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8-Jun-2020 3:40 PM EDT
People Who Eat a Late Dinner May Gain Weight
Endocrine Society

Eating a late dinner may contribute to weight gain and high blood sugar, according to a small study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Newswise: Queen’s Research Develop Tool to Tackle Diet Epidemic in India
Released: 23-Jan-2020 6:05 AM EST
Queen’s Research Develop Tool to Tackle Diet Epidemic in India
Queen's University Belfast

New research led by Queen’s University Belfast aims to better understand the link between diet and disease in India.

Newswise: Parent Confidence Is Key to Keeping Kids From Unhealthy Foods
Released: 20-Jan-2020 11:05 PM EST
Parent Confidence Is Key to Keeping Kids From Unhealthy Foods
University of South Australia

As the countdown to a new school year begins, many parents will soon find themselves facing the often-arduous task of filling the school lunchbox which, despite the best of intentions, often ends up containing more junk food than nutrition. Cutting kids’ consumption of unhealthy food is the focus on a new study by the University of South Australia and Flinders University, where lead researcher and PhD candidate Brittany Johnson says there is clear connection between parents’ motivations, and their children’s intake of unhealthy foods.

4-Nov-2019 8:00 AM EST
NAFLD Patients Less Likely to Lose Weight, Need More Effective Weight Loss Strategies
American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD)

Data from a new study presented this week at The Liver Meeting® – held by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases – found that obese individuals with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) were less likely to achieve a medically recommended five percent loss of body weight at three months

Released: 28-Aug-2019 8:05 AM EDT
High-Protein Bedtime Snacks No Problem for Active Women
Florida State University

In a study of women weight lifters, nutrition scientists at FSU showed that protein consumption before bed compared to protein consumption during the day does not disturb overnight belly fat metabolism or whole-body fat burn.

Released: 23-Aug-2019 11:05 AM EDT
The fat of the land: Estimating the ecological costs of overeating
Frontiers

With every unfinished meal since Band Aid, you've heard it: "people are starving in Africa, y'know". True, the UN estimates that rich countries throw away nearly as much food as the entire net production of sub-Saharan Africa - about 230 million tonnes per year.

Newswise: Researchers Find Genetic Links to Child Obesity across Diverse Ethnic Groups
Released: 22-Aug-2019 12:05 PM EDT
Researchers Find Genetic Links to Child Obesity across Diverse Ethnic Groups
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

An international team of researchers who analyzed data across multiple ethnicities has produced the largest genetic study to date associated with common childhood obesity. The Early Growth Genetics Consortium added to evidence that genetic influences on obesity operate across the lifespan.

Released: 22-Aug-2019 9:50 AM EDT
Weight Loss Before Knee Replacement Improves Some Outcomes in Severely Obese Patients
Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott

In patients with morbid obesity, losing 20 pounds before knee replacement surgery (arthroplasty) leads to fewer hospital days and other outcome improvements, reports a study in the August 21, 2019 issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio in partnership with Wolters Kluwer.

Released: 9-Aug-2019 11:05 AM EDT
Abundant screen time linked with overweight among children
University of Helsinki

A recently completed study indicates that Finnish children who spend a lot of time in front of screens have a heightened risk for overweight and abdominal obesity, regardless of the extent of their physical activity.

Newswise: Scientists Bioengineer Human Liver Disease in the Lab to Find New Treatments
23-May-2019 11:00 AM EDT
Scientists Bioengineer Human Liver Disease in the Lab to Find New Treatments
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Scientists successfully bioengineered human liver organoids that faithfully mimic key features of fatal liver disease in the laboratory. This allowed them to uncover underlying disease biology in the organoids and test a potential therapy that in preclinical lab tests reversed an often-fatal childhood condition called Wolman disease.

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Released: 1-May-2019 2:05 PM EDT
Is Captain America Obese? New Study Highlights Exaggerated Physical Differences Between Male and Female Superheroes
Binghamton University, State University of New York

Superheroes like Thor and Black Widow may have what it takes to save the world in movies like Avengers: Endgame, but neither of their comic book depictions has a healthy body mass index (BMI). New research from Binghamton University and SUNY Oswego found that, within the pages of comic books, male superheroes are on average obese, while females are on average close to underweight.

Released: 21-Dec-2018 8:05 AM EST
A New Year, a New You: RDNs Share Their Top Health Tips
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

CHICAGO –Many people view the start of a new year as an opportunity to accomplish big goals: losing 20 pounds, running a marathon or hitting the gym every day at dawn. Such lofty goals, especially without a game plan on how to accomplish them, often fade from memory by spring.

