Obesity: Lentils better than white bread for dietingYou have a greater possibility of losing weight if you eat a diet that is high in foods like lentils that release energy slowly once they have been consumed, rather than one that is high in foods that rapidly release sugar into the blood stream such as white bread, a Cochrane Systematic Review has concluded.
When foods are eaten the body breaks them down into their components, and one component will be sugar. Different foods break down at........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 7/17/2007 10:49:02 PM)
By 2015, 75% of Adults Will Be OverweightThe U.S. obesity prevalence increased from 13 percent to 32 percent between the 1960s and 2004, as per scientists at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Human Nutrition. The prevalence of obesity and overweight has increased at an average rate of 0.3-0.8 percentage points across different sociodemographic groups over the past three decades. Some minority and low socioeconomic status groups-such as non-Hispanic black........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 7/11/2007 4:53:49 AM)
Children Prefer Large PortionsGiven the choice, Canadian fifth-graders prefer larger portions of snacks and fast foods and smaller portions of vegetables than the recommended amounts, as per scientists at Dalhousie University in Canada.
The scientists showed nearly 5,000 children a variety of portion sizes of french fries, meat, cooked vegetables and potato chips and asked them to indicate their "usual portion sizes." More than 63 percent of the children chose french fry........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 7/8/2007 10:29:30 PM)
Exercise in Elderly Improve Quality of LifeA new study appearing in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society compares the efficacy of three programs designed for reducing falls and improving quality-of-life among the elderly; education, home safety assessment and modification (HSAM) and exercise training. The study also examines the secondary effects of these programs on functional balance, daily activity, fear of falling and depression level, finding that exercise training yields........Go to the Weight-watch-in-the-news (Added on 7/5/2007 9:15:52 PM)
Anti-obesity drug may prevent liver diseaseA new study on the effect of the anti-obesity drug rimonabant on liver function in obese rats observed that it reduced markers of liver damage, decreased levels of pro-inflammatory proteins, and improved lipid profiles.
The results of this study appear in the July 2007 issue of Hepatology, the official journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD). Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hepatology is available........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 7/2/2007 10:17:28 AM)
Gene deficiency is a protective barrier to obesityA search for the molecular clues of longevity has taken Mayo Clinic scientists down another path that could explain why some people who consume excessive calories dont gain weight. The study, which was done in laboratory mouse models, points to the absence of a gene called CD38. When absent, the gene prevented mice on high-fat diets from gaining weight, but when present, the mice became obese.
The findings were published this month in the........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 6/27/2007 6:09:17 AM)
helping obese diabetics lose weightA plate and cereal bowl with markers for proper portion sizes appear to help obese patients with diabetes lose weight and decrease their use of glucose-controlling medications, as per a report in the June 25 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
Between 1960 and 2000, the proportion of U.S. adults who were obese increased from 13.4 percent to 30.9 percent, as per background information in the article.........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 6/25/2007 9:19:50 PM)
Will you ever be able to buy fitness in a bottle?The diet pill industry is worth billions per year in the US alone so there’s huge incentive for companies to market miracle pills and the 1994 Dietary Supplement Act makes it easy.Bob Park. This means that neither safety nor efficacy need to be proven for “natural” remedies anpredictable results. Despite this, the idea that drugs can help with weight loss and even improve fitness is plausible. Indeed, the possibility that........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 6/24/2007 9:02:38 AM)
Darden Restaurants Profit SlidesDarden Restaurants Inc., the world’s largest casual dining company, quarterly profit dip more than the Wall Street’s expectations as sales fell 2.2 percent at stores open at least 16 months in its Red Lobster chain
Darden, which owns and operates chains like Red Lobster and Olive Garden, posted a net loss of $55.1 million, or 39 cents a share, for the quarter ended May 27, as compare to a profit of $92.3 million, or 60 cents a........Go to the Weight-watch-talk (Added on 6/21/2007 9:02:51 PM)
Trimming off the truthDieting is a multi-billion dollar industry in the United States, and no wonder, with the world's largest obese population. I have a huge gripe with the dieting industry that I won't get into here, but the short of it is - if you ate right to begin with, you wouldn't have this problem
A healthy lifestyle is exactly that - a lifestyle. But the dieting industry would have you believe you can just take a pill and all your worries........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 6/21/2007 8:04:33 PM)
Success Of Obesity Intervention Program For Inner-city GirlsThe effectiveness of the "Energy Up" program developed by lifestyle and fitness leader Kathie Dolgin known to her students as High Voltage, has recently been reviewed in an article reported in the recent issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health (www.adolescenthealth.org/journal.htm). The health brief titled,"Energy Up" A Novel Approach to the Weight Management of Inner-City Teens," describes the positive results of this school-based, nutrition........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 5/31/2007 11:55:58 PM)
grim warning for America's fast food consumersIt's research that may have you thinking twice before upgrading to the large size at your favorite fast food joint. Saint Louis University research presented this week in Washington, D.C., shows the dangers of high-fat food combined with high fructose corn syrup and a sedentary lifestyle in other words, what may be becoming commonplace among Americans.
