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Confusion About Calories Is Nothing New

Confusion About Calories Is Nothing New
While enjoying a Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family, most try to avoid thinking about the seemingly unending number of Calories they're consuming.

It probably never crosses their minds, however, to think about why food is measured in Calories.

James L. Hargrove, associate professor of foods and nutrition in the University of Georgia's College of Family and Consumer Sciences, said many nutritionists aren't even sure of the true........Go to the Weight-watch-in-the-news (Added on 11/20/2006 5:02:17 AM)

Teenage Girls' Use Of Diet Pills

Teenage Girls' Use Of Diet Pills
A study released recently by the University of Minnesota's "Project EAT" (Eating Among Teens) shows startling results of 2,500 female teenagers studied over a five-year period. The study observed that high school-aged females' use of diet pills nearly doubled from 7.5 to 14.2 percent. By the ages of 19 and 20, 20 percent of females surveyed used diet pills.

"These numbers are startling, and they tell us we need to do a better job of helping........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 10/31/2006 4:42:28 AM)

Brain's Response To Pleasing

Brain's Response To Pleasing
We all have tastes we love, and tastes we hate. And yet, our "taste" for certain flavors and foods can change over time, as we get older or we get tired of eating the same old thing.

Now, a new University of Michigan study gives new evidence about what's going on in the brain when we taste something we like, or develop a liking for something we once hated.

And eventhough the study used rats instead of people, it has direct implications........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 10/30/2006 8:46:46 PM)

Media And Body-image

Media And Body-image
New research explores the relationship between so called "thin-ideal" images in the media and body-image issues among young women. Female undergraduates who viewed advertisements displaying ultra-thin women exhibited increases in body dissatisfaction, negative mood, levels of depression and lowered self-esteem. These findings were particularly true for women who have negative views of their current body image and believe themselves to be........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 10/27/2006 4:53:48 AM)

Excalia Combination Therapy To Treat Obesity

Excalia Combination Therapy To Treat Obesity
OREXIGENTM Therapeutics, Inc., a privately held clinical-stage neuroscience company developing novel strategic approaches to the treatment of obesity, today announced that ExcaliaTM, a combination of two centrally-acting medications intended to provide and sustain clinically important weight loss, demonstrated significant weight loss in a six month, double-blind, phase IIa clinical study. The magnitude of weight reduction........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 10/22/2006 10:58:10 PM)

Genes Diet And Heart Disease

Genes Diet And Heart Disease
Scientists from the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center (USDA HNRCA) at Tufts University and his colleagues have found another link among genes, heart disease and diet. The study, published in Circulation, examined apolipoprotein A5 (APOA5), a gene that codes for a protein, which in turn plays a role in the metabolism of fats in the blood. The results show that people who carry a particular variant of APOA5 may have elevated risk........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 10/8/2006 7:11:10 PM)

Obese smokers at higher risk of death

Obese smokers at higher risk of death
People who are both very obese and who smoke increase their risk of death by 3.5 to 5 times that of people of normal weight who never smoke, finds a study in the recent issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

According to the study, 20 percent of obese adults in the United States smoke, which puts them at a higher risk of death caused by cancer and circulatory disease. The authors further found that, in general, being a current........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 10/3/2006 5:02:51 AM)

The Obesity Pandemic

The Obesity Pandemic
Obesity is a serious health problem in North America and several European countries. Recently over half of the total population living in the United States is believed to be having either overweigt or obesity. Rate of occurence of obesity continue to increase in both males and females. Among all American women twenty years and older, about 64 million can be considered as overweight and more than 34 million could be considered as obese.
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Dieting? Portion size matters

Dieting? Portion size matters
Are you aware of the fact that we eat most part of what is on our plate, no matter what the size of the plate on which food is served?

Prior studies have proven that portion sizes of virtually all foods and drinks served at restaurants have dramatically increased during the last two decades. Also the size of the food in the lunch packs for a single user has gone way up. For example, typical portions of orange juice are more than 40 percent........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 9/18/2006 4:54:05 AM)

Added Benefit Of Statins

Added Benefit Of Statins
UC Davis researchers have shown that statins not only improve cholesterol levels, but also dramatically reduce disease-causing inflammation in patients with metabolic syndrome - a condition defined by symptoms that include abdominal obesity and high blood pressure.

The study, published online in the September 12 issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, offers new hope to the one in four Americans with metabolic syndrome........Go to the Weight-watch-in-the-news (Added on 9/13/2006 5:03:46 AM)

Seeds of obesity start in early childhood

Seeds of obesity start in early childhood
A new research study of children's growth, published in the recent issue of Pediatrics, can help parents and pediatricians determine the risk that a child will be overweight at age 12 by examining the child's earlier growth. The study demonstrates that children who are overweight at any stage of their growth before age 12 are more likely to be overweight by the time they are 12, and the more times a child is measured as overweight during these........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 9/5/2006 10:06:21 PM)

Now You Can Be More Active

Now You Can Be More Active
Do you believe that because you are big you can barely do any activity at all?

