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Marriage Before College Graduation Tied to More Weight Gain

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THURSDAY, May 28, 2015 – If you got married before finishing college, you might have an excuse for any extra pounds. A new study suggests that young adults who wed before graduation are about 50 percent more likely to later become obese than those who waited to tie the knot. The findings suggest that lifestyle choices by newlyweds early in life can be long-lasting, said study lead author Richard Miech, a research professor at the University of Michigan. "Newlyweds may change their diet patterns and may give up individual exercise routines," he said. "People entering a marriage should be made aware that the decisions they make may follow them for decades. Hopefully, this awareness will lead newlyweds to consider these decisions carefully." Researchers already know that getting married tends to contribute to weight gain, much like the legendary "freshman 15" that new college students ... Read more

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Average New Yorker Sits 7 Hours Each Day: Study

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THURSDAY, May 28, 2015 – They may live in the "City That Never Sleeps," but most New Yorkers still sit around a lot – an average of seven hours every day, a new study shows. That estimate may be low, the study authors added, because the data was largely based on what people remembered or admitted to doing. One local health expert expressed concern. "With simply sitting more than three hours a day, there is a decrease [in] life expectancy," said Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, director of Women's Heart Health at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "Moving has become a critical issue for the health of New York, and getting up and walking or taking the stairs needs to be a part of the routine." The study, appearing May 28 in the publication Preventing Chronic Disease, was led by Stella Yi of the New York University School of Medicine, with help from the New York City Department of Health and ... Read more

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Could a Noisy Neighborhood Make You Fat?

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WEDNESDAY, May 27, 2015 – Exposure to noise from traffic, trains and planes may be linked to a burgeoning belly, Swedish researchers report. The increased risk of a larger waist rose with the number of sources of noise someone was exposed to at the same time – from 25 percent for those exposed to only one source to nearly double for those exposed to all three sources, the scientists added. "Long-term exposure to traffic noise may affect our metabolism and lead to abdominal obesity," said lead researcher Charlotta Eriksson, from the Institute of Environmental Medicine at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. "Traffic noise should be recognized as an important environmental health hazard that needs to be taken into consideration in urban planning," she said. Eriksson cautioned that this is an observational study, so no definitive conclusions can be drawn about cause and effect between ... Read more

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Health Tip: Keep Your Child at a Healthy Weight

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-- Teaching your child about healthy eating and exercise can help reduce the youngster's risk of obesity and associated health problems. The Cleveland Clinic suggests: Promoting healthy eating at home by offering whole grains, fruit and vegetables, healthy proteins and low-fat dairy. Adjusting favorite recipes to make them healthier. Limiting snacks that are high in fat and salt. Instead, offer an apple or banana, a cup of blueberries, grapes, carrots or peppers. Teaching kids the benefits of exercise, from stronger bones to better self esteem. Encouraging kids to exercise by swimming, dancing, jumping rope or going for a walk. Limit screen time to no more than two hours per day. Read more

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Health Tip: Watch Portion Sizes While Traveling

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-- Controlling portion sizes is essential for controlling calorie consumption. But that can be difficult when you're on the road. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases recommends: Fill a small cooler with healthy travel snacks, such as cut vegetables and fruit, bottled water and low- or no-fat yogurt. Pack small, individual portions of dried fruit, seeds and nuts. When you stop for food, look for a restaurant with healthier fare, such as salads, grilled or steamed entrees or vegetables. Skip soft drinks in favor of low- or no-fat milk. When you indulge in a higher-fat food, such as fries or pizza, order a smaller size. Read more

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Weight Training's Benefits May Depend on Genetics

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THURSDAY, May 21, 2015 – How well resistance exercises work may depend on a woman's genetic risk for obesity, new research suggests. Strength-building workouts seem to be most effective for those with a low genetic risk for a high body-mass index (BMI), the study found. BMI is a rough estimate of a person's body fat – the higher the number, the more fat a person has. "This doesn't mean that resistance training is futile for women with higher genetic risk for obesity. It means those with lower genetic risk just benefited more," said Jennifer Bea, an assistant professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson. "We have previously shown that the resistance training was important for these women in many other ways, including improved bone density. Like most interventions, exercise is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. People with higher genetic risk scores for higher ... Read more

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Bullied as a Kid, Obese as a Grown-up?

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WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2015 – Adults who were bullied in childhood may be at an increased risk for obesity, heart disease and diabetes, a new British study suggests. "Our research has already shown a link between childhood bullying and risk of mental health disorders in children, adolescents and adults, but this study is the first to widen the spectrum of adverse outcomes to include risks for cardiovascular disease at mid-life," said senior study author Louise Arseneault. She is a professor from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King's College London. "Evidently, being bullied in childhood does get under your skin," she said in a college news release. Arseneault and her colleagues analyzed data from more than 7,100 people in a long-term study of all children born in England, Scotland and Wales during one week in 1958. Their parents provided information on whether ... Read more

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Nation's Capital Named 'Fittest City' in U.S.

