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Foods That Help Keep the Pounds Off as You Age

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THURSDAY, April 23, 2015 – A new look at what kinds of foods might help people keep their weight in check as they age found that not all calories are created equal and some foods are not as bad for the middle-aged waistline as many believe. While men and women who ate lots of nuts, peanut butter, fish, yogurt and low-fat cheese tended to lose weight, other foods commonly seen as "unhealthy" – such as eggs, full-fat cheese and whole milk – did not seem to make a difference in weight. On the other hand, sugary drinks and refined or starchy carbohydrates – including white bread, potatoes and white rice – had the opposite effect. "The idea that the human body is just a bucket for calories is too simplistic. It's not just a matter of thinking about calories, or fat. What's the quality of the foods we are eating? And how do we define quality?" said senior researcher Dr. Dariush ... Read more

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Health Tip: Manage Weight-Loss Goals

Posted 4 days ago by

-- When you set a weight loss goal, remember to revisit that goal periodically and assess how you're doing. The goal may need to change. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests: Take a look at your goals and evaluate how you are progressing toward them. If you're having trouble meeting a goal, such as exercising before work, make an adjustment. Examine the parts of your plan that work well, and those that need adjusting. Create new goals as you reach your current goals. Reward yourself as you meet and work toward your goals. Indulge in rewards, such as a hot bath, time with friends or some fresh flowers. Read more

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Health Tip: Have a Happy Family Meal

Posted 5 days ago by

-- The rules of the dinner table are changing, including the standard "clean plate rule." A positive, happy family dinner table should encourage kids to acknowledge their body's cues, including hunger and fullness. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests: Offer a variety of nutritious foods and let the child decide what to try and how much to eat. Encourage children of all ages to help with dinner preparation. Parents should eat a variety of nutritious foods to set a good example. Encourage kids to try new foods. Discuss foods that each family member likes and dislikes. Let your child determine when he or has had enough to eat. Read more

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Obesity Linked to Greater Risk of Prostate Cancer in Blacks, Study Says

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THURSDAY, April 16, 2015 – Blacks have a higher risk of developing prostate cancer than whites, and for obese black men, their risk can quadruple as their weight goes up, a new study indicates. The findings from this large study should lead to a redoubling of efforts to encourage obesity prevention among black men, said study lead author Wendy Barrington, an assistant professor in the school of nursing at the University of Washington. "The main 'take-home' point for practicing physicians is to recognize that obesity has a different relationship to prostate cancer risk in African-American [men] compared to non-Hispanic white men," said Barrington. Why this might be so is "really just speculation at this point," Barrington noted. "We did account for many differences that could affect prostate cancer risk, such as access to care, and lifestyle factors, such as diet and physical activity," ... Read more

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Health Tip: Measure Your Child's Height and Weight Correctly

Posted 10 days ago by

-- To correctly calculate your child's body-mass index (BMI), you'll need accurate height and weight measurements. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these guidelines: Remove shoes, hair accessories and any heavy clothing that could affect the measurement. Have the child stand on a flat, uncarpeted floor against a flat wall. Have the child stand against the wall while looking ahead with shoulders level, arms at sides, legs straight together and feet flat. The head, shoulders, buttocks and heels should touch the flat surface of the wall. Measure with a flat surface pressed securely against the crown of the head, making a right angle to the wall. With the measurer's eyes level with the measuring piece, mark the wall, then use a tape measure to calculate height. Measure weight with a digital bathroom scale placed on a hard, flat surface with both feet placed in the ... Read more

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Weight-Control Myths Keep Many U.S. Women Smoking

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MONDAY, April 13, 2015 – American women who believe smoking helps control weight are less likely than other female smokers to try quitting in response to higher cigarette prices and anti-smoking messages, a new study finds. "We found that concerns about weight are a significant barrier to quitting among U.K. smokers and U.S. female smokers who believe smoking helps them manage weight," lead author Ce Shang, of the University of Illinois at Chicago, said in a university news release. Researchers analyzed data from about 10,000 smokers in the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom who took part in surveys conducted between 2002 and 2007. A 10 percent increase in cigarette prices was associated with a 6 percent rise in attempts to quit among female smokers in the United States who did not believe that smoking helps control weight. But no significant increase in attempts ... Read more

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Health Tip: Spring Into Health With Seasonal Foods

Posted 13 days ago by

-- Spring abounds with fresh seasonal foods, so why not serve them to your family and friends? The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends: Serving up some fresh spinach, which is loaded with vitamins and minerals. Use it as a salad base or a sauted side dish, or add to sauces or soups. Dish up calcium-rich yogurt layered with fresh seasonal fruit and cereal. Fresh strawberries are abundant during spring. Serve these nutritional powerhouses sliced on top of cereal or yogurt, or pureed as a smoothie. Asparagus spears are rich in folate, vitamins A and K, and iron. Roll them in Panko crumbs and egg, and bake into a crispy treat. Read more

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Could Obesity Help Protect Against Dementia?

