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May 7, 2015

Can You See Me Now? Visible Food

In general, people spend a lot of their time in their homes, which is why researchers from Ohio State University decided to look at how food storage and availability in the home is associated with obesity. The study included 50 obese individuals and 50 non-obese individuals. The findings showed that the obese participants kept more […]

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May 2, 2015

Body Weight & Gut Microbes

We know genetics has some kind of a role in weight, but how does that work? It seems our genetic makeup can influence whether we are overweight or slim, by shaping which types of microbes thrive in our body, according to a study. Scientists identified a specific, little known bacterial family that is highly heritable and […]

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April 28, 2015

Weight Loss Surgery Reduces Risk of Death

To those who work with weight loss surgery patients every day, it is clear that these procedures improve the quality of life and health. Additionally, a long-term study following 2500 weight loss surgery patients found that having surgery reduces the risk of death years later. While weight loss surgery is generally considered the best treatment option […]

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April 22, 2015

How Effective is Self-Directed Weight Loss?

Many people mistakenly belief that losing a large amount of weight is easy – they often say “just eat less and move more.” While it is likely realistic, although challenging, to lose 10 or 20 pounds that way, how much success can we expect for people who want to lose more substantial weight without professional help? […]

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April 17, 2015

Diet and Exercise Changes are Not Enough

People who are obese know that long-term weight loss doesn’t come easy. Yet, often they are prescribed to simply make diet and exercise changes to treat their excess weight. Research has shown that obesity is much more complex than simply a matter of overeating and not moving enough—there are biological factors at work.  In an […]

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March 4, 2015

Bariatric Surgery May Reduce Risk of Developing Diabetes

Obese people who undergo weight loss surgery are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes, with an 80% decrease in risk reported in a recent study. During up to seven years of follow-up, 38 cases of diabetes were diagnosed in the weight loss surgery group and 177 among controls, which represented about 4% of the […]

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March 3, 2015

Effects of High Protein on Metabolism Not Permanent

High protein diets, such as Atkins or Ideal Protein Diet, are popular among dieters and muscle-builders, and research has suggested that the increased protein promotes fullness, and boosts metabolism. But at this year’s Obesity Week, a new study showed that while a high-protein diet is tied to a higher metabolism, including 45 percent more storage […]

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February 28, 2015

Obesity in the Young

As the prevalence of childhood obesity has increased, more and more children and teens are at risk for early cardiovascular problems and metabolic dysfunction.  At a recent forum of the American Academy of Pediatrics Institute for Healthy Childhood, new research showed that there are metabolic measures that can be used in children and adolescents to […]

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February 2, 2015

Oncologists Call for Measures to Curb Obesity-Related Cancers

Research has pinpointed obesity as a significant risk factor for several types of cancer. And not only does carrying extra weight increase your risks of these cancer, some studies have even shown that being overweight can interfere with certain cancer treatments, making them less effective. The link between obesity and cancer is undeniably of critical […]

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January 25, 2015

Risks of Bypass Comparable to Other Common Procedures

While once considered a high risk procedure, laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery in patients with type 2 diabetes is now no riskier than some of the safest and most commonly performed surgeries in America–including appendectomy, gallbladder surgery, and total knee replacement, according to a new study. Researchers from the Cleveland Clinic Bariatric and Metabolic Institute reported […]

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