Newswise: New research shows how a diet high in fat and cholesterol can lead to life-threatening liver disease
Released: 20-Dec-2018 10:30 AM EST
New research shows how a diet high in fat and cholesterol can lead to life-threatening liver disease
Keck Medicine of USC

A new USC study provides new insight on how dietary fat and cholesterol drive the development of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a serious form of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

Newswise: Are Popular Diets Safe?
Released: 12-Oct-2018 3:05 PM EDT
Are Popular Diets Safe?
Texas A&M University

Many of the latest popular diets make wild claims while imposing drastic changes to what you can eat.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: Small Changes Can Make Big Progress in Preventing Childhood Obesity
Released: 25-Jul-2018 12:05 PM EDT
The Medical Minute: Small Changes Can Make Big Progress in Preventing Childhood Obesity
Penn State Health

In the United States, the percentage of children and adolescents with obesity has more than tripled since 1970. Today, approximately one in five school-aged children (ages 6 to 19) is obese.

Newswise: Bariatric Surgery Is Effective Under the Right Circumstances
Released: 17-Jul-2018 9:00 AM EDT
Bariatric Surgery Is Effective Under the Right Circumstances
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Obesity is a medical problem that can have wide-ranging mental and physical effects on a person. Pamela Bass knows that firsthand, but thanks to University of Alabama at Birmingham surgeons, she has a new lifestyle and a new state of mind. For years, Bass struggled with weight gain and the adverse health effects that come with obesity, such as high cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure.

Newswise: A New Understanding of How Glucose Makes You Fat
Released: 31-May-2018 2:05 PM EDT
A New Understanding of How Glucose Makes You Fat
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Glucose is the energy that fuels cells, and the body likes to store glucose for later use. But too much glucose can contribute to obesity, and scientists have long wanted to understand what happens within a cell to tip the balance.

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Released: 1-May-2018 8:00 AM EDT
Researchers Call for Tougher Standards for Studies on Obesity Policies
Johns Hopkins Medicine

When a new park is built, a tax is instituted on fast food or a ban put in place against soft drinks in a school, public health researchers must often rely on “after the fact” observational studies to evaluate the impact of such efforts on rates of obesity in a particular population and try to clearly identify and measure the factors that worked or didn’t.

Newswise: Clues to Obesity’s Roots Found in Brain’s Quality Control Process
19-Feb-2018 9:00 AM EST
Clues to Obesity’s Roots Found in Brain’s Quality Control Process
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Around the clock, cells deep in the brain produces a “grandfather” form of several hormones that help us regulate our appetite and eating. Now, a new discovery sheds new light on how that grandfather molecule gets produced – and more important, what can go wrong and raise the risk of overeating and obesity. The findings could pave the way for new approaches to treating forms of obesity, especially those with genetic roots.

Newswise: Enzyme Plays a Key Role in Calories Burned Both During Obesity and Dieting
5-Feb-2018 2:05 PM EST
Enzyme Plays a Key Role in Calories Burned Both During Obesity and Dieting
University of California San Diego Health

Ever wonder why obese bodies burn less calories or why dieting often leads to a plateau in weight loss? In both cases the body is trying to defend its weight by regulating energy expenditure. In a paper publishing in Cell on February 8, University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers identify the enzyme TANK-binding kinase 1 (TBK1) as a key player in the control of energy expenditure during both obesity and fasting.

Newswise: Dietary Fiber Protects Against Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome, Study Finds
Released: 22-Jan-2018 4:25 PM EST
Dietary Fiber Protects Against Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome, Study Finds
Georgia State University

Consumption of dietary fiber can prevent obesity, metabolic syndrome and adverse changes in the intestine by promoting growth of “good” bacteria in the colon, according to a study led by Georgia State University.

Newswise: Study: Weight Loss Reduces Pain Far Beyond Load-Bearing Joints
Released: 22-Jan-2018 5:30 AM EST
Study: Weight Loss Reduces Pain Far Beyond Load-Bearing Joints
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

A small new study examining widespread pain relief after weight loss could have new implications for treating pain in people with obesity.

Newswise: Evening Hours May Pose Higher Risk for Overeating, Especially When Under Stress, Study Finds
Released: 16-Jan-2018 9:00 AM EST
Evening Hours May Pose Higher Risk for Overeating, Especially When Under Stress, Study Finds
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Experiments with a small group of overweight men and women have added to evidence that “hunger hormone” levels rise and “satiety (or fullness) hormone” levels decrease in the evening. The findings also suggest that stress may increase hunger hormone levels more in the evening, and the impact of hormones on appetite may be greater for people prone to binge eating.

Newswise: Junk Food Tax is Legally and Administratively Viable, Finds New Analysis
18-Dec-2017 4:30 PM EST
Junk Food Tax is Legally and Administratively Viable, Finds New Analysis
New York University

An original analysis by researchers at New York University College of Global Public Health and the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University finds that a federal tax on junk food is both legally and administratively feasible.

