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Study of nearly 300,000 people challenges the 'obesity paradox' ... read more
March 15, 2018
The idea that it might be possible to be overweight or obese but not at increased risk of heart disease, otherwise known as the 'obesity paradox', has been challenged by a study of nearly 300,000 people. The research shows that the risk of heart and blood vessel problems, such as heart attacks, strokes and high blood pressure, increases as body mass index (BMI) increases beyond a BMI of 22-23 kg/m2.

Early puberty linked with increased risk of obesity for women ... read more
March 15, 2018
Girls who start puberty earlier are more likely to be overweight as adults, finds new research.

Molecule that gives energy-burning brown fat its identity could lead to drugs for obesity ... read more
March 13, 2018
A protein found in brown fat, but not typical white fat, is key to how the energy-burning brown fat cells function.

New link between obesity and body temperature ... read more
March 12, 2018
Reduced ability to maintain body temperature in colder environments may contribute to the development of obesity in adulthood, suggests a new study.

Caloric restriction in combination with low-fat diet helps protect aging mouse brains ... read more
March 12, 2018
New research finds that a low-fat diet in combination with limited caloric consumption prevents aging-induced inflammatory activation of immune cells in the mouse brain - and that exercise is significantly less effective than caloric restriction in preventing these age-related changes. This indicates that the fat content of a diet, as well as caloric intake, are important parameters for the detrimental effects of aging on the brain.

Modulation of Fgf21 gene in early-life ameliorates adulthood diet-induced obesity ... read more
March 9, 2018
The importance of good nutrition in the early development of children has been recognized for many decades. Nutritional experiences in early life can have profound and long-lasting effects on body weight in later life. For instance, malnutrition in early life as a result of poor nutrition during pregnancy and/or the lactation period may be stored on the offspring genome as epigenetic memory and persist into adulthood, thereby increasing the susceptibility to metabolic diseases such as obesity in later life. This area of epigenetics has become one of the fastest-growing and most complex areas of biological science.

Gastrointestinal hormone measurably improved symptoms of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease ... read more
March 8, 2018
Through a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase II clinical trial, researchers report that small doses of NGM282, a non-tumorigenic variant of an endocrine gastrointestinal hormone, can significantly and rapidly decrease liver fat content in patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). The findings represent an important proof-of-concept for the compound as there are currently no Food and Drug Administration-approved treatments for NAFLD and NASH.

Combating childhood obesity by preventing 'fatty liver' in fetus ... read more
March 7, 2018
New research indicates that an obese pregnant mother and exposure to a high fat, high sugar diet during pregnancy produces a 'fatty liver' in the fetus, potentially predisposing children to obesity, metabolic and cardiovascular disorders later in life.

Feeling anxious? Blame the size of your waistline! ... read more
March 7, 2018
Anxiety is one of the most common mental health disorders, and it's more likely to affect women, especially middle-aged women. Although anxiety can be caused by many factors, a new study suggests that the amount of abdominal fat a woman has could increase her chances of developing anxiety.

Little difference among diet plans' long-term effectiveness ... read more
March 6, 2018
Whether you pick low-carb, low fat or another diet plan, scientific research indicates each can help some people achieve modest long-term weight loss with potential improvement in health risks, according to a statement on managing obesity.

Gastric bypass surgery can give better control for diabetes and obesity than lifestyle modification ... read more
March 5, 2018
Patients treated with a form of bariatric surgery did significantly better than patients provided with an intensive diabetes and weight management program.

Healthy diet may not offset high salt intake ... read more
March 5, 2018
A healthy diet may not offset the effects of a high salt intake on blood pressure, suggests a new study. The research, from scientists at a number of institutions, including Imperial College London and Northwestern University, analysed the diets of over 4,000 people. The results, published in the journal Hypertension, showed that people eating higher amounts of salt had higher blood pressure -- no matter how healthy a person's overall diet.

Diet, bugs and beating high blood pressure ... read more
March 1, 2018
It is known that changing diet can be effective in reducing high blood pressure but now new research has revealed that people's natural gut bacteria can alter the effectiveness of dietary change.

