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Obese kids: Not all hope is lost

For many young children who are obese, the future might not be as grim as previously thought, a University of Michigan study suggests. Source: Medical Xpress Read More

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Obesity may also impact flu transmission, not just severity of illness

Obesity increases a person’s risk for severe complications from influenza, including hospitalization and even death. It may also play a role in how flu spreads, according to a new study. The findings suggest that obese adults infected with flu shed the virus for a longer time than adults who are not obese, potentially increasing the […]

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How can you avoid regaining those lost kilos?

In a new study, we, together with scientists from Hvidovre Hospital in Denmark, explored the factors behind successful weight loss maintenance. Source: Medical Xpress Read More

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Measure of belly fat in older adults is linked with cognitive impairment

Data from over 5,000 adults over the age of 60 indicates that as waist:hip ratio increases, so does cognitive impairment. The findings have significant implications as the global prevalence of dementia is predicted to increase from 24.3 million in 2001 to 81.1 million by 2040. Source: Science Daily Read More

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Weight Loss Surgery Lowers Risk of Some Cancers

Results of a study published in the British Journal of Surgery (BJS) suggest weight loss surgery – gastric bypass, gastric banding, or sleeve gastrectomy, for example – can affect cancer risk. Source: Health Central Read More

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Mindset during meal planning changes food choices and brain responses to food

A simple instruction to change your thinking as mealtime approaches can help cut calories, according to new research. By encouraging study participants to concentrate on different types of information when planning their meal, the experimenters saw portion sizes shift. Adopting a health-focused mindset produced better outcomes than focusing on pleasure or the desire to fill […]

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Atrial fibrillation: Weight loss reverses heart condition in obesity sufferers

Australian research shows for the first time that obese people who are suffering from atrial fibrillation can reduce or reverse the effects of the condition by losing weight. Source:Science Daily Read More

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When it comes to weight loss in overweight and obese adults with knee osteoarthritis, more is better

Overweight and obese individuals with knee osteoarthritis can reduce pain and significantly improve function and mobility with weight loss. New research reveals that a 20% or more weight loss has the added benefit of continued improvement in physical health-related quality of life along with an additional 25% reduction in pain and improvement in function. Source:Science […]

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Exercise mitigates genetic effects of obesity later in life

A new study suggests, for the first time in women over age 70, that working up a sweat can reduce the influence one’s genes have on obesity. Source:Science Daily Read More

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Lonely and prolonged struggle for people with severe obesity

The majority of people with severe obesity have a lonely and prolonged struggle with their weight. In one study spanning more than 10 years, 83 percent report that they constantly strive to lose weight or prevent weight gain. Source:Science Daily Read More

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