Obesity and Weight Loss News

More Features for Fitness Apps Not Necessarily Better

September 18th, 2014
Wearable electronic activity monitors hold promise in helping people to improve their fitness by constantly monitoring their activities and bodily responses. This information is organized into companion computer programs and mobile apps. But thus far, few studies have looked at whether fitness monitors actually ...

‘Fat Shaming’ Linked to Weight Gain, Not Weight Loss

September 14th, 2014
"Fat shaming" does not encourage weight loss in overweight adults; in fact, those who experience this type of discrimination tend to gain more weight, according to new research by University College London (UCL). In a four-year study of 2,944 UK adults, those who ...

Addicted to Eating But Not to Foods

September 10th, 2014
New research suggests people do not become addicted to donuts or sodas, but they can become addicted to eating for its own sake. UK researchers discovered the brain does not respond to nutrients in the same way as it does to addictive drugs ...

Weekly Health Text Could Improve Diet & Health

September 10th, 2014
Improved public knowledge of nutritional labeling and dietary recommendations can help people improve their food choices. A new study suggests people are often unaware that a 2,000 calorie-a-day diet is recommended by experts and that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's mandated nutrition ...

Short Breaks Counter Negative Effects of Sitting

September 9th, 2014
New research helps to ease the stress that sitting several hours a day can be detrimental to one’s health as a new study suggests even slow walks can reverse harm. Indiana University researchers found that three easy -- one could even say slow ...

Enlisting Social Networks in Fight Against Obesity

September 9th, 2014
New research from the UK finds that social networking programs designed to help people lose weight could play a role in the global fight against obesity. Researchers from Imperial College London combined the results of 12 previous studies to show that such programs ...

Train Brain to be Addicted to Healthy Foods

September 2nd, 2014
A new study using brain imaging suggests it may be possible to train the brain to prefer healthy low-calorie foods over unhealthy higher-calorie foods. As published online in the journal Nutrition & Diabetes, researchers from Tufts University and at Massachusetts General Hospital performed ...

Weight Loss Surgery for Obesity May Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s

August 30th, 2014
Weight loss surgery can actually benefit the brain, according to a new study. In fact, researchers theorize that bariatric surgery could help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s in obese people. Past research how shown that obese people face a 35 percent higher risk ...

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 ...