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09 Jun

Teenage Smartphone Use Can Lead to Obesity, Study Finds

Teens who spend more than two hours a day on a smartphone eat more junk food, researchers say.

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13 Jul
Whole Grains Every Day: Key to Your Health and Waistline

Whole Grains Every Day: Key to Your Health and Waistline

TUESDAY, July 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Whole grains can help older adults maintain a thinner waist, lower blood pressure and lower blood sugar, new research suggests.

Just three servings a day may do the trick, the authors said.

One serving ...

16 Jun
For Losing Weight, Calorie Counting Tops Fasting Diets

For Losing Weight, Calorie Counting Tops Fasting Diets

Intermittent fasting diets are all the rage, but new clinical trial results indicate they don't work any better than simple calorie cutting.

People who simply cut their daily calories by 25% lost the most weight and fat tissue in three weeks of dieting, compared with two...

11 May
In Girls as Young as 7, Weight May Predict Odds for Eating Disorder

In Girls as Young as 7, Weight May Predict Odds for Eating Disorder

Could there be a way to tell years in advance which girls are more likely to develop eating disorders?

New research from Denmark suggests that childhood body mass index (BMI) may offer important clues. BMI is an estimate of body fat based on height and weight.

The ...

23 Apr
A Woman's Weight Might Affect Her Odds for Miscarriage

A Woman's Weight Might Affect Her Odds for Miscarriage

Overweight and underweight women have a higher risk of repeated miscarriages than those whose weight is average, a new study finds.

Miscarriage is the most common complication of early pregnancy, occurring in 15% to 20% of all pregnancies. Recurrent miscarriage (two or m...

19 Apr
In Breast Cancer Survivors, Obesity Raises Odds for Cancer's Return

In Breast Cancer Survivors, Obesity Raises Odds for Cancer's Return

Most people know obesity can lead to diabetes or heart disease, but excess weight can play a role in cancer, too, researchers say.

A new study found that breast cancer survivors who are overweight have a statistically significant increased risk of developing a second pri...

15 Apr
Bingeing, Stress Snacking: How the Pandemic Is Changing Eating Habits

Bingeing, Stress Snacking: How the Pandemic Is Changing Eating Habits

Americans' eating habits have changed for the worse during the COVID-19 pandemic, including an increase in eating disorders, researchers say.

For their study, the University of Minnesota team analyzed information gathered between April and May of 2020 from participants i...

13 Apr
Americans Are Eating Less Healthily Everywhere, Except at School

Americans Are Eating Less Healthily Everywhere, Except at School

Taking a deep dive into how Americans eat, a new dietary analysis finds that no matter where people get their food, bad nutrition rules the day, with one key exception: schools.

The conclusion is based on surveys conducted among 61,000 adults and children between 2003 an...

22 Mar
Pandemic Has Many Kids Struggling With Weight Issues

Pandemic Has Many Kids Struggling With Weight Issues

Kids and teens are already struggling to learn outside the classroom during the pandemic, but lockdowns and quarantines are also making it hard for them to control their weight, child health experts say.

Lost routines, economic insecurity and grief are making things more...

07 Jul
Working Off Your Quarantine Weight Gain

Working Off Your Quarantine Weight Gain

Life in lockdown has led many to overeat and gain weight, a phenomenon referred to as the "COVID-15."

But some small changes can get you back into shape, a weight management specialist suggests.

"COVID-19 changed how we eat, what we eat and how we spend o...

15 Jun
What Difference Do Calorie Counts on Menus Make?

What Difference Do Calorie Counts on Menus Make?

Calorie labeling requirements for menus in U.S. restaurant chains could save tens of thousands of lives and billions of dollars in health care and other costs, a new study claims.

Researchers created a model to assess what would happen if the labeling rule led to mod...

11 Jun
Eating Before Bedtime Might Pack on the Pounds

Eating Before Bedtime Might Pack on the Pounds

If you have a late dinner and then head to bed, beware: You may gain weight while you sleep, a new study suggests.

That's most likely because your metabolism slows, boosting blood sugar and other chemicals that contribute to weight gain and type 2 diabetes, research...

29 May
1 in 10 Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients With Diabetes Dies: Study

1 in 10 Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients With Diabetes Dies: Study

Ten percent of COVID-19 patients with diabetes die within a week of entering the hospital and 20% need a ventilator to breathe by that point, a new French study found.

