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Salad, soda and socioeconomic status: Mapping a social determinant of health in Seattle ... read more
January 17, 2019
Seattle residents who live in waterfront neighborhoods tend to have healthier diets compared to those who live along Interstate-5 and Aurora Avenue, according to new research on social disparities. The study used local data to model food consumption patterns by city block. Weekly servings of salad and soda served as proxies for diet quality.

Blocking hormone uptake burns more fat ... read more
January 17, 2019
A newly discovered regulatory mechanism helps the body control the rate of fat metabolism, according to a new study. The finding may lead to new drugs to help burn stored fat and reduce weight.

Gastric bypass surgery may benefit muscle strength more than previously thought ... read more
January 16, 2019
Gastric bypass surgery improves relative muscle strength and physical performance in people with obesity, according to a new study.

Personality type could shape attitudes toward body weight of others, researchers say ... read more
January 15, 2019
Researchers found that personality traits have significant bearing on a person's attitudes toward obesity, their implicit theories of weight and their willingness to engage in derisive fat talk or weight discrimination.

Health effects of metabolic 'magic bullet' protein ... read more
January 15, 2019
Researchers have developed a new system that lets them study in more detail than ever exactly how, where and when the metabolic protein AMPK carries out its molecular and therapeutic functions.

Epigenetic change causes fruit fly babies to inherit diet-induced heart disease ... read more
January 15, 2019
Scientists have identified an epigenetic marker and two genes that caused heart failure in the children and grandchildren of fruit flies with high-fat-diet-induced heart dysfunction. Reversing the epigenetic modification or over-expressing the two genes protected subsequent generations from the negative heart effects of their parents' diet.

Memory of last meal influences when, how much rats eat next ... read more
January 14, 2019
Researchers have identified cells in the brains of male rats that appear to control future food intake by preserving memories of past meals. The study lends support to the idea of boosting meal memories as a strategy for managing overeating.

When the body's in overdrive, this liver hormone puts the brakes on metabolism ... read more
January 14, 2019
Researchers have identified a hormone produced by the liver that tells the body to downshift its metabolism when it's expending a lot of energy.

VAT fat may cause pathogenic obesity ... read more
January 11, 2019
VAT, Visceral Adipose Tissue, a kind of fat that accumulates around the abdominal organs, has an important immune function. The body may choose to turn excess fat into FAT not SAT, subcutaneous fat when a fetus is not well nourished and is likely to face disease.

High intake of dietary fiber and whole grains associated with reduced risk of non-communicable diseases ... read more
January 10, 2019
Observational studies and clinical trials conducted over nearly 40 years reveal the health benefits of eating at least 25g to 29g or more of dietary fiber a day, according to a series of systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

Excessive body fat around the middle linked to smaller brain size, study finds ... read more
January 9, 2019
Carrying extra body fat, especially around the middle, may be linked to brain shrinkage, according to new research. For the study, researchers determined obesity by measuring body mass index (BMI) and waist-to-hip ratio in study participants and found those with higher ratios of both measures had the lowest brain volume.

Maternal stress leads to overweight in children ... read more
January 9, 2019
Researchers were able to identify mother's perceived stress during the first year of the child's life as a risk factor for developing overweight in infancy. Researchers found this to have long-lasting effects on girls' weight development in particular.

Lack of standard dosage for blood thinners can lead to bleeding during bariatric surgery ... read more
January 9, 2019
Researchers have found a way to reduce bleeding in patients following bariatric surgery.

Maternal programming during pregnancy induces long-term postpartum obesity ... read more
January 8, 2019
In a new study using a mouse model, researchers suggest that long-term postpartum weight gain may be due not so much to retained fat as to reprogramming of maternal energy metabolism.

Intermittent fasting could improve obese women's health ... read more
January 8, 2019
Research shows that obese women lost more weight and improved their health by fasting intermittently while following a strictly controlled diet.

Ketogenic supplements delay tonic-clonic seizures without dietary restrictions ... read more
January 8, 2019
Researchers have discovered supplementing a normal, carbohydrate-rich diet with specific ketogenic agents may significantly delay tonic-clonic seizures caused by exposure to high levels of oxygen.

