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Lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar could halve obesity-related risk of heart disease
Controlling blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood glucose may substantially reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke associated with being overweight or obese. (2013-11-21)

Lowering 3 risk factors could cut obesity-related risk of heart disease by more than half
Controlling blood pressure, serum cholesterol, and blood glucose may substantially reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke associated with being overweight or obese. (2013-11-21)

Too much weekly sport seems to be as bad as too little for teen wellbeing
Too much weekly sport seems to be as bad as too little for teen well-being, suggesting there's an inverted U-shaped relationship between the two, finds research published online in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. (2013-11-20)

PTSD raises risk for obesity in women
Women with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) gain weight more rapidly and are more likely to be overweight or obese than women without the disorder, find researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and Harvard School of Public Health. It is the first study to look at the relationship between PTSD and obesity over time. Results appear online in JAMA Psychiatry. (2013-11-20)

Women who have undergone obesity surgery should be classed as at-risk during pregnancy, say research
Women with a history of obesity surgery are at increased risk of giving birth to preterm or small-for-gestational age babies and should be regarded as an at-risk group, a paper published on bmj.com today suggests. (2013-11-12)

Obese older women at higher risk for death, disease, disability before age 85
Obesity and a bigger waist size in older women are associated with a higher risk of death, major chronic disease and mobility disability before the age of 85, according to a study published by JAMA Internal Medicine, a JAMA Network publication. (2013-11-11)

Overweight, obese are risks for heart disease regardless of metabolic syndrome
Being overweight or obese are risk factors for myocardial infarction (heart attack) and ischemic heart disease regardless of whether individuals also have the cluster of cardiovascular risk factors known as metabolic syndrome, which includes high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar, according to a study published by JAMA Internal Medicine, a JAMA Network publication. (2013-11-11)

Obesity may limit overall function 2 years after shoulder replacement surgery
Patients with obesity undergo a disproportionately higher number of elective orthopaedic surgeries in the US Obesity has been linked to higher costs, complications, infections and revisions in total knee and total hip replacement surgeries. (2013-11-07)

A 20 percent sugary drink tax would cut number of UK obese adults by 180,000
A 20 percent tax on sugar sweetened drinks would reduce the number of UK adults who are obese by 180,000 (1.3 percent) and who are overweight by 285,000 (0.9 percent), suggests a study published on bmj.com today. (2013-10-31)

Opportunities abound for nonprofit hospitals aiming to address obesity through community benefit
New research from the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance sheds light on the challenges and opportunities for nonprofit hospitals to address obesity through community benefit activities. With obesity affecting more than one-third of adults and 17 percent of children in the United States, many communities are facing the challenge of how to address this epidemic. Nonprofit hospitals are uniquely positioned to help through their ongoing efforts to provide community benefit programs. (2013-10-31)

Obese women alter diets in response to additional calories from soft drinks
Obese women voluntarily reduce what they eat in response to additional soft drinks being added to their diets -- a new four week study finds. Forty-one obese women took part in the study, coordinated by Professor Marie Reid at the University of Hull and published in British Journal of Nutrition, to determine the effect of consuming 1-liter a day of either a sugar-sweetened or an artificially-sweetened drink, along with their normal dietary intake. (2013-10-28)

Encouraging a healthy weight for a healthy heart
A healthy weight is the key to a healthy heart, and yet an estimated one out of three children is either overweight or obese in the US During a special symposium Oct. 27 at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, pediatricians discussed obesity and cardiovascular risk factors, public health policy, and how physicians can partner with families to improve children's weight. (2013-10-27)

Excessive alcohol consumption increases the progression of atherosclerosis and the risk of stroke
A Finnish population-based study showed that binge drinking was associated with increased atherosclerotic progression in an 11-year follow-up of middle-aged men. The progression of atherosclerosis was increased among men who consumed 6 drinks or more on one occasion. In addition, the risk of stroke increased among men who had at least one hangover per year. (2013-10-21)

Large prospective study finds long-term obesity is associated with poorer pancreatic cancer survival
New results from a prospective study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology show that patients with a body mass index in the obese range live on average two to three months less after a pancreatic cancer diagnosis, compared with healthy weight patients, even after adjusting for factors that are known to predict survival for patients with this disease, such as age and disease stage. (2013-10-21)

Baylor College of Medicine researchers find community-based weight loss intervention yields greater weight loss than self-help approach
A new randomized controlled trial conducted by Baylor College of Medicine researchers and published today as an article in press in the American Journal of Medicine finds that overweight and obese adults following a community-based weight loss intervention, namely Weight Watchers, lost significantly more weight than those who tried to lose weight on their own (10.1 lbs. vs. 1.3 lbs. at six months). (2013-10-15)

Adolescent's weight, socioeconomic status may affect cancer later in life
Overweight adolescents were twice as likely as their normal weight peers to later develop esophageal cancer in a recent study from Israel. The study, which is published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, also found that lower socioeconomic status as well as immigration from higher risk countries were important determinants of gastric cancer. (2013-10-14)

Overweight and obese children face high risk of hypertension
High body weight in children and adolescents is strongly associated with the likelihood of hypertension, according to a Kaiser Permanente Southern California study published today in The Journal of Clinical Hypertension. (2013-10-10)

When it comes to the good cholesterol, fitness trumps weight
New findings suggest that maintaining a (2013-10-09)

USPSTF updates recos on youth blood pressure screening
Below is information about an article being published early online in Annals of Internal Medicine. The information is not intended to substitute for the full article as a source of information. Annals of Internal Medicine attribution is required for all coverage. Please note special embargo time for this issue. (2013-10-07)

