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Waistlines of U.S. Adults Continue to Increase

The prevalence of abdominal obesity and average waist circumference increased among U.S. adults from 1999 to 2012, according to a study in the September 17 issue of JAMA.

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Weight Loss Expert Can Discuss Science, Safety of Fad Diets

Although it can be a struggle to make sense of competing claims, scientific research indicates that a number of dieting approaches can help people reach and maintain a goal weight through slow and steady weight loss.

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This Is Your Brain on Snacks—Brain Stimulation Affects Craving and Consumption

Magnetic stimulation of a brain area involved in "executive function" affects cravings for and consumption of calorie-dense snack foods, reports a study in the September issue of Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine, the official journal of the American Psychosomatic Society. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

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When Talking About Body Size, African American Women & Doctors May Be Speaking Different Languages

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African American women and their female children have the highest obesity prevalence of any demographic group and are more likely to underestimate their body weight than white women. Yet, according to new research from Rush University Medical Center, cultural norms for body size may prevent awareness among many African American women about the potential health benefits they and others in their cultural group might achieve through weight loss.

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September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

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Normal-Weight Counselors Feel More Successful Than Heavier Counselors at Helping Obese Patients Slim Down, Study Suggests

A new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests that normal-weight nutrition and exercise counselors report feeling significantly more successful in getting their obese patients to lose weight than those who are overweight or obese.

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Comparison of Named Diet Programs Finds Little Difference in Weight Loss Outcomes

In an analysis of data from nearly 50 trials including about 7,300 individuals, significant weight loss was observed with any low-carbohydrate or low-fat diet, with weight loss differences between diet programs small, findings that support the practice of recommending any diet that a patient will adhere to in order to lose weight, according to a study in the September 3 issue of JAMA.

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Researchers Examine Effectiveness of Blocking Nerve to Help With Weight Loss

Among patients with morbid obesity, blocking the vagus nerve, which plays a role with appetite and metabolism, did not meet pre-specified efficacy objectives compared to a control group, although the intervention did result in greater weight loss, according to a study in the September 3 issue of JAMA.

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Any Diet Works, if You Stick to It

Weight loss differences between popular diets are minimal and likely of little importance to those wanting to lose weight, the researchers say. However, diets with behavioural support and exercise enhance the weight loss.

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Watch the News, Lose Some Weight

Can watching dramatic television make you fat? Yes, according to a new Cornell Food and Brand Lab study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association: Internal Medicine. The study finds that fast-paced television programs might lead people to eat twice as much food.

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