High-fat diets appear bad for blood pressure in younger males and females ... read more
January 8, 2019
There's more evidence that a high-fat diet is bad for both younger males and females, but exactly how it's harmful may differ between the sexes, scientists report.

Exposure to sugary breakfast cereal advertising directly influences children's diets ... read more
January 7, 2019
Laboratory studies have shown that kids will request and prefer brands they have seen recently advertised on TV. A new naturalistic study bridges the gap between lab studies and a real world setting, demonstrating that kids who were exposed to TV ads for high-sugar cereals aired during the programs they watched were more likely to subsequently eat the brands of cereals they had seen advertised.

Balanced diet, exercise may not prevent gestational diabetes ... read more
January 7, 2019
A new study is the latest evidence that the 'first-line' strategy for preventing gestational diabetes mellitus isn't working. Over the past five years, more than 5,000 pregnant women took part in clinical trials focused on limiting weight gain in order to prevent gestational diabetes. The moms-to-be improved their diet quality, ate less, and increased their physical activity. They also developed gestational diabetes at about the same rates as the women who didn't change their diet or activity levels.

Fruit flies help to shed light on the evolution of metabolism ... read more
January 3, 2019
Researchers have discovered that the ability to use sugar as food varies strongly between closely related fruit fly species. They have also identified the genetic basis of this variation. In the future, it will be interesting to explore whether human populations with different dietary histories may respond differently to modern diets rich in sugars.

Metabolic syndrome patients need more vitamin C to break cycle of antioxidant depletion ... read more
January 2, 2019
A higher intake of vitamin C is crucial for metabolic syndrome patients trying to halt a potentially deadly cycle of antioxidant disruption and health-related problems, a researcher says.

Proportion of cancers associated with excess body weight varies considerably by state ... read more
December 28, 2018
A new study finds an at least 1.5-fold difference in the share of cancers related to obesity between states with the highest and lowest proportions.

How exercise reduces belly fat in humans ... read more
December 27, 2018
Some of you may have made a New Year's resolution to hit the gym to tackle that annoying belly fat. But have you ever wondered how physical activity produces this desired effect? A signaling molecule called interleukin-6 plays a critical role in this process, researchers report.

How skin ages, loses fat and immunity ... read more
December 26, 2018
Some dermal fibroblasts can convert into fat cells that reside under the dermis, giving skin a youthful look and producing peptides that fight infections. Researchers show how this happens and what causes it to stop as people age.

Impact of diet intervention on autoimmunity in mice ... read more
December 20, 2018
Could a change in diet be beneficial to people with autoimmune diseases such as lupus? Researchers have revealed how a dietary intervention can help prevent the development of this autoimmune disease in susceptible mice.

Giving birth associated with 14 percent higher risk of heart disease and stroke ... read more
December 20, 2018
Giving birth is associated with a 14 percent higher risk of heart disease and stroke compared to having no children, reports a new study.

Higher radiation dose needed to X-ray obese patients increases cancer risk ... read more
December 20, 2018
Extremely obese people are needing a far higher dose of radiation during x-ray examinations than people of normal weight, increasing their risk of cancer, new research has shown.

Twofold overweight risk for five-year-olds given milk cereal drinks in infancy ... read more
December 19, 2018
In five-year-old children, the risk for overweight is almost twice as high if they at 12 months had consumed milk cereal drinks every day, a study in the journal Acta Paediatrica shows.

Birthweight and early pregnancy body mass index may risk pregnancy complications ... read more
December 19, 2018
Women who were born with a low birthweight are at increased risk of pregnancy complications, according to a new study.

Food insecurity linked with binge-eating disorder and obesity ... read more
December 19, 2018
Food insecurity -- difficulty affording enough food to support regular, balanced meals -- was associated with increased likelihoods of binge-eating disorder and obesity in a recent study.

MRI effective for monitoring liver fat in obese patients ... read more
December 18, 2018
MRI provides a safe, noninvasive way to monitor liver fat levels in people who undergo weight loss treatments for obesity, according to a new study.

