Excess Weight Leads to a Shorter Life

Taking a life-course perspective, researchers have found obesity results in a shorter lifespan and an increased risk of cardiovascular (CVD) morbidity and mortality compared with those with a normal BMI (weight). Overweight men and women of all ages developed CVD at a younger age and spent more years living with it, despite not living as long. PositiveTip:…

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Obesity’s Toll

Have you noticed that everyone seems to be talking about obesity and its effect on the health of the population? There is good reason. Scientists from the Global Burden of Disease 2015 have determined that 110 million children and 600 million adults living in 73 countries are obese.  Between 1980 and 2014 the prevalence of obesity in…

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No Fruit Juice for Infants

The American Academy of Pediatrics has extended its recommendation against offering juice to all infants from 6 months and younger to 12 months and under. Toddlers should be given no more that 4 oz (120 ml) of 100% juice; children 4-6 years old no more than 6 oz (180 ml) and 7-18 years no more than 8…

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Is the Obesity Paradox Real?

A 2013 meta-analysis suggested that overweight individuals had lower all-cause mortality than those at normal BMI. Now data from three large cohort studies with more than 225,000 men and women has demonstrated there is no protective effect of being overweight. These researchers used the maximum weight achieved over the past 16 years in addition to current…

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Excess Weight Increases Risk of Eleven Cancers

Scientists have found 11 types of cancer show a strong association with excess body fat, according to a systematic review of the literature. The strongest evidence was seen for gastric, colon, rectum, bile duct system, pancreas, breast, endometrial, ovary, kidney, esophageal adenocarcinoma, and multiple myeloma. PositiveTip: Avoid consuming excess calories and engage in physical activity…

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Obesity and Teen Screen Time

The Center for Disease Control's Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System collects data from grades 9-12 yearly. When looking at the self-reported data on the amount of screen time outside of school work, researchers found 20% were spending 5 plus hours per day of screen time and this was associated with 272% greater odds of sugar-sweetened…

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Do Your Genes Make You Fat?

Many people who are overweight or obese often blame it on their genes. In a meta-analysis of nearly 10,000 subjects, researchers from England found even those with genetic risk factors for obesity respond as well as anyone else to diet and exercise. This data strongly suggests that obesity-linked genes do not affect the ability to lose weight.…

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Early Bedtime for Preschoolers

A new study suggests that putting preschoolers to bed early may help prevent the risk for adolescent obesity. The risk for adolescent obesity was cut in half when children went to bed before 8:00 PM compared to those who stayed up past 9:00 PM. It is estimated that 25% of U.S. preschoolers go to bed…

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Larger Bottles Linked to Later Obesity

Overweight infants are more likely to be overweight children. In formula-fed infants the size of the bottle may be associated with the weight gain. Researchers found when infants were fed from a 6 or 8 ounce bottle they weighed significantly more at 6 months than those using bottles smaller than 6 ounces. This was true after adjustment…

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Weight Loss in Obese Young Women Improves Fertility

A high body-mass index (BMI) combined with a sedentary lifestyle decreases the likelihood of natural conception. Dutch researchers randomized 574 infertile, obese women to a six month lifestyle program of lowered calories and increased physical activity followed by infertility treatment.  Those in this group experienced 10% higher natural conception than the control group which received infertility treatments immediately.…

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