Researchers analyzed data on more than 1,300 COVID-19 patients wit...

21 May
Extra Pounds Could Bring More Painful Joints

Extra Pounds Could Bring More Painful Joints

Carrying excess pounds can be painful, literally. A new study finds that being overweight or obese ups the risk of pain in people with musculoskeletal disorders.

"Pain, osteoarthritis and weight share a complicated relationship," said study author Dr. Diana Higgins. ...

21 May
Lost Pregnancies, Diabetes May Be Linked

Lost Pregnancies, Diabetes May Be Linked

The more pregnancies losses a woman has, the greater her risk of developing diabetes, a new study suggests.

Researchers examined data on nearly 25,000 Danish women who were born between 1957 and 1997 and diagnosed with type 2 diabetes between 1977 to 2017.

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01 Apr
Certain Health Conditions Up Risks for Severe COVID-19

Certain Health Conditions Up Risks for Severe COVID-19

New research suggests that having an underlying health condition might be one of the most significant risk factors for developing a severe case of COVID-19.

Scientists at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention took a look at a group of U.S. adult COVID-1...

31 Mar
Fitness Key to Long-Term Weight Loss Success

Fitness Key to Long-Term Weight Loss Success

The more fit you are when you start a weight-loss program, the more weight you could lose, a new study says.

"This research could help us improve the design of our weight-loss programs and suggests that adults with very poor fitness may benefit from additional exerci...

18 Feb
Small Babies Have High Risk for Heart-Lung Weakness as Adults: Study

Small Babies Have High Risk for Heart-Lung Weakness as Adults: Study

Being small at birth after a full-term pregnancy could leave you gasping for breath later on in life.

Swedish researchers report that babies with low birth weights are more likely to have poor heart-lung (cardiorespiratory) fitness when they reach adulthood.

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22 Jan
Super-Cooled Injections Might Ice Away 'Deep Fat'

Super-Cooled Injections Might Ice Away 'Deep Fat'

The Harvard-associated lab that created the "CoolSculpting" process of reducing fat says it's on the trail of the next advance in nonsurgical slimming.

CoolSculpting freezes fat cells by applying an ice-cold gel pad to the skin, causing cells to die off and either be f...

23 Dec
Getting Active Helps Kids' Hearts, Even in the Obese

Getting Active Helps Kids' Hearts, Even in the Obese

Regular exercise reduces heart risk factors in overweight and obese kids, researchers report.

Their study included 175 inactive boys and girls, aged 8 to 11, who took part in afterschool programs.

All of them did homework for about a half-hour and had a hea...

13 Nov
More Americans Trying to Lose Weight, But Few Succeeding

More Americans Trying to Lose Weight, But Few Succeeding

Americans are more motivated to lose weight than ever before, with increasing numbers eating less, exercising, drinking water and trying out new diets.

And it's all for naught.

Folks are heavier than ever despite all this effort, reports a new study.

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24 Oct
More TV, Smartphone Time Means More Sugary Drinks for Teens

More TV, Smartphone Time Means More Sugary Drinks for Teens

Teens who stay glued to screens, be it televisions or electronic devices, are not only getting less exercise -- they're more likely to down too many sugary, caffeinated drinks, according to a new study.

Researchers analyzed data from more than 32,400 U.S. students in...

16 Oct
Aging Population, Unhealthy Habits Underlie Expected Cancer Surge

Aging Population, Unhealthy Habits Underlie Expected Cancer Surge

Due to population growth and aging, the number of cancer cases worldwide is expected to jump 60% by 2040 -- but unhealthy lifestyle habits are likely to make the surge even larger.

That's the conclusion from the new edition of the Cancer Atlas, unveiled We...

09 Oct
You've Lost the Weight -- Now Keep It Off to Keep Diabetes at Bay

You've Lost the Weight -- Now Keep It Off to Keep Diabetes at Bay

The health of people with type 2 diabetes often improves dramatically with a 5% to 10% weight loss -- but to sustain the benefits, you need to keep the weight off, new research claims.

After losing weight with a yearlong intervention, blood sugar and blood pr...

