Obesity and Weight Loss News

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 ...

New App Helps People Get Up, Stand Up for Fitness

June 30th, 2014
A new smartphone-based intervention may produce short-term reductions in sedentary behavior that can help to improve health. Researchers from Miriam Hospital, affiliated with the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, developed a smartphone-based intervention, or smartphone app, to reduce the amount of time obese ...

Substantial Weight Loss = Better Mood, Improved Sleep

June 27th, 2014
New research has documented that when obese adults lose at least fives percent of their body weight they sleep better and longer. In addition, the study found that weight loss at six months improved sleep quality, as well as mood, regardless of how ...

Premature Births Linked to Obesity Before Pregnancy

June 26th, 2014
A new Stanford Medical school study finds that women who were obese before they became pregnant have an increased risk of delivering a very premature baby. The study of nearly one million California births provides important clues as to what triggers extremely preterm ...

More Fruits and Veggies May Not Be Best Way to Lose Weight

June 26th, 2014
A new study suggests simply eating more fruits and vegetables will not aid in losing weight. University of Alabama-Birmingham researchers say that while it is a commonly recommended weight-loss tactic to increase the feeling of being full by consuming more fruits and vegetables, increased ...

Antidepressants While Pregnant Tied to Child’s Obesity, Diabetes

June 22nd, 2014
A new study has found a correlation between the use of a popular antidepressant during pregnancy and an increased risk of obesity and Type II diabetes in children. "Obesity and Type II diabetes in children is on the rise and there is the ...

Focusing on Families To Tackle Childhood Obesity

June 16th, 2014
Childhood obesity is a widespread problem in the U.S. And while research-proven behavioral treatments for obesity exist, they rely on regular one-on-one meetings with a trained health coach, making them beyond the reach of many families. Now, researchers from Seattle-based Group Health Cooperative have found it ...