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Healthy Diet as Teen, Less Weight Gain as Adult

Posted 2 days 4 hours ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 23, 2016 – Teens who eat right may gain less weight later on, researchers report. Encouraging more young people to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables as well as lean proteins and whole grains while limiting sugar, red meat and processed foods could have a positive long-term effect on obesity rates, investigators found. The University of Minnesota researchers tracked the diet and weight of more than 2,500 teens, starting at age 15, over a decade. "People with a healthier diet at 15 gained less weight over the next five and 10 years," lead author David Jacobs said in a university news release. Jacobs is a professor of epidemiology and community health. A separate study of middle school and high school students showed similar results. It found that healthy eaters were not thinner at 15, but were slimmer at ages 20 and 25. And that held true regardless of their food ... Read more

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Gardening May Give Kids' Diets a Boost

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FRIDAY, Sept. 23, 2016 – Letting kids help with gardening may sow the seeds of a lifelong healthy eating habit, according to new research. College students who gardened as a kid, or were currently gardeners, ate more fruits and vegetables than their peers without a green thumb, researchers at the University of Florida found. "This finding is particularly relevant, given the recent popularity of school gardens and farm-to-school projects," the study's lead author, Anne Mathews, said in a school news release. She is an assistant professor of food science and human nutrition at the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. This study is part of a larger effort by researchers from several U.S. universities to get college students to eat healthier foods. The new program is dubbed the "Get Fruved" (Get Your Fruits and Vegetables) project. The investigators are ... Read more

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Do Open Floor Plans Invite Overeating?

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THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2016 – Open-concept living spaces are all the rage right now, but new research suggests that such easy access to the kitchen may lead to overeating. "Open kitchen-dining area floor plans remove visual and physical barriers between humans and food," said study co-author Kim Rollings, an assistant professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame. "Our results suggest that people may eat more in a dining area with direct view of and access to the serving area, versus a separate dining space," Rollings said. In the study, Rollings and her collaborator Nancy Wells, an environmental psychologist from Cornell University, observed the eating behaviors of 57 college students. The students completed two dining sessions at Cornell's Food and Brand Lab, where they were served buffet-style meals. For one meal, the students had a direct view of and access ... Read more

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Around the World, Holidays Bring Added Pounds

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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2016 – All that feasting between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day can mean widening waistlines for Americans. But they're not alone: New research shows that holidays in Germany and Japan pose the same challenges. "In these three prosperous countries, weight gain occurs during national holidays," concluded a team led by Elina Helander, of Tampere University of Technology in Tampere, Finland. The study, published Sept. 22 in the New England Journal of Medicine, came as no surprise to one U.S. nutritionist. The findings "reinforce what many men and women admit to – it's really difficult to stay on track with a healthy eating plan during the holidays," said registered dietitian Dana Angelo White. "Many Americans decide to completely throw any sense of healthy eating out the window from November to January, and this is no good for our waistlines," said White. She is a ... Read more

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KVK Tech Announces FDA-Approval of Lomaira (phentermine hydrochloride USP) for Weight Reduction

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NEWTOWN, Pa., Sept. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ – KVK Tech, Inc. announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Lomaira (phentermine hydrochloride USP) 8 mg tablets CIV, a low-cost, low-dose prescription medicine used for a short period of time (a few weeks) for weight reduction in adults with an initial body mass index* (BMI) of 30 or more (obese) or 27 or more (overweight) with at least one weight-related condition such as controlled high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol. Lomaira should be used together with regular exercise and a reduced-calorie diet. Lomaira is the only strength of phentermine hydrochloride that can be taken up to three times a day before meals. The limited usefulness of agents of this drug class (anorectics), including Lomaira, should be measured against possible risk factors inherent in their use. "At KVK Tech, we are ... Read more

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Health Tip: Make Time for Family Dinners

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-- Getting the entire family together for dinner may be a challenge, but it's worth pursuing, experts say. The American Academy of Pediatrics says family dinners: Reduce the risk of childhood obesity. Promote healthy food habits that last into adulthood. Reduce the risk of your child developing an eating disorder. Improve social and emotional health. Read more

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'Obesity Gene' Doesn't Affect Ability to Lose Weight: Report

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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2016 – Having the so-called "obesity gene" doesn't affect people's ability to shed pounds through diet, exercise and weight-loss medications, a new study suggests. People with the FTO gene respond to these weight-loss strategies as well as those without the gene, British researchers report. The findings suggest that a person's environment may play a bigger part in weight management than their DNA. The FTO gene is associated with increased body weight, the study authors said. The researchers analyzed eight trials involving 10,000 people to probe the link between the FTO gene and weight-loss strategies. When the study began, those who carried the FTO gene were about 2 pounds heavier than those without the gene. There was no association, however, between the FTO gene and participants' ability to lose weight. That was true regardless of the study participants' age and ... Read more

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Why the Teen Years May Not Be Lean Years