Nut consumption may aid colon cancer survival ... read more
February 28, 2018
People with stage III colon cancer who regularly eat nuts are at significantly lower risk of cancer recurrence and mortality than those who don't, according to a new, large study.

Obesity not a risk factor for acute respiratory illnesses, study finds ... read more
February 28, 2018
Although obesity has been considered a risk factor for more-severe cases of the flu, a new study found that it is not a risk factor for severe acute respiratory illnesses, including the flu, in children or adults.

'Obesity paradox' debunked ... read more
February 28, 2018
A new study debunks the 'obesity paradox,' a counterintuitive finding that showed people who have been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease live longer if they are overweight or obese compared with people who are normal weight at the time of diagnosis. Obese people live shorter lives and have a greater proportion of life with cardiovascular disease, the study reports.

Higher waist and hip measures may add up to greater risk for heart attack among women ... read more
February 28, 2018
Higher waist and hip size are more strongly associated with heart attack risk than overall obesity, especially among women, according to new research.

Obesity could be linked to early childhood behavior ... read more
February 27, 2018
New research has found that it is generally a combination of unhealthy behaviors among youth that could be the greatest predictors of whether or not young people will experience obesity issues in adulthood.

Newest data shows childhood obesity continues to increase ... read more
February 26, 2018
Despite reports in recent years suggesting childhood obesity could be reaching a plateau in some groups, the big picture on obesity rates for children ages 2 to 19 remains unfavorable, according to a new analysis.

Vegetarian and Mediterranean diet may be equally effective in preventing heart disease ... read more
February 26, 2018
Low-calorie lacto-ovo-vegetarian and Mediterranean diets appeared equally effective in reducing cardiovascular disease risk factors. Both diets reduced body fat and overall weight by the same amount. Those on the vegetarian diet experienced greater reductions in LDL ('bad') cholesterol while those on the Mediterranean diet experienced greater reductions in triglycerides than those on the other diet.

Diet shown to reduce stroke risk may also reduce risk of depression ... read more
February 25, 2018
People who eat vegetables, fruit and whole grains may have lower rates of depression over time, according to a preliminary study.

New link between gut bacteria and obesity ... read more
February 23, 2018
Researchers have discovered a new link between gut bacteria and obesity. They found that certain amino acids in our blood can be connected to both obesity and the composition of the gut microbiome.

Sweet, bitter, fat: Genetics play a role in kids' snacking patterns ... read more
February 22, 2018
The types of snacks a child chooses could be linked to genetics, a new study found. The study investigated whether genetic variants in taste receptors related to sweet, fat and bitter tastes influence the snacks preschoolers choose and found nearly 80 per cent carried at least one of these genotypes that could predispose them to poor snacking habits. These findings could help parents tailor their kids' diets based on their genetics of taste.

C-sections and gut bacteria increase risk of childhood obesity ... read more
February 22, 2018
New research has found that overweight and obese women are more like to have children who are overweight or obese by three years of age -- and that bacteria in the gut may be partially to blame.

Low-fat or low-carb? It's a draw, study finds ... read more
February 20, 2018
New evidence might dismay those who have chosen sides in the low-fat versus low-carb diet debate. Cutting either carbs or fats shaves off excess weight in about the same proportion, according to the study.

Number of obese years not -- just obesity -- a distinct risk factor for heart damage ... read more
February 20, 2018
In an analysis of clinical data collected on more than 9,000 people, researchers have shown that the number of years spent overweight or obese appear to 'add up' to a distinct risk factor that makes those with a longer history of heaviness more likely to test positive for a chemical marker of so-called 'silent' heart damage than those with a shorter history.

How a carb-restricted diet battles fatty liver disease ... read more
February 15, 2018
New details about how a carbohydrate-restricted diet improves metabolism were revealed in a new study which could lead to improved treatments for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).  

