Obesity and Weight Loss News

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 ...

For Many Women, Social Support Vital to Weight Loss

November 8th, 2014
For many women, social support and accountability are essential to successful weight loss and management, according to a new study by the University of Illinois. For the study, 23 women participated in a weight loss program that reduced their food consumption by 500 ...

Mice Study Suggests Exposure to Smoke Can Lead to Weight Gain

November 5th, 2014
While many people smoke as a means to control their weight, provoking new research suggests the effects of smoking can actually cause weight gain. The finding comes with a caveat as the potential to gain weight comes from exposure to secondhand smoke. “For people ...

Walking Workstations Can Improve Mental & Physical Health

October 30th, 2014
Going to work is often associated with high stress and low physical activity. For many, work is characterized by long hours of sitting, which is linked to poor health. Emerging research has shown that sitting is very bad for our mental health, increases ...

Marital Strife + Depression = Increased Obesity Risk

October 23rd, 2014
Researchers believe a combination of marital hostility and a history of depression increase the risk for obesity in adults. The provocative new research suggests social factors play a role in the way the body processes high-fat food. Investigators discovered that men and women with ...

Focusing on Target Ahead Makes Exercise Seem Easier

October 18th, 2014
During your next walk, try focusing on a specific target ahead -- that can make the distance appear shorter and help you get there faster, according to psychology researchers at New York University. Their study, which compares the "target-focusing" technique to naturally looking ...

Breakfast Boosts Dopamine, Helps Regulate Overeating and Cravings

October 18th, 2014
A new study has found that eating breakfast, especially foods rich in protein, increases the levels of a brain chemical associated with feelings of reward, which can help reduce food cravings and overeating later in the day. “Our research showed that people experience ...

Circadian Rhythms of Gut Microbes Tied to Obesity

October 17th, 2014
A new study suggests that messing with the biorhythms of our gut bacteria can cause obesity. Researchers studied gut microbes in mice and humans and discovered the bacteria have circadian rhythms controlled by the biological clock of the host in which they live. Investigators ...

Increased Health Risks Linked to First Psychotic Episode

October 12th, 2014
New research has found that many patients experiencing their first psychotic episode have other health risks that could lead to premature death. The study found that increased risks of heart disease and metabolic issues, such as high blood sugar, in people with first episode ...

Food Deserts Hinder Even Motivated Dieters

October 8th, 2014
Researchers discover that much like real estate, where location matters, the need to have healthy food a short distance away makes a difference in staying on a diet and losing weight. University of Massachusetts Medical School and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health ...