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Drop in Childhood Obesity Cannot Be Explained by Health Behaviors

While a reported drop in obesity rates among U.S. children has been heralded as positive news, more work must be done to understand exactly why that drop occurred, according to researchers at Rice and Temple universities.

Pediatrics

– Rice University

Low Hormone Levels Linked to Obesity in Teens

Obese teenagers already show signs of hormonal differences from normal-weight peers that may make them prone to weight gain, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

(Embargo expired on 24-May-2016 at 13:00 ET)

Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism

– Endocrine Society

Bright Light Alters Metabolism

Exposure to bright light alters your metabolism, reports a new study. Scientists found bright light exposure increased insulin resistance compared to dim light exposure in both the morning and the evening. In the evening, bright light also caused higher peak glucose (blood sugar) levels. Over time, excess blood glucose can result in increased body fat, weight gain and a higher risk for diabetes.

Plos One; 5T32HL790915

– Northwestern University

Rates of Obesity, Diabetes Lower in Neighborhoods That Are More Walkable

Urban neighborhoods in Ontario, Canada, that were characterized by more walkable design were associated with decreased prevalence of overweight and obesity and decreased incidence of diabetes between 2001 and 2012, according to a study appearing in the May 24/31 issue of JAMA.

(Embargo expired on 24-May-2016 at 09:45 ET)

– JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association

No Link Between Eating Dinner After 8 p.m. And Obesity in Children

Researchers at King's College London have found no significant link between eating the evening meal after 8pm and excess weight in children, according to a paper published this month in the British Journal of Nutrition.

British Journal of Nutrition

– King's College London

Mom's Exposure to BPA During Pregnancy Can Put Her Baby on Course to Obesity

94 percent of pregnant women studied had detectable levels of BPA, a chemical used in water bottles, canned foods, and paper receipts.

Environmental Health Perspectives

– Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health

Can Plastic Program Your Baby to Be Obese?

Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP), a chemical commonly used in the food manufacturing process, can increase fat stores in the body even before we’re born, according to a new study published in the Journal of Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology.

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Journal of Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology

– Texas A&M University

Prepackaged Portion-Controlled Meals Can Lead to Greater Weight Loss Than Self-Selected Portions, Research Says

Increased portion sizes in Americans’ diets is widely recognized as a contributor to the obesity epidemic, and now new research published in Obesity, the scientific journal of The Obesity Society, examines the effect of prepackaged, portion-controlled meals on weight loss. The researchers found that when combined with behavioral counseling as part of a complete weight-loss intervention, a meal plan incorporating portion-controlled, prepackaged, frozen lunch and dinner entrées can promote greater weight loss than a self-selected diet.

(Embargo expired on 26-May-2016 at 00:00 ET)

Obesity

– Obesity Society

Obese Young Adults Unaware of Kidney Disease Risk, Study Finds

Many young adults with abdominal obesity exhibit a readily detectable risk factor for chronic kidney disease (CKD), yet the vast majority don’t know they’re at risk, according to a study of nationwide health data led by Albert Einstein College of Medicine researchers that was published online today in the journal PLOS ONE.

(Embargo expired on 25-May-2016 at 14:00 ET)

PLOS ONE

– Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Teen Health Depends on Location, Location, Location

The real estate maxim about the importance of location is true for teenagers too. Their intellectual and physical health depends on location, location, location.

– Cornell University

Childhood Fitness Reduces Long-Term Cardiovascular Risks of Childhood Obesity

Aerobic exercise may reduce the long-term health risks of childhood obesity.

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International Journal of Obesity

– University of Georgia

Sugar Substitutes May Cut Calories, but No Health Benefits for Individuals with Obesity

Artificial sweeteners help individuals with obesity to cut calories and lose weight but may have negative health effects, according to researchers at York University's Faculty of Health.

Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism

– York University

Hamburg, Shalala, Glickman, Angell Headline Food Law Conference at Georgetown University

Former FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, Clinton Foundation President and former U.S. Secretary of Health Donna E. Shalala, former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman, and Sonia Angell, deputy commissioner for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene headline a unique conference focused on food issues, “Vote Food 2016: Better Food, Better Health,” on June 3 in Washington, DC.

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– O'Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law

Weight Gain in Children Associated with Low Hormone Levels

A Mayo Clinic-led study found that obese teenagers have lower levels of a hormone potentially tied to weight management than teens of normal weights. The study is published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

– Mayo Clinic

Hamburg, Shalala, Glickman, Angell Headline Food Law Conference at Georgetown University

Former FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, Clinton Foundation President and former U.S. Secretary of Health Donna E. Shalala, former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman, and Sonia Angell, deputy commissioner for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene headline a unique conference focused on food issues, “Vote Food 2016: Better Food, Better Health,” on June 3 in Washington, DC.

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– O'Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law

FDA Finalizes New Food Nutrition Labels

The FDA recently unveiled the new required nutritional information label for packaged foods, the first significantly refreshed design in more than 20 years. Experts believe the new label will make it easier for consumers to make informed decisions about their health and the foods they eat.

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– Texas A&M University

Escaping the Silos

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and American Heart Association join forces to improve health outcomes in Indian Country with Fertile Ground II: Growing the Seeds of Native Health.

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– Voices for Healthy Kids

The UC Nutrition Policy Institute Drives a Drinking Water Movement

The Nutrition Policy Institute (NPI) in Oakland has been funded to serve as the hub of a new national alliance that works on issues in drinking water safety, access and consumption.

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– University of California - Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

NYU Meyers’ Dr. Judith Haber and the American College of Physicians Collaborate to Bring Oral Health Patient FACTS to Primary Care Practices

The creation of four patient-related oral health literacy fact sheets for distribution to internal medicine physicians and primary care providers by a partnership between the American College of Physicians and NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing.

– New York University

SR Scales Introduces New Stand-on Scale for Improved Patient Safety

SR Instruments, a leading manufacturer of purpose-built scales for hospitals, medical facilities, and long-term care centers today announced the addition of a new stand-on scale, the SR585i, to its SR Scales product line.

– SR Instruments, Inc.

Experts: New Nutrition Labels Positive, But Don’t Expect Major Behavioral Changes

– Texas Tech University

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