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Less Sleep in Teen Years Tied to More Pounds at 21

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

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

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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

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

Posted 18 days ago 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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Painkillers May Halve Risk of Breast Cancer Return in Obese Women: Study

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THURSDAY, Aug. 14, 2014 – Obese women who have battled breast cancer might halve their chances of a recurrence if they take aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) regularly, new research suggests. The researchers followed 440 breast cancer survivors – most of them past menopause and overweight or obese – who were diagnosed between 1987 and 2011. The women had estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer, which requires the hormone estrogen to grow. Over the seven-year follow-up, taking the pain medications was linked to a difference in recurrence: "Twelve percent of those not taking NSAIDs had a recurrence, but 6 percent of those taking the drugs did," said study author Linda deGraffenried, an associate professor of nutritional sciences at the University of Texas in Austin. Of the 440 women, 159 used painkillers and 281 did not. Most of those using painkillers ... Read more

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40 Percent of Americans Will Develop Diabetes, CDC Projects

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TUESDAY, Aug. 12, 2014 – Approximately two out of every five Americans will develop type 2 diabetes at some point during their adult lives, according to new U.S. government estimates. The ongoing diabetes and obesity epidemics have combined with ever-increasing human lifespans to increase lifetime risk of type 2 diabetes to about 40 percent for both men and women, said lead study author Edward Gregg, chief of the epidemiology and statistics branch in the division of diabetes translation at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "We weren't necessarily surprised that it increased, but we didn't expect it to increase this much," Gregg said. "Forty percent is a humbling number." The odds are even worse for certain minority groups. Half of black women and Hispanic men and women are predicted to develop type 2 diabetes during their lifetime, the researchers reported. ... Read more

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Obese More Likely to Survive Serious Bloodstream Infection

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TUESDAY, Aug. 12, 2014 – Obese seniors are more likely to survive a life-threatening bloodstream infection called sepsis than those who are at a normal weight, according to a new study. The results are surprising because obesity often leads to worse, not better, health outcomes. The study also raises new questions about how obesity affects the body's response to infection, the University of Michigan researchers said. "Physicians expect obese patients to do poorly and this belief can affect the care and counseling they provide to patients and their families," study author Dr. Hallie Prescott, a pulmonary and critical care medicine clinical lecturer at the University of Michigan, said in a university news release. "Our study indicates obese sepsis patients actually have lower mortality and similar functional outcomes as normal weight patients," she added. However, the study wasn't able ... Read more

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Eating Out Equals Eating More

Posted 7 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 – A new study finds that people who eat out consume an average of about 200 calories more a day than when they cook at home. They also take in more saturated fat, sugar and salt. The study has limitations. It doesn't say anything about whether frequent restaurant diners are unhealthier than at-home eaters, and it doesn't take into account the potential benefits of eating out, such as socializing and reducing the stress of cooking. Still, the findings show that "eating out at restaurants should be the exception, not the norm," said study co-author Lisa Powell, a professor of health policy and administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Powell said the researchers wanted to better understand the role of restaurant food in people's diets. "We know that parallel to the rising rates of obesity, Americans have been increasingly eating food away from home, ... Read more

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The 'Bear' Facts on Obesity and Diabetes

Posted 6 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 5, 2014 – The ways grizzly bears deal with hibernation and fluctuating weight might offer valuable new clues to human obesity and diabetes, new research suggests. The study authors note that the tissues of obese people with type 2 diabetes become dangerously insensitive to insulin, the hormone that helps control the level of sugar in the blood. However, unlike people, insulin levels in grizzly bears do not change, the researchers found. Instead, the bears' cells seem to be able to control their ability to respond to insulin. In fact, in the fall – when grizzly bears are most obese – they are also the most sensitive to insulin, says a team led by Dr. Kevin Corbit, of the drug maker Amgen, Inc. According to Corbit's group, this happens because the activity of a key protein found in fat cells, called PTEN, is shut down. In fact, weeks into hibernation, grizzly bears ... Read more

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Obesity Might Slow You Down at Work

