Is Maternal Obesity Linked to Childhood Cancer?

A new study analyzed 2 million birth records and 3,000 cancer registry records and found that children born to obese mothers were 57% more likely to develop cancer, independent of other factors. This finding offers a rare opportunity for childhood cancer prevention. Using Pennsylvania birth records, the researchers found a correlation between pre-pregnancy body-mass index… Continue reading Is Maternal Obesity Linked to Childhood Cancer?

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Serving Preschoolers Bigger Portions Trains Them to Eat More

Preschoolers may not be as good at resisting large portions of everyday foods as was previously thought, according to Penn State researchers. In a study, the researchers examined whether children between the ages of three and five were susceptible to the portion size effect — the tendency of people to eat more when larger portions… Continue reading Serving Preschoolers Bigger Portions Trains Them to Eat More

Media Multi-tasking Now Linked to Obesity

If your attention gets diverted in different directions by smartphones and other digital devices, take note: Media multitasking has now been linked to obesity. New research from Rice University indicates that mindless switching between digital devices is associated with increased susceptibility to food temptations and lack of self-control, which may result in weight gain. “Increased… Continue reading Media Multi-tasking Now Linked to Obesity

Your Push-up Ability May Predict Your Heart Disease Risk: Research

Active, middle-aged men able to complete more than 40 push-ups had a significantly lower risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) outcomes — including diagnoses of coronary artery disease and major events such as heart failure — during 10 years of follow-up compared with those who were able to do less than 10 push-ups during the baseline… Continue reading Your Push-up Ability May Predict Your Heart Disease Risk: Research

Are You at Risk for Heart Failure? Your Weight History May Predict Your Fate!

In a medical records analysis of information gathered on more than 6,000 people, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers conclude that simply asking older adult patients about their weight history at ages 20 and 40 could provide real value to clinicians in their efforts to predict patients’ future risk of heart failure, heart attacks or strokes. In… Continue reading Are You at Risk for Heart Failure? Your Weight History May Predict Your Fate!

4 Questions About Pregnancy Weight Gain Answered

Pregnancy can be an amazing time in a woman’s life. She’s nurturing a new life, full of promise and with a near unlimited future to embrace. Her body is changing and she has so many questions. One of those questions is often “What the hell happened to my body and how do I get it… Continue reading 4 Questions About Pregnancy Weight Gain Answered