Loss of control eating and bariatric surgery success ... read more
February 15, 2018
Recent research examined the impact of eating behaviors on success rates related to bariatric surgery in adolescents.

Most parents don't believe their child's BMI report card ... read more
February 14, 2018
Fifty-three percent of parents who receive their child's body mass index (BMI) report card do not believe that it accurately categorizes their child as underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese, according to new research.

PFASs, chemicals commonly found in environment, may interfere with body weight regulation ... read more
February 13, 2018
A class of chemicals used in many industrial and consumer products was linked with greater weight gain after dieting, particularly among women, according to a new study. The chemicals -- perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) -- have been linked with cancer, hormone disruption, immune dysfunction, high cholesterol, and obesity.

Pregnant women deficient in vitamin D may give birth to obese children ... read more
February 13, 2018
Vitamin D deficiency in pregnant women could preprogram babies to grow into obese children and adults, according to a new study. Researchers found that 6-year-olds born to mothers with very low vitamin D levels during their first trimester had bigger waists -- about half an inch plumper on average -- than peers whose mothers had enough vitamin D in early pregnancy. These kids also had 2 percent more body fat.

The end of yo-yo dieting? Brain switch that controls fat burning uncovered ... read more
February 13, 2018
Scientists have discovered a molecular switch in the brain that regulates fat burning -- and could provide a way to control weight gain following dieting.

One or more soda a day could decrease chances of getting pregnant ... read more
February 13, 2018
A new study has found that the intake of one or more sugar-sweetened beverages per day -- by either partner -- is associated with a decreased chance of getting pregnant.

Palm oil in your Valentine's chocolate? Beware ... read more
February 13, 2018
A diet rich in saturated fat and sugar not only leads to obesity, it creates inflammation in the nucleus accumbens, a part of the brain that controls mood and the feeling of reward. And this inflammation can lead to depressive, anxious and compulsive behavior and disrupt  metabolism,according to a new study.

Obesity associated with longer survival for men with metastatic melanoma ... read more
February 12, 2018
Obese patients with metastatic melanoma who are treated with targeted or immune therapies live significantly longer than those with a normal body mass index (BMI), investigators report.

Slow eating speed may be linked to weight loss ... read more
February 12, 2018
Slowing down the speed at which you eat, along with cutting out after dinner snacks and not eating within two hours of going to sleep may all help to shed the pounds, suggests new research.

Study shows benefits of exercise can outweigh health effects of severe obesity ... read more
February 12, 2018
New study that shows physical activity may be equally and perhaps even more important than weight for people living with severe obesity.

Mouse study adds to evidence linking gut bacteria and obesity ... read more
February 12, 2018
A new study of mice with the rodent equivalent of metabolic syndrome has added to evidence that the intestinal microbiome -- a 'garden' of bacterial, viral and fungal genes -- plays a substantial role in the development of obesity and insulin resistance in mammals, including humans.

Obesity drives U.S. health care costs up by 29 percent, varies by state ... read more
February 8, 2018
Recent research provides new insights on how individual states are affected by the health care costs of obesity.

Enzyme plays a key role in calories burned both during obesity and dieting ... read more
February 8, 2018
Ever wonder why obese bodies burn less calories or why dieting often leads to a plateau in weight loss? In both cases the body is trying to defend its weight by regulating energy expenditure. In a new paper, researchers identify the enzyme TANK-binding kinase 1 (TBK1) as a key player in the control of energy expenditure during both obesity and fasting.

Peptide improves glucose and insulin sensitivity, lowers weight in mice ... read more
February 8, 2018
Treating obese mice with catestatin (CST), a peptide naturally occurring in the body, showed significant improvement in glucose and insulin tolerance and reduced body weight, report researchers.

Schools alone cannot help to prevent childhood obesity, study finds ... read more
February 7, 2018
School-based healthy lifestyle interventions alone are not effective in the fight against childhood obesity, researchers have warned.

Inflammation in testes could explain link between obesity and reduced fertility ... read more
February 7, 2018
A new study suggests that chronic inflammation caused by obesity may harm the male genital tract, leading to lower fertility in obese men.

