, 2017
An internet-based weight loss program was effective in promoting significant weight loss in low-income postpartum women over 12 months, according to a study.

Screening for obesity in children and adolescents recommended ... read more
June 20, 2017
The US Preventive Services Task Force recommends that clinicians screen for obesity in children and adolescents 6 years and older and offer or refer them to comprehensive, intensive behavioral interventions to promote improvements in weight.

Diagnosing obesity by mathematically estimating abdominal fat ... read more
June 20, 2017
Abdominal obesity, or fat that accumulates around one's stomach and abdomen, has long been considered to pose a high health risk in individuals. Hence, measurement of abdominal fat helps predict propensity to disorders caused by excess weight in the abdominal area. In a new paper, researchers propose a new technique to evaluate abdominal obesity by estimating the thickness of subcutaneous fat.

Poor adolescent diet may influence brain and behavior in adulthood ... read more
June 19, 2017
Adolescent male mice fed a diet lacking omega-3 fatty acids show increased anxiety-like behavior and worse performance on a memory task in adulthood, according to new research.

Genes and the environment? Factors, patterns that lead to childhood obesity risk ... read more
June 16, 2017
A factor that has been linked to childhood obesity is restrictive feeding practices by primary caregivers, the implication being that it may interfere with a child's ability to learn to self-regulate food intake. When a child is overweight, parents tend to use more controlling, restrictive feeding practices. A new study is showing that a child's genetics, related to emotion and cognition, may also play a role in this pattern.

Molecular pilot light prepares body's heating system for the cold ... read more
June 14, 2017
Researchers detail a molecule that acts as a molecular pilot light required to turn on the brown fat furnace. Brown fat burns sugar and fat to produce radiant heat in the body. These cells are of interest because some of the sugar and fat they burn is stored in the body and might otherwise lead to increases in white fat, the form that increases in obesity.

Major new appetite regulator successfully manipulated in mice ... read more
June 13, 2017
A new link between certain brain receptors and obesity has been identified by researchers, giving a possible new drug target for appetite regulation.

Body contouring is only for the rich and insured ... read more
June 13, 2017
Only a small percentage of obese patients who have undergone bariatric surgery to help them control their weight follow up this procedure with further plastic surgery to reshape their bodies and remove excess rolls of skin. Such body contouring surgery is generally only affordable to patients with adequate insurance and income.

Poor diet, plus Alzheimer's gene, may fuel disease ... read more
June 13, 2017
Mice carrying a genetic risk factor for the disease quickly developed brain plaques after 12 weeks on a poor diet, research indicates.

Western diet increases Alzheimer's pathology in genetically predisposed mice ... read more
June 12, 2017
Obese mice with a particular version of a gene strongly associated with Alzheimer's disease in humans show increased Alzheimer's pathology, according to new research.

Vegetarian diets almost twice as effective in reducing body weight, study finds ... read more
June 12, 2017
Dieters who go vegetarian not only lose weight more effectively than those on conventional low-calorie diets but also improve their metabolism by reducing muscle fat, a new study has found.

More than 2 billion people overweight or obese, new study finds ... read more
June 12, 2017
Globally, more than 2 billion children and adults suffer from health problems related to being overweight or obese, and an increasing percentage of people die from these health conditions, according to a new study.

Short duration of breastfeeding and maternal obesity linked to fatty liver in adolescents ... read more
June 12, 2017
Infants who were breastfed for less than six months before starting infant formula milk and infants who had mothers who were obese at the start of pregnancy, were much more likely to develop nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) as adolescents, according to a novel study.

Fasting glucose as a marker for greater weight loss on a high-fiber, low-glycemic diet ... read more
June 12, 2017
A Preliminary study finds that study participants with high fasting plasma glucose lost more weight than those with low fasting plasma glucose when following a high-fiber, low-glycemic load diet.

Underweight female runners more likely to get stress fractures ... read more
June 12, 2017
Female runners who are underweight have a higher risk for injury and take longer to heal, according to a new study. A researcher studied dozens of Division I athletes over three years and found that those with a body mass index of 19 or below were likely to develop stress fractures because their bodies are unable to handle the constant pounding of running.

Cash for weight loss ... read more
June 9, 2017
A new study has shown that selling rewards programs to participants entering a weight loss program is a low cost strategy to increase both the magnitude and duration of weight loss.

