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Obese Kids' Brains Show Stronger Response to Sugar: Study

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 15, 2014 – The brains of obese children have a stronger response to sugar than those of kids with a healthy weight, a new study says. The findings support the theory that obese children have a heightened reward response to food, and that their brains could be wired in a way that makes them crave higher amounts of sugar, the researchers said. "The take-home message is that obese children, compared to healthy-weight children, have enhanced responses in their brain to sugar," first author Kerri Boutelle, a professor in the psychiatry department at the University of California, San Diego, said in a university news release. "That we can detect these brain differences in children as young as 8 years old is the most remarkable and clinically significant part of the study," added Boutelle, founder of the university's Center for Health Eating and Activity Research. For the study – ... Read more

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Could a Supplement Prevent Weight Gain?

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 – A newly developed food supplement appears to prevent weight gain and trim fat around the waist, researchers say. However, the chemical compound doesn't seem to help people lose pounds, and the preliminary study is so small that the findings could be misleading. Still, it did "lower appetite and prevented weight gain in overweight people," said study co-author Gary Frost, chair of nutrition and dietetics at Imperial College London. "This is the first time that a food ingredient has been shown to decrease weight gain." The ingredient in question contains propionate, a fatty acid that's created when fiber ferments in the colon. Propionate "does a number of things in the body," Frost said. "It is used for energy by the colon and liver. It can be used to make glucose in the liver." And, he said, it appears to affect how much people eat by boosting signals that ... Read more

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For Young Kids, Too Little Sleep Linked to Later Obesity

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THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 – Lack of sleep and sleep-related breathing problems appear to boost children's risk of obesity, a new study finds. What isn't clear from the study, however, is whether the sleep issues actually cause obesity, or if something else might explain the association between sleep problems and obesity. Researchers analyzed data from about 1,900 youngsters in England. The researchers had about 15 years of follow-up on the children. Those who got the least amount of sleep at ages 5 and 6 had between a 60 percent and 100 percent increased risk of being obese at age 15. (For children aged 5 or 6, fewer than 10.5 hours of sleep a night is considered too little, according to the researchers.) Children who got too little sleep at other ages were not at increased risk for obesity, according to the study. The researchers also found that one-quarter of the children were at ... Read more

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Does High-Fructose Corn Syrup Make People Hungrier?

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 10, 2014 – Fructose – a kind of sugar found in a wide variety of foods and beverages – may encourage overeating, new research suggests. Fructose may be best known to consumers in the form of high-fructose corn syrup, which has long been added to manufactured foods from sodas to cookies. Distinct from sugar known as glucose (produced by the natural breakdown of complex carbohydrates), fructose is also a "simple" sugar and a natural component of fruit. However, "in a series of studies we have found that when compared to glucose, the simple sugar, fructose, is a weaker suppressor of brain areas that help control appetite and the motivation to eat," said study co-author Dr. Kathleen Page, an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. In other words, people are more likely to remain ... Read more

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Many Women Don't Lose Those Pregnancy Pounds, Study Finds

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TUESDAY, Dec. 9, 2014 – Women's fears that pregnancy pounds will linger are validated by new research that suggests three-quarters of new mothers are heavier a year after giving birth than they were before becoming pregnant. Analyzing data from nearly 800 low-income women, researchers also found that one-third of those of normal weight before pregnancy became overweight or obese one year after childbirth. Nearly one-quarter of all new mothers had retained more than 20 extra pounds. "This unfortunately showed that pregnancy itself is leading to obesity or [being] overweight for a substantial number of women," said study author Dr. Loraine Endres, an assistant clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Chicago. "It's a very important issue," she added. "We all see the rising number of obese people in our country and the health consequences that come from that, ... Read more

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Obesity Can Cause 'Silent' Damage to Heart

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FRIDAY, Dec. 5, 2014 – Heart damage can occur in obese people without causing symptoms, and take place without other heart risk factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, a new study says. The researchers said their findings about this silent heart damage challenge the common belief that the risk of heart disease in obese people is mainly due to diabetes and high blood pressure, which are common in obese people. "Obesity is a well-known 'accomplice' in the development of heart disease, but our findings suggest it may be a solo player that drives heart failure independently of other risk factors that are often found among those with excess weight," said lead investigator Dr. Chiadi Ndumele, an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease. The study included more than 9,500 heart disease-free people, ages 53 to 75, in ... Read more

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Longer Breast-Feeding May Protect Infants at Risk for Obesity

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THURSDAY, Dec. 4, 2014 – For babies at high risk for obesity, the longer they breast-feed, the less likely they may be to become overweight, a new study suggests. "Breast-feeding for longer durations appears to have a protective effect against the early signs of overweight and obesity," said lead researcher Stacy Carling, a doctoral candidate in nutrition at Cornell University, in Ithaca, N.Y. Carling and her colleagues followed 595 children from birth to the age of 2. They tracked the children's weight and length over this time, and compared individual children's growth trajectories to how long the children breast-fed. Children considered at high risk for gaining weight included those whose body mass index (BMI) rose more quickly than average as they grew. BMI is a measurement based on a person's height and weight. Children at the highest risk for gaining extra weight included those ... Read more

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Obesity-Related Ills May Shave Up to 8 Years Off Your Life: Study

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THURSDAY, Dec. 4, 2014 – The heart disease and diabetes that often accompany obesity may rob people of almost a decade of life and close to two decades of a healthy life, Canadian researchers report. "Not only is excess body weight associated with a significant reduction in life expectancy, but with an even greater reduction in healthy life years," said lead researcher Dr. Steven Grover, a professor of medicine at McGill University in Montreal. "While losing weight or exercising regularly is not easy for many of us, the potential benefits are huge," he said. For example, Grover said, a modest reduction in weight of about 10 pounds and as little as 30 minutes of daily physical activity most days of the week have been proven to reduce the risk of developing diabetes by as much as 60 percent. "The potential benefits of losing weight and exercising in preventing a heart attack or stroke ... Read more