Brent Tetri, M.D., associate professor of internal medicine at Saint Louis University........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 5/23/2007 7:55:50 PM)
Drop Excess BaggageThis is an interesting print advertisement campaign launched by India’s leading beauty and fitness company VLCC to promote their weight loss program. The campaign is apparently aims at conveying by adjusting a part of the ingredients of the meals one could be able to reduce weight. The advertisements are showing some edible items are being shaped as accessories in order to show that how by adjusting meals and taking them in right........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 5/15/2007 9:46:43 PM)
Study confirms health benefits of whole grainsA diet high in whole grain foods is linked to a significantly lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, as per an analysis conducted by scientists at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.
"Consuming an average of 2.5 servings of whole grains each day is linked to a 21 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease in comparison to consuming only 0.2 servings," said Philip Mellen, M.D., lead........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 5/9/2007 11:21:26 PM)
Brad Urges Angie to Eat
Angie: No time for food. Must save the worl
Angelina Jolie is undoubtedly one of the sexiest women on the planet. But have you noticed Angie has been looking skinnier than normal. Scary skinny. A stones throw away from Nicole-Ritchie-skinny. Lover Brad Pitt thinks so too. According to Britains Grazia magazine, Brad Pitt is urging, begging, Angie to eat.
Brad and Angelinas brother James Haven (the guy who tongue-kissed Angie at the........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 5/7/2007 9:17:56 PM)
Eating Well Is The Best RevengeWe all know that eating fruits, vegetables and soy products provides essential nutrition for a healthy lifestyle, while obesity leads to the opposite. Yet proving the effect of nutrition, or obesity, on cancer is an experimental challenge and a focus for scientists. According to emerging evidence being presented at the 2007 Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, eating well might still be one of the more pleasurable........Go to the Weight-watch-in-the-news (Added on 4/15/2007 9:02:43 PM)
Slingbox PLUS Elliptical Equals Weight loss?Thinking you need to lose a few pounds before the summer, to fit into that wonderful Speedo your wife is looking forward to seeing? Trying to fit into that Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, but carrying an extra 40 pounds or so? Afraid you're going to miss all the "good shows," Thursday nights on ABC
Why not combine the 2, andSlingboxElliptical Trainer and get your workout on........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 4/15/2007 11:45:36 AM)
It's never too late to get your youth backMuch research has shown that reduced calorie intake can increase health and longevity. Professor Stephen Spindler (University of California) and his collaborators* have discovered that reducing calorie intake during the later part of life can still induce a number of of the health and longevity benefits of life-long calorie reduction. Importantly, this also includes anti-cancer effects. They are using this knowledge to establish a novel........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 4/1/2007 8:55:42 PM)
Kiwis prove that green is goodIn one of the most comprehensive and definitive studies of its kind to date, a team of scientists at the University of California, Davis have proven that organically grown kiwifruit contain more health-promoting factors than those grown under conventional conditions. The research is published in the SCIs magazine Chemistry & Industry. The debate over the relative health benefits of organic versus conventional food has raged for years, with UK........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 3/25/2007 7:45:19 PM)
Britain: Producing Food to Waste ItAre you an indulgent consumer and make impulse purchases of food that you are unlikely to eat? If so, then you are shamelessly wasting food that a hungry person could have eaten
According to a recent government watchdog, Britains food waste mountain is 6.7million tonnes a year. Around half the total is made up of fruit, vegetables, meat, bread and dairy produce that could have been eaten
The annual value of food thrown away is put at........Go to the Weight-watch-in-the-news (Added on 3/21/2007 8:47:52 PM)
Could targeted food taxes improve health?A daily pinta or a helping of dairy foods protect against the clustering of abnormal body chemistry known as the metabolic syndrome, suggests a study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
The syndrome has been linked to an increased risk of diabetes, coronary artery disease, and premature death.
