Obesity and Weight Loss News

Pediatricians: Teens Need to Sleep In

August 30th, 2014
In a new policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that middle and high school classes begin no earlier than 8:30 a.m. This later start time would allow teenagers to work with their body’s natural sleep rhythms. Beginning at puberty, teens’ ...

Soda Tax May Be Best Bet for Reducing Obesity in Kids

August 28th, 2014
Despite public health warnings and medical concerns, childhood obesity in the U.S. remains high. A new study suggests a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) such as sodas, energy drinks, sweet teas, and sports drinks would reduce obesity in adolescents more than other policies. Researchers ...

Owning a Dog Can Help You Lose Weight

August 27th, 2014
Researchers from the University of Liverpool recommend investing in dog owner education and facilities as a strategy to target physical inactivity and problems such as obesity in both people and their pets. In a new study, investigators reviewed scientific papers published since 1990 ...

Ethnic Stereotypes Can Undermine Healthy Weight

August 26th, 2014
Maintaining an appropriate body weight can be difficult for many Americans. A new study suggests it can be more difficult among minority groups because of negative stereotypes. Dr. Luis Rivera, an experimental social psychologist at Rutgers University-Newark, believes stereotyping can prevent people from ...

Sleepy Teens at Greater Risk for Obesity

August 24th, 2014
Sixteen-year olds who typically sleep less than six hours per night are at 20 percent greater risk of becoming obese by age 21, compared to teens who sleep more than eight hours, according to a new study by researchers at the Mailman ...

Physically Fit Kids Have More Compact Brain White Matter

August 20th, 2014
A new study shows that nine and 10-year-old kids who are more aerobically fit have more fibrous and compact white-matter tracts in their brains than kids who are less fit. According to researchers, white matter describes the bundles of axons that carry nerve ...

Gut Bacteria May Influence Cravings, Moods

August 18th, 2014
The bacteria found in our digestive tracts may be affecting both our cravings and moods, and may even push us toward obesity, according to a new analysis published in the journal BioEssays. Based on a review of recent scientific literature, researchers from University ...

Wanted: Just the Right Amount of Exercise

August 14th, 2014
More than half of all American fail to obtain the minimum recommended amount of physical activity (>150 minutes/week of moderate exercise), a factor that increases risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Emerging research, however, warns that individuals can overdo exercise increasing the ...

Balancing Proportion of Food ‘Vices’ May Be Key to Right Diet

August 13th, 2014
New research finds that it may be OK to eat unhealthy food even when trying to lose or maintain weight. The key is keeping the "bad" food at the right level. Vanderbilt University researchers call the strategy a balance of “vice-virtue bundles” combining ...

Work Stress Can Hike Diabetes Risk by Nearly Half

August 11th, 2014
Experts say that now more than ever before, job stress poses a threat to the health of workers. Although work-related stress has been known to increase risk of cardiovascular disease, the far-reaching effects of stress are still being uncovered as a new population-based ...