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THURSDAY, April 9, 2015 – A new study of nearly 2 million people suggests that those who are overweight or obese in middle age may be less likely to develop dementia than their normal and underweight peers. Overweight and obese people were about 30 percent less likely to develop dementia 15 years later than people of a healthy weight. Conversely, underweight people were 34 percent more likely to develop dementia than those whose weight was normal, according to the study authors. "Our findings were unexpected, that obese and overweight people would be protected," said lead researcher Dr. Nawab Qizilbash, from OXON Epidemiology Ltd. in Madrid, Spain. However, the retrospective study was only able to show an association between obesity and a reduced risk of dementia, not a cause-and-effect relationship. And Qizilbash added that people shouldn't take these preliminary findings as a license ... Read more

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Family Stress Linked to Teen Obesity in Study

Posted 18 days ago by

WEDNESDAY, April 8, 2015 – Family stress may put teens at increased risk for being overweight or obese, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from more than 4,700 American teens born between 1975 and 1990 to assess the effects of three specific sources of family stress: financial problems, a mother's poor health, and family disruption. "Experiencing family stress – specifically family disruption and financial stress – repeatedly throughout childhood was associated with overweight or obesity by the time adolescent girls turned 18," study author Daphne Hernandez, an assistant professor in the department of health and human performance at the University of Houston, said in a university news release. Only one family stress point – a mother's poor health – was associated with overweight or obesity in boys by the time they turned 18, according to the study published in the April ... Read more

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Health Tip: Should I Worry About My Child's Weight?

Posted 19 days ago by

-- Maintaining a healthy weight and establishing healthy habits are essential, even in childhood. The Weight-control Information Network says childhood obesity can: Foster breathing issues and joint pain. Make it difficult to keep up with active friends. Lead to chronic conditions, such as diabetes, high cholesterol or high blood pressure. Increase the risk of growing up to be an obese adult. Read more

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Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig Beat Other Commercial Diet Plans, Study Finds

Posted 20 days ago by

MONDAY, April 6, 2015 – Many people turn to commercial weight-loss programs to help them shed excess pounds, but there's surprisingly little scientific evidence to show whether or not these plans can help keep weight off for the long-term, a new report reveals. Only two out of 32 major commercial weight-loss programs marketed nationwide – Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig – can boast scientific evidence showing their clients maintain weight loss for at least a year, the researchers found. Most programs haven't received any study at all regarding their effectiveness, or have only been reviewed for short-term success, said lead author Dr. Kimberly Gudzune. She is an assistant professor of medicine and a weight-loss specialist at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. "We still don't know whether a lot of these programs work," Gudzune said. The study, which was not ... Read more

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Health Tip: Cook Healthier With a Slow Cooker

Posted 1 Apr 2015 by

-- A slow cooker is an easy way to prepare a variety of healthier dishes that are ready for you at the end of a long day. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests: Use weekends or evenings when you have ample time to prepare ingredients. Cut uniformly-sized pieces to ensure that they'll cook evenly. Store ingredients in air-tight containers for no more than three days. Put all ingredients in the crock pot's removable insert and store in the fridge overnight. This may require longer cooking time, since ingredients will be cold. Use leftovers in a new dish, such as last night's roast used in tacos or stew. Read more

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U.S. Kids Getting Fewer Daily Calories From Fast Food

Posted 30 Mar 2015 by

MONDAY, March 30, 2015 – American children are getting fewer calories a day from fast food restaurants, but one-third still eat ready-to-go pizza, chicken and burgers on a daily basis, a new study finds. Among kids aged 4 to 19, national health and nutrition surveys showed that average daily calorie consumption from fast food restaurants fell by 110 calories between 2003 and 2010, said study author Colin Rehm. Also, the percentage of kids consuming fast food on a given day dropped from nearly 39 percent to about 33 percent in the period, the McDonald's-funded study found. "It is good news with a few important qualifiers," said Rehm, who worked on the research while at the University of Washington. "We need to make sure that the decrease in calories hasn't been paralleled by a drop in nutrients or food groups." The findings suggest young people are consuming fewer high-calorie foods and ... Read more

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Could an Apple a Day Help Keep the Pharmacist Away?

Posted 30 Mar 2015 by

MONDAY, March 30, 2015 – Munching each day on a McIntosh, Granny Smith or other apple might not keep the doctor at bay, but a new study finds apple eaters are less likely to need a prescription medicine. The study, funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, looked at data from nearly 8,400 people who took part in federal health surveys between 2007 and 2010. Of those participants, 753 (9 percent) were apple eaters – at least one small apple per day – and the rest were non-apple eaters. Apple eaters were slightly less likely to use prescription medications, reported a team led by Matthew Davis, of the University of Michigan School of Nursing in Ann Arbor. But apple consumption was not linked to other health markers – things such as the number of annual doctor visits a person made, frequency of overnight hospital stays, or visits to a mental health professional. And the study ... Read more

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Weight-Loss Surgery Might Reduce Serious Asthma Flare-Ups

Posted 27 Mar 2015 by

FRIDAY, March 27, 2015 – In obese people with asthma, weight-loss surgery has been linked to a significant reduction in serious asthma flare-ups, new research suggests. "We found that risk of an emergency department visit or hospitalization for asthma exacerbation decreased by half after bariatric [weight-loss] surgery and remained significantly lower for at least 2 years," the study authors wrote in the report. The study relied on weight-loss surgery as an "instrument of substantial weight loss," according to the study's lead author Dr. Kohei Hasegawa, an attending physician in the emergency department of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. But, the study didn't have any specific information on the patients' weights before and after surgery, according to Hasegawa. So it's not clear how much weight needs to be lost to make a difference in serious asthma symptoms, or if losing ... Read more

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