Do you think you cannot exercise, play sports, or become fit?

It's true that very large people face special challenges in trying to be active. We have to agree that you may not be able to bend or move in the same way that other people can. Sometimes you might find it hard to find clothes and equipment for exercising. It is also possible that you may feel........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 8/24/2006 3:10:22 PM)

Salads With Some Fat Are Healthier

Salads With Some Fat Are Healthier
Here's some diet advice you don't hear every day -- the next time you prepare a fresh, healthy salad, be sure to throw in some fattening food.

Far from being a dieter's worst enemy, scientists are discovering that a little fat can actually do a lot of good. The scientists aren't saying fry your salad in bacon grease! But they say don't cut all fat out of your diet either. Why? It takes some fat to help your body absorb the cancer fighting........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 8/19/2006 6:51:40 AM)

Parental Time And Childhood Obesity

Parental Time And Childhood Obesity
The fight against obesity in children just got a new weapon, thanks to a multi-year study by scientists from Texas A&M University.

The study observed that the amounts and quality of time parents spent with their children has a direct effect on children's rates of obesity, said Dr. Alex McIntosh, lead researcher. McIntosh is professor of sociology with a research appointment from Texas Agricultural Experiment Station.

The U.S. Department........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 8/10/2006 11:58:52 PM)

Classification of Diets

Classification of Diets
People have come to identify some essential factors which influence the general state of health and quality of life. These factors include eating, working, exercising, resting and spiritual activity closely linked to one's mental state.

Eating crucially influences the state of health. It provides the body with essential vital substances which are subsequently converted into the necessary forms of energy for life. For this reason, special........Go to the Weight-watch-in-the-news (Added on 8/7/2006 3:38:57 PM)

Reduce Prostate Cancer Growth Rate

Reduce Prostate Cancer Growth Rate
UCLA researchers found that altering the fatty acid ratio found in the typical Western diet to include more omega-3 fatty acids and decrease the amount of omega-6 fatty acids may reduce prostate cancer tumor growth rates and PSA levels.

Published in the Aug. 1 issue of the journal Clinical Cancer Research, this initial animal-model study is one of the first to show the impact of diet on lowering an inflammatory response known to promote........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 8/1/2006 7:02:43 AM)

Sleep more to lose weight

Sleep more to lose weight
You may be spending very few hours for sleep, now stop this and try to relax and avoid gaining weight, that's the message scientists have for you according to the findings from a recently published study. This interesting study shows that women who tend to sleep less, 5 hours or less, are more prone to weight gain in comparison to women who sleep 7 hours. Scientists presented this study in the recently held American Thoracic Society........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 7/17/2006 9:26:04 PM)

Sleep Deprivation Doubles Risks Of Obesity

Sleep Deprivation Doubles Risks Of Obesity
You might be too busy to find time to sleep, but lack of sleep could lead to overweight and obesity. New research from Warwick Medical School at the University of Warwick has found that sleep deprivation is associated with an almost a two-fold increased risk of being obese for both children and adults.

Findings from a study by Professor Francesco Cappuccio were presented to the International AC21 Research Festival hosted this month by the........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 7/12/2006 11:37:02 PM)

How Group Dynamics Affect Fitness, Eating Habits

How Group Dynamics Affect Fitness, Eating Habits
Imagine break-room vending machines featuring fruit juice and vegetables instead of cookies and soda pop. Consider colleagues who insist on mid-morning group exercise breaks and applaud a lunchtime workout rather than criticizing the cut of the sweat suit. Ponder an organizational culture that encourages walking the stairs instead of riding the elevator.

A UCLA-evaluated study of a demonstration project led by Community Health Councils, Inc.........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 7/11/2006 7:05:43 AM)

Why Do Statistics About Overweight And Obesity Differ?

