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Tall, Heavy 1-Year-Olds May Be at Risk for Obesity Later, Study Finds

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TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 – Infants who quickly add weight and length may be showing a genetic propensity for obesity as toddlers, a new study suggests. In adults, certain genes have been linked to increased body fat, but the same genes in infants promote proportionate gains in fat and lean muscle, the researchers said. At 1 year, kids with these genes may be heavier and taller. By ages 2 and 3, however, these genes were linked to excessive weight gain, the investigators found. "Our findings contribute to the growing evidence that lifelong obesity risk can be predicted at very young ages and hopefully modified by very early changes in lifestyle and diet," said lead researcher Ken Ong, head of the child growth and development program at the University of Cambridge's medical research council epidemiology unit in England. The conclusions are based on a review of four European studies ... Read more

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Obesity and Depression Often Twin Ills, Study Finds

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THURSDAY, Oct. 16, 2014 – Depression and obesity tend to go hand in hand, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. The combination was so common that 43 percent of depressed adults were also obese, according to the report. That association was even more prevalent among those taking antidepressants: 55 percent of those patients were also obese. Report author Laura Pratt, an epidemiologist at the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics, could not explain why or how obesity and depression are so often linked. "We are just describing the relationship, but we don't have anything in our data that would help us answer the why question," she said. The researchers do know that as the severity of depression increases so does the odds of being obese, Pratt said. However, the study did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship. In addition, gender and race played a role in the connection ... Read more

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Is 'Slow and Steady' Weight Loss Really the Best Approach?

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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 15, 2014 – An Australian study throws doubt on the notion that a more gradual approach to weight loss is always the most effective route to take. The study also found that whether you opt for a "crash" diet or something a bit slower, the rate at which you shed excess pounds has no bearing on whether or not those pounds will come back. The findings are published Oct. 15 in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. "Across the world, guidelines recommend gradual weight loss for the treatment of obesity, reflecting the widely held belief that fast weight loss is more quickly regained," study lead author Katrina Purcell, a dietician at the University of Melbourne in Australia, said in a journal news release. However, the new study shows that "achieving a weight loss target of 12.5 percent is more likely, and drop-out is lower, if losing weight is done quickly," Purcell said. ... Read more

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Obesity May Speed Aging of the Liver, Study Suggests

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MONDAY, Oct. 13, 2014 – Extra pounds cause the liver to age faster, potentially explaining why obesity is linked to diseases like liver cancer and insulin resistance, new research suggests. It's not clear if this aging directly translates to higher risks of certain diseases. Still, it's possible that "people whose liver is much older than expected need to be screened more carefully for various diseases even if they managed to lose a lot of weight," said study author Steve Horvath, a professor of human genetics and biostatistics at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Public Health. Epigenetic aging is the aging rates of various tissues in the body. "According to the epigenetic aging clock, the vast majority of tissues, cell types and organs age at the same rate," Horvath said. But these aging rates may differ from person to person. "Some people are clearly older than ... Read more

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Calm, Positive Family Meals May Help Keep Kids Slim

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MONDAY, Oct. 13, 2014 – Positive, calm and friendly family meals might help a child avoid becoming overweight or obese, a new study suggests. Children seem to be less likely to add on extra pounds if their family meals feature pleasant conversation, positive encouragement and no disorder caused by kids acting out, University of Minnesota researchers said. For the study, they watched dozens of hours of video recordings of family meals. "In the households where kids were overweight, there was less of a positive atmosphere at the table," said study author Jerica Berge, a psychologist at the University of Minnesota. "It was a little more chaotic overall." The study builds on prior research that has linked frequent family meals to a reduced risk of childhood obesity. Berge and her colleagues decided to figure out what occurs at a family meal that might influence that risk, and whether some ... Read more

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Body May Change Bad Fat to Good After Exposure to Cold

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THURSDAY, Oct. 9, 2014 – Cold temperatures may prompt unhealthy white fat in the thighs and belly to turn into brown fat that burns calories for body heat, a new study says. But being obese appears to hinder this process, according to researchers. Most adult fat deposits are what's known as white fat, and it was once believed that only babies have brown fat, which appears to help keep them warm. Previous research suggested, however, that adults also have some brown fat. Then a study published in 2012 by researchers at Harvard determined that the brown fat found in adults isn't the same as brown fat in babies. Brown fat in babies arises from muscle, but brown fat in adults is actually a "beige" fat that occurs from the "browning" of white fat, the Harvard team explained. For the new study, a team of researchers led by Dr. Philip Kern of the University of Kentucky School of Medicine ... Read more

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Chain Restaurants Cutting Calories

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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 8, 2014 – Eating out might not be as bad for your waistline as you might think. New research shows that newer menu selections at many large chain restaurants in the United States now average 12 percent fewer calories than traditional dishes. This switch could have a major impact on the nation's obesity epidemic, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers said. The findings are from an analysis of menu selections at 66 of the 100 largest U.S. restaurant chains in 2012 and 2013. The newer, lower-calorie options were found in the main course, beverages and children's sections of menus. On average, they contain an average of 60 fewer calories than other menu choices. The appearance of lower-calorie menu items may be in anticipation of expected federal government rules requiring large chain restaurants to post calorie counts on their menus, according to ... Read more

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Chain Restaurants Cutting Calories

