Could programmed gut bacteria be the key to suppressing appetite? Scientists are working on creating gut bacteria that could act as an internal appetite suppressant. However, it may be a long time before it will be available for human use.
Study shows that a Los Angeles ban on fast food did little to combat obesity. However, small retail stores with quick, calorie heavy treats may have a greater effect on people’s food buying habits.
A recent study finds that oxytocin nasal spray may reduce food intake and insulin sensitivity. The study, which was conducted on a small group of men, had promising results.
Depression is linked to lower dietary quality and higher BMI. A new study suggests that mental health interventions may have broad benefits for residents living in food deserts and experiencing depression.
Children who are heavy television viewers are likely to carry the habit into adulthood. In addition, frequent viewers in childhood are more likely to report “fair” or “poor” health and to be overweight or obese as adults.
Obesity may raise women’s cancer risk by 40%. According to a British study, obese women have a one in four risk of developing weight-related cancers, such as cancers of the bowel, uterus, pancreas, and esophagus.
Consider holistic approaches to children’s nutrition for better overall health. The American Academy of Pediatrics says it is best to focus on a whole diet pattern, rather than focusing on reducing or eliminating specific nutrients like salt or sugar.
Food additives may have a link to obesity and digestive problems . Emulsifiers may affect alter gut bacteria, leading to intestinal inflammation and weight gain.
Food consumption habits around the world are worsening day by day. With increased advertising of junk food and little being done about this, countries are finding that their children are becoming stunted in height and more obese. Find out more here.
Currently, each obese child will cost $19,000 for a lifetime of medical costs. This is compared to the estimated cost of $12,900 for normal-weight children who gain weight in adulthood. The cost is yet another reason why reducing childhood obesity is a public health priority. Read more here.
Do you want to read about a specific community that came together to fight against the epidemic of childhood obesity? Click here to learn of the successes of this community and to be inspired to follow their lead to encourage health in your own community.
Despite commonly held belief that diet soda may be a healthier alternative, a recent study shows that diet soda intake is directly linked to an increase in abdominal obesity in adults 65 years and older. This may secondarily increase the risk of metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular diseases.
The Mediterranean diet strikes gold again. A new study found that women who ate a diet high in vegetables, fruits, whole grains and olive oil, and low in dairy products and meat, had longer telomeres. Telomeres, simply put, are biomarkers of aging. The Mediterranean diet can do no wrong!
Some health care providers have discovered a simple idea to deal with the complex problem of obesity... "prescribe" fruits and vegetables.
What is the Food and Drug Administration doing these days to combat obesity? It is requiring chain restaurants, movie theaters and pizza parlors across the country to post calorie counts on menus. You may want to start bringing your own popcorn to the movies!
Have major beverage manufacturers made any improvements in recent years in the products they develop and advertise to young children? Check out the latest report from the Rudd Center Sugary drink marketing to youth: some progress but much room to improve for a comprehensive look into how, if at all, the sugary drink nutrition and marketing landscape has changed.
Recent study suggests adverse metabolic effects with any increase in BMI among young adults within the non-obese weight range. However, modest weight loss was accompanied by multiple favorable changes in the systemic metabolite profile.
We all need our sleep – children and adults alike! One study correlates insufficient sleep and sleep-disordered breathing in children as risk factor for childhood obesity.