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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2016 – A new study suggests that children's metabolism temporarily slows during puberty – a pattern that might help explain the current teen obesity problem. The study found that kids' resting energy expenditure typically dropped during puberty. That refers to the number of calories the body burns at rest. On average, the researchers found, 15-year-olds used about 450 fewer calories at rest each day, compared to when they were 10 years old. The shift is surprising, experts said, since larger bodies usually burn more calories at rest – to fuel brain activity, the cardiovascular system and the other bodily processes that keep us alive. "Body mass is the strongest predictor of resting energy expenditure. So a fall in puberty, when growth is rapid, is unexpected," said lead researcher Dr. Terence Wilkin, a professor of endocrinology and metabolism at the University ... Read more

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Stress Might Undercut Benefits of Healthy Diet for Women

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TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 – Stress could undo some of your healthy food choices, a new study suggests. Stressful events from the day before appear to eradicate any health benefits a person might have gained from choosing a breakfast rich in "good" monounsaturated fats, as opposed to a breakfast loaded with "bad" saturated fats, Ohio State University researchers found. "They physiologically looked like they'd eaten the high saturated fat meal," lead researcher Janice Kiecolt-Glaser said of stressed-out healthy eaters in the study. "Their advantage in eating the healthier meal disappeared." Previous research has shown that saturated fats increase inflammation in the body, which has been linked with heart disease, arthritis, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and a host of other health problems, said Kiecolt-Glaser. She's director of the Institute for Behavioral Medicine at Ohio State's Wexner ... Read more

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Obese Kids Have Different Germs in Their Gut

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TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 – Obese children and teens have different types of bacteria living in their digestive tract than their normal-weight peers, a new study reports. The researchers said this finding might eventually lead to a way to target specific species of bacteria and help prevent or treat early onset obesity. For the study, the researchers analyzed the gut bacteria and weight of 84 young people between the ages of 7 and 20. Of these kids, 27 were obese, 35 were severely obese, seven were overweight and 15 were normal weight. The children and teens underwent an MRI to assess their body fat distribution. They also gave blood samples and kept track of what they ate in a food diary for three days. The study authors found eight groups of gut bacteria that were linked to the amount of fat in the body. Four of them thrived more in the young people who were obese, the study showed. ... Read more

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Close Bond Between Kids, Parents Has Long-Term Health Benefits

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TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 – A strong and loving bond with parents may help protect kids' health for decades, a new study suggests. A well-off home also benefits their long-term health, but only if children also have a warm and healthy relationship with their parents, the Baylor University study found. "Previous research has associated high socioeconomic status with better childhood nutrition, sleep, neighborhood quality and opportunities for exercise and development of social skills. But good parent-child bonds may be necessary to enforce eating, sleep and activity routines," researcher Matthew Andersson said in a university news release. Andersson is an assistant professor of sociology in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences, in Houston. In 1995, he asked more than 2,700 adults between the ages of 25 and 75 how their parents had treated them during childhood. Roughly a decade later, ... Read more

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Health Tip: For a Healthier Diet, Plan Ahead

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-- Planning ahead for healthier meals makes it less likely that you'll order takeout. Here are suggestions for squeezing food preparation into your busy week, courtesy of the American Heart Association: Prepare a menu two-to-four weeks ahead of schedule. Plan your family's favorite healthier dishes, and update it with new recipes. Plan a menu for each meal for each day. While shopping for ingredients, snag any seasonal foods that are fresh and on sale. Use the weekends to cook and freeze meals for the week. Pre-cut and refrigerate veggies in containers, so you can grab them and go. Read more

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Healthy Diet May Be Key to Kids' Reading Skills

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MONDAY, Sept. 19, 2016 – Healthy eating may offer young children an unexpected benefit – it might help them become better readers, a new study suggests. Researchers in Finland found students' reading skills improved more between first grade and third grade if they didn't eat a lot of sugary foods or red meat, and if their diet consisted mainly of vegetables, berries and other fruits, as well as fish, whole grains and unsaturated fats. The study included 161 Finnish students. They were between the ages of 6 and 8 (first grade to third grade). The researchers reviewed the children's diets and their reading ability using food diaries and standardized reading tests. A healthier diet was associated with better reading skills by third grade, regardless of how well the students could read in first grade, the researchers said. "Another significant observation is that the associations of diet ... Read more

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Carrot-Stick Approach: A Way to Get Folks to Eat More Veggies, Fruits

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MONDAY, Sept. 19, 2016 – Giving low-income Americans discounts on fruits and vegetables while disallowing sugar-sweetened soda and treat purchases may improve their diets, a new study suggests. About one in seven people in the United States participates in the government-funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program. Because SNAP benefits can't be altered without a change in the law that governs it, the researchers tested a possible change in benefits with low-income people who might be eligible for the program. "There is a great deal of interest in reshaping SNAP so that it better meets its objective to help families buy the food they need for good health. Prohibitions and incentives are among the program changes being discussed by policymakers," said study author Lisa Harnack. She's director of the nutrition coordinating center at ... Read more

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Health Tip: Fill Up On Low-Calorie Foods

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-- It's wise to cut calories when you're trying to lose weight, but that doesn't always mean eating less. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests these low-calorie, filling foods: Vegetables and fruit, raw or cooked, without added fat and sugar. Fat-free or low-fat dairy products, including milk, cheese, yogurt or cottage cheese. Vegetable, broth or tomato-based soups, without added cream. Unbuttered and low-salt popcorn, whole wheat bread and brown rice. Lean cuts of beef, skinless poultry and fish. Peas amd beans. Read more

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