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FDA Approves New Obesity Drug Contrave

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THURSDAY, Sept. 11, 2014 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's approval of a new weight-loss drug on Wednesday marks the third time the agency has given its blessing to a new diet medication since 2012. Called Contrave, the medicine is a combination of two approved drugs: naltrexone, which treats alcohol and drug addiction, and bupropion, which treats depression and seasonal affective disorder and is used to help smokers quit. The agency said in a news release that Contrave can be used by obese adults and by overweight adults who have at least one other weight-related condition or illness, such as high blood pressure or type 2 diabetes. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of adults in the United States are obese, the FDA said in its news release. "Obesity continues to be a major public health concern," said Dr. Jean-Marc Guettier, ... Read more

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Novel Weight-Loss Drug Contrave Is Approved

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THURSDAY, Sept. 11, 2014 – A new weight-loss medication for the overweight and obese has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration. Contrave is a combination of two already-approved drugs, naltrexone and bupropion, in extended-release form. The former is approved to treat alcohol or opioid dependence, while the latter is approved for depression, seasonal affective disorder and as a smoking-cessation aid. The drug is approved for use in people with a body-mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher, which is considered obese, the FDA said in a news release. It also is sanctioned for people with a BMI of 27 or higher, which is considered overweight, who also have at least one weight-related chronic health condition. Such a condition would include high blood pressure, high cholesterol or type 2 diabetes. More than one-third of adults in the United States are obese, the FDA said, citing ... Read more

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FDA Approves Contrave (bupropion/naltrexone) for Weight Management

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September 10, 2014 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Contrave (naltrexone hydrochloride and bupropion hydrochloride extended-release tablets) as treatment option for chronic weight management in addition to a reduced-calorie diet and physical activity. The drug is approved for use in adults with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater (obesity) or adults with a BMI of 27 or greater (overweight) who have at least one weight-related condition such as high blood pressure (hypertension), type 2 diabetes, or high cholesterol (dyslipidemia). BMI, which measures body fat based on an individual’s weight and height, is used to define the obesity and overweight categories. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of adults in the United States are obese. “Obesity continues to be a major public health concern,” said Jean-Marc Guett ... Read more

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'Fat Shaming' Doesn't Motivate Obese People to Lose Weight: Study

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THURSDAY, Sept. 11, 2014 – Discrimination against overweight or obese people, commonly known as "fat shaming," does not help them lose weight and may do more harm than good, according to research from London. Being harassed or treated with disrespect, receiving poor service while shopping or being thought of as stupid may actually lead to more weight gain, the researchers found. "Our study clearly shows that weight discrimination is part of the obesity problem and not the solution," said the study's senior author, Jane Wardle, director of the Cancer Research UK Health Behaviour Centre at University College London (UCL). "Weight bias has been documented not only among the general public but also among health professionals, and many obese patients report being treated disrespectfully by doctors because of their weight. Everyone, including doctors, should stop blaming and shaming people ... Read more

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Obese People May Be More Vulnerable to Food Cues

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THURSDAY, Sept. 11, 2014 – Obese people may be more vulnerable to environmental food cues than thin people because of differences in their brain chemistry, a new study suggests. This finding could explain why obese people tend to overeat in response to food triggers, such as food aromas and advertisements, according to researchers from the U.S. National Institutes of Health. "These findings point to the complexity of obesity and contribute to our understanding of how people with varying amounts of body fat process information about food," Dr. Griffin Rodgers, director of the NIH's National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), said in an institute news release. Griffin said this knowledge might help design more effective weight-loss programs. Eating may be less rewarding and more of a habit for obese people due to differences in dopamine activity – a ... Read more

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Cutting Calories May Ease Sleep Apnea in Obese, Study Finds

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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 10, 2014 – Cutting calories could improve sleep apnea and lower blood pressure in obese adults, Brazilian researchers report. Sleep apnea causes pauses in breathing while sleeping and is associated with high blood pressure, heart problems and stroke. The study included 21 obese people, aged 20 to 55, with sleep apnea. Over a 16-week period, some reduced their calorie intake by 800 calories a day while the others made no dietary changes. At the end of the trial, the patients who reduced their calorie intake had lost more weight, had fewer breathing pauses during sleep, had lower blood pressure and showed higher levels of oxygen in their blood, the investigators found. The findings were to be presented Wednesday at the American Heart Association meeting on high blood pressure in San Francisco. Data and conclusions of research presented at medical meetings are typically ... Read more

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Even a Little Excess Weight Can Boost Blood Pressure: Study

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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 10, 2014 – A few extra pounds might do more than test the strength of that belt around your waist, a small study suggests: You could also boost your blood pressure slightly, even if you gain just 5 percent of your body weight. For the study, researchers told 16 people to consume an extra 400 to 1,000 calories a day for eight weeks. Their blood pressure levels rose a bit on average, although not to an unhealthy range. But people who put on weight in the abdomen appeared to be at special risk of seeing their blood pressure rise, said study lead author Naima Covassin, a research fellow with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. While it's not clear how the changes could affect cardiovascular health, Covassin noted that "this is the kind of weight gain that occurs over the holiday season, or on a cruise, or in college freshman year." Researchers and physicians already know ... Read more

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Obesity Remains Rampant Across America

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THURSDAY, Sept. 4, 2014 – More than 20 states have obesity rates topping one-third of their population, and six states saw a rise in obesity rates last year, according to two new reports on America's worrisome, widening girth. The reports released Thursday – one from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the other from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – tapped into government data and presented a sobering look at the nation's obesity epidemic. "Obesity in America is at a critical juncture. Obesity rates are unacceptably high, and the disparities in rates are profoundly troubling," said Jeffrey Levi, executive director of Trust for America's Health. "We need to intensify prevention efforts starting in early childhood, and do a better job of implementing effective policies and programs in all communities so every American has the ... Read more

