Group based weight loss treatment is effective

Group based weight loss treatment is effective

A new US study conducted at Baruch College and published in Obesity found that overweight and obese adults who participated in three different weight loss treatments, all involving intensive, multi-component counseling delivered in groups, lost significant weight after 48 weeks whether the treatment was led by a health professional or by someone who had previous

Mental health boost in overweight teens from small amounts of exercise

Mental health boost in overweight teens from small amounts of exercise

Being obese at any age is commonly associated with a litany of health issues, ranging from diabetes and chronic fatigue to heart complications. Overweight adolescents are also at an increased risk of body dissatisfaction, social alienation and low self esteem, which is why Dr. Gary Goldfield, registered psychologist, clinical researcher at the Children’s Hospital of

BPA in children and teens linked to obesity

BPA in children and teens linked to obesity

Children and adolescents having higher concentrations of urinary bisphenol A (BPA), a manufactured chemical found in consumer products, significantly increases odds of being obese. Leonardo Trasande, M.D., M.P.P., of the NYU School of Medicine, New York City, conducted a study on a sample of nearly 3,000 children and adolescents. In the U.S. population, exposure [to

Possibility of treating obesity with vaccination

Possibility of treating obesity with vaccination

New vaccines promote weight loss. A new study, published in Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology, assesses the effectiveness of two somatostatin vaccinations, JH17 and JH18, in reducing weight gain and increasing weight loss in mice.

Obesity and obesity-related disease is a growing health issue worldwide. Somatostatin, a peptide hormone, inhibits the action of growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1), both of which increase metabolism and result in weight loss.

AchieveTogether – Successful dieters helping online

AchieveTogether – Successful dieters helping online

A Web-based program featuring successful strategies of others who have lost weight may be an effective strategy for weight loss, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers.

Researchers created a website called AchieveTogether and evaluated the weight-loss success of users. They compared users with a group of people attempting to lose weight on their own, and then allowed that second group access to the site 12 weeks later.

Childhood obesity increases likelihood of idiopathic intracranial hypertension

Childhood obesity increases likelihood of idiopathic intracranial hypertension

Children who are overweight or obese — particularly older, non-Hispanic white girls — are more likely to have a neurological disorder known as idiopathic intracranial hypertension, a rare condition that can result in blindness, according to a new Kaiser Permanente study published in The Journal of Pediatrics.

In a cross-sectional, population-based study of 900,000 children ages 2-19 years old, researchers found 78 cases of pediatric idiopathic intracranial hypertension.

Excess weight during pregnancy may have health implications for offspring

Excess weight during pregnancy may have health implications for offspring

That overweight during pregnancy can lead to overweight children and adolescents has been known for some time, but new research at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and in the US indicates that excess weight before and during pregnancy can have long-lasting health consequences for the offspring of such mothers even later in life.

Investigators at the Hebrew University-Hadassah Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine and the Departments of Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of Washington, Seattle, have found a direct correlation between this maternal overweight and higher tendencies in their adult children towards overweight and other life-risking factors, such as high blood pressure and excess sugar and fat levels in the blood.

20% fat tax on unhealthy food & drinks and subsidies on healthy foods

20% fat tax on unhealthy food & drinks and subsidies on healthy foods

As an increasing number of countries introduce taxes on unhealthy food and drinks, Oliver Mytton and colleagues at the University of Oxford examine the evidence on the health effects of food taxes.

Taxes on unhealthy food and drinks would need to be at least 20% to have a significant effect on diet-related conditions such as obesity and heart disease. Ideally, this should be combined with subsidies on healthy foods such as fruit and vegetables.

Caloric moderation can reverse link between low birth weight and obesity

Caloric moderation can reverse link between low birth weight and obesity

Babies who are born small have a tendency to put on weight during childhood and adolescence if allowed free access to calories. However, a new animal model study at UCLA found when small babies were placed on a diet of moderately regulated calories during infancy, the propensity of becoming obese decreased.

Because this is an early study, UCLA researchers do not recommend that mothers of low-birth weight infants start restricting their child’s nutrition and suggest they consult with their child’s pediatrician regarding any feeding questions.

Obesity epidemic in America underestimated

Obesity epidemic in America underestimated

The scope of the obesity epidemic in the United States has been greatly underestimated, according to a study published Apr. 2 in the journal PLoS ONE.

Researchers found that the Body Mass Index (BMI) substantially under-diagnoses obesity when compared to the Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DXA) scan, a direct simultaneous measure of body fat, muscle mass, and bone density.