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Health Tip: Good Habits Prompt Healthier Eating

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-- Are you guilty of skipping breakfast, drinking tons of coffee or buying junk food to eat at work? It's time to end these habits, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says. Here's what the group recommends: Start each day with a balanced, healthy breakfast that includes lean protein, fruit, vegetables and whole grains. Watch caffeine intake. That means less than three cups of coffee per day, and go easy on the cream and sugar. Bring your lunch every day to work, so you can control what you eat. Prepare these lunches when you have time during the weekend. Include more fruit and vegetables in your daily diet. Try a new fruit or veggie each week to add variety. Make dinner at home. Prepare meals ahead of time, so you're not tempted to order takeout. Read more

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Fruit Juice for Kids: A Serving a Day OK

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THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 – Pediatricians have long suggested that fruit juice may prompt weight gain in children, but a new review finds it harmless when consumed in moderation. "Based on the current evidence, we didn't find that consuming one serving [of 100-percent fruit juice] a day contributes to weight gain in children," said study author Dr. Brandon Auerbach. He is acting instructor of medicine at the University of Washington, in Seattle. To come to that conclusion, the investigators analyzed the results of eight published studies involving over 34,000 children that looked at fruit juice intake and the effect on weight. Children under the age of 6 who drank a serving a day gained a small amount of weight, but not enough to be clinically significant, the findings showed. The amount was truly tiny, less than a pound over a year's time, Auerbach noted. And the review did not prove ... Read more

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Foods Labeled 'Healthy' May Hide Unhealthy Secrets

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WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 – Food products that claim to be no-fat, no-sugar, low-fat or reduced-salt aren't necessarily healthier, researchers say. The study authors looked at more than 80 million food and beverage purchases from 2008 to 2012. The purchases were made by more than 40,0000 U.S. households. The researchers found that 13 percent of food and 35 percent of beverage products were marketed as having no, reduced or low levels of sugar, fat or salt. Low-fat was the most common claim the researchers saw. Next were low-calorie, low-sugar and low-sodium. But many of the products with low-content claims were less nutritious than regular food and beverage items, the researchers found. "In many cases, foods containing low-sugar, low-fat or low-salt claims had a worse nutritional profile than those without claims," said lead investigator Lindsey Smith Taillie. She is a research ... Read more

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Obesity in Youth Tied to Higher Odds for Liver Cancer in Men

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TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 – Overweight and obese young men are at increased risk for serious liver disease or liver cancer later in life, and those with diabetes have an even higher risk, a new study warns. Efforts to reduce obesity, "should be implemented from an early age to reduce the future burden of severe liver disease on individuals and society," say Swedish researchers led by Hannes Hagstrom, of the Center for Digestive Diseases at Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm. A liver specialist in the United States agreed. "This should be a wake-up call for young men to take their weight seriously and take steps to stay in shape to hopefully prevent liver disease, diabetes and liver cancer in the future," said Dr. David Bernstein, chief of hepatology at Northwell Health in Manhasset, NY. He explained that obesity is linked to the development of a condition called non-alcoholic ... Read more

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Most Women Don't Eat Healthily When Eating for Two

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FRIDAY, March 17, 2017 – Despite the well-known wisdom of eating a healthy diet while pregnant, new research shows that most American women don't. This was especially true among black, Hispanic and less-educated women, the study authors said. For pregnant women, a healthy diet reduces the risk of obesity, preeclampsia, fetal growth restriction and preterm birth, the researchers noted. "Unlike many other pregnancy and birth risk factors, diet is something we can improve," said study author Lisa Bodnar of the University of Pittsburgh's School of Public Health. She is an associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at Pitt's School of Medicine. "While attention should be given to improving nutritional counseling at doctor appointments, overarching societal and policy changes that help women to make healthy dietary choices may be more effective and efficient," ... Read more

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America's Porky Pets Face Health Woes, Too, FDA Says

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THURSDAY, March 16, 2017 – America's weight problem extends to its pets, with a majority of cats and dogs dangerously overweight, a federal government veterinarian warns. "Just as obesity has become a serious problem in people, it's also a growing problem in pets, one that can seriously harm your pet's health," said Dr. Carmela Stamper, of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine. About 58 percent of cats and 54 percent of dogs in the United States are overweight, according to a 2015 survey by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. "The diseases we see in our overweight pets are strikingly similar to those seen in overweight people," Stamper said in an FDA news release. These include life-shortening conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, heart and respiratory disease, and kidney problems, she noted. So, what exactly ... Read more

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Savvy Marketing Gets Schoolkids to Eat Their Greens

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THURSDAY, March 16, 2017 – How can public schools entice teens to use salad bars in the cafeteria? Promote them, researchers say. There are about 4,800 salad bars in public schools across the United States, according to the Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools initiative. About 50 percent of high school students, 39 percent of middle school kids, and 31 percent of elementary school children now have access to salad bars at schools. The challenge is to get students to use those salad bars, according to study author Lori Spruance. She's a health sciences professor at Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah. "The value of a salad bar program depends on whether students actually use the salad bar," Spruance said in a university news release. "But few studies have examined how to make that happen more effectively." Spruance and her colleagues looked at students at 12 public schools in New ... Read more

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Another Obesity Downside: Higher Esophageal Cancer Risk