07 Oct
High Lead Levels in Pregnancy Linked to Obesity in Kids Years Later

High Lead Levels in Pregnancy Linked to Obesity in Kids Years Later

Children whose moms had high levels of lead in their blood during pregnancy are more likely than others to carry excess weight by age 8, new research reveals.

The conclusion stems from a look at blood tests of more than 1,440 mothers within three days after delivery....

24 Sep
It Takes Less Weight to Trigger Diabetes in Minorities Than Whites

It Takes Less Weight to Trigger Diabetes in Minorities Than Whites

One of the biggest risk factors for type 2 diabetes is excess weight. But you don't have to be overweight to have the disease -- and new research revealed that some racial and ethnic minority groups are more likely to have diabetes at lower weights.

"Patients...

19 Sep
Scientists Discover New Way Fat Harms Your Arteries

Scientists Discover New Way Fat Harms Your Arteries

Scientists may have found a way that obesity directly damages the arteries and contributes to heart disease -- a discovery that they say could eventually lead to new treatments.

The British researchers found that in heart disease patients who are obese, body fat surr...

08 Aug
Heart-Healthy Habits Good For Your Brain

Heart-Healthy Habits Good For Your Brain

Want to reduce your risk of dementia? Take care of your heart.

That's the takeaway from a new study that suggests good heart health in middle age could lower your odds for problems with thinking and memory later in life.

The study included nearly 7,900 Brit...

26 Jun
Could Heavier Folks Be at Lower Risk for ALS?

Could Heavier Folks Be at Lower Risk for ALS?

It's not often that anything good is associated with obesity. Yet heavy folks and those who bulk up as they age may have less risk for the deadly disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a new study finds.

The Norwegian study found that over several decades, peop...

21 Jun
Heart Disease Is Lasting Threat to Breast Cancer Survivors

Heart Disease Is Lasting Threat to Breast Cancer Survivors

Postmenopausal women who survive breast cancer may have a higher risk for developing heart disease, a new study says.

Heart problems can appear more than five years after radiation treatment for breast cancer, and the added risk persists for as much as 30 years, acco...

07 Jun
The Scoop on Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt and Snow Cones

The Scoop on Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt and Snow Cones

Cold, sweet ice cream cones are a favorite summertime treat -- but don't overdo it.

They're high in calories and less nutritious than you probably think. That goes for frozen yogurt and flavored snow cones too, according to Suzy Weems, a professor of family and consu...

20 May
Heavy Teen Boys May Face Higher Heart Disease Risk as Adults

Heavy Teen Boys May Face Higher Heart Disease Risk as Adults

Just a few extra pounds during adolescence may translate into higher odds for heart disease in adulthood, a new study of young men suggests.

It included about 1.7 million Swedish men who began military service at ages 18 or 19 between 1969 and 2005. They were followe...

14 May
Philadelphia's Soda Tax Tied to Big Drop in Sales

Philadelphia's Soda Tax Tied to Big Drop in Sales

Soda taxes appear to be an effective weapon in the war on obesity and type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests.

In January 2017, Philadelphia began taxing sugary and artificially sweetened drinks, and in that year their sales in chain food stores dropped 38%. But it...

07 May
Weight Before Pregnancy Most Important to Risk for Complications

Weight Before Pregnancy Most Important to Risk for Complications

Expectant mothers and doctors have focused a lot on how much a woman gains during pregnancy, but new research suggests how much a woman weighs before getting pregnant may be far more important.

The study found that the more a woman weighed at the start of her...

29 Apr
How Much Does Your Kid Weigh? Chances Are, You're Underestimating

How Much Does Your Kid Weigh? Chances Are, You're Underestimating

Parents and doctors often overlook how overweight kids are, which could leave youngsters at increased risk for health problems linked to excess weight, British researchers say.

They reviewed 87 studies that included nearly 25,000 children,...

22 Apr
Preschool Is Prime Time to Teach Healthy Lifestyle Habits

Preschool Is Prime Time to Teach Healthy Lifestyle Habits

Teaching preschoolers about healthy habits can reduce their risk of obesity and heart disease later in life, new research suggests.

The New York City study included 562 youngsters in 15 preschools in Harlem, which has a largely black and Hispanic population. The two ...