Overweight dogs have a shorter life expectancy
Being overweight shortens a dog's life expectancy according to new research by the WALTHAM® Centre for Pet Nutrition. Data on a range of popular dog breeds from across the USA showed that dogs that are overweight in middle age have a shorter life expectancy than ideal weight dogs. (2013-10-04)

5 regular meals a day reduce obesity risk among adolescents
A regular eating pattern may protect adolescents from obesity, according to a Finnish population-based study with more than 4,000 participants. When eating five meals -- breakfast, lunch, dinner and two snacks -- a day, even those with a genetic predisposition to obesity had no higher body mass index than their controls. (2013-10-03)

Body image impacts on weight gain during pregnancy
How women perceive their bodies during pregnancy and how that impacts on their weight gain has been the subject of a new study by University of Adelaide researchers. (2013-10-01)

Study reveals dramatic fall in death rates after hip replacements
Mortality rates in the first 90 days following hip replacement surgery have halved, according to a study led by the University of Bristol. (2013-09-26)

Diet and exercise for knee osteoarthritis produces greater improvement in knee pain, function
Among overweight and obese adults with knee osteoarthritis, combining intensive diet and exercise led to less knee pain and better function after 18 months than diet-alone and exercise-alone, according to a study in the Sept. 25 issue of JAMA. (2013-09-24)

Primary weight maintenance -- a new way to prevent overweight and obesity
The same message to everyone does not work if the goal is to prevent overweight and obesity in the population. It is also important to reach groups normally considered as being at low risk for gaining in weight. This is what Kristina Lindvall shows in her doctoral thesis at Umeå University, Sweden. Participants in the study come from Västerbotten in northern Sweden and from New York State in the US. (2013-09-20)

Older adults live longer with a few extra pounds -- if they don't add more
Some overweight older adults don't need to lose weight to extend their lives, but they could risk an earlier death if they pack on more pounds. (2013-09-19)

Pregnant women with high/low BMI are at higher risk of complications and hospital admissions
Pregnant women with a body mass index that is too high or too low are more likely to have maternal complications, require additional hospital care and incur higher medical costs, according to a new study published today in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. (2013-09-18)

New research on potential avocado health benefits presented at International Congress of Nutrition
New research findings on avocado consumption, presented as two posters at the IUNS 20th International Congress of Nutrition, in Granada, Spain, suggest that although calorie consumption at dinner was unchanged, inclusion or addition of fresh Hass Avocado to a meal may help to reduce hunger and the desire to eat in overweight adults; and including or adding avocado to a meal resulted in smaller post-meal rises in insulin compared to eating a meal without avocado. (2013-09-18)

New research supports intentional weight loss for older adults
New research from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center shows that physical activity and weight loss conducted together for older, overweight and obese adults results in improved body composition, translating into lower cardiovascular disease risk and improved mobility. (2013-09-18)

Childhood obesity may quadruple high blood pressure risk in adulthood
Excess weight in childhood increases the risk of high blood pressure as an adult. (2013-09-12)

Researchers find what's missing in teen health programs
Adding a mental health component to school-based lifestyle programs for teens could be key to lowering obesity, improving grades, alleviating severe depression and reducing substance use, a new study suggests. (2013-09-10)

Obese teenagers who lose weight at risk for developing eating disorders
Obese teenagers who lose weight are at risk of developing eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, Mayo Clinic researchers imply in a recent Pediatrics article. Eating disorders among these patients are also not being adequately detected because the weight loss is seen as positive by providers and family members. (2013-09-09)

Household routines may help reduce BMI in minority children
An intervention to improve household routines known to be associated with obesity increased sleep duration and reduced TV viewing among low-income, minority children, and the approach may be an effective tool to reduce body mass index in that population, according to a study published by JAMA Pediatrics, a JAMA Network publication. (2013-09-09)

Body weight influences both the physical and mental quality of life
Body weight has a great influence on our quality of life. While physical health deteriorates when weight is gained, mental well-being seems to improve, especially in women. This has been reported by scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum München in the International Journal of Public Health. These results offer valuable information for preventive strategies in the fight against obesity. (2013-09-03)

Insulin status is important determinant of weight reduction on vascular function
Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center have found that among obese people who had lost considerable weight, those with high insulin levels -- a marker of insulin resistance in the body -- were the most likely to experience better blood vessel function following the weight loss. (2013-09-03)

Metabolically healthy women have same CVD risk regardless of BMI
A Danish study followed 261,489 women with no prior history of cardiovascular disease for an average of five years. (2013-09-02)

Study: Overweight and obese women are equally capable of the impulse control that lean women exhibit
Previous studies have shown that overweight and obese people have a harder time delaying gratification, so they are more likely to forego the healthy body later on in favor of eating more calorie-dense foods now. But University at Buffalo research published last month in the journal Appetite now shows that behavioral interventions that improve delay of gratification can work just as well with overweight and obese women as with lean women. (2013-08-30)

Pre-pregnancy hormone testing may indicate gestational diabetes risk
Overweight women with low levels of the hormone adiponectin prior to pregnancy are nearly seven times more likely to develop gestational diabetes, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published today in the journal Diabetes Care. Adiponectin protects against insulin resistance, inflammation and heart disease. (2013-08-29)

Adapting to mainstream lowers diabetes risk in African-Americans
Trying to find a produce store or a large grocer in an economically depressed neighborhood is about as easy as finding an apple in a candy store. (2013-08-26)

Vigorous physical activity linked to lower incidence of obesity in young African-American women
According to a new study by researchers from Boston University Slone Epidemiology Center's Black Women's Health Study, the risk of becoming obese among young African-American women decreased with increasing levels of vigorous activity. The investigators focused on younger women because most weight gain occurs before middle age. (2013-08-21)

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