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Monday, June 13, 2016

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Newswise Obesity News Source 13-Jun-2016

Newswise Obesity News Source

Prevalence of Obesity in the U.S. Increases Among Women, but Not Men

The prevalence of obesity in 2013- 2014 was 35 percent among men and 40 percent among women, and between 2005 and 2014, there was an increase in prevalence among women, but not men, according to a study appearing in the June 7 issue of JAMA.

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– JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association

Some Asian-Americans Are Predisposed to Want More Carbs and Fast Food

Rice anyone? How about a bowl of ramen noodles? Researchers have found that some Asian-Americans are more likely to hunger for carbohydrates and unhealthy foods than other Asian-Americans — and the reason appears to be genetic. UCLA researchers have discovered that certain Asian-American college students have a genetic variation that predisposes them to food addiction. Their study, which could have implications for combating the rising rates of obesity among Asian-Americans, was published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition

– University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Findings Suggest Small Increase in Obesity Among U.S. Teens in Recent Years

Among U.S. children and adolescents 2 to 19 years of age, the prevalence of obesity in 2011- 2014 was 17 percent, and over approximately the last 25 years, the prevalence has decreased in children age 2 to 5 years, leveled off in children 6 to 11 years, and increased among adolescents 12 to 19 years of age, according to a study appearing in the June 7 issue of JAMA.

(Embargo expired on 07-Jun-2016 at 11:00 ET)

– JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association

Use of Neighborhood Environment Can Help Overweight Adolescents Increase Physical Activity

A program encouraging overweight or obese adolescents to increase their physical activity through use of their everyday environment, rather than organized classes or sports programs, produced significant increases in participants' daily physical activity that were sustained for at least three to four months. A report on a pilot study conducted at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) health center in Revere, Mass., is being published online in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Journal of Adolescent Health

– Massachusetts General Hospital

Almost All Food and Beverage Products Marketed by Music Stars Are Unhealthy, According to New Study

NYU Langone researchers publish first study to quantify nutritional quality of food and drinks endorsed by music celebrities popular among teens.

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– NYU Langone Medical Center

How the Great Recession Weighed on Children

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers have found that increases in unemployment in California during the Great Recession were associated with an increased risk for weight gain among the state’s 1.7 million public school students, suggesting that economic troubles could have long-term health consequences for children.

Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

A Family-Based Weight Management Program Improved Self-Perception Among Obese Children

Battling the childhood obesity epidemic is a priority for many researchers, as obesity during adolescence increases the risk of chronic diseases throughout life. Because obese children have lower quality of life and self-esteem, greater levels of depression and anxiety, and also face more teasing and bullying than normal-weight peers, including mental health in any intervention is necessary. To that end, researchers studied the self-perception of children participating in the Fit Families program.

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Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior

– Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior

Just a Few More Bites: Defining Moderation Varies by Individual, Study Finds

A new University of Georgia study suggests moderation's wide range of interpretations may make it an ineffective guide for losing or maintaining weight. The more people like a food, the more forgiving their definitions of moderation are, said the study’s lead author Michelle vanDellen

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– University of Georgia

Some Asian-Americans Are Predisposed to Want More Carbs; Breakthrough Toward Fish-Free Aquaculture Feed; Genetically Modified Golden Rice Falls Short, and More in the Food Science News Source

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– Newswise

New Institute for Diabetes and Metabolic Health Debuts at UC San Diego

The University of California San Diego School of Medicine has launched the Institute for Diabetes and Metabolic Health (IDMH), a new cross-disciplinary, collaborative effort to address one of the nation’s leading public health threats.

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– University of California, San Diego Health Sciences

Challenges of Custom-Engineering Living Tissue, Marriage Could Improve Heart Attack Survival, Bleeding Hearts Predict Future Heart Failure, and More in the Cardiovascular Health News Source

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– Newswise

Weight Loss Surgery Champion Frank G. Moody Honored by Professional Association

Frank G. Moody, M.D., who helped battle obesity in the 1970s by promoting weight loss surgery, has been honored by the American Surgical Association (ASA). He is a professor at John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School at UTHealth.

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– University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

The Benefits of a Family Based Weight Management Program; Nearly All Food Marketed by Pop Stars is Bad For You; Use of Neighborhood Environment Can Help Obese Teens, and More in the Obesity News Source

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– Newswise

Copper Is Key in Burning Fat

A new study led by a Berkeley Lab scientist and UC Berkeley professor establishes for the first time copper’s role in fat metabolism, further burnishing the metal’s reputation as an essential nutrient for human physiology.

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Nature Chemical Biology

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The Medical Minute: How Fat, Salt and Sugar Can Be Good for You

When it comes to healthy eating, the villains are constantly changing.

– Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

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