19 Apr
Weight-Loss Surgery Just as Successful for Teens With Down Syndrome

Weight-Loss Surgery Just as Successful for Teens With Down Syndrome

Young people with Down syndrome or other cognitive impairments are just as successful in shedding excess pounds after weight-loss surgery as their peers, a new study finds.

Researchers reviewed outcomes for 63 young people, aged 13 to 24, who had bariatric surgery a...

18 Apr
Will You Get Fat? Genetic Test May Tell

Will You Get Fat? Genetic Test May Tell

As obesity becomes epidemic among Americans, many could over- or underestimate their odds for piling on the pounds. But a new genetic "score" might take the guesswork out of all of that, researchers say.

Using information on more than 2 million gene variants linked...

12 Apr
Newborn's 'Microbiome' Could Give Clues to Weight Later

Newborn's 'Microbiome' Could Give Clues to Weight Later

A newborn's first stool holds telltale clues about his risk for becoming an overweight 3-year-old, according to a European study.

The clues come from the population of bacteria (microbiome) in the baby's gut.

Finnish researchers used genetic sequencing to ...

25 Mar
Want to Stay Trim? Don't Eat in the Evening, Study Finds

Want to Stay Trim? Don't Eat in the Evening, Study Finds

Maybe you rush around with work and activities during the day, then settle in for a large, relaxing meal in the evening. But new research says the later in the day you eat, the more weight you're likely to pack on.

That's the takeaway from...

21 Mar
How to Help Your Kids Achieve a Healthy Weight

How to Help Your Kids Achieve a Healthy Weight

Obesity can lead to physical, social and emotional struggles for kids, so parents need to help their children maintain a healthy weight, experts say.

"Children with obesity are more likely than their classmates to be teased or bullied and to suffer from low self-este...

14 Mar
Early-Onset Menstruation Linked to Later High Blood Pressure Risk

Early-Onset Menstruation Linked to Later High Blood Pressure Risk

Older women who started menstruating at an early age have an increased risk of high blood pressure, new research suggests.

For the study, scientists analyzed data from nearly 7,900 women in China. The investigators found that early-onset menstruation was linked to a...

06 Mar
Heavier People May Be More Likely to Survive a Stroke

Heavier People May Be More Likely to Survive a Stroke

While it's long been understood that being overweight or obese raises the odds of stroke, new research indicates those carrying extra weight are far less likely to die after having such a "brain attack."

For the study, scientists analyzed more than 1,000 people who...

20 Feb
Brief Morning Exercise Helps Ease Blood Pressure Throughout the Day

Brief Morning Exercise Helps Ease Blood Pressure Throughout the Day

A half-hour of morning exercise can help control blood pressure in overweight and obese people for the entire day, a new study finds.

And for women in particular, adding frequent short breaks from sitting through the day can offer additional benefit, the Australian r...

12 Feb
Unfit Teens Often Grow Into Sickly Middle Age, Study Shows

Unfit Teens Often Grow Into Sickly Middle Age, Study Shows

Teen boys who are unfit and/or obese have higher odds for chronic disease and disability as adults, according to a large Swedish study.

Researchers followed more than 1 million boys for an average of 28 years, starting when they were 16 to 19 years of age.

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04 Feb
Teens Often Off the Mark About Their Weight, With Unhealthy Results

Teens Often Off the Mark About Their Weight, With Unhealthy Results

Nearly one in four American teens misperceives their weight, and that can trigger a bad chain of events, researchers say.

"American adolescents who misperceive their weight are significantly more likely to engage in unhealthy dietary and food habits, and are more lik...

29 Jan
Does Fish Oil Help Control Asthma? Not So Much, Study Finds

Does Fish Oil Help Control Asthma? Not So Much, Study Finds

Fish oil did not improve asthma control in overweight/obese young people with uncontrolled disease, a new study shows.

It included 98 participants, aged 12 to 25, who had diagnosed asthma but poor asthma control, despite using a daily inhaled corticosteroid.

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03 Jan
The Skinny on Schools' Efforts to Promote Healthy Eating

The Skinny on Schools' Efforts to Promote Healthy Eating

Schools that promote healthy eating may reduce kids' risk of obesity, new research finds.

Their study of nearly 600 middle schoolers in New Haven, Conn., found that such efforts limited increases in kids' body mass index (BMI -- an estimate of body fat based on heigh...

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