Obesity and Weight Loss News

Research Fails to Support Mindfulness as Weight Loss Technique

December 12th, 2014
A new review finds that there is little documented evidence that mindfulness leads to weight loss. Ohio State University researchers analyzed 19 studies that promoted the effectiveness of mindfulness-based programs for weight loss. Although 13 of the studies documented weight loss among participants ...

Dietary Ketosis Aids Memory in Mild Cognitive Impairment

December 8th, 2014
Recent findings suggest that a very low-carbohydrate diet may boost memory in older adults with mild cognitive impairment. Under fairly extreme low-carb conditions, the body starts to use compounds called ketones, made from the metabolism of fat or protein, as a source of ...

Obesity Can Shorten Life Up to 8 Years

December 8th, 2014
A new Canadian study finds that overweight and obese individuals may have their life expectancy shortened by up to eight years. Researchers from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, examined the relationship between body weight and life expectancy. Their study is published in the journal ...

Arterial Plaque Can Lead to Cognitive Impairment

November 27th, 2014
While it is well known that plaque buildup in the arteries can increase the risk of heart disease, new research discovers the condition can also compromise mental acuity. In a study of nearly 2,000 adults, researchers found that a buildup of plaque in ...

Antibiotics During Pregnancy or C-Section Can Hike Risk of Childhood Obesity

November 24th, 2014
A recent public health study found that children who were exposed to antibiotics in the second or third trimester of pregnancy had a higher risk of childhood obesity at age seven. Columbia University researchers also found evidence that suggests having a Caesarean section, ...

PreSchool Sleep Deficits Up Risk of Obesity

November 21st, 2014
A new study suggests the majority of preschoolers may not be getting the amount of sleep they need each night. Researchers believe the sleep deficits place the children at higher risk of being overweight or obese within a year. Investigators also suggest ...

Night Shift May Lead to Weight Problems

November 19th, 2014
New research discovers people who work the night shift are likely burning less energy during a 24-hour period than those on a normal schedule. The imbalance in caloric energy expenditure may increase night workers risk for weight gain and obesity. Researchers have known that ...

Many Obese People Don’t See Themselves That Way

November 16th, 2014
A majority of obese people in Britain do not describe themselves as obese, according to a new study. In fact, the Cancer Research UK study found that many obese people do not even describe themselves as “very overweight.” According to the study of 2,000 ...

Weight Loss Pills Counterproductive

November 14th, 2014
American culture is dominated by quick fixes -- or “have an app for that” mentality. Similarly, we have a belief that technology can cure all ills, even obesity. Experts note that the sale and use of weight loss pills and remedies ...

Emotional Awareness Key to Weight Control

November 12th, 2014
An emotional check-in may be just the answer for helping to lose weight during the holiday season. While the call to arms to reduce obesity has lead policymakers and health professionals to emphasize better food choices, portion control, and physical activity, these traditional ...