The findings are based on a representative sample of 2375 men aged between 45 and 59, all of whom were part of a long term study........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 7/12/2007 5:54:58 AM)
The brown fat master switchScientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have identified a long-sought "master switch" in mice for the production of brown fat, a type of adipose tissue that generates heat and counters obesity caused by overeating.
A team headed by Bruce Spiegelman, PhD, suggests in the recent issue of Cell Metabolism that turning up the equivalent switch in people might be a new strategy for treating overweight and obesity. The researchers said their........Go to the Weight-watch-in-the-news (Added on 7/11/2007 4:57:28 AM)
Fitness May Reduce InflammationEventhough many studies have suggested that regular exercise reduces inflammation - a condition that is predictive of cardiovascular and other diseases, such as diabetes - it's not yet clear whether there is a definitive link. And if such a link exists, the nature of the relationship is by no means fully understood.
A recent study by kinesiology and community health scientists at the University of Illinois provides new evidence that may help........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 7/8/2007 10:32:12 PM)
Weight-loss StrategiesScientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have observed that a protein absorbs lipids in the upper part of the intestine, and they believe its key role in this process may provide a novel approach for obesity therapy in the future.
Principal investigator Nada A. Abumrad, Ph.D., the Dr. Robert C. Atkins Professor of Medicine and Obesity Research at Washington University School of Medicine, first identified the........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 7/5/2007 8:54:59 PM)
Slimming and stomach bandingTake a look at Michael Schumacher since he stopped racing.Looking more relaxedThat lean, thin, angular pointed face has filled out. Much the same, and more, happened to Chris OliverMichael Schumacher is not obese yet, but it is early days. If problems arise, and there is need, he will be able to afford bariatric surgery, Chris Oliver could afford it too.Most people cannot.Bariatric surgery performed on suitable patients can transform their........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 7/3/2007 8:29:45 PM)
Dietary calcium is better than supplementsWomen who get most of their daily calcium from food have healthier bones than women whose calcium comes mainly from supplemental tablets, say scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Surprisingly, this is true even though the supplement takers have higher average calcium intake.
Adequate calcium is important to prevent osteoporosis, which affects an estimated 8 million American women and 2 million American men.........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 6/27/2007 5:37:01 PM)
Obesity And TuberculosisObese or overweight Chinese individuals age 65 and older have a lower risk of developing tuberculosis than those at a normal weight, as per a research studyin the June 25 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
Tuberculosis is usually linked to poverty and undernutrition in both developed and developing countries. In addition, obesity is an increasing problem that is linked to a wide range of chronic........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 6/25/2007 8:33:48 PM)
Fatties do better after heart attacksSome doctors will admit to a little schadenfreude that health freakery does not confer cardiac invulnerability. There is nothing more depressing for the family doctor than trying to advise a slim, trim, lycra clad, non-smoking, gym-visiting middle-aged vegetarian, who has just has his first heart attack, on life style changes.So much easier to help the flabby lounge lizard who is three stone overweight and has not taken exercise since TV remote........Go to the Weight-watch-in-the-news (Added on 6/21/2007 9:07:13 PM)
Good news! The Fat Doctor is backGood news.The Fat Doctor is back."Famine-resistant doctor, pastor's wife, mom to one son, companion to two dogs, Diet Cokehead, TV junkie and frustrated writer approaches middle age with as little grace as possible......"Always one of my favourite medical websites, and much missed. Kindness and compassion. No vitriol here.Take a look at The Fat Doctor's recent posts:Thirty eight reasons to lose weightLive until 85 without debility.Play with........Go to the Weight-watch-talk (Added on 6/21/2007 9:03:29 PM)
Sleep problems may affect a person's dietSleep problems can influence a persons diet. Those who dont get enough sleep are less likely to cook their own meals and, instead, opt to eat fast food. It is the lack of nutritional value of this restaurant-prepared food that may cause health problems for these people in the long-run, as per a research abstract that will be presented Monday at SLEEP 2007, the 21st Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies (APSS).
