Obesity and Weight Loss News

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 ...

Accurate Self-Perception Vital for Healthy Weight in Teens

August 9th, 2014
Kids who recognize they are overweight are more likely to attempt weight loss, according to a new study by the University of Massachusetts Medical School. But many are likely to underestimate their weight problem, say the researchers. The findings, published in the journal ...

Weight Loss Does Not Mean Happiness

August 8th, 2014
New research from the UK finds that while weight loss was associated with improved health, the mental benefits, if any, were fleeting. Researchers followed 1,979 overweight and obese adults in the UK and found that people who lost five percent or more of ...

Timing Important for Enjoying Accomplishments

July 30th, 2014
New research suggests that when we accomplish a goal too early in the process, we may not be as happy as we would be if the goal was achieved during an expected interval. The typical progression is: set goal, work to ...