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.

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.