Boys with good motor skills excel at problem-solving, too ... read more
December 17, 2018
Boys with good motor skills are better problem-solvers than their less skillful peers, a new study shows. In contrast to previous studies, the researchers found no association between aerobic fitness or overweight and obesity with cognitive function in boys.

School-based nutritional programs reduce student obesity ... read more
December 17, 2018
In-school nutrition policies and programs that promote healthier eating habits among middle school students limit increases in body mass index (BMI), a new study finds.

New RNA sequencing strategy provides insight into microbiomes ... read more
December 17, 2018
Scientists have demonstrated the application of high-throughput transfer RNA sequencing to gut microbiome samples from mice that were fed either a low-fat or high-fat diet.

CRISPR joins battle of the bulge, fights obesity without edits to genome ... read more
December 13, 2018
A weighty new study shows that CRISPR therapies can cut fat without cutting DNA. Researchers describe how a modified version of CRISPR was used to ramp up the activity of certain genes and prevent severe obesity in mice with genetic mutations that predispose them to extreme weight gain. Importantly, the researchers achieved long-lasting weight control without making a single edit to the genome.

Large restaurant portions a global problem, study finds ... read more
December 13, 2018
A multi-country study finds that large portion sizes in fast food and full service restaurants is not a problem unique to the US. The researchers found that 94 percent of full service meals and 72 percent of fast food meals studied in five countries contained 600 calories or more.

Excess body weight responsible for nearly 4 percent of cancers worldwide ... read more
December 12, 2018
Excess body weight accounted for approximately 3.9 percent of all cancers worldwide in 2012, a figure that is expected to rise in the coming decades given current trends.

Gut hormone increases response to food ... read more
December 12, 2018
The holiday season is a hard one for anyone watching their weight. The sights and smells of food are hard to resist. One factor in this hunger response is a hormone found in the stomach that makes us more vulnerable to tasty food smells, encouraging overeating and obesity.

Fighting obesity: Could it be as plain as dirt? ... read more
December 12, 2018
It costs the global economy an estimated US $2 trillion annually and has been dubbed a modern day health epidemic, but new research has unearthed a possible cure for obesity -- and it is as plain as dirt!

New review of scientific studies confirms food cravings can be reduced ... read more
December 11, 2018
Food craving, the intense desire to eat certain foods, can sabotage efforts to maintain healthy eating habits and body weight, no matter the time of year. However, an examination of 28 current peer-reviewed scientific studies largely substantiates findings that changes in diet, prescription medications, physical activity and bariatric surgery reduce craving.

BMI is a good measure of health after all, new study finds ... read more
December 11, 2018
A new study supports body mass index as a useful tool for assessing obesity and health.

A correlation between obesity and income has only developed in the past 30 years ... read more
December 11, 2018
It is well known that poorer Americans are more likely to be obese or suffer from diabetes; there is a strong negative correlation between household income and both obesity and diabetes. This negative correlation, however, has only developed in the past 30 years, according to researchers. Since 1990, the rise of obesity and diabetes was fastest among the poorest US regions.

Study links frequent red meat consumption to high levels of chemical associated with heart disease ... read more
December 11, 2018
Researchers have identified another reason to limit red meat consumption: high levels of a gut-generated chemical called trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO), that also is linked to heart disease. Scientists found that people who eat a diet rich in red meat have triple the TMAO levels of those who eat a diet rich in either white meat or mostly plant-based proteins, but discontinuation of red meat eventually lowers those TMAO levels.

Obesity, risk of cognitive dysfunction? Consider high-intensity interval exercise ... read more
December 10, 2018
Researchers have discovered what might be an effective strategy to prevent and combat cognitive dysfunction in obese individuals. They are the first to examine the modulatory role of an exercise-induced protein in the brain that promotes neuron survival and used high-intensity interval exercise (HIIE) in obese and normal-weight subjects. Obesity reduces the expression of this protein and lower levels are associated with Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and obesity. HIIE upregulated this protein in the obese subjects compared to normal-weight subjects.