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WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017 – Overweight 20-somethings dramatically increase their risk of esophageal and stomach cancer if they become obese later in life, a new study suggests. The research indicated that people who were overweight in their 20s had a 60 percent to 80 percent increased risk of developing these cancers, compared with those who maintained a normal weight throughout their life, researchers said. And those who then gained more than 40 pounds by age 50 doubled their risk of esophageal cancer and moderately increased their risk for stomach cancer, the study found. But, it was those individuals who progressed from overweight at age 20 to obese at age 50 and older who had three times or more increased risk for esophageal and stomach cancer, the study found. "These findings underscore the potential of weight control programs for decreasing the likelihood of developing esophageal ... Read more

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Gene Variant From Africa Linked to Black Obesity

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TUESDAY, March 14, 2017 – Researchers say they've identified an Africa-specific gene variant associated with obesity. The team found that about 1 percent of West Africans, American blacks and others of African ancestry have this variant of the semaphorin-4D (SEMA4D) gene. The researchers said people with the variant are about 6 pounds heavier than those without it. Most genetic studies on obesity focus on people of European ancestry, even though people with African ancestry have a higher risk of obesity, the researchers said. "We wanted to close this unacceptable gap in genomics research," Charles Rotimi, director of the Center for Research on Genomics and Global Health at the U.S. National Institutes of Health, said in an NIH news release. Study co-lead author Ayo Doumatey said, "By studying people of West Africa, the ancestral home of most African-Americans, and replicating our ... Read more

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Obese Moms May Fail to Spot Obesity in Their Own Kids

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TUESDAY, March 14, 2017 – Many overweight and obese mothers may underestimate the weight of their obese children, a new study finds. The researchers looked at 230 overweight and obese mothers with preschool children. Among the mothers with overweight or obese children, only 20 percent correctly assessed their child's weight, while 40 percent underestimated their child's weight. "This study included only mothers who were overweight or obese, which may, in part, explain the high rate of underestimation," said study leader Rachel Tabak, a research assistant professor at Washington University in St. Louis. "This is also concerning in the light of recent research showing children of obese mothers were less likely to recognize their own weight, as well as that of their mother, and therefore may be related to shifting attitudes toward weight status, where overweight is less recognized because ... Read more

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Kids Start Moving Less After Age 7, Study Finds

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TUESDAY, March 14, 2017 – Many parents have seen their rambunctious 5-year-old age into a teen "couch potato." But a new study finds the slowdown in activity may begin long before adolescence. Sedentary behaviors begin to set in shortly after the ripe old age of 7, the researchers found. And contrary to what many have thought, girls are not the only ones who fall prey to less healthy living at a young age. The researchers found that "100 percent" of both boys and girls in the study experienced a drop-off in activity well before their teen years, according to a team led by John Reilly from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, in Scotland. And the decline did not happen "more rapidly in adolescent girls than boys," the researchers added. For the study, the physical activity of about 400 children in the United Kingdom was followed over the course of eight years. The kids wore portable ... Read more

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Health Tip: Help Kids Maintain Healthy Cholesterol

Posted 10 days ago by

-- Most people don't worry about high cholesterol until they become adults, but the truth is that cholesterol can be a problem in childhood. Here's what the American Academy of Family Physicians suggests: Encourage your child to eat at least five daily servings of fruit and vegetables. Build meals and snacks around lean proteins, whole grains and veggies. Limit trans and saturated fats, found in animal and dairy products, fried foods and processed foods. Avoid fast food. If you do eat it, opt for healthier menu choices. Limit screen time (TV and computers) to no more than two hours per day. Encourage your child to get at least one hour of physical activity daily. Schedule fun family outings, such as a hike or bike ride. Read more

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Health Tip: Too Much Sugar May Impact Sleep

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-- Shedding extra sugar from your diet may help you get a more restful night's sleep. The National Sleep Foundation advises: Too much sugar may raise your risk of waking during the night. Your energy may crash well after a high-sugar treat, prompting you to feel drowsy during the day. Avoid refined sugars found in many cereals, juices, desserts, white bread, sodas and white pasta. Read more

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Genes Plus Erratic Sleep May Raise Odds for Obesity

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FRIDAY, March 10, 2017 – Yet more evidence of a link between poor sleep and excess weight: A new study finds that people who are genetically prone to obesity are more likely to be overweight if they have unusual sleep habits. "These data show that in people with high genetic risk for obesity, sleeping for too short or too long a time, napping during the day, and shift work appears to have a fairly substantial adverse influence on body weight," said researcher Dr. Jason Gill of the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Gill, who is with the university's Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, and colleagues looked at statistics on nearly 120,000 people in the United Kingdom. The investigators said they found that sleeping fewer than 7 hours a night or more than 9 hours a night boosts the risk of obesity among those who are especially prone to it because of their genes. Among those ... Read more

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Smart Food Pricing Could Bring Healthier Choices

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FRIDAY, March 10, 2017 – Governments could boost the consumption of healthy food by making it cheaper, as well as requiring that unhealthier food be more expensive, a new review suggests. The findings are based on an analysis of 30 studies. Eleven studies looked at what happened when unhealthier foods were taxed. Nineteen studies explored what people choose to eat when subsidies lowered the price of healthier food. The collection of studies found that food prices really do matter. "Our results show how 10 percent to 50 percent changes in price of foods and beverages at checkout could influence consumers' purchasing behaviors over a relatively short period of time," said study co-first author Ashkan Afshin, a former postdoctoral fellow at Tufts University in Boston. He is now at the University of Washington. Researchers found that consumption of produce jumped by 14 percent for each 10 ... Read more

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