Simple molecule could prevent, alleviate pre-diabetes ... read more
February 7, 2018
Restoring levels of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ), a key molecule in energy production in cells, could overcome insulin resistance or pre-diabetes -- a precursor to type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

How exercise training promotes a sound mind in a sound body ... read more
February 6, 2018
A new study shows that the same mechanisms behind the beneficial effects of exercise training on the brain also help to counteract fat and to strengthen the immune system. The results may ultimately give rise to new obesity and diabetes drugs.

Compounds derived from hops show promise for metabolic syndrome patients ... read more
February 5, 2018
A group of compounds derived from hops can likely improve cognitive and other functions in people with metabolic syndrome.

Crash diets can cause transient deterioration in heart function ... read more
February 2, 2018
Crash diets can cause a transient deterioration in heart function, according to new research. Patients with heart disease should seek medical advice before adopting a very low calorie diet.

Hunger overrides sense of fullness after weight loss ... read more
February 1, 2018
The levels of hormones that control hunger and fullness(satiety) both rise after weight loss, but individuals may only experience an increase in hunger, according to a new study.

Scientists identify weight loss ripple effect ... read more
February 1, 2018
Researchers have found that when one member of a couple commits to losing weight, the chances are good their partner will lose some weight too, even if they are not actively participating in a weight loss intervention.

Breastfeeding reduces hypertension risk ... read more
January 30, 2018
A new study indicates that women who breastfeed more children, and for longer periods of time, are less likely to suffer from hypertension after they reach menopause. This is less true of obese women, however.

Mediterranean diet may help women receiving IVF to achieve successful pregnancies ... read more
January 29, 2018
New research has found that women who follow a 'Mediterranean' diet in the six months before assisted reproductive treatment have a significantly better chance of becoming pregnant and giving birth to a live baby than women who did not.

MIND diet may slow cognitive decline in stroke survivors ... read more
January 26, 2018
A diet created by researchers may help substantially slow cognitive decline in stroke survivors, according to preliminary research. The finding are significant because stroke survivors are twice as likely to develop dementia compared to the general population.

Quality of children's sleep may affect eating habits and weight ... read more
January 26, 2018
Several measures of poor sleep quality were associated with higher body mass index (BMI) in children, according to new data.

High body fat levels associated with increased breast cancer risk in women with normal BMI ... read more
January 26, 2018
Among postmenopausal women with normal body mass index (BMI), those with higher body fat levels had an increased risk for invasive breast cancer.

Learning to make healthy choices can counter the effects of large portions ... read more
January 25, 2018
Researchers have found that after going through a training program designed to help people control portion sizes, participants still ate larger portions but chose healthier foods, lowering their calorie intake.

Low carbohydrate intake to increased risk of birth defects ... read more
January 25, 2018
Women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant may want to avoid diets that reduce or eliminate carbohydrates, as they could increase the risk of having babies with neural tube birth defects, according to a new study.

Less than one in 100 stroke survivors meet heart health goals ... read more
January 24, 2018
Fewer than one in 100 stroke survivors meet all of Life's Simple 7 goals for ideal cardiovascular health identified by the American Heart Association. Moreover, the proportion who fail to meet almost all of the criteria is on the rise, according to preliminary research.

Dietary fiber protects against obesity and metabolic syndrome, study finds ... read more
January 22, 2018
Consumption of dietary fiber can prevent obesity, metabolic syndrome and adverse changes in the intestine by promoting growth of 'good' bacteria in the colon, according to a new study.

Powerful food-derived antioxidant can halt, prevent fatty liver disease in mice ... read more
January 22, 2018
As obesity continues to rise in the US, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has become a major public health issue, increasingly leading to cancer and liver transplants.

Prescription drug labels provide scant dosing guidance for obese kids ... read more
January 19, 2018
Despite the US Congress providing incentives to drug manufacturers to encourage the study of medications in children, few approved drugs include safe dosing information for obese kids.


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