Obesity and Weight Loss News

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 ...

Childhood Obesity Linked to Earlier Puberty, Health Problems

July 29th, 2014
New research from the UK identifies a link between obesity in childhood and the lowering of the age of puberty. In a new investigation, endocrinologists studied a protein called sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG). SHBG binds to the sex hormones androgen and estrogen ...

Best Practice for Weight Control Targets Preschoolers and Parents

July 28th, 2014
New research finds a key element in the treatment of overweight and obese preschoolers is parental involvement. Investigators discovered traditional approaches to overweight prevention and treatment focusing only on the child are outdated, with interventions targeting both parent and child more effective. The ...

Weight Management Program Also Reduces Depression

July 19th, 2014
A program aimed at helping obese women maintain their weight also significantly reduced depression in nearly half the women, according to a new study from Duke University. The study was conducted with 185 low-income black women between the ages of 25 and 44, ...

Stress, High-Fat Meal Slows Metabolism in Women

July 19th, 2014
Experiencing a stressful situation and then eating a high-fat meal the next day can slow down the body’s metabolism, potentially contributing to weight gain, according to a new study in women published in the journal Biological Psychiatry. “This means that, over time, stressors ...

Poor Sleep Lowers Activity Level of Those With PTSD

July 17th, 2014
A new study suggests that compromised sleep quality as a result of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can lead to a reduction in physical activity. Limited physical activity, in turn, is linked to negative health outcomes such as obesity. “We found that sleep quality was ...

Perception of Exercise as Fun Helps to Control Diet

July 10th, 2014
For some, the caloric benefit of a good workout is often negated by increased consumption of calories afterward. That bowl of ice cream or chips and dip becomes a reward for the treadmill grind. New research suggests a remedy: the way you perceive the ...

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 ...