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Obesity May Not Compromise Knee Surgery Success

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FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 – Weight doesn't seem to affect whether a common type of knee surgery will be successful, a new study shows. About 15 percent of meniscal repair surgeries fail, researchers said. It's been widely believed that patients with a higher body mass index (BMI) are at increased risk for failure because more weight puts more pressure on the knee. BMI is an estimate of body fat based on height and weight. But this study of 410 patients who had meniscal repair surgery found no significant differences in failure rates between those with a normal BMI of less than 25 (considered normal weight) and those with a BMI of between 25 and 35 (up to 29.9 is overweight, and above 30 is obese). An adult who is 5 feet, 9 inches tall has a normal BMI if their weight is between 125 to 168 pounds, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If that same person weighs ... Read more

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Want Cheap and Healthy Meals? Cook at Home

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FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 – If you're eager to save money while eating right, stick close to your own kitchen, researchers say. "Frequent eating out was associated with lower diet quality, more 'empty calories' and higher diet costs" compared to home cooking, said study author Adam Drewnowski. The troublemakers for regular restaurant-goers are solid fats, calories, alcohol and added sugar, added Drewnowski, who directs the University of Washington's Center for Public Health Nutrition. The findings come from surveys of more than 400 Seattle-area residents. The healthier-at-home results shouldn't come as a surprise, said Lona Sandon, a Dallas nutritionist who wasn't involved in the study. "Preparing your food at home gives you control over what goes on your plate," said Sandon, an assistant professor of clinical nutrition at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. ... Read more

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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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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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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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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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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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'Pokemon Go' Players Add 2,000 Steps a Day

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WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 – People playing Pokemon Go on their smartphone receive an unintended dose of physical activity during their quest to capture virtual critters, a new study finds. Pokemon Go players were twice as likely to walk 10,000 steps a day than they were before taking up the game, researchers reported. Overweight or sedentary people appeared to benefit most from the game, in which players walk to various physical locations in the real world to catch virtual Pokemon they can "see" through their smartphone cameras, said lead researcher Hanzhang Xu. "For example, individuals with the lowest physical activity level at baseline walked nearly 3,000 additional steps per day after playing Pokemon Go," said Xu. She is a graduate student at Duke University School of Nursing in Durham, N.C. Similarly, overweight or obese players took around 3,000 extra steps daily, "almost double ... Read more

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Cholesterol's Impact on Heart Attack Risk May Change With Age

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WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 – Cholesterol's impact on heart attack may differ by age, new research suggests. The study found that younger heart attack patients are much more likely to have significantly low levels of HDL ("good") cholesterol, rather than high levels of LDL ("bad") cholesterol. The findings might help doctors pinpoint which of their younger patients are in need of cholesterol-lowering therapies, the researchers said. "We . . . want to look at prescribing patterns for statins in younger patients who are at increased risk for heart disease," said study lead author Bradley Collins, a fourth-year student at Harvard Medical School. "Ultimately, we would like to develop new tools for calculating heart attack risk that are more applicable to younger people," Collins said in a news release from the American College of Cardiology (ACC). Most people who get their cholesterol checked ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Weight Loss, Heart Attack, High Cholesterol, Myocardial Infarction, Hypertriglyceridemia, Hyperlipoproteinemia, Myocardial Infarction - Prophylaxis

Health Tip: Fruit and Veggies May Help Shed Pounds

Posted 17 days ago by

-- Ditching pasta or rice in favor of fruit and vegetables can help you shed pounds and feel healthier. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests: Extra fruit and veggies will help you feel full and satisfied, while cutting back on calories. Fruit and vegetables contain vitamins and minerals, fiber and other substances that are key to good health. Steam veggies, using low-cal dressings. Add herbs and spices for more flavor. Choose whole fruit over dried, which loses a lot of the original fiber. Make sure your dinner plate is a typical size, not larger than it should be. Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Weight Loss

Dining Out Can Doom a Diet

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TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 – Sticking to a diet is tough enough, but eating out with friends or family may up the odds of cheating by about 60 percent, a new study suggests. "When you're in a restaurant, you're probably more vulnerable than you think you are," said study author Lora Burke, a professor of nursing at University of Pittsburgh. "Whenever you're in a high-risk situation, you could easily eat beyond what you'd planned to," she added. More than 70 percent of American adults over age 20 are overweight or obese, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And an estimated 45 million Americans diet each year, according to Boston Medical Center's Nutrition and Weight Management Center. In the study, Burke and her colleagues estimated both the rate of diet temptations and the probability a lapse would follow based on dieters' location – such as home, a ... Read more

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Have Americans Given Up on Losing Weight?

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TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 – More Americans are overweight or obese, but many have given up on trying to lose those excess pounds, a new study shows. One in every three people in the United States is now obese, compared with one in five 20 years ago, researchers report. But people surveyed between 2009 and 2014 were 17 percent less likely overall to say they'd tried to lose weight during the previous year than those surveyed between 1988 and 1994, the study found. People who were overweight but not yet obese have experienced the greatest loss of interest in maintaining a healthy weight, said senior researcher Dr. Jian Zhang. "This is not good. We are missing the opportunity to stop overweight from becoming obesity," said Zhang, who is an associate professor of epidemiology with Georgia Southern University. Zhang and his colleagues analyzed data from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition ... Read more

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