Diabetes remission predictors in bariatric surgery ... read more
December 10, 2018
Researchers have improved a standard bariatric surgery clinical scoring system (DiaRem) to extend the prediction time for diabetic remission following bariatric (weight-loss) surgery.

Obesity intervention needed before pregnancy ... read more
December 6, 2018
New research supports the need for dietary and lifestyle interventions before overweight and obese women become pregnant.

Blood vessel growth key to healthy fat tissue, research shows ... read more
December 4, 2018
New research shows that inhibiting a protein within blood vessels stimulates new blood vessel growth, resulting in healthier fat tissue (adipose) and lower blood sugar levels. The findings provide key insight into how improving blood vessel growth could help to mitigate serious health problems that arise with obesity, such as diabetes.

Gene that lets you eat as much as you want holds promise against obesity ... read more
December 4, 2018
It sounds too good to be true, but a novel approach that might allow you to eat as much as you want without gaining weight could be a reality in the near future. When a single gene known as RCAN1 was removed in mice and they were fed a high fat diet, they failed to gain weight, even after gorging on high fat foods for prolonged periods.

High childhood BMI linked to obesity at age 24 in women ... read more
December 3, 2018
Girls who gain weight more rapidly between the ages of 5 and 15 are more likely to be obese at age 24, according to researchers.

Alcohol intake may be key to long-term weight loss for people with Diabetes ... read more
December 3, 2018
A new study suggests that alcohol consumption may attenuate long-term weight loss in adults with Type 2 diabetes.

A Mediterranean diet in pregnancy is associated with lower risk of accelerated growth ... read more
December 3, 2018
Over 2,700 women and their children participated in this study that highlights the benefits of a healthy diet.

Weight cycling is associated with a higher risk of death ... read more
November 29, 2018
Weight cycling is associated with a higher risk of death, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Despite common obesity gene variants obese children lose weight after lifestyle changes ... read more
November 28, 2018
Children who are genetically predisposed to overweight, due to common gene variants, can still lose weight by changing their diet and exercise habits, according to a new study.

Good help in primary care for children with obesity ... read more
November 26, 2018
Children treated for obesity in primary or outpatient care have a relatively good chance of fending off weight problems over the next few years as well, a study shows.

Study in mice suggests drug to turn fat 'brown' could help fight obesity ... read more
November 26, 2018
Our bodies contain two types of fat: white fat and brown fat. While white fat stores calories, brown fat burns energy and could help us lose weight. Now, scientists have found a way of making the white fat 'browner' and increasing the efficiency of brown fat. While their study was carried out in mice, they hope that this finding will translate into humans and provide a potential new drug to help fight obesity.

Intermittent fasting: No advantage over conventional weight loss diets ... read more
November 26, 2018
Intermittent fasting helps lose weight and promotes health. However, it is not superior to conventional calorie restriction diets, scientists have found out in the largest investigation on intermittent fasting to date. The scientists conclude that there are many paths leading to a healthier weight. Everybody must find a diet plan that fits them best and then just do it!

Weight loss procedure shrinks both fat and muscle ... read more
November 26, 2018
Left gastric artery embolization, a novel interventional procedure used to treat obesity, leads to the loss of both fat and muscle, according to a new study. Researchers said the loss of muscle mass is concerning and underscores the importance of proper nutritional counseling after the procedure.

Weight likely cause for one-fourth of asthma cases in kids with obesity ... read more
November 26, 2018
A study including health data for more than 500,000 children in the US suggests obesity might be to blame for about a quarter (23 to 27 percent) of asthma in children who are obese. This could mean about 10 percent of all kids ages 2 to 17 with asthma -- almost 1 million children in the US -- might have avoided the illness by maintaining a healthy weight.

Parental 'feeding styles' reflect children's genes ... read more
November 20, 2018
New research challenges the idea that a child's weight largely reflects the way their parents feed them. Instead, parents appear to adopt feeding styles in response to their children's natural body weight, which is largely genetically influenced.

Long-term exposure to road traffic noise may increase the risk of obesity ... read more
November 16, 2018
Long term exposure to road traffic noise is associated with increased risk of obesity.


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