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...
Obesity Driving Many New Cancers

Obesity Driving Many New Cancers

The National Cancer Institute reports cancer death rates continue to decrease as more people are surviving cancer—due largely to early detection and improved treatments. Yet the incidence of cancers related to obesity are on the rise. Obesity contributes in part to...
No Fruit Juice for Infants

No Fruit Juice for Infants

The American Academy of Pediatrics has extended its recommendation against offering juice to all infants from 6 months and younger to 12 months and under. Toddlers should be given no more that 4 oz (120 ml) of 100% juice; children 4-6 years old no more than 6 oz (180...
Obesity’s Toll

Obesity’s Toll

Have you noticed that everyone seems to be talking about obesity and its effect on the health of the population? There is a good reason. Scientists from the Global Burden of Disease 2015 have determined that 110 million children and 600 million adults living in 73...
Advantages of Two Meals per Day

Advantages of Two Meals per Day

Researchers analyzed information from more than 50,000 participants and discovered four important  factors associated with a decrease in body mass index (BMI): Eating only one or two meals per day. Maintaining an overnight fast of up to 18 hours. Making breakfast or...
Is Alternate-day Fasting Beneficial?

Is Alternate-day Fasting Beneficial?

The obesity epidemic has spawned many novel approaches to weight loss. One such increasingly popular approach today is alternate-day fasting. A randomized clinical trial of 100 obese, but healthy individuals, divided the participants into alternate-day fasting, daily...
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,...
Sugar Tax Impact in the U.K.

Sugar Tax Impact in the U.K.

Based on a report last year from the U.K. Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition, the U.K. has decided to implement in 2018 a three-tiered tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB): High tax: >8 g sugar/100 ml Moderate tax: 5-8 g/100 ml No tax: <5 g/100 ml...
Holiday Shots Fired in the War on Sugar

Holiday Shots Fired in the War on Sugar

A systematic review of the the evidence supporting current recommendations for significantly lowering sugar intake says they are based on weak evidence. However, an accompanying editorial says this is not trustworthy because it was funded by an organization (ILSI)...
Obesity and Teen Screen Time

Obesity and Teen Screen Time

The Center for Disease Control’s Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System collects data from grades 9-12 yearly. When looking at the self-reported data on the amount of screen time outside of school work, researchers found 20% were spending 5 plus hours per day...

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