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Easy Ways to Keep Holiday Eating in Check

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 22, 2017 – For many Americans, Thanksgiving kicks off a season of high-calorie eating. The trick this time of year is to enjoy the goodies without packing on extra pounds. It's important to eat in moderation rather than denying yourself any goodies, said food expert Shreela Sharma. If you try to ignore a craving, it only gets worse, explained Sharma, a faculty member with the School of Public Health at University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston. "Denying ourselves food groups never works," Sharma said in a university news release. "Food is not the enemy – it's such an important part of who we are and our social lives. It's portioning that's the big trick." If you eat in moderation, you don't need to feel guilty about having anything, from an appetizer to a dessert. Sharma also offered tips for preparing healthier holiday fare: When making desserts, substitute ... Read more

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It's the Latest Diet Craze, But Is It Safe?

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 22, 2017 – What if you could have your cake, eat it, too, and lose weight? A nutritional fad called CICO – short for "Calories In, Calories Out" – promises just that for those looking to shed some pounds. The pitch is straightforward: Eat whatever you want, junk food included, and still shrink your waistline – as long as every day you expend more calories than you consume. It's a simplified approach to eating that essentially views fruits and vegetables through the same prism as candies and soda. All that matters is the total caloric tally. Perhaps not surprisingly, many nutrition experts disagree. "Being healthy isn't just about weight loss alone," noted Lona Sandon, program director and assistant professor of clinical nutrition at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. "You have to consider the whole package." Sandon acknowledged that those ... Read more

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An Exercise Game Plan for Boomers

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 22, 2017 – If you're a member of the baby boom generation, don't think you're too old to exercise. On the contrary, it's especially important for you to stay active, and even more so if you have a condition that threatens mobility, such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. Exercise can give you more energy, help prevent chronic illnesses and keep you independent longer, according to the U.S. National Institute on Aging. For most adults, moderate exercise, including brisk walking, is safe and easy. You don't need special equipment – just supportive shoes – and you can walk almost anywhere. But talk to your doctor before you start, especially if you have any medical concerns or haven't exercised in a long time. It's fine to begin slowly. If you want to start with walking, do it at a leisurely pace for 10 minutes at a time. As you build up your endurance, add more ... Read more

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Report: Industry Hid Decades-Old Study Showing Sugar's Unhealthy Effects

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TUESDAY, Nov. 21, 2017 – Big Sugar seems to have copied the Big Tobacco playbook, a new report contends. More than four decades ago, a study in rats funded by the sugar industry found evidence linking the sweetener to heart disease and bladder cancer, the paper trail investigation reports. The results of that study were never made public. Instead, the sugar industry pulled the plug on the study and buried the evidence, said senior researcher Stanton Glantz. He is a professor of medicine and director of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education. Glantz likened this to suppressed Big Tobacco internal research linking smoking with heart disease and cancer. "This was an experiment that produced evidence that contradicted the scientific position of the sugar industry," Glantz said. "It certainly would have contributed to increasing ... Read more

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Shaming Overweight Kids Only Makes Things Worse

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MONDAY, Nov. 20, 2017 – Overweight kids who are shamed or stigmatized are more likely to binge eat or isolate themselves than to make positive changes such as losing weight, a leading pediatricians' group says. In a new policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers guidance to help parents, teachers, school officials and pediatricians assist overweight and obese children without making them feel bad about themselves. "We see a growing problem regarding weight stigma. In a misguided attempt to get kids to change, people end up reinforcing negative coping behaviors," said policy statement lead author Dr. Stephen Pont. "We saw an opportunity to make providers aware of the stigma and to make the public aware of the weight stigma," he added. People often believe that by shaming an overweight person or child they can help motivate them to make healthy changes in their ... Read more

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Health Tip: How Much Exercise Do You Need?

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-- We all know that exercise is good for us, but how much do we need at each stage of life? The U.S. Library of Medicine suggests: Adults should get 30 minutes of aerobic activity each day – in the form of walking, running, biking or swimming. Additionally, they should practice strengthening exercises – such as lifting weights or climbing stairs – twice weekly. Children and teens should get 60 minutes of age-appropriate physical activity each day, such as playing at the playground or biking. And three days per week, they should perform muscle-strengthening and bone-strengthening exercises, such as doing push-ups, jumping jacks, playing volleyball or working with resistance bands. Seniors, pregnant women and those with disabilities should check with a doctor to develop a personal exercise plan. Read more

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Heavier Women May Need Mammograms More Often

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MONDAY, Nov. 20, 2017 – Women who are overweight or obese may need to be screened for breast cancer more frequently, new Swedish research suggests. The reason? Overweight or obese women are at greater risk of having breast cancer detected after the tumor has grown large – over 2 centimeters – than their slimmer counterparts, the study found. Heavier women also have a worse prognosis when their breast cancers are detected between regular cancer screenings (known as interval cancers) than normal weight women, the findings showed. "It seems overweight women would need shorter time intervals between screenings than other women, but our study was not designed to quantify how much," explained Dr. Fredrik Strand, a radiologist at the Karolinska University Hospital. The study included more than 2,000 women from Sweden. All were aged 55 to 74, Strand said. All were diagnosed with invasive ... Read more

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Office Workers Don't Like Being Chained to Their Desks

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FRIDAY, Nov. 17, 2017 – People with desk jobs want to move more, a new study suggests. "To our knowledge, this is the first study to investigate how long desk-based workers actually want to sit, stand, walk and be physically active," said study lead author Birgit Sperlich. She's a postdoctoral researcher at German Sport University Cologne. Sperlich and her colleagues interviewed 614 people with desk jobs in Germany and found that they spent an average of 73 percent of their working day sitting down. Meanwhile, only 10 percent of the day was spent standing, 13 percent was spent walking and a mere 4 percent was spent doing physically demanding tasks. But the workers said they wanted to spend 54 percent of their work day sitting down, 15 percent standing, 23 percent walking, and almost 8 percent doing physically demanding tasks. The workers spent about 5.4 hours per eight-hour day ... Read more