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Mom's Obesity May Affect Newborn Survival

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WEDNESDAY, Dec. 3, 2014 – Obesity during pregnancy is linked to an increased risk of newborn death, according to a new study, although the researchers found the risk of an infant dying remains very low. "Even if the risk, relatively speaking, is increased for obese mothers, the actual probability is small," said study lead author Dr. Stefan Johansson, a neonatologist at Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden. For example, he explained, about 995 of 1,000 Swedish infants survive their first year with the most severely obese mothers, compared to 998 of 1,000 Swedish infants with non-overweight mothers. Still, the finding has implications, considering current rates of obesity. In the United States, for example, more than one-half of pregnant women are overweight or obese, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Johansson's team analyzed more than ... Read more

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Weight Could Influence Rheumatoid Arthritis Relief

Posted 26 Nov 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 26, 2014 – People with rheumatoid arthritis may be more likely to achieve remission if they maintain a healthy body weight, according to new research. The study found that those who were heaviest had almost 65 percent reduced odds of disease remission. Being underweight also lowered the odds of remission. "Medication for rheumatoid arthritis is not as effective on the overweight population," said Dr. Susan Goodman, the study's lead author and a rheumatologist at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. Findings from the new research were presented earlier this month at the American College of Rheumatology annual meeting in Boston. Studies presented at meetings are generally considered preliminary until they've been published in a peer-reviewed journal. It's also important to note that while this study found a link between weight and rheumatoid arthritis ... Read more

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Obesity Tied to Half a Million Cancers Worldwide, Report Shows

Posted 26 Nov 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 26, 2014 – Obesity is associated with close to 500,000 new cancer cases worldwide each year, and nearly two-thirds of obesity-related cancers occur in North America and Europe, a new report shows. The analysis of data from 184 countries showed that excess weight was associated with 345,000 (5.4 percent) of new cancers in women in 2012, and 136,000 (1.9 percent) of new cancers in men in 2012. Among women, postmenopausal breast, endometrial and colon cancers accounted for nearly three-quarters (250,000 cases) of obesity-related cancers, while colon and kidney cancers accounted for more than two-thirds (nearly 90,000 cases) of obesity-related cancers in men. Excess weight was associated with about 8 percent of cancers in women and 3 percent of cancers in men in developed nations, compared with 1.5 percent of cancers in women and 0.3 percent of cancers in men in developing ... Read more

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Obesity Tied to Half a Million Cancers Worldwide, Report Shows

Posted 26 Nov 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 26, 2014 – Obesity is associated with close to 500,000 new cancer cases worldwide each year, and nearly two-thirds of obesity-related cancers occur in North America and Europe, a new report shows. The analysis of data from 184 countries showed that excess weight was associated with 345,000 (5.4 percent) of new cancers in women in 2012, and 136,000 (1.9 percent) of new cancers in men in 2012. Among women, postmenopausal breast, endometrial and colon cancers accounted for nearly three-quarters (250,000 cases) of obesity-related cancers, while colon and kidney cancers accounted for more than two-thirds (nearly 90,000 cases) of obesity-related cancers in men. Excess weight was associated with about 8 percent of cancers in women and 3 percent of cancers in men in developed nations, compared with 1.5 percent of cancers in women and 0.3 percent of cancers in men in developing ... Read more

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Childhood Obesity Brings Host of Health Problems, Researchers Report

Posted 24 Nov 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 24, 2014 – Obese children are at increased for liver disease, high blood pressure and heart disease, a new study warns. Researchers looked at nearly 500 children and teens, aged 2 to 17, with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a condition that's most common among youngsters who are overweight and obese. NAFLD can develop in conjunction with other health problems such as diabetes. Nearly 36 percent of them had high blood pressure at the start of the study and 21 percent had persistent high blood pressure 48 weeks later. High blood pressure is present in 2 percent to 5 percent of all children and 10 percent of obese children, according to the researchers. The study showed that children with NAFLD have a significant risk of high blood pressure, which is often undiagnosed. The study was published Nov. 24 in the journal PLoS One. "As a result of our study, we recommend ... Read more

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Health Tip: Commit to Losing Weight

Posted 13 Nov 2014 by Drugs.com

-- Losing weight takes a plan, goals, desire and a firm commitment to succeed. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer these suggestions: Make the decision that you are going to lose weight and change your lifestyle. Write out and sign a contract to yourself. Write down the steps of your commitment, including how much weight you want to lose, dietary plans, weight loss goal dates, and a plan for regular exercise. Write down the reasons why you want to lose weight. Post them in a visible spot as a reminder. Read more

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Big-Name Diets All Work for a While, Review Found

Posted 11 Nov 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 11, 2014 – There are plenty of famous-name diets for weight loss, but none stands out from the pack when it comes to lasting results, a new review suggests. Looking at a dozen clinical trials, researchers found that three big-name diets – Atkins, Weight Watchers and the Zone – were all "modestly" effective over the course of a year. In studies that compared the plans head-to-head, people lost anywhere from 4 to 10 pounds, on average. Meanwhile, a fourth commercial diet – South Beach – was no better than traditional advice to eat a low-fat diet, the study authors said. And in the few trials that lasted two years – all looking at Atkins or Weight Watchers – people often regained some of the pounds they lost. "From our results, no weight-loss diet came across as a clear winner," said study leader Renee Atallah, a research assistant at Jewish General Hospital/McGill ... Read more

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