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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.

Gut hormone and brown fat interact to tell the brain it's time to stop eating ... read more
November 15, 2018
Researchers have shown that so-called 'brown fat' interacts with the gut hormone secretin in mice to relay nutritional signals about fullness to the brain during a meal. The study bolsters our understanding of a long-suspected role of brown adipose tissue (BAT) -- a type of body fat known to generate heat when an animal is cold -- in the control of food intake.

Dietary fat is good? Dietary fat is bad? Coming to consensus ... read more
November 15, 2018
Which is better, a low-fat/high-carbohydrate diet or a high-fat/low-carbohydrate diet -- or is it the type of fat that matters? In a new paper, researchers with diverse expertise and perspectives on the issues laid out the case for each position and came to a consensus and a future research agenda.

Should you eat a low-gluten diet? ... read more
November 15, 2018
When healthy people eat a low-gluten and fiber-rich diet compared with a high-gluten diet they experience less intestinal discomfort including less bloating which researchers show are due to changes of the composition and function of gut bacteria. The new study also shows a modest weight loss following low-gluten dieting. The researchers attribute the impact of diet on healthy adults more to change in composition of dietary fibers than gluten itself.

Study of two tribes sheds light on role of Western-influenced diet in blood pressure ... read more
November 14, 2018
A South American tribe living in near-total isolation with no Western dietary influences showed no increase in average blood pressure from age one to age 60, according to a new study. In comparison, a nearby tribe whose diet includes some processed foods and salt did show higher blood pressure into late middle age.

Low-carb diets cause people to burn more calories ... read more
November 14, 2018
Most people regain the weight they lose from dieting within one or two years, in part because the body adapts by slowing metabolism and burning fewer calories. A meticulous study now finds that eating fewer carbohydrates increases the number of calories burned. The findings suggest that low-carb diets can help people maintain weight loss, making obesity treatment more effective.

If your diet fails, try again; your heart will thank you ... read more
November 13, 2018
Risk factors for cardiovascular disease closely track with changes in eating patterns, even only after a month or so.

Treating obesity: One size does not fit all ... read more
November 13, 2018
Understanding the very different characteristics of subgroups of obese patients may hold the key to devising more effective treatments and interventions, new research found.

'Strongest evidence yet' that being obese causes depression ... read more
November 12, 2018
New research has found the strongest evidence yet that obesity causes depression, even in the absence of other health problems.

Weight during adolescence may affect pancreatic cancer risk in adulthood ... read more
November 12, 2018
New research has linked adolescent obesity with up to a four-fold increased risk of pancreatic cancer later in life. The study's results also suggest that overweight and even higher weight within the 'normal' weight range in men may increase pancreatic cancer risk in a graded manner.

Big change from small player: Mitochondria alter body metabolism and gene expression ... read more
November 9, 2018
Mitochondria have their own DNA, but the 13 genes in human mitochondria -- along with DNA sequences for tRNAs, rRNAs and some small peptides -- are massively overshadowed by the 20,000 genes in the human nucleus. Nevertheless, these diminutive mitochondria may have a strong influence on cellular metabolism and susceptibility to metabolic diseases like heart failure or obesity.

How many calories do you burn? It depends on time of day ... read more
November 8, 2018
Researchers have made the surprising discovery that the number of calories people burn while at rest changes with the time of day. When at rest, people burn 10 percent more calories in the late afternoon and early evening than in the early morning hours.

Nasal delivery of weight-loss hormone eases breathing problems in sleeping mice ... read more
November 7, 2018
Experimenting with mice, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers have added to evidence that a hormone best known for helping regulate hunger and body weight might also ease breathing problems experienced during sleep more effectively when given through the nose.

Does a woman's weight gain during pregnancy affect children's bone health? ... read more
November 7, 2018
A new study has examined whether managing weight during pregnancy might affect children's bone mass. In under/normal weight mothers, weight gain during pregnancy was associated with slightly increased bone mass at seven years of age in children, while in overweight/obese mothers, no beneficial effect of weight gain on bone mass was observed.

Does having muscle weakness and obesity lead to falls for older women? ... read more
November 5, 2018
New research suggests that it is important to identify people at risk for falls related to obesity and muscle weakness so that healthcare providers can offer appropriate solutions.