Posted 1 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 1, 2014 – People who are obese and work in manufacturing jobs may have significantly less endurance than those who weigh less, a new research suggests. In a study of 32 people – half were obese, half were of normal weight – people who were not obese had endurance times that were about 60 percent longer. Obesity also was associated with less strength, increased discomfort and declines in task performance. Being older – 50 to 65 years of age – neither improved nor reduced a person's ability to perform tasks based on weight. The research suggests that ergonomic guidelines for today's workplace are probably not effective in a society that, by and large, has a wider waistline, said Lora Cavuoto, lead author of the study, and assistant professor in the department of industrial and systems engineering at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. "We have been ... Read more

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1 in 4 U.S. Kids Underestimate Their Weight, Study Finds

Posted 31 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 – Many obese and overweight kids don't see themselves that way, which makes achieving a healthy weight almost impossible, researchers report. In a new study, 27 percent of children and teens underestimated their weight. Fewer than 3 percent overestimated it. About 25 percent of parents underestimated their child's weight and just 1 percent overestimated it, according to the study. "Efforts to prevent childhood obesity should incorporate education for both children and parents regarding the proper identification and interpretation of actual body weight," said lead researcher Han-Yang Chen, from the department of quantitative health sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Mass. "Interventions for appropriate weight loss should target children directly because one of the major driving forces to lose weight comes from the child's ... Read more

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Healthy 'Brown Fat' May Cut Odds for Obesity, Diabetes

Posted 28 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 28, 2014 – People with higher levels of brown fat have a reduced risk for obesity and diabetes, a new study suggests. Unlike white fat, which lowers insulin sensitivity, researchers found that brown fat actually improves insulin sensitivity, blood sugar control and fat-burning metabolism. "This is good news for overweight and obese people," Labros Sidossis, a professor of internal medicine in the division of geriatric medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, said in a university news release. "This is great news for people with insulin resistance and diabetes, and suggests that brown fat may prove to be an important anti-diabetic tissue." Previous research has suggested that brown fat plays a role in regulating body temperature, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. In conducting the new study, published recently in the journal ... Read more

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Parents of Obese Kids Often View Them as Healthy

Posted 25 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 – Parents of obese children often don't view their kids as unhealthy or recognize the health consequences of excess weight or inactivity, according to a new study. The children of the families surveyed for the new research were attending an obesity clinic at the Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence, R.I. "A third categorized their child's health as excellent or very good," said study researcher Dr. Kyung Rhee, now an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego. Rhee surveyed slightly more than 200 families in 2008 and 2009 to evaluate their readiness to help their children lose weight. She found that 28 percent of the parents did not perceive their child's weight as a health concern. But experts know that childhood obesity has both immediate and long-term ill effects on health, including risks for heart disease and type 2 ... Read more

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Many Obese U.S. Kids Think They're Thinner Than They Are

Posted 23 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 – Many obese and overweight American children and teens look in the mirror and tell themselves their weight is fine, U.S. health officials reported Wednesday. "Being overweight or obese is associated with adverse health outcomes, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes," said lead researcher Neda Sarafrazi, a nutritional epidemiologist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. "Children who have a misperception of their weight are not going to take steps to control their weight or reduce their weight, and reduce the risk of future health complications," she said. "If people perceive their weight accurately, they can start weight-control behavior." According to the CDC report, 34 percent of Hispanic-American children and teens believe they are thinner than they are, as do 34 percent of ... Read more

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Obesity During Pregnancy Linked to Raised Asthma Risk in Kids

Posted 22 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 22, 2014 – Women who are obese during pregnancy may be more likely to have children with asthma than normal-weight mothers, a new review suggests. "We found that, compared with children born from mothers of normal weight, those whose mothers were overweight or obese during pregnancy had up to 20 to 30 percent higher odds of asthma," said lead researcher Dr. Erick Forno, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Forno's team also found that excess weight gain during pregnancy was associated with about a 16 percent increased risk of asthma in the children. "These results included studies that evaluated asthma at different time points in childhood, from a little over a year of age all the way to 16 years of age," Forno noted. Although this review of more than a dozen previously published studies found an association between a mother's weight ... Read more

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