Beat Obesity and Diabetes With Avocados: Study

Your guacamole may hold the key to managing obesity and helping delay or prevent diabetes, according to a new study by a University of Guelph research team. For the first time, researchers led by Prof. Paul Spagnuolo have shown how a compound found only in avocados can inhibit cellular processes that normally lead to diabetes.… Continue reading Beat Obesity and Diabetes With Avocados: Study

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Childhood Obesity and Gut Bacteria

Childhood obesity has been an emotionally charged, near panic-inducing topic in the US and beyond for decades. New programs are repeatedly thrown at the issue in the hopes of “stemming the tide” of childhood obesity. Public policy on the issue has committed tens of billions of taxpayer dollars. In the media, in schools and even… Continue reading Childhood Obesity and Gut Bacteria

Want To Screw Up Your Fat Metabolism? Sleep Like An American

In a fascinating study by researchers at Pennsylvania State University, sleep restriction was once again shown to have remarkably negative affect on humans. In this case, only a few days of sleep restriction affected how full participants felt after eating, along with altering fat metabolism. A full night of recovery sleep wasn’t enough to reverse… Continue reading Want To Screw Up Your Fat Metabolism? Sleep Like An American

Wide Variety, Large Quantities of Snack Foods Are Driving Childhood Obesity

Another study has confirmed what most parents already know innately. If you offer children a wide variety and large quantities of tasty, less-than-healthy snack foods, they will eat a lot of those foods – and get fat! There are a couple of interesting thing about this study, however. First, it focused on snack foods and… Continue reading Wide Variety, Large Quantities of Snack Foods Are Driving Childhood Obesity

Should Obesity Be Considered a Disease?

Here in the United States, there has been much discussion already about whether obesity should be recognized as a disease. Certainly, the health problems, conditions and diseases to which obesity contributes strongly are a major health cost factor and consideration. Now, the medical and health systems and practitioners in the United Kingdom can no longer… Continue reading Should Obesity Be Considered a Disease?

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?

Is Coffee an Obesity-Fighter?

Scientists from the University of Nottingham have discovered that drinking a cup of coffee can stimulate ‘brown fat’, the body’s own fat-fighting defenses, which could be the key to tackling obesity and diabetes. The pioneering study, published today in the journal Scientific Reports, is one of the first to be carried out in humans to… Continue reading Is Coffee an Obesity-Fighter?

Attention, Connection And FUN Offer Psychosocial Benefits to Obese Kids

For many years, there has been debate about which kinds of programs offer the highest psychosocial benefits to kids – physical fitness programs or those geared toward art, music and relaxed social interaction. With youth depression, anxiety and obesity on the rise, this debate is now both timely and time-sensitive. Now, a study from the… Continue reading Attention, Connection And FUN Offer Psychosocial Benefits to Obese Kids

How Did Humans Become the “Fat Apes?”

How did humans get to be so much fatter than our closest primate relatives, despite sharing 99% of the same DNA? A new study suggests that part of the answer may have to do with an ancient molecular shift in how DNA is packaged inside fat cells, which curbed our body’s ability to turn ‘bad’… Continue reading How Did Humans Become the “Fat Apes?”

According to Big Data, Your Food is Too Sweet

New research from the Monell Center analyzed nearly 400,000 food reviews posted by Amazon customers to gain real-world insight into the food choices that people make. The findings reveal that many people find the foods in today’s marketplace to be too sweet. “This is the first study of this scale to study food choice beyond… Continue reading According to Big Data, Your Food is Too Sweet