Mindy........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 6/12/2007 5:09:28 AM)
Diet Coke Just Got A Healthy PartnerDiet Coke just got friendlier-- with Diet Coke Plus! This tweak on the original formula includes vitamins and minerals -- including vitamin B 6 & 12, Niacin and 10% zinc and magnesium! Definitely for those concerned with making sure they get a balanced healthy diet but still have some soda too! This makes for a healthier alternative for those wanting to keep strong bones yet have that soda that they often crave. It's suitable for men,........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 6/8/2007 5:32:07 PM)
Get your fat people hereWYork Model Railway at the weekend. Fantastic place. Best model rail place we've been to for ages because you could actually press buttons and make stuff happen. Sometimes it was start a train, but sometimes it was something so small you had to peer really close to see what you were doing; like getting a miniature angler to cast for a fish. It was the tiniest of actions but it didn't matter because there's something magical about pressing a........Go to the Weight-watch-in-the-news (Added on 5/21/2007 10:04:24 AM)
How To Lose Weight At The OfficeA treadmill workstation. Fascinating. I wonder if the increased blood flow would make workers more productive. A study done on the device showed that people actually enjoyed using it. Read more at Cognitive Daily.........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 5/21/2007 9:22:23 AM)
Lose 14 pounds a year sleepingI know your schedule is out there, that every minute of yours is calculated to its maximum efficiency, but could you by any chance squeeze in an additional hour of sleep? If you do, you could be losing 14 pounds a year - sleeping
Not only is sleep really important for beauty (well rested face never looks wrinkly or has black under eye circles), but it also helps you keep a great figure. In addition to dr. Sanjay Patel's finpeople who........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 5/7/2007 9:17:59 PM)
Celebrity Weighing ScaleHow much do you weigh compared to, say, King Kong? Replace your traditional scale with this one for $firebox, which compares your weight with the likes of Mr. Ed (yes, the talking horse), Donald Trump, Hulk Hogan, Chuck Norris or Goldie Hawn........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 5/7/2007 9:17:53 PM)
Fixing the 'taste' of diet sodaUniversity of Illinois researchers Soo-Yeun Lee and Shelly Schmidt are trying to solve a mystery: Why doesn't diet soda taste more like regular soda? Can a well-trained panel of "taste testers" pinpoint the exact problem? And can food scientists do anything to fix it?
"If we could make diet soda taste better, it would be a big step in fighting the obesity epidemic," said Shelly Schmidt, a U of I professor of food chemistry. "Many people know........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 4/25/2007 9:27:46 PM)
Milk beats soy for post-weighlifting muscle gainGot milk? Weightlifters will want to raise a glass after a new study observed that milk protein is significantly better than soy at building muscle mass.
The study, conducted by a team of scientists at McMaster Universitys Department of Kinesiology, was recently reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. It compared how much muscle protein young men gained after completing a heavy weight workout followed by consumption of........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 4/10/2007 8:54:12 PM)
Why people eat less at unbused tablesPeople watching the Super Bowl who saw how much they had already eaten -- in this case, leftover chicken-wing bones -- ate 27 percent less than people who had no such environmental cues, finds a new Cornell study.
The difference between the two groups -- those eating at a table where leftover bones accumulated compared with those whose leftovers were removed -- was greater for men than for women.
"The results suggest that people restrict........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 4/9/2007 11:00:23 PM)
Lifestyle Choices And Heart RisksGenetics and family history play a large role in a persons risk for heart disease, but factors in diet, lifestyle and the environment are also thought to influence susceptibility to the disease. A number of studies presented today at the American College of Cardiologys 56th Annual Scientific Session look at how health-related behaviors can influence a persons risk for cardiovascular disease. ACC.07 is the premier cardiovascular medical........Go to the Weight-watch-in-the-news (Added on 3/25/2007 8:52:13 PM)
Market for eating disordersJust saw this ad from a new campaign promoting the laxative Metamucil and nearly lost my lunch. Procter & Gamble, which markets Metamucil, has repositioned the brand and is now pitching it with the slogan, "Beautify Your Inside."
Now, I'm not the gambling type but if P&G isn't targeting anorexics, bulimics, and other weight-obsessed women with this campaign, you can have my house. Notice how the ad is clearly directed to a much younger........Go to the Weight-watch-blog (Added on 3/22/2007 7:07:47 PM)