Obesity Risk Tied to Mother’s Lifestyle Choices

Obesity Risk Tied to Mother’s Lifestyle Choices

An observational study of nearly 25,000 children whose mothers adhered to five healthy lifestyle factors were found to have a 75% lower risk for obesity when compared to children of mothers who did not adhere to any of these habits.  The beneficial lifestyle comprised...
“Lose-Lose” Together!

“Lose-Lose” Together!

In a poster session (T-OR-2014) at ObesityWeek 2016 Amy Gorin, Ph.D. reported her team found when one spouse lost weight the other one frequently did, too! Participants were randomized to Weight Watchers or a self-guided program to lose weight. Both participants and...
Larger Bottles Linked to Later Obesity

Larger Bottles Linked to Later Obesity

Overweight infants are more likely to be overweight children. In formula-fed infants, the size of the bottle may be associated with the weight gain. Researchers found when infants were fed from a 6 or 8-ounce bottle they weighed significantly more at 6 months...
How Best to Control Portion Size

How Best to Control Portion Size

A trial of 186 overweight or obese women were randomly assigned to one of three groups: standard advice to eat less, another was taught to choose portions based on energy density, and the other received portion-controlled meals. The last group lost the most at first,...
Excess Weight Leads to a Shorter Life

Excess Weight Leads to a Shorter Life

Taking a life-course perspective, researchers have found obesity results in a shorter lifespan and an increased risk of cardiovascular (CVD) morbidity and mortality compared with those with a normal BMI (weight). Overweight men and women of all ages developed CVD at a...
Use of Fake Sugar Growing

Use of Fake Sugar Growing

A cross-sectional study using U.S. NHANES data from 2009-2012 found kids consumption of artificial sweeteners—aspartame, sucralose, saccharin, and others—has skyrocketed. In 1999 less than 9% of children consumed low-calorie sweeteners (LCSs). By 2012 that number had...
Excess Weight Increases Risk of Eleven Cancers

Excess Weight Increases Risk of Eleven Cancers

Scientists have found 11 types of cancer show a strong association with excess body fat, according to a systematic review of the literature. The strongest evidence was seen for gastric, colon, rectum, bile duct system, pancreas, breast, endometrial, ovary, kidney,...
Restaurant Meals Heavy in Calories

Restaurant Meals Heavy in Calories

A research team found when assessing 364 meals from 123 different restaurants in three average American cities that 92% exceeded the recommended calorie level for a single meal. They studied both large-chain and local restaurants. The researchers also found that a...
Is the Obesity Paradox Real?

Is the Obesity Paradox Real?

A 2013 meta-analysis suggested that overweight individuals had lower all-cause mortality than those at normal BMI. Now data from three large cohort studies with more than 225,000 men and women have demonstrated there is no protective effect of being overweight. These...
How to Prevent Holiday Overeating

How to Prevent Holiday Overeating

Food may be everywhere, but most of us need to tune out the “eat” messages! Here are three suggestions on how to do just that from the Harvard Nutrition Source: Pay attention to the food you are about to put in your mouth. Technology-free meals can help....
Does Cinnamon Burn Extra Calories?

Does Cinnamon Burn Extra Calories?

Early research with cinnamaldehyde, the oil which gives cinnamon its flavor, may act directly on human fat cells causing them to burn energy by thermogenesis. Before you load your favorite holiday foods with extra cinnamon in an attempt to keep the weight off, the...
Myth: Obese but Healthy

Myth: Obese but Healthy

Are you obese without hypertension, diabetes, or hyperlipidemia? Robust research challenges the concept that metabolically healthy obese people have nothing to worry about. A study of more than 3.5 million people conducted between 1995-2015 found...
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