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Breast-Feeding May Help Obese Moms Lose Pregnancy Pounds

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THURSDAY, Sept. 4, 2014 – Breast-feeding may help women lose their pregnancy weight and keep it off if they were obese before they became pregnant, according to new research. When women who were obese prior to becoming mothers followed national breast-feeding recommendations, they weighed almost 18 pounds less than obese mothers who didn't breast-feed. If mothers were overweight or had a normal weight before pregnancy, their weight six years later didn't appear to be related to whether they breast-fed their children or not. While this study was able to link weight loss in obese mothers and breast-feeding, it could not show that breast-feeding caused the weight loss. Still, Dr. Lori Feldman-Winter, pediatrician and a professor of pediatrics at Children's Regional Hospital at Cooper University Health Care in Camden, N.J., said it's definitely possible that it contributed. "Breast-feeding ... Read more

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No Clear Winner Among Popular Diets, Analysis Finds

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TUESDAY, Sept. 2, 2014 – Big dieting names like Atkins, Ornish and Weight Watchers have long competed in the battle of the bulge. But a new analysis concludes that whichever diet people choose, their chances of success are about the same. For years, people seeking to shed weight have heard conflicting messages about the best route: Low fat? Low carb? Low glycemic index? The analysis, published in the Sept. 3 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, suggests it doesn't matter much. Across 48 clinical trials of more than 7,000 people on diets like Atkins, Zone, Ornish and South Beach, researchers found minimal differences in average weight loss. Instead, experts said, the old-fashioned advice to cut calories, rather than specific nutrients, seems key to success – as is burning more calories through exercise. And ultimately, the "best" diet for any individual is the one ... Read more

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'Spare Tire' May Be Especially Bad for Your Blood Pressure

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TUESDAY, Sept. 2, 2014 – When it comes to excess pounds and blood pressure, all fat may not be created equal, a new study finds. The research found that belly fat – the proverbial "spare tire" – boosts a person's odds for high blood pressure more than overall body fat. It's well known that obesity raises the risk of high blood pressure. But it wasn't clear how the location of fat in the body affects that risk, according to researchers at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Reporting Sept. 1 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the researchers tracked more than 900 people for an average of seven years. The study participants were checked for fat located deep in the abdomen between the organs (so-called "visceral fat"), fat located all over the body, and fat located on the lower body. "Generally speaking, visceral fat stores correlate with the ... Read more

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Obesity Fueling Rise in Diabetes Rates, Study Finds

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TUESDAY, Sept. 2, 2014 – The U.S. obesity epidemic is a driving force behind the rising rates of type 2 diabetes, according to a new study. Researchers looked at data from five national surveys spanning from 1976 through 2010 to determine how much the increase in diabetes over time could be explained by factors such as changing distribution of race, age and obesity in U.S. adults. The investigators found that the prevalence of diabetes in men rose from about 5 percent to more than 11 percent. In women, it rose from under 6 percent to nearly 9 percent. When the researchers looked at factors that might contribute to rising diabetes rates, obesity stood out. Although for men, it only explained about half the increase, according to the researchers. "Overweight and obesity explained most of the increase in the prevalence of diabetes in the U.S. during this time period," said study ... Read more

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Less Sleep in Teen Years Tied to More Pounds at 21

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THURSDAY, Aug. 28, 2014 – Lack of sleep not only puts teens at risk for poor grades, it also puts them at increased risk for obesity, researchers warn. The study authors analyzed data collected from more than 10,000 Americans when they were aged 16 and 21. Nearly one-fifth of them got less than six hours of sleep a night when they were age 16, and this group was 20 percent more likely to be obese at age 21 than those who got more than eight hours of sleep per night at age 16, the investigators found. Although lack of exercise and too much time spent watching television were also risk factors for obesity, these behaviors did not account for the link between lack of sleep and obesity, according to the study published online recently in the Journal of Pediatrics. "Lack of sleep in your teenage years can stack the deck against you for obesity later in life. Once you're an obese adult, it ... Read more

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Today's Parents Less Able to Spot Obesity in Their Kids: Study

Posted 25 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 25, 2014 – Parents have become less able to realize when their child is overweight or obese, a new study finds. In fact, parents interviewed between 2005 and 2010 were 24 percent less likely to spot a weight problem in their child than parents interviewed between 1988 and 1994, the researchers said. The report was published online Aug. 25 in the journal Pediatrics. "The society as a whole is stuck with a vicious cycle," said senior study author Dr. Jian Zhang, an associate professor of epidemiology at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro. "Parents incorrectly believe their kids are healthy, they are less likely to take action, and so it increases the likelihood that their kids will become even less healthy." Obesity has more than doubled among children aged 6 to 11, rising from 7 percent in 1980 to nearly 18 percent in 2012, researchers said in background information. ... Read more

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Nearly 1 in 5 Americans Drinks at Least 1 Soda a Day: CDC

Posted 14 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 14, 2014 – A new survey of American adults across 18 states finds 17 percent drinking at least one sugary soda per day, with rates varying widely across states. For example, while about 12 percent of people in New York state or Hawaii downed one or more non-diet sodas each day, that number jumped to 30 and 32 percent in Tennessee and Mississippi, respectively. The report, from researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, also found high levels of sweetened fruit drink consumption, with close to 12 percent of adults downing at least one serving daily. All of this is adding to increased caloric intake and widening waistlines, experts say. "I think most people still don't realize just how much sugar is found in these sugar-sweetened beverages," said Dana Angelo White, a registered dietitian who is a clinical assistant professor of athletic training ... Read more

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