Obesity increases risk of complications after shoulder joint replacement surgery ... read more
June 8, 2017
For patients undergoing shoulder joint replacement surgery (arthroplasty), higher body mass index is linked to increased complications -- including the need for 'revision' surgery, reports a new study.

Does consuming low-fat dairy increase the risk of Parkinson's disease? ... read more
June 7, 2017
Consuming at least three servings of low-fat dairy a day is associated with a greater risk of developing Parkinson's disease compared to consuming less than one serving a day, according to a large study.

Pregnancy diet high in refined grains could increase kids' obesity by age seven ... read more
June 7, 2017
Children born to women with gestational diabetes whose diet included high proportions of refined grains may have a higher risk of obesity by age 7, compared to children born to women with gestational diabetes who ate low proportions of refined grains, according to results of a new study.

Overweight children are being excluded from friendships, study finds ... read more
June 7, 2017
Overweight children have more unreciprocated friendships and frenemies than their thinner counterparts, a new study has found. In a survey of 504 preteens in the Netherlands, researchers found that overweight children are excluded from friendships, call classmates friends when the feeling is not mutual and are disliked by peers. And overweight children dislike more classmates than their thinner peers. These heightened negative relationships take a mental, social and physical toll.

Prebiotics reduce body fat in overweight children ... read more
June 7, 2017
There may soon be a new tool in the fight against childhood obesity. Prebiotics reduce body fat in children who are overweight or obese by altering their gut microbiota, according to new research. Prebiotics are non-digestible food ingredients (such as fiber) that act as fertilizers to help stimulate the growth of good bacteria already in the gut, different from probiotics, which introduce new bacteria into the system.

Drinking diet beverages during pregnancy linked to child obesity, study suggests ... read more
June 6, 2017
Children born to women who had gestational diabetes and drank at least one artificially sweetened beverage per day during pregnancy were more likely to be overweight or obese at age 7, compared to children born to women who had gestational diabetes and drank water instead of artificially sweetened beverages, according to a study.

Flu shot less effective for obese adults ... read more
June 6, 2017
Although influenza vaccines are currently the best forms of protection to safeguard people against the flu, they are not effective in all cases. A study found that obese people -- despite getting their shots -- were still twice as likely to develop influenza or flu-like illnesses than others of healthy weight.

Waist-to-height ratio more accurate than BMI in identifying obesity, new study shows ... read more
June 6, 2017
Calculating a person's waist-to-height ratio is the most accurate and efficient way of identifying whether or not they are at risk of obesity in clinical practice, a new study shows.

Diabetes drug prevents stiffening of heart muscle in obese mouse model ... read more
June 5, 2017
Overconsumption of a Western diet high in fats and refined sugars has contributed to a global increase in obesity and Type 2 diabetes. Obese and diabetic premenopausal women are more at risk of developing heart disease -- even more than men of similar age and with similar health issues. A new study has found that the diabetes medication linagliptin can protect against stiffening of the left ventricle of the heart in overweight female mice.

One in five surgical weight-loss patients take prescription opioids seven years after surgery ... read more
June 5, 2017
While the proportion of adults with severe obesity using prescription opioids initially declines in the months after bariatric surgery, it increases within a matter of years, eventually surpassing pre-surgery rates of patients using the potentially addictive pain medications, according to new research.

Two interventions help improve weight management in children with overweight or obesity ... read more
June 5, 2017
Two interventions that link clinical care with community resources helped improve key health measures in children with overweight or obesity at the outset of the study.

Simple step to protect people with type 1 diabetes against heart disease ... read more
June 5, 2017
One additional injection of insulin three hours after eating has been shown to protect people with type 1 diabetes from cardiovascular disease -- the leading cause of death among people with the condition.

Mice will help reveal the roles of human brown fat ... read more
June 2, 2017
Mice have metabolically active brown fat deposits similar to the largest depot found in people, scientists have discovered.

Get to know the omentum: The apron of fat that protects your abdomen ... read more
June 1, 2017
The quirkiest organ in the human body may be a large sheet of fat that stretches over the intestines, liver, and stomach like an elastic apron. Sometimes called the 'policeman of the abdomen,' the omentum is known to secrete hormones related to obesity, and we're still learning new information about its functions. In a review, researchers discuss how the omentum is also an important immune organ.

Obesity can lead to more severe hot flashes and other menopause symptoms ... read more
May 31, 2017
Vasomotor symptoms (VMS), such as hot flashes and night sweats, cause serious discomfort in many women at menopause. Studies show a higher frequency of VMS in women who gain weight during the postmenopause period, and the effect of obesity on VMS has been studied for many years. A new study finds that hot flashes are associated with a higher body mass index (BMI).

