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Newswise + UAB Medicine Obesity News Source 23-Feb-2015

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The Obesity News Source wire contains research and experts on obesity, related health conditions cause by obesity, healthy eating, diet, and exercise.

More information can be found at the Obesity News Source

Vitamin D Deficiency Linked More Closely to Diabetes than Obesity

People who have low levels of vitamin D are more likely to have diabetes, regardless of how much they weigh, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

(Embargo expired on 23-Feb-2015 at 13:00 ET)

Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism

– Endocrine Society

A Broader, Global Approach to Obesity Treatment and Prevention

A recent Lancet series explores various international efforts to address obesity, and calls for public health and policy approaches to improve the food environment as it relates to obesity treatment and prevention. The Obesity Society supports ongoing dialogue and collaborative discussions with the food industry, other industry stakeholders and public health officials, and calls for developing evidence-based initiatives to improve public health.


– Obesity Society

New Study Helps Explain Links Between Sleep Loss and Diabetes

Lack of sleep can elevate levels of free fatty acids in the blood, accompanied by temporary pre-diabetic conditions in healthy young men. Getting enough sleep could help counteract the current epidemics of diabetes and obesity.

(Embargo expired on 19-Feb-2015 at 04:00 ET)

Diabetologia, February 19, 2015

– University of Chicago Medical Center

Diet Quality Declines Worldwide, but with Major Differences Across Countries

- In a first-of-its-kind analysis of worldwide dietary patterns, a team including researchers from t Tufts University found overall diet quality worsened across the world even as consumption of healthier foods increased in many countries. The study compared trends in intakes of healthy versus unhealthy foods in 1990 and 2010 and found major differences by country.

The Lancet Global Health

– Tufts University

Flame Retardants Found to Cause Metabolic, Liver Problems

Chemicals used as synthetic flame retardants that are found in common household items such as couches, carpet padding, and electronics have been found to cause metabolic and liver problems that can lead to insulin resistance, which is a major cause of obesity, according to new research from the University of New Hampshire.

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Experimental Biology 2015

– University of New Hampshire

Mobile App with Evidence-Based Decision Support Diagnoses More Obesity, Smoking, and Depression

Smartphones and tablets may hold the key to getting more nurses to diagnose patients with chronic health issues like obesity, smoking, and depression -- three of the leading causes of preventable death and disability.

Journal for Nurse Practitioners; R01NR008903

– Columbia University School of Nursing

Optimizing the Nation's Health Through Food and Nutrition, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Launches New and Redesigned Websites

To better empower its members to be food and nutrition leaders while strengthening its resolve to optimize the nation’s health through food and nutrition, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics announces the launch of its new and redesigned websites:, and

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– Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

In the Short Run, a High-Fat Diet May Help Minimize Heart Attack Damage

A high-fat diet, eaten one day to two weeks days before a heart attack, reduced heart attack damage in mice by about 50 percent, according to a new study. The finding could provide insight into the "obesity paradox," by which obesity appears to provide protection to heart attack patients.

American Journal of Physiology – Heart and Circulatory Physiology

– Loyola University Health System

Study Finds Obese Black and White Women Differ in How They View Weight

Perceptions about weight differ between low-income obese white and black women, according to research by Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University.

American Journal of Health Behavior; R01 DK081329

– Indiana University

Common Biomarkers of Sleep Debt Found in Humans, Rats

Researchers found common molecules signifying perturbed metabolism in response to sleep restriction in a comprehensive metabolic profiling of blood from both rats and humans. Their findings point to an overall shift in how lipids are metabolized and evidence of systemic oxidative stress.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Puerto Rican Officials Blame Parents of Children with Obesity, Consider Fines

In an attempt to address the significant problem of childhood obesity in the United States territory, Puerto Rican officials have proposed a $500 - $800 fine for parents whose children have obesity and have not improved after parent-focused education. While some public and pediatric health organizations have called the bill “unfair,” The Obesity Society (TOS) and The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) go further to call it a misguided policy that ignores the core scientific understanding of obesity as a disease.

– Obesity Society

Pediatric Fatty Liver Disease Clinic Opens at The Children's Hospital at Montefiore

The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore announced that it has opened a clinic to treat children with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

– Montefiore Medical Center

Valentine’s Day Favorites Offer Serious Health Benefits

“Many favorite Valentine’s Day indulgences have amazing health benefits that are supported by research,” says Kim Sasso, RD, who regularly counsels patients on achieving better nutrition and weight loss at the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery & Bariatric Care. “Dark chocolate, in particular, is rich in a group of antioxidants called flavanols, which may help lower blood pressure, reduce blood clotting and lower LDL cholesterol.”

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– Loyola University Health System

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