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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November 1, 2014

Obesity May Affect Breast Cancer Treatment for Some

We know that obesity increases the risk of getting some types of cancers. But it isn’t just your chance of getting cancer that obesity can affect, there are other factors involved. For example, obesity may interfere with the effectiveness of a common drug that is used to fight breast cancer in post-menopausal women, accoridng to […]

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November 1, 2014

Could Bariatric Surgery Cure Food Addiction?

Have you heard of food addiction? It’s a topic that comes up in the news from time to time, with some people strongly supporting the concept that we can be addicted to food, and others believing that food cannot have the same attachment or need as a drug like cocaine. Is there such thing as […]

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October 20, 2014

New Weight Loss Drug: Contrave

For the third time in less than three years, the FDA has approved a new weight loss drug. Contrave, which is a combination of antidepressant and alcohol dependence medications, is intended to be used along with a low-calorie diet and exercise regimen. The drug is approved for use in obese adults or overweight adults (BMI […]

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October 15, 2014

Weight Loss after Bariatric Surgery Linked to Brain Benefits

Obesity can have a harmful effect on many important systems of the body, and research has suggested that it has a negative impact on the brain, as well. However, losing weight with bariatric surgery may lessen the harmful effects: According to a study published in in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, brain activity […]

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October 8, 2014

Metabolically Healthy Obesity?

Every so often we hear a story in the news about ‘healthy obesity,’ but what does that mean? On one hand, it is well-established that obesity is a primary risk factor in developing type 2 diabetes. However, there are some obese people who show none of the typical diabetes danger signs and seem to be healthy, despite […]

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October 2, 2014

Reduced Risk of Heart Disease with Gastric Bypass Surgery

Good news for obese people with type 2 diabetes: Gastric bypass surgery can help reduce the risk of heart disease, a new clinical trial shows. To compare the benefits of gastric bypass with lifestyle and medication modification, researchers recruited 38 obese patients (ages 21 through 65) who had at least one year of established diabetes, […]

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