Obesity and Weight Loss News

Focusing on Target Ahead Makes Exercise Seem Easier

October 18th, 2014
During your next walk, try focusing on a specific target ahead -- that can make the distance appear shorter and help you get there faster, according to psychology researchers at New York University. Their study, which compares the "target-focusing" technique to naturally looking ...

Breakfast Boosts Dopamine, Helps Regulate Overeating and Cravings

October 18th, 2014
A new study has found that eating breakfast, especially foods rich in protein, increases the levels of a brain chemical associated with feelings of reward, which can help reduce food cravings and overeating later in the day. “Our research showed that people experience ...

Circadian Rhythms of Gut Microbes Tied to Obesity

October 17th, 2014
A new study suggests that messing with the biorhythms of our gut bacteria can cause obesity. Researchers studied gut microbes in mice and humans and discovered the bacteria have circadian rhythms controlled by the biological clock of the host in which they live. Investigators ...

Increased Health Risks Linked to First Psychotic Episode

October 12th, 2014
New research has found that many patients experiencing their first psychotic episode have other health risks that could lead to premature death. The study found that increased risks of heart disease and metabolic issues, such as high blood sugar, in people with first episode ...

Food Deserts Hinder Even Motivated Dieters

October 8th, 2014
Researchers discover that much like real estate, where location matters, the need to have healthy food a short distance away makes a difference in staying on a diet and losing weight. University of Massachusetts Medical School and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health ...

Grandparents Can Sway Parents’ Decision for More Kids

October 6th, 2014
A new European study discovers grandparents play a significant role in both a parent's decision to have additional children and the well-being of the grandchildren. As discussed in his doctoral dissertation, Antti O. Tanskanen, Ph.D., determined grandparents' assistance with child care and emotional ...

Family Meals Can Protect Against Obesity

October 6th, 2014
The quest to protect teens from obesity may be a simple as ensuring they sit down with the family for several meals a week. Public health experts say that over a third of all adult Americans are obese. According to the Centers for ...

The Larger Your Dining Companions, the Larger Your Appetite

October 5th, 2014
A new study has found a link between a person’s appetite and the size of their dining companions or people around them. The larger those companions, the larger the appetite and the more apt people are to make unhealthy food choices, according to ...

Self-Compassion Trumps Self-Esteem for Body Image

September 30th, 2014
Researchers have discovered that self-compassion can protect girls and young women from unhealthy weight-control practices and eating disorders. University of Waterloo investigators discovered women who accept and tolerate their imperfections appear to have a more positive body image despite their body mass index ...

Lifelong Cycle Seen of Obesity, Poverty in Women

September 28th, 2014
Teen girls from poor families are at greater risk than boys for becoming overweight or obese, and, in turn, adult obesity results in further socioeconomic difficulties, suggesting a lifelong cycle, according to a new study from the University of Texas at Austin. The ...