Obesity and Weight Loss News

Childhood Obesity Linked to Earlier Puberty, Health Problems

July 29th, 2014
New research from the UK identifies a link between obesity in childhood and the lowering of the age of puberty. In a new investigation, endocrinologists studied a protein called sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG). SHBG binds to the sex hormones androgen and estrogen ...

Best Practice for Weight Control Targets Preschoolers and Parents

July 28th, 2014
New research finds a key element in the treatment of overweight and obese preschoolers is parental involvement. Investigators discovered traditional approaches to overweight prevention and treatment focusing only on the child are outdated, with interventions targeting both parent and child more effective. The ...

Weight Management Program Also Reduces Depression

July 19th, 2014
A program aimed at helping obese women maintain their weight also significantly reduced depression in nearly half the women, according to a new study from Duke University. The study was conducted with 185 low-income black women between the ages of 25 and 44, ...

Stress, High-Fat Meal Slows Metabolism in Women

July 19th, 2014
Experiencing a stressful situation and then eating a high-fat meal the next day can slow down the body’s metabolism, potentially contributing to weight gain, according to a new study in women published in the journal Biological Psychiatry. “This means that, over time, stressors ...

Poor Sleep Lowers Activity Level of Those With PTSD

July 17th, 2014
A new study suggests that compromised sleep quality as a result of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can lead to a reduction in physical activity. Limited physical activity, in turn, is linked to negative health outcomes such as obesity. “We found that sleep quality was ...

Perception of Exercise as Fun Helps to Control Diet

July 10th, 2014
For some, the caloric benefit of a good workout is often negated by increased consumption of calories afterward. That bowl of ice cream or chips and dip becomes a reward for the treadmill grind. New research suggests a remedy: the way you perceive the ...

Sibling Effect on Obesity Stronger Than Parental Influence

July 9th, 2014
Noteworthy research discovers that in normal size families, a child’s risk of obesity is strongly influenced by siblings. Investigators discovered among two-child families that having an obese sibling was associated with more than double the obesity risk than if there was an obese ...

Healthy Lifestyle Can Add 10 years to Life Expectancy

July 9th, 2014
Simply put, "A healthy lifestyle can help you stay 10 years' younger," said Swiss researcher Eva Martin-Diener, M.Sc., M.P.H. While chronic conditions such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and arthritis are on the rise, these can be controlled by improving lifestyles. In ...

Weight Gain from Lack of Activity, Not Diet

July 8th, 2014
A new study discovers caloric intake has remained stable while physical activity has sharply declined over the last two decades. Investigators believe the loss of physical activity or increase in sedentary activity -- especially among young women -- may be responsible for the ...

Weight-Challenged Kids Familiar with Fast-Food Logos

June 30th, 2014
Marketing works, and the results can be detrimental to the health of young people. A new study discovers the more a child is familiar with logos and other images from fast-food restaurants, sodas, and not-so-healthy snack food brands, the more likely the child is to ...