Obesity and Weight Loss News

Healthy Changes More Successful If Partner Involved

January 20th, 2015
New research finds that people are more likely to improve their health habits when their partner makes positive changes too. Researchers from University College London (UCL), the British Heart Foundation and the U.S. National Institute on Aging looked at how likely people were ...

Eczema Woes More Than Skin Deep

January 18th, 2015
A new study finds that eczema, a chronic itchy skin disease that often starts in childhood, wreaks havoc on patients’ lives. The study from Northwestern University discovered that adults suffering from eczema have higher rates of smoking, drinking and obesity and are less ...

Physical Inactivity more Dangerous than Obesity

January 16th, 2015
New research suggests that a lack of physical activity is twice as deadly as being obese. Scientists from the University of Cambridge discovered a brisk 20 minute walk each day could be enough to reduce an individual's risk of early death. Researchers studied ...

Smart Phone Fitness Apps Need to Support Behavioral Change

January 14th, 2015
A new study of mobile phone fitness applications finds that while most apps provide an opportunity for social networking and feedback, few incorporate behavioral change techniques (BCTs) such as active self-monitoring. Behavioral change techniques help users modify their physical activity. As presented in the ...

Clergy Face Occupational Health Challenges

January 13th, 2015
New research finds that more than one-third of American clergy members are obese. Moreover, priesthood is associated with stress, long work hours, and low compensation. Although the pastoral profession is often associated with a lack of self-care, a new study suggests the calling ...

Watching Television Associated with Unhealthy Behavior

January 9th, 2015
For many, the winter months and the holiday season are associated with increased hours in front of the television set and in many cases, the binge watching of TV shows, movies, or sports may lead to increased snacking. A recent University of ...

Healthy Habits Significantly Reduce Heart Disease in Young Women

January 7th, 2015
New research suggests healthy lifestyle practices can significantly lower the risk for heart attack among women. Investigators from Indiana University, the Harvard School of Public Health, and Brigham and Women's Hospital analyzed the diet and health habits of nearly 70,000 women nurses for ...

‘Healthy’ Obese Experience Health Declines

January 6th, 2015
Despite recent findings that some obese adults appear to maintain health, new research finds that for most, the idea of "healthy" obesity is a misleading concept. In a new study, researchers from the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London ...

Fast Food Serving Portions Remain Consistent

January 5th, 2015
Public health experts often comment that an important key to weight loss or even weight management is food portion control. Although it is generally accepted that serving portions are expanding in fast food restaurants, two new reports show little change in fast food ...

Obesity Not Always Linked with Poor Health

January 5th, 2015
Emerging research discovers that for some people, obesity is not associated with detrimental health consequences. In a small study, Washington University School of Medicine investigators found that a subset of obese people do not have common metabolic abnormalities associated with obesity. Obesity had traditionally ...