Childhood obesity causes lasting damage to the body ... read more
May 30, 2017
Obesity in childhood has long term health implications stretching into adulthood, a new study reveals.

High-fat diet alters reward system in rats ... read more
May 29, 2017
Exposure to high-fat diet from childhood may increase the sensitivity of the dopamine system later in adulthood, according to a study in male rats.

Dramatic shift in gut microbes and their metabolites seen after weight loss surgery ... read more
May 26, 2017
Obesity is linked with the composition of microbes in the human gut. In new research, bacterial composition in the gut, as well as accompanying metabolites are shown to undergo a profound and permanent shift, with microbial diversity significantly increasing following gastric bypass surgery.

Size-sensing protein controls glucose uptake and storage in fat cells ... read more
May 25, 2017
Researchers have discovered that a molecule which can sense the swelling of fat cells also controls a signaling pathway that allows fat cells to take up and store excess glucose. Mice missing this protein, known as SWELL1, gain less weight (fat) than normal mice on a high-fat diet, but also develop diabetes.

Where body fat is carried can predict cancer risk ... read more
May 24, 2017
Carrying fat around your middle could be as good an indicator of cancer risk as body mass index (BMI), according to new research.

Dietary strategy to address obesity uses component in red chili ... read more
May 23, 2017
Scientists have discovered a dietary strategy that may address obesity by reducing endotoxemia, a major contributor to chronic, low-grade inflammation (CLGI). The researchers uncovered an interaction between dietary capsaicin (CAP), the major pungent component in red chili, and gut microbiota. This novel mechanism for the anti-obesity effect of CAP acts through prevention of microbial dysbiosis.

Probing problems with bariatric surgery: Reoperations, variation are common ... read more
May 23, 2017
Every year, nearly 200,000 Americans turn to surgeons for help with their obesity, seeking bariatric surgery to lose weight and prevent life-threatening health problems. But after more than two decades of steadily increasing numbers of operations, American bariatric surgery centers still vary greatly in the quality of care they provide.

Why our brain cells may prevent us burning fat when we're dieting ... read more
May 23, 2017
A study carried out in mice may help explain why dieting can be an inefficient way to lose weight: key brain cells act as a trigger to prevent us burning calories when food is scarce.

Sleep loss affects your waistline ... read more
May 22, 2017
Sleep loss increases the risk of obesity through a combination of effects on energy metabolism. This research will highlight how disrupted sleep patterns, a common feature of modern living, can predispose to weight gain, by affecting people’s appetite and responses to food and exercise.

Study shows differences in brain activity between men, women who are obese ... read more
May 19, 2017
A new study of obese people suggests that changes in their brains’ reward regions make them more prone to overeating, and that women and men exhibit different brain activity related to overeating.

Being overweight in childhood may heighten lifetime risk of depression ... read more
May 18, 2017
New research suggests that being overweight, especially from a young age, may substantially increase the lifetime risk of major depression.

Keeping young women's weight gain to less than 800g/year could help prevent progression from healthy weight to overweight and obesity ... read more
May 18, 2017
New research shows that rates of weight gain are established by the time women are 18-23 years old. Measuring rates of weight gain at this age could identify women who are likely to become overweight or obese by the time they are 40. Furthermore, women who are divorced, separated or widowed, and those who smoke >10/day are most at risk of becoming overweight or obese.

Eating a diet rich in fruit and vegetables could cut obesity risk ... read more
May 18, 2017
Pro-vegetarian diets (with a higher consumption of plant-based foods compared to animal-based foods) could provide substantial protection against obesity, according to new research.

Obesity is in the eye of the beholder ... read more
May 18, 2017
Doctors have a specific definition of what it means to be overweight or obese, but in the social world, gender, race and generation matter a lot for whether people are judged as 'thin enough' or 'too fat.'

Another reason to exercise: Burning bone fat a key to better bone health ... read more
May 18, 2017
It's a fat-burning secret anyone interested in bone health should know. For the first time, researchers show that exercising burns the fat found within bone marrow and offers evidence that this process improves bone quality and the amount of bone in a matter of weeks.

Migrant children less obese due to absent grandmothers ... read more
May 17, 2017
Children of migrants to Chinese cities have lower rates of obesity than youngsters in more affluent established urban families - probably because their grandparents are not around to over-feed them, a new study has found.


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