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Body Weight and the Brain’s Response to Exercise

March 3, 2014

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Do you thrive on exercise? Do you hate it? It turns out that the brain responds differently to exercise in lean versus overweight women, according to a new study. It was previously discovered that many overweight people’s brains operate differently than the brains of leaner people when they look at images related to eating. Now, […]

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Rosie O’Donnell has Weight Loss Surgery

February 16, 2014

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Rosie O’Donnell shared some news on Friday: she had weight loss surgery after surviving a serious heart attack. O’Donnell has dropped 40 pounds since undergoing a procedure known as the gastric sleeve (also called vertical sleeve gastrectomy or just “sleeve”). This is the same procedure that comedian Lisa Lampanelli underwent last year. Losing 40 pounds […]

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Breakfast High in Protein Helps Curb Appetite

December 2, 2013

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Eating breakfast has been linked to many health benefits–including weight control and improved mental performance—but with so many options available, health-conscious breakfast-eaters may question what to put on their plates. New data presented at Obesity Week 2013, says that protein is key. The study from the University of Missouri highlighted the importance of eating a […]

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Type I Diabetes Risk Influenced by Gluten?

December 2, 2013

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The human microbiome is the population of more than 100 trillion microorganisms that live in our gut, mouth, skin and elsewhere in our bodies. These microbial communities have numerous beneficial functions relevant to supporting life. They are needed to digest food, to prevent disease-causing bacteria from invading the body, and to synthesize essential nutrients and […]

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Buffet Behavior in Lean vs Overweight People

November 16, 2013

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At Obesity Week in Atlanta, GA, Brian Wansink, PhD, a Professor at Cornell University, gave a fascinating keynote lecture on eating behavior entitled, “Slim by Design: From Mindless Eating to Mindlessly Eating Better”. Dr Wansink’s research focuses on how micro-environments influence what and how much people eat and how much they enjoy it. Wansink conducted […]

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Too Much or Too Little Sleep, Problems with Both

October 24, 2013

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How many hours do you sleep a day? Study after study has shown the health problems associated with a lack of sleep, but too much sleep can be a problem too. Both getting too little sleep and too much sleep have been linked with chronic diseases, including diabetes, obesity and coronary heart disease in adults […]

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Snacking on Walnuts May Provide Benefit

October 18, 2013

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Although some people avoid them because of their reputation for being high in fat, nuts can be a great snack food in moderation. In particular – raw tree nuts such as almonds, cashews and walnuts, which have been linked to lower cholesterol, better heart health, weight control, and even a lower cancer risk. They are […]

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Video Games and Facebook – Looking at Weight

October 1, 2013

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Technology like Facebook and video games are such a big part of many people’s lives today. Although they’re often blamed for lack of activity, could these types of technologies be used for positive health chances? With the right focus and structure, there likely can be benefits. Could parents of overweight teens see positive results from […]

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Can We See Trend Towards Obesity at 2 Months Old?

August 27, 2013

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Growth patterns in infants as young as 2 months old can predict body weight at age five, a  study suggests. Normal-weight babies with a body mass index (BMI) in the 17 percentile were found to have plateaued at around two months and rarely differed over the next five years. Overweight or obese babies crossed the […]

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CMS May Drop Center of Excellence Requirement

August 21, 2013

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Currently, Medicare patients who have bariatric surgery must have the surgery at a certified Center of Excellence (COE) facility. However, CMS has proposed eliminating the requirement, stating that there isn’t sufficient evidence that the requirement has provided improved outcomes.  The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)’s COE designation was created to recognize surgeons and […]

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