Gene that regulates fat accumulation and obesity ... read more
November 5, 2018
A new study showed that regardless of diet, a protein called Pannexin 1 significantly regulates the accumulation of fat in mice. The study suggests that a deletion of the Panx1 gene in the early stages of development of mouse fat cells increases the amount of fat accumulated, leading to a higher risk for obesity later in life.

A hypocaloric Mediterranean diet and daily exercise maintain weight loss ... read more
November 5, 2018
Following a Mediterranean diet low in calories and engaging daily physical activity have been demonstrated to result in reduce body weight and cardiovascular risk in overweight patients and patients with metabolic syndrome, and to maintain these benefits after one year.

Nuts for nuts? Daily serving may help control weight and benefit health ... read more
November 5, 2018
Eating Brazil nuts and other varieties of nuts daily may prevent weight gain and provide other cardiovascular benefits, according to two separate preliminary studies.

Trial finds diet rich in fish helps fight asthma ... read more
November 4, 2018
A clinical trial has shown eating fish such as salmon, trout and sardines as part of a healthy diet can reduce asthma symptoms in children.

How diet impact health and well-being ... read more
November 2, 2018
From the standpoint of heart health, the Tsimane are a model group. A population indigenous to the Bolivian Amazon, the Tsimane demonstrate next to no heart disease. They have minimal hypertension, low prevalence of obesity and and their cholesterol levels are relatively healthy. And those factors don't seem to change with age.

Genetic factors tied to obesity may protect against diabetes ... read more
November 2, 2018
Some genetic variations associated with obesity actually protect against Type 2 diabetes, heart attack and stroke, new findings suggest.

Study suggests childhood obesity linked to poor school performance and coping skills ... read more
November 2, 2018
Study suggests that childhood obesity, now at epidemic levels in the United States, may affect school performance and coping skills for challenging situations.

Immigration to the United States changes a person's microbiome ... read more
November 1, 2018
Researchers new evidence that the gut microbiota of immigrants and refugees rapidly Westernize after a person's arrival in the United States. The study of communities migrating from Southeast Asia to the US could provide insight into some of the metabolic health issues, including obesity and diabetes, affecting immigrants to the country.

To ward off fatty liver, breast is best for mom ... read more
November 1, 2018
Researchers have discovered that mothers who breastfed a child or children for six months or more are at lower risk for developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) years later during mid-life. With no other current prevention options aside from a healthy lifestyle, they say the finding may represent an early modifiable risk factor for a serious and chronic disease.

Could bariatric surgery make men more virile? ... read more
October 31, 2018
Men who have undergone bariatric surgery as a long-term way of losing weight might also benefit from increased testosterone levels post-surgery. However, there is no evidence that the sperm quality of a patient improves.

Inflammation can lead to circadian sleep disorders ... read more
October 31, 2018
Inflammation, which is the root cause of autoimmune disorders including arthritis, type 1 diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn's disease, has unexpected effects on body clock function and can lead to sleep and shiftwork-type disorders, a new study in mice found.

Cottonseed oil linked to lower cholesterol ... read more
October 31, 2018
Researchers at the University of Georgia have found that a high-fat diet enriched with cottonseed oil drastically improved cholesterol profiles in young adult men.

Plant-based or vegan diet may be best for keeping type 2 diabetes in check ... read more
October 30, 2018
A predominantly plant-based or vegan diet may be best for keeping type 2 diabetes in check, not least because of its potential impact on mood, suggests a systematic review of the available evidence.

Childhood antibiotics and antacids may be linked to heightened obesity risk ... read more
October 30, 2018
Young children prescribed antibiotics and, to a lesser extent, drugs to curb excess stomach acid, may be at heightened risk of obesity, new research suggests.

Economic impact of excess weight now exceeds $1.7 trillion ... read more
October 30, 2018
The impact of obesity and overweight on the U.S. economy has eclipsed $1.7 trillion, an amount equivalent to 9.3 percent of the nation's gross domestic product, according to a new report on the role excess weight plays in the prevalence and cost of chronic diseases.

Obese mice lose a third of their fat using a natural protein ... read more
October 29, 2018
To the great surprise of cancer researchers, a protein they investigated for its possible role in cancer turned out to be a powerful regulator of metabolism.

Fruit fly study challenges theories on evolution and high-carb diets ... read more
October 26, 2018
Fruit fly research challenges neutral theory of molecular evolution and suggests one day we may be prescribed diets according to our genes.


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