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.

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.

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.

More obese in US and UK by 2030

More obese in US and UK by 2030

The rising prevalence of obesity around the globe places an increasing burden on the health of populations, on healthcare systems and on overall economies.

A major challenge for researchers is to quantify the effect of these burdens to inform public policies.