Why Do Statistics About Overweight And Obesity Differ?
The definitions or measurement characteristics for overweight and obesity have varied over time, from study to study, and from one part of the world to another. The varied definitions affect prevalence statistics and make it difficult to compare data from different studies. Prevalence refers to the total number of existing cases of a disease or condition in a given population at a given time. Some overweight- and obesity-related prevalence........Go to the Weight-watch-talk (Added on 7/10/2006 6:58:30 AM)

 

Obesity Trends In The United States

Obesity Trends In The United States
During the last twenty years there was a very significant increase in obesity and overweight within in the United States. CDC is closely following this growing obesity problem utilizing a technique called Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. In 1985 just few states were actively participating in this Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) program and providing obesity data for analysis. In 1991, four states had obesity rates........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 11/7/2006 4:07:18 AM)

Children's Belly Fat Increases More Than 65 Percent

Children's Belly Fat Increases More Than 65 Percent
Abdominal obesity increased more than 65 percent among boys and almost 70 percent among girls between 1988 and 2004. The finding of growing girth is significant because abdominal obesity has emerged as a better predictor of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes risk than the more commonly used Body Mass Index, a weight to height ratio that can sometimes be misleading.

As the first nationally representative study to document the increase........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 11/6/2006 4:32:56 AM)

Microwaving Your French Fries Before You Fry Them

Microwaving Your French Fries Before You Fry Them
Microwaving your French fries before you fry them reduces the levels of a cancer-causing substance, reveals findings published recently in the SCI's Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture.

The discovery of acrylamide - a possible carcinogenic in humans - has led to much research being done to investigate the benefits of alternative cooking methods. Acrylamide forms during processes such as frying, baking and roasting where........Go to the Weight-watch-in-the-news (Added on 10/31/2006 4:08:23 AM)

Exercise Protects From Colds

Exercise Protects From Colds
A moderate exercise program may reduce the occurence rate of colds. A study reported in the recent issue of The American Journal of Medicine, led by scientists at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, observed that otherwise sedentary women who engaged in moderate exercise had fewer colds over a one year period than a control group.

Subjects in a group of 115 overweight and obese, sedentary, postmenopausal women were randomly assigned to........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 10/26/2006 4:44:14 AM)

Exercise For Older Adults

Exercise For Older Adults
For many older adults, a visit to the doctor is not complete without the bestowal of at least one prescription. What if, in addition to prescribing medications as necessary, physicians also prescribed exercise? Ann Yelmokas McDermott, PhD, a researcher in the Lipid Metabolism Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (USDA HNRCA) at Tufts University, and Heather Mernitz, PhD, now of the Nutrition and Cancer........Go to the Weight-watch-talk (Added on 10/8/2006 7:19:47 PM)

Chocolate Chip Cookies Lower Cholesterol

Chocolate Chip Cookies Lower Cholesterol
Right Direction Chocolate Chip CookiesTM lower cholesterol and improve lipid subfraction profile, lowering the risk of heart disease, according to a published study in The Journal of Nutrition (October). The chocolate chip cookies, made with a combination of psyllium and plant sterols, are a tasty all-natural approach to reducing cardiovascular risk associated with cholesterol.

The American Heart Association estimates at........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 10/4/2006 10:38:56 PM)

Finger Length Ratio May Predict Women's Sporting Prowess

Finger Length Ratio May Predict Women's Sporting Prowess
The difference between the lengths of a woman's index and ring fingers may indicate her sporting prowess, suggests research published ahead of print in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

The finding supports other research indicating a possible link between this ratio and fertility, vulnerability to serious disease, intellectual ability, certain personality traits, and musical talent.

Most of the sporting research in this area has so........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 9/27/2006 9:26:34 PM)

Bugs In Fruits And Vegetables

Bugs In Fruits And Vegetables
A new method for ridding harvested fruits and vegetables of insect pests and microorganisms, without the use of ozone-depleting chemicals such as methyl bromide, has been developed by scientists at UC Davis.

The technique, called metabolic stress disinfection and disinfestation, effectively suffocates insects found in harvested produce. Inside sealed chambers, alternating vacuum forces and pressurized carbon dioxide applications cause........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 9/25/2006 6:08:36 PM)

Taller Women More Likely To Conceive Twins

Taller Women More Likely To Conceive Twins
Taller women are more likely to have twins according to experts. They suggest insulin-like growth factorr is responsible for this increased incedence. By comparing the heights of women who had given birth to twins or triplets with the average height of women in the United States, Gary Steinman, MD, PhD, an attending doctor at Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center, observed that the multiple-birth mothers averaged more than an inch taller. The........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 9/23/2006 11:33:34 AM)

Dieting More Likely to Cause Stress Fractures In Females

Dieting More Likely to Cause Stress Fractures In Females
Female college athletes on low-calorie diets could be putting themselves at risk for stress fractures, according to new Saint Louis University research published in this month's The American Journal of Sports Medicine.

Researchers studied risk factors for exercise-related leg pain, including stress fractures in women participating in four popular fall sports - cross-country running, field hockey, soccer and volleyball.

