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Consuming a high-quality diet is associated with lower risk of pancreatic cancer
People who reported dietary intake that was most consistent with the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans had lower risk of pancreatic cancer, according to a new study published Aug. 15 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. (2013-08-15)

Children of obese mothers at greater risk of early heart death as adults
Children of obese and overweight women have a higher risk of early cardiovascular death as adults, finds a study published on bmj.com today. (2013-08-13)

Breastfeeding associated with decreased risk of overweight among children in Japan
Breastfeeding appears to be associated with decreased risk of overweight and obesity among school children in Japan, according to a study by Michiyo Yamakawa, M.H.Sc., of the Okayