Obesity induced insulin sensitivity can be improved

Obesity induced insulin sensitivity can be improved

In recent years, a growing body of evidence has linked inflammation to the development of insulin resistance.

In insulin resistance, the hormone insulin is less effective in promoting glucose uptake from the bloodstream into other tissues.

Obesity is a major factor that contributes to insulin resistance, which can eventually lead to type 2 diabetes.

Childhood obesity – who is to blame really for obesity in children

Childhood obesity – who is to blame really for obesity in children

Many argue about responsibility when it comes to children. Most people do not agree to share responsibility for what is happening to kids today.

How do you feel about it? Do you wonder what is wrong with our system?

While people argue and fight over who is to blame, who suffers? How long are you going to stand for it? How long can kids continue with what is happening”to” them? Who is to blame for childhood obesity?

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.

Dieting mothers increase obesity and diabetes risks in babies

Dieting mothers increase obesity and diabetes risks in babies

If you’re expecting, this might make you feel a little better about reaching for that pint of ice cream: New research published in the FASEB Journal suggests that twins, and babies of mothers who diet around the time of conception and in early pregnancy, may have an increased risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes throughout their lives.

This study provides exciting insights into how behavior can lead to epigenetic changes in offspring related to obesity and disease.

Gene in fat cells protects from type 2 diabetes

Gene in fat cells protects from type 2 diabetes

In a finding that may challenge popular notions of body fat and health, researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) have shown how fat cells can protect the body against diabetes.

The results may lead to a new therapeutic strategy for preventing and treating type 2 diabetes and obesity-related metabolic diseases, the authors say.

Most weight loss supplements are not effective

Most weight loss supplements are not effective

An Oregon State University researcher has reviewed the body of evidence around weight loss supplements and has bad news for those trying to find a magic pill to lose weight and keep it off – it doesn’t exist. Do you know whether your weight loss supplement is effective?

Melinda Manore reviewed the evidence surrounding hundreds of weight loss supplements, a $2.4 billion industry in the United States, and said no research evidence exists that any single product results in significant weight loss – and many have detrimental health benefits.