Women with........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 9/13/2006 9:05:13 PM)

Weight-loss And Dementia

Weight-loss And Dementia
A long-term study of the elderly has revealed that their average rate of weight loss doubles in the year before symptoms of Alzheimer's-type dementia first become detectable. The finding may be useful to scientists seeking ways to detect and treat Alzheimer's before it causes irreversible brain damage.

The study is the first to confirm in precise detail a link between weight loss and dementia tentatively identified a decade ago. Scientists........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 9/12/2006 5:06:31 AM)

Portion Distortion And Weight Maintenance

Portion Distortion And Weight Maintenance
New research shows that people's perceptions of normal portion sizes have changed in the past 20 years. A study out of Rutgers reported in the recent issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association reports that Portion Distortion may be the cause1. This phenomenon occurs when consumers perceive large portion sizes as appropriate amounts to eat at a single eating occasion.

"It has previously been established that portion sizes of........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 9/1/2006 5:07:12 AM)

Publisher Takes Weight Challenge Seriously

Publisher Takes Weight Challenge Seriously
For more than 21 years Jim Reevs has enjoyed exercising five to six times a week. He's even raced in the Ore to Shore bike race, the Superior Bike Fest and various running races on an annual basis. But when he turned 50, he realized that exercise alone does not constitute a healthy lifestyle.

Reevs found out he has hypertension and in order to lower it, he became part of the Healthy Weight Journal Challenge.

"There is a direct link........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 8/19/2006 6:58:03 AM)

Breast Cancer Survivors Change Lifestyle

Breast Cancer Survivors Change Lifestyle
Breast cancer survivors' beliefs about what may have caused their cancer are connected to whether they make healthy changes in lifestyle after a cancer diagnosis. This is the finding of a research study appearing in the August 2006 issue of Psycho-Oncology by scientists at The Miriam Hospital and Brown Medical School.

"We observed that breast cancer survivors who believed that an unhealthy behavior - such as consuming an unhealthy diet,........Go to the Weight-watch-in-the-news (Added on 8/12/2006 6:17:53 AM)

Nutrition's Role In Genes And Birth Defects

Nutrition's Role In Genes And Birth Defects
Expectant mothers may someday get a personalized menu of foods to eat during pregnancy to complement their genetic makeup as a result of new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Researchers used transparent fish embryos to develop a way to discover how genes and diet interact to cause birth defects.

"By the time most women know they are pregnant, the development of the fetus' organs is essentially complete,"........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 8/8/2006 8:42:54 PM)

meditation and cognitive impairment

meditation and cognitive impairment
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine are examining the effectiveness of meditation on early cognitive impairment. Once this new study is completed, the results could help answer lingering questions over whether or not stress-reducing techniques and mind exercises can lessen or even prevent cognitive decline. This is the first study at Penn's new "Center for Spirituality and the Mind," which evolved from work........Go to the Weight-watch-in-the-news (Added on 7/29/2006 8:14:03 PM)

Overweight Teens Reduce Risk Of Diabetes

Overweight Teens Reduce Risk Of Diabetes
Teens at risk of developing diabetes can prevent or delay its onset through strength training exercise, a University of Southern California study has found.

Research led by Michael Goran, PhD, professor of preventive medicine in the Keck School of Medicine of USC, showed that overweight Latino teenage boys who lifted weights twice per week for 16 weeks significantly reduced their insulin resistance, a condition in which their bodies don't........Go to the Weight-watch-in-the-news (Added on 7/25/2006 8:53:20 PM)

Who Eat More Fruits

Who Eat More Fruits
Those who are sweet lover may be eating more fruits in comparison to those who love salty-snacks. People who like fruit eat more sweets than vegetable lovers do. These findings are as per researchers from Cornell University analyses.

"If we know a person likes one type of food, this kind of study helps us better predict what other types of foods he or she might prefer," said the researcher and director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab that........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 7/12/2006 8:26:51 PM)

Obesity Map Of The United States

Obesity Map Of The United States
Using data from CDC, MSN has created this interesting obesity map of the United States.

With such a large percentage of the population weighing more than is healthy, the public-health implications of being overweight have taken on greater importance. The burgeoning percentage of heavy Americans has economic consequences, too. Researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and RTI International estimated that 2003 health-care costs........Go to the Weight-watch-in-the-news (Added on 7/11/2006 10:11:15 PM)

Win at Weight Loss

Win at Weight Loss
Americans trying to lose weight have plenty of company. As per a 1995 report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM), tens of millions of Americans are dieting at any given time, spending more than $33 billion yearly on weight-reduction products, such as diet foods and drinks.

Yet, studies over the last two decades by the National Center for Health Statistics show that obesity in the United States is actually on the rise. Today, approximately........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 7/9/2006 8:29:20 PM)


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