Obesity is a Risk Factor for Depression, Anxiety in Children and Adolescents

Obesity is linked with an increased risk of developing anxiety and depression in children and adolescents, independent of traditional risk factors such as parental psychiatric illness and socioeconomic status, according to new research being presented at this year’s European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Glasgow, UK (28 April-1 May). The nationwide study comparing over 12,000… Continue reading Obesity is a Risk Factor for Depression, Anxiety in Children and Adolescents

Occasional Overeating Won’t Ruin Your Body or Your Diet, Doctor Says

Overeating has been found to impair blood sugar (glucose) control and insulin levels. A new study suggests that the duration of a bout of overeating can affect how the body adapts glucose and insulin processing when calorie intake increases. The article is published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology — Endocrinology and… Continue reading Occasional Overeating Won’t Ruin Your Body or Your Diet, Doctor Says

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

Could Depression, Obesity and Chronic Pain All Be Treated by Suppression of One Protein?

Major depression, obesity and chronic pain are all linked to the effects of one protein, called “FK506-binding protein 51,” or FKBP51. Until now, efforts to inhibit this target have been hampered by the difficulty of finding something specific enough to do the job and not affect similar proteins. Now a research group has developed a… Continue reading Could Depression, Obesity and Chronic Pain All Be Treated by Suppression of One Protein?

8 Reasons To Drink Water Like Your Life Depends On It!

Water is, quite literally, essential. Without it, life is over, done, kaput. Try going without it for even a day. Really tough to do. That’s probably why the word “drought” has such impact on people. People living in drought-stricken areas are already acutely aware of how essential water is and how hard life gets without… Continue reading 8 Reasons To Drink Water Like Your Life Depends On It!

Teen Sleep and Activity Too Low, Screen Time Too High: Study

Only 1 in 20 U.S. adolescents is meeting national recommendations for sleeping, physical activity, and screen time, according to new research by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). The study, published today in JAMA Pediatrics, also revealed differences in the findings between females and males, with just 3 percent of girls… Continue reading Teen Sleep and Activity Too Low, Screen Time Too High: Study

Why We Crave Fatty Foods When Dieting: Study

Have you ever wondered why we crave the very foods that we try to avoid when dieting? Or wish there was a way to turn off the craving? Researchers from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have identified new brain circuits that may act as a brake on binge eating and junk food… Continue reading Why We Crave Fatty Foods When Dieting: Study