Newswise: Study Explores Impact of Obesity on Bone Marrow Cells
27-Dec-2017 9:00 AM EST
Study Explores Impact of Obesity on Bone Marrow Cells
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

New research published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine highlights the pernicious effect of obesity on the long-term health of blood-making stem cells (hematopoietic stem cells). Published Dec. 27 and conducted largely in genetic models of obese mice, the study shows obesity causes durable and harmful changes to the hematopoietic stem cell compartment – the blood-making factory in our bodies.

Newswise: Why the Y? Older Adults Need Support for Healthy Weight Loss in 2018
Released: 21-Dec-2017 8:05 AM EST
Why the Y? Older Adults Need Support for Healthy Weight Loss in 2018
Wake Forest University

Researchers at Wake Forest University say adults 60+ whose New Year’s resolution is to lose weight succeed with an inexpensive and accessible solution: classes at community fitness centers such as the YMCA.

Newswise: Does this One Gene Fuel Obesity?
Released: 15-Nov-2017 2:45 PM EST
Does this One Gene Fuel Obesity?
University of North Carolina Health Care System

New research from the Research Triangle suggests that variants in a gene called ankyrin-B – carried by millions of Americans – could cause people to put on pounds through no fault of their own.

Newswise: Eating More Like Our Ancestors Would Improve Human Health
Released: 1-Nov-2017 3:50 PM EDT
Eating More Like Our Ancestors Would Improve Human Health
Washington University in St. Louis

Malnutrition problems can be traced to poor-quality diets lacking in diversity, a recent phenomenon in evolutionary history, according to a new paper from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.“Earlier diets were highly diverse and nutrient dense, in contrast to modern food systems in which monotonous diets of staple cereals and ultra-processed foods play a more prominent role,” wrote Lora Iannotti, associate professor and senior author of the paper, “Genome–nutrition Divergence: Evolving Understanding of the Malnutrition Spectrum,” published in the journal Nutrition Reviews.

Newswise: UTSW/THR Study Investigates Fitness of Obese Children
Released: 11-Oct-2017 11:05 AM EDT
UTSW/THR Study Investigates Fitness of Obese Children
UT Southwestern Medical Center

A study underway at the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine is investigating the respiratory effects of obesity in children, including obese children who may be misdiagnosed with asthma.

Newswise: A Need for Bananas? Dietary Potassium Regulates Calcification of Arteries
2-Oct-2017 5:00 PM EDT
A Need for Bananas? Dietary Potassium Regulates Calcification of Arteries
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Researchers have shown, for the first time, that reduced dietary potassium promotes elevated aortic stiffness in a mouse model. Such arterial stiffness in humans is predictive of heart disease and death from heart disease, and it represents an important health problem for the nation.

Newswise: Brain Cells That Control Appetite Identified for First Time
Released: 27-Sep-2017 5:05 AM EDT
Brain Cells That Control Appetite Identified for First Time
University of Warwick

Dieting could be revolutionised, thanks to the ground-breaking discovery by the University of Warwick of the key brain cells which control our appetite.

Newswise: Is Sitting Really ‘the New Smoking?’
Released: 22-Sep-2017 5:05 PM EDT
Is Sitting Really ‘the New Smoking?’
Texas A&M University

It’s a popular catchphrase: “Sitting is the new smoking.” A phrase that is often attributed to James A. Levine, MD, PhD, of the Mayo Clinic, but even he seems to have pulled back from that characterization a little.

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13-Sep-2017 4:15 PM EDT
Skin Patch Dissolves “Love Handles” in Mice
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Researchers have developed a medicated skin patch that can turn energy-storing white fat into energy-burning brown fat locally while raising the body’s metabolism. The patch could be used to burn off pockets of unwanted fat and treat metabolic disorders like obesity and diabetes.

Newswise: Researchers Find That Body Clock, Gut Microbiota Work Together to Pack on the Pounds
Released: 11-Sep-2017 3:30 PM EDT
Researchers Find That Body Clock, Gut Microbiota Work Together to Pack on the Pounds
UT Southwestern Medical Center

UT Southwestern researchers have uncovered new clues about how gut bacteria and the body’s circadian clock work together to promote body fat accumulation.

Newswise: Study Shows So-Called ‘Healthy Obesity’ Is Harmful to Cardiovascular Heath
6-Sep-2017 1:05 PM EDT
Study Shows So-Called ‘Healthy Obesity’ Is Harmful to Cardiovascular Heath
University of Birmingham

Clinicians are being warned not to ignore the increased cardiovascular health risks of those who are classed as either ‘healthy obese’ or deemed to be ‘normal weight’ but have metabolic abnormalities such as diabetes.

