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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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January 22, 2015

Obesity Blamed for 12,000 Cancer Cases Annually in UK

Most of us are aware that carrying excess weight can have serious consequences, such as increasing our risk of type 2 diabetes or heart disease. However, it is not as widely known that being overweight or obese has also been shown to increase the risk of several cancers. Now, the largest study of its kind […]

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December 17, 2014

65% of American Adults Recommended for Weight Loss Treatment

Sixty-five percent of American adults are recommended for behavioral weight loss treatment, according to a new study presented at Obesity Week 2014, the annual meeting of The Obesity Society. Researchers used data from the 2007–2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey to estimate the proportion of adults in the United States for whom weight loss […]

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November 17, 2014

Distraction Techniques Reduce Food Cravings

New research reinforces the idea that distraction techniques may reduce food cravings, leading to improved weight loss.  Presented at this year’s Obesity Week, two studies showed that cognitive strategies for turning attention away from food cravings help people turn off the desire to indulge–at least briefly. The first study used functional MRI (fMRI) to look […]

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November 11, 2014

Study Points to Low-Carb as Best Choice – or Does It?

For losing weight and lowering heart disease risk, a low-carbohydrate diet may work better than low-fat, a new study found. In this study, people on a low-carb diet reduced certain risk factors for cardiovascular disease and lost nearly three times as much weight as those on a low-fat diet. The people in the low-carb group were […]

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November 4, 2014

Visceral Fat and Hypertension

When we talk about obesity, we often speak of it in terms of body mass index – or BMI – which is a measure of “body fatness” that is calculated using height and weight. BMI is inexpensive to obtain and relatively simple to use, so it’s easy to see why it has become our main […]

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