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TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 – If you're a resident of Washington, D.C., congratulations – the nation's capital is also the fitness capital of the United States, according to a new report. Washington, D.C, is the fittest of the 50 largest cities in the United States, followed by Minneapolis-St. Paul and San Diego, according to the eighth annual American Fitness Index (AFI) rankings from the American College of Sports Medicine and the Anthem Foundation. These metropolitan areas offer residents the best outdoor exercise options and have fairly low rates of obesity, diabetes and smoking, according to experts who drew up the list. Meanwhile, Indianapolis has the dubious distinction of being named the least fit city in the United States, below Memphis, Oklahoma City, San Antonio and Louisville. The report's authors – including a panel of 26 health and physical activity experts – looked at U.S. ... Read more

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Health Tip: Discourage Too Much Screen Time

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-- Between TVs, computers, hand-held devices and video games, children's screen time can add up quickly. The Mayo Clinic says harmful effects of too much screen time could include: Increased risk of obesity, junk food consumption and overeating. Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. Increased risk of developing behavioral problems. Increased risk of poor school performance. Greater exposure to violence, which could lead to violent behavior. Insufficient time for creativity and play. Read more

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Shift Work Linked to Health Problems

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MONDAY, May 18, 2015 – Shift work may harm your health, a new study warns. Researchers examined data on nearly 1,600 people in Wisconsin, comparing the health of shift workers with those who worked a 9-to-5 schedule. The results showed that shift workers were more likely to be overweight than people who didn't do shift work – 48 percent vs. 35 percent. Shift workers were also around 10 percent more likely to have sleep problems, get too little sleep, and be excessively sleepy. "Shift workers are more commonly men, minorities, and individuals with lower educational attainment and typically work in hospital settings, production, or shipping industries," lead investigator Marjory Givens, an associate scientist at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, said in a Sleep Health journal news release. "Shift work employees are particularly vulnerable to experiencing ... Read more

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Health Tip: Set Regular Eating Times for the Family

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-- A regular meal schedule can help the whole family maintain normal weight and practice healthy eating habits. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends: Set a specific time for meals, so family members know when it's appropriate to grab a healthy snack. Make sure all family members eat three balanced meals a day. Never skip meals, which can lead to overeating. Don't let your child graze all day. Instead, offer a healthy snack between meals. Serve appropriate portion sizes based on your child's age. Every meal should include at least one fruit or vegetable. Ask for your child's help in selecting the menu, and offer praise for choosing healthy foods. Read more

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Expectant Mothers' Lifestyle May Influence Child's Later Weight

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TUESDAY, May 12, 2015 – Children whose mothers had poor health habits during pregnancy are at increased risk for obesity, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at more than 5,100 children in Greece and found that they were much more likely to be obese at age 8 if their mother gained more than the recommended amount of weight, did not exercise enough, or smoked during pregnancy. On the positive side, the investigators also found that moderate exercise during pregnancy was linked to a reduced risk of childhood obesity. Although the study found an association between a mother's lifestyle habits and her child's later weight, the study was not designed to prove whether or not an expectant mother's behavior is a direct cause of a child's excess weight. The study was published online recently in the journal BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. "Pregnancy is a phase in a woman's life in which she ... Read more

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Many Parents Blind to Their Child's Weight

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MONDAY, May 11, 2015 – Many parents of overweight preschoolers believe their children are appropriately sized, a new study finds. "The results are consistent with past studies in which a considerably high number of parents incorrectly perceived their overweight/obese preschool child as being 'just about the right weight,' " study author Dustin Duncan, an assistant professor of population health at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, said in an NYU news release. Researchers analyzed data from American parents who took part in nationwide surveys from 1988 to 1994 and 2007 to 2012. The first survey group included parents of over 3,800 children and the second survey group included parents of nearly 3,200 children. The parents were asked if they considered their children – aged 2 to 5 – to be underweight, the right weight, or overweight. Among parents of overweight boys, 97 ... Read more

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'Thrifty' Metabolism Might Sabotage Weight Loss Efforts

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MONDAY, May 11, 2015 – A new study confirms what many frustrated dieters already suspect: Your metabolism might make it tougher for you to lose weight than others. "The results corroborate the idea that some people who are obese may have to work harder to lose weight due to metabolic differences," said lead author Dr. Martin Reinhardt, a postdoctoral fellow at the Phoenix Epidemiology and Clinical Research Branch of the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. "But biology is not destiny. Balanced diet and regular physical activity over a long period can be very effective for weight loss," he added in an institute news release. The small laboratory study included 12 obese men and women who underwent tests to assess their body's energy use in response to a day of fasting. This was followed by six weeks of reduced calorie intake. After accounting for factors ... Read more

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They Overcame Childhood Cancer, But Now Obesity?

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MONDAY, May 11, 2015 – Certain treatments may increase a childhood cancer survivor's risk of obesity later in life, a new study says. "The ability to identify patients at increased risk may guide selection of therapeutic protocols that will maximize treatment outcomes while simultaneously minimizing the risk of long-term complications among children diagnosed with cancer," said study co-leader Kirsten Ness, of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. The researchers looked at nearly 2,000 people who'd been diagnosed with childhood cancer at least 10 years earlier. They found that almost half who underwent cranial radiation were obese. This compared with just over 29 percent of those who did not receive that type of treatment. Cranial radiation is used to prevent or delay the spread of cancer to the brain. The risk of obesity among survivors treated with cranial radiation was ... Read more

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