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 8, 2014 – Eating out might not be as bad for your waistline as you might think. New research shows that newer menu selections at many large chain restaurants in the United States now average 12 percent fewer calories than traditional dishes. This switch could have a major impact on the nation's obesity epidemic, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers said. The findings are from an analysis of menu selections at 66 of the 100 largest U.S. restaurant chains in 2012 and 2013. The newer, lower-calorie options were found in the main course, beverages and children's sections of menus. On average, they contain an average of 60 fewer calories than other menu choices. The appearance of lower-calorie menu items may be in anticipation of expected federal government rules requiring large chain restaurants to post calorie counts on their menus, according to ... Read more

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The Heavier Your Fellow Diners, the More You May Eat

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MONDAY, Oct. 6, 2014 – The size of your dining companions may influence how much you eat, new research suggests. The heavier that people who eat with you or near you are, the more food you are likely to eat and the less likely that food is to be healthy, said study researcher Brian Wansink, director of the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab, in Ithaca, N.Y. In the study, Wansink evaluated how much food people ate when they ate with an actress who wore a "fat suit" that made her 50 pounds heavier and when they ate with the same person without her fat suit. "What we found happened is that the people who were eating with a person who is notably overweight ended up eating about 32 percent more pasta and about 43 percent less salad," he said. The study was published online recently in the journal Appetite. The message, he stressed, is not to avoid dining with people who are overweight ... Read more

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Steep Drops in Weight May Raise Risks After Body-Contour Surgeries

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SATURDAY, Oct. 4, 2014 – While the big loss in excess pounds that follows weight-loss surgery is a boon in many ways, there may be a downside. A new study finds that people who lost the most weight were also at highest risk for complications in subsequent body-contouring procedures. Body-contouring surgeries involve the removal of excess sagging fat and skin. The new study included 450 patients who underwent body-contouring procedures such as body lifts, tummy tucks, arm lifts, breast lifts, breast reduction, liposuction and "thighplasty." A total of 124 of the patients had lost 50 pounds or more before undergoing body-contouring surgery. The study found that those who lost more than 100 pounds had a higher risk for wound complications after these operations – regardless of whether they lost the weight through diet and exercise or through weight-loss (bariatric) surgery. Bariatric ... Read more

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Weight-Loss Surgery May Not Always Help With Depression

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FRIDAY, Oct. 3, 2014 – While most severely obese people get a mood boost after weight-loss surgery, some may have a recurrence of depression symptoms months after they have the procedure, a new study finds. The study included 94 women and 13 men who were asked about their mood before having weight-loss surgery, and again six and 12 months after the procedure. Most people had a normal or improved mood after weight-loss surgery, but some said they had negative mood changes. At 12 months after the operation, almost 4 percent of patients said they felt more depressed than before the procedure, the investigators found. Even more patients (about 13 percent) reported increases in depressive symptoms between six and 12 months after weight-loss surgery, according to the study published recently in the journal Obesity Surgery. There was also a significant association between negative mood ... Read more

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The Obese Are Frequent Targets for Cyberbullies

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 3, 2014 – Cyberbullying and negative messages targeting overweight and obese people are common on social media, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed more than 1.3 million messages that contained the words "fat," "obese," "obesity" or "overweight." The messages were posted on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, forums and blogs, as well as other types of social media. The messages were posted between January and March 2012. The results showed a large number of negative stereotypes, "fat" jokes, self-deprecating humor and alienation of overweight and obese people, according to the findings published recently in the journal Translational Behavioral Medicine. The researchers were also alarmed by the significant amount of verbal aggression against overweight and obese people, particularly women. Twitter and Facebook had especially high percentages of negative messages, the ... Read more

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The Obese Are Frequent Targets for Cyberbullies

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 3, 2014 – Cyberbullying and negative messages targeting overweight and obese people are common on social media, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed more than 1.3 million messages that contained the words "fat," "obese," "obesity" or "overweight." The messages were posted on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, forums and blogs, as well as other types of social media. The messages were posted between January and March 2012. The results showed a large number of negative stereotypes, "fat" jokes, self-deprecating humor and alienation of overweight and obese people, according to the findings published recently in the journal Translational Behavioral Medicine. The researchers were also alarmed by the significant amount of verbal aggression against overweight and obese people, particularly women. Twitter and Facebook had especially high percentages of negative messages, the ... Read more

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Oncologists' Group Calls for Measures to Curb Obesity-Related Cancers

Posted 1 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 – Immediate steps need to be taken to slow the rise of obesity-related cancers in the United States, a group of cancer specialists says. These include increased awareness and education about the links between obesity and cancer, development of new tools and resources for doctors, intensified and coordinated research, and greater access to obesity screening, diagnosis and treatment. "With nearly three in four Americans obese or overweight, obesity has become a tremendous public health challenge that also impacts cancer care and prevention today," Dr. Clifford Hudis, immediate past president of Association of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), said in a news release from the group. "Cancer doctors need to play a lead role in reducing obesity's impact, both in the care of our patients and as advocates for broader action. We can't allow obesity to undo decades of progress in ... Read more

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Obesity Tied to Higher Cancer Risk for Colon Cancer Survivors

Posted 30 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 – Colon cancer patients who are overweight or obese when diagnosed appear to face a slightly higher risk for developing a second weight-related cancer, new research suggests. The finding didn't speak to the risk of colon cancer recurrence, only the potential for developing other cancers associated with obesity. "We found that colorectal cancer survivors who reported being overweight or obese prior to diagnosis had a modestly increased risk of developing an obesity-related second cancer compared to [cancer survivors] who reported a normal weight," said study lead author Todd Gibson, who conducted his research while a fellow with the U.S. National Cancer Institute. A higher obesity-driven risk was identified for kidney, pancreatic, esophageal and endometrial cancers, as well as for postmenopausal breast cancer among female colorectal cancer patients. Gibson, now ... Read more

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