Could Your Genes Make You Look Fat?

Could Your Genes Make You Look Fat?

There are 100 genetic markers linked to obesity but it only seems to contribute to 3% of the difference in body mass index between people. To help us understand the difference between genetics (nature) and habits (nurture), scientists in England compared the weight of...
Should You Skip a Meal to Lose Weight?

Should You Skip a Meal to Lose Weight?

Until recently, the medical world has taught a calorie to be a calorie and thus in order to shed some pounds, we need to have fewer calories going in than we are using during the day. But is that still valid? Recent findings in the study of our body’s natural...
Obesity on the Rise in Millennials, Fueling Cancer

Obesity on the Rise in Millennials, Fueling Cancer

Cancers fueled by obesity are on the rise among young adults in the United States and appearing at increasingly younger ages, according to an analysis released Monday by the American Cancer Society. The study, published in The Lancet Public Health, examined data on 12...
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...

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