Newswise: Psychotic Disorders and Obesity: New Report Shows Big Waistlines Are to Blame
Released: 23-Aug-2017 9:00 AM EDT
Psychotic Disorders and Obesity: New Report Shows Big Waistlines Are to Blame
Florida Atlantic University

A number of factors, including obesity, shorten the lifespan for those with schizophrenia by 20 years and by 10 years for those with bipolar disorder, compared to the general population. In the first study to compare long-term weight gain across psychotic disorders, researchers show that expanding waistlines and the way body fat is distributed are largely to blame.

Newswise: Obese Heart Surgery Patients Require Significantly More ICU Resources
3-Aug-2017 7:00 AM EDT
Obese Heart Surgery Patients Require Significantly More ICU Resources
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

After heart surgery, obese patients tend to require additional intensive care unit (ICU) services and longer recovery times when compared to non-obese patients. This results in more expensive, more labor-intensive care.

Released: 8-Aug-2017 3:30 PM EDT
Equality Isn’t Cutting It: New Campaign From American Heart Association and American Academy of Pediatrics Works for Health Equity, Too
Newswise

Join our virtual press briefing on August 10 at 11 am ET to hear from these organizations about new research, stories of successful programs in communities, and experts who can speak to the need to ensure all children have access to nutritious food and safe places to be physically active.

Newswise: Gene Therapy via Skin Could Treat Many Diseases, Even Obesity
31-Jul-2017 10:05 AM EDT
Gene Therapy via Skin Could Treat Many Diseases, Even Obesity
University of Chicago Medical Center

A research team has overcome challenges that have limited gene therapy. They demonstrate how their novel approach with skin transplantation could enable a wide range of gene-based therapies to treat human diseases. The researchers provide “proof-of-concept,” treating mice with two common related human ailments: type-2 diabetes and obesity.

Newswise: Do Breathing Issues Hamper Exercise in Overweight Preteens?
Released: 10-Jul-2017 1:05 PM EDT
Do Breathing Issues Hamper Exercise in Overweight Preteens?
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Do overweight children have more breathing limitations, intolerance for exercise, and breathlessness when exercising than normal weight children, leading to possible misdiagnosis for conditions such as asthma?

Newswise: Does the Emperor Have Clothes?
Released: 23-Jun-2017 7:05 AM EDT
Does the Emperor Have Clothes?
Harvard Medical School

Decades after the discovery of anti-obesity hormone, scant evidence that leptin keeps lean people lean, scientists caution

Newswise: Dramatic Shift in Gut Microbes and Their Metabolites Seen After Weight Loss Surgery
Released: 26-May-2017 11:00 AM EDT
Dramatic Shift in Gut Microbes and Their Metabolites Seen After Weight Loss Surgery
Arizona State University (ASU)

Obesity is linked with the composition of microbes in the human gut. In new research, bacterial composition in the gut, as well as accompanying metabolites are shown to undergo a profound and permanent shift, with microbial diversity significantly increasing following gastric bypass surgery.

Newswise: Another Reason to Exercise: Burning Bone Fat – a Key to Better Bone Health
Released: 18-May-2017 11:05 AM EDT
Another Reason to Exercise: Burning Bone Fat – a Key to Better Bone Health
University of North Carolina Health Care System

For the first time, UNC School of Medicine researchers show that exercising burns the fat found within bone marrow and offers evidence that this process improves bone quality and the amount of bone in a matter of weeks.

Newswise: Can You Feast While Dieting?
Released: 2-May-2017 11:05 AM EDT
Can You Feast While Dieting?
University of Illinois at Chicago

Alternate-day fasting diets are just as effective as diets that restrict calories every day, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago report. The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, followed 100 obese adults for a year.

Newswise: ‘Diet’ Products Can Make You Fat, Study Shows
Released: 25-Apr-2017 1:05 PM EDT
‘Diet’ Products Can Make You Fat, Study Shows
University of Georgia

High-fat foods are often the primary target when fighting obesity, but sugar-laden “diet” foods could be contributing to unwanted weight gain as well.

Newswise: Study Shows High-Salt Diet Decreases Thirst, Increases Hunger
Released: 18-Apr-2017 3:00 PM EDT
Study Shows High-Salt Diet Decreases Thirst, Increases Hunger
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

When you eat salty food, you get thirsty and drink water. Right? Maybe in the short-term -- but within 24 hours, you actually get less thirsty because your body starts to conserve and produce more water.

Newswise: Expanding Waistlines and Metabolic Syndrome: Researchers Warn of New ‘Silent Killer’
Released: 6-Apr-2017 9:00 AM EDT
Expanding Waistlines and Metabolic Syndrome: Researchers Warn of New ‘Silent Killer’
Florida Atlantic University

For decades, American waistlines have been expanding and there is increasing cause for alarm. Researchers make the case that metabolic syndrome is the new “silent killer,” analogous to hypertension in the 1970s. As it turns out, the “love handle” can be fatal.


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