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Health Tip: Most Americans are Overweight

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-- More than 70 percent of Americans are overweight or obese, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. About 38 percent of those people are considered obese, the agency says. Obesity raises a person's risk for health problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and certain cancers. Obesity is commonly measured by calculating body mass index (BMI), which factors a person's ...

Need to Lose Weight? Team Up With Friends

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MONDAY, Aug. 13, 2018 – Researchers have found that having friends who gain weight – especially friends of the same gender – raises your chance of becoming overweight by more than 50 percent. That's far more than if your spouse gains weight. But they've also found that the same type of social influence can help you lose weight. In fact, sharing a fitness goal through your social network can ...

Can Eating Crickets Boost Your Health?

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MONDAY, Aug. 13, 2018 – Jiminy Cricket! New research suggests that saving room on your plate for some crunchy, chirpy protein might be good for your health. Specifically, eating crickets may help improve the natural bacteria in your gut (microbiome) and reduce inflammation in your body. In a small pilot trial, the study team gave 20 volunteers a bugs-for-breakfast diet for two weeks. But, they ...

Here's What Makes Seniors Feel and Act Younger

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FRIDAY, Aug. 10, 2018 – A pair of new studies points towards two potential paths to the fountain of youth. When older adults feel more control of their lives and get more exercise, they feel younger – and that improves their thinking, overall quality of life and longevity, the studies say. One study included 116 older adults (ages 60 to 90) and 106 younger adults (ages 18 to 36). For nine days, ...

Working Out After Baby

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FRIDAY, Aug. 10, 2018 – Losing weight about 6 months after giving birth lowers a woman's risk of being overweight in the future. The best strategy to get back to pre-baby weight is a combination of diet and exercise, rather than diet alone. That's because exercise boosts heart health and helps preserve muscle when you're limiting calorie intake. It also takes more calories to maintain muscle ...

American Heart Association Turns Dietary Advice on Its Head

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FRIDAY, Aug. 10, 2018 – Eating a wide variety of foods might not be good for you after all, according to a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association (AHA). "Eating a more diverse diet might be associated with eating a greater variety of both healthy and unhealthy foods. Combined, such an eating pattern may lead to increased food consumption and obesity," statement author ...

Improve Diet Quality to Boost Weight Loss

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THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 – Eating fewer calories is essential when you want to lose weight, but there's growing evidence that the quality of those calories matters, too. Eating high-quality foods not only boosts weight loss, but also reduces your risk for chronic diseases. High-quality foods are fresh or minimally processed. Think vegetables and fruits, whole grains, plant-based fats and healthy ...

AHA: Obesity May Increase Risk for Peripheral Artery Disease

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THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 (American Heart Association) – People with obesity are known to be at increased risk for coronary heart disease, the most common type of heart disease. Now, a new study shows obesity may also increase the chance of developing peripheral artery disease. Coronary artery disease develops when the arteries that supply blood to the heart become stiff and narrow. Peripheral ...

To Combat Childhood Obesity, Start at Birth, or Even Before

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TUESDAY, Aug. 7, 2018 – Efforts to prevent childhood obesity probably should begin at birth to have any hope of success, according to new results from a pair of clinical trials. First-time moms taught good nutrition strategies during their baby's first year wound up with 3-year-olds who were less likely to be overweight or obese, a Pennsylvania-based clinical trial discovered. But a Nashville ...

Too Much Screen Time May Pile on the Pounds

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MONDAY, Aug. 6, 2018 – Kids are spending more time than ever in front of screens, making it more likely they'll become overweight or obese, a new review claims. The average 8- to 18-year-old spends more than seven hours a day fixated on a screen, whether it's a computer, smartphone, tablet, video game or TV, the latest evidence shows. Teenagers who exceed two hours daily of recreational screen ...

How Much Daily Exercise Do You Really Need?

Posted 12 days ago by

THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 – Hopefully, you enjoy exercising and don't watch the clock, impatient for it to be over. But it's important to know how much exercise you're getting so you can reap all its health rewards. Between the ages of 18 and 64, barring any medical restrictions, the weekly goal is at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity cardio (aerobic) exercise, or 75 minutes if the activity ...

Steer Clear of Obese Friends With the Flu

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THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 – Excess weight boosts the odds of flu complications, but that's not all. Obese adults are contagious for much longer than their slim peers, researchers report. It's known that obesity increases a person's risk of hospitalization and death from flu, but these findings suggest extreme weight may also play a role in how the flu spreads. "This is the first real evidence that ...

How to Get Your Kids to Eat Better

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THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 – If you want to keep your kids at a healthy weight, show them, don't tell them. That's the advice of one expert who says simple and easy steps are better than direct discussions about weight and health. "Food is powerful. It has the potential to heal and to cause sickness," said dietitian Kara Shifler Bowers, a project manager the Penn State PRO Wellness Center. "Don't ...

Quick Fixes: 3 Ways to Combat Food Cravings

Posted 13 days ago by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 – If you think your inability to control food cravings is all in your head, you're right. Losing weight is about more than cutting calories – you also have to resist food urges. And while behavior modification is a successful long-term tool, sometimes you need a quick fix. If everyone craved broccoli, there wouldn't be a problem. But the most common cravings are for ...

Obesity Could Set Stage for Heart Issues in Pregnancy

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 – Young pregnant women who are obese may face a higher risk of changes in heart structure and function, a small new study suggests. The changes seen might lead to a pregnancy complication known as preeclampsia, according to the researchers. This disorder is a dangerous form of high blood pressure that can develop during the second half of pregnancy. Preeclampsia can put ...

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