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Can You See Me Now? Visible Food

May 7, 2015

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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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Body Weight & Gut Microbes

May 2, 2015

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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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Weight Loss Surgery Reduces Risk of Death

April 28, 2015

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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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How Effective is Self-Directed Weight Loss?

April 22, 2015

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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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Bariatric Surgery May Reduce Risk of Developing Diabetes

March 4, 2015

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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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Obesity in the Young

February 28, 2015

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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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Oncologists Call for Measures to Curb Obesity-Related Cancers

February 2, 2015

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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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Risks of Bypass Comparable to Other Common Procedures

January 25, 2015

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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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Distraction Techniques Reduce Food Cravings

November 17, 2014

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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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Obesity May Affect Breast Cancer Treatment for Some

November 1, 2014

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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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