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5 Tasty Diet Desserts

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FRIDAY, Nov. 17, 2017 – Satisfying a sweet tooth can be tricky when you're trying to reach or maintain an ideal weight. You want to enjoy dessert without racking up fat and calories or triggering the urge to overeat. All healthy lifestyle diets stress fruit for dessert, but grapes and bananas can get boring fast. Add pizzazz to your fruit-picking with exotic tastes like mango and papaya, or splurge on fresh raspberries and cherries. For a refreshing icy dessert, make a slushy by blending chunks of any frozen fruit with fat-free milk. For a parfait, mix sugar substitute and vanilla or lemon extract into plain fat-free yogurt and layer with berries in a tall glass. Top with a sprinkling of crushed walnuts. Enhance fat-free frozen yogurt with mix-ins like vanilla bean, freeze-dried instant coffee or a tablespoon of mini chocolate chips, or top a serving with a sauce of pureed fruit. For a ... Read more

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CDC Wants America to Eat Its Fruits and Veggies

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THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 – Fruits and vegetables can be delicious and nutritious – but too many Americans are still passing them by, a new report finds. Just 9 percent of adults eat enough vegetables and only 12 percent get the recommended amount of fruit daily, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vitamins, minerals, fiber and other good stuff in fruits and vegetables can help ward off heart disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers and obesity. But just one in 10 adults is eating more fruits and vegetables than recommended in the government's 2015-2020 dietary guidelines. How much is enough? One-and-a-half to two cups of fruit, or its equivalent, and two to three cups of vegetables daily. Men fare worse than women on the fruits-and-veggies scorecard. And by age, young adults, aged 18 to 30, are less inclined to eat their greens, broccoli ... Read more

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One Type of Diet Can Add Years to Your Life

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THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 – Obese people who follow a low-fat weight-loss plan could tack extra years onto their life, a new review of medical evidence suggests. Such diets appear to help decrease overall risk of early death by 18 percent in people with obesity, amounting to six fewer deaths for every 1,000 people, researchers concluded. "Weight loss by cutting calories with diets low in fat – diets which also happened to be low in sugar and refined carbohydrates – appears to reduce premature mortality for people who are obese," said study co-author Dr. Alison Avenell. She is clinical chair of health services research with the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. However, the review could not determine whether these diets specifically reduce risk of heart disease or cancer. Researchers also could not tell if adding exercise to dieting produced any additional benefits. "Weight-loss diets ... Read more

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With Stress and Trauma Come Excess Weight

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TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 – As if weathering a stressful event isn't tough enough, new research shows these episodes might even widen a woman's waistline. Researchers analyzed data on nearly 22,000 middle-aged and older women. The goal: to assess the relationship between obesity and traumatic events – such as the death of a child or being a victim of a serious physical attack – as well as negative events, for example, long-term unemployment or burglary. About 23 percent of the women included in the study were obese. Study participants who reported more than one traumatic life event were 11 percent more likely to be obese than those who did not experience a traumatic event, the findings showed. In addition, women who reported four or more negative life events within the previous five years were 36 percent more likely to be obese than those who reported no negative events. The link ... Read more

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America's Love Affair With Sugary Sodas Is Fading

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TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 – Consumption of sodas and other sweet drinks – a big source of sugar in Americans' diets – has dropped in the past decade among both kids and adults, researchers find. Overall, the number of adults who said they drank a sugary beverage on a daily basis dropped by 12 percentage points between 2003 and 2014, Harvard researchers said, and by 19 percentage points among kids. "People's preferences are shifting," Bleich said. "Beverage consumption overall is going down, in addition to sugary beverage consumption. It may be that messages about beverages are starting to get through to people." However, despite this drop in sugary drink consumption, the obesity epidemic continues apace, with more obese middle-aged people, young adults and children than ever before, Bleich noted. Americans are still consuming too many calories. "Even if beverages overall are going down, ... Read more

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Weighing Too Much or Too Little When Pregnant Can Be Risky

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TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 – For women contemplating having a baby, new research adds to the evidence suggesting that starting a pregnancy at a normal weight is best. The study found that too much or even too little weight increases an expectant mom's risk for severe illnesses and death. "Not only for baby's sake, but also for your own sake, have a healthy diet and get regular exercise before pregnancy," said study lead author Dr. Sarka Lisonkova. She's an assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of British Columbia and the Children's and Women's Health Centre in Vancouver. "It's never too late, even if you're already pregnant," Lisonkova said, adding that weight gain during pregnancy can also increase the risk for severe illnesses and even death in expectant mothers. The study, published Nov. 14 in Journal of the American Medical Association, ... Read more

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Try This Diet to Lower Your Risk of Heart Failure

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TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 – Your heart will thank you if you stick to a mostly plant-based diet, a new preliminary study suggests. Researchers evaluated five dietary patterns. They found that people who ate a plant-based diet most of the time had a 42 percent lower risk of developing heart failure over four years than those who ate fewer plant-based foods. "Eating a diet mostly of dark green leafy plants, fruits, beans, whole grains and fish, while limiting processed meats, saturated fats, trans fats, refined carbohydrates and foods high in added sugars is a heart-healthy lifestyle and may specifically help prevent heart failure if you don't already have it," said study first author Dr. Kyla Lara. She's an internal medicine resident at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Heart failure means the heart is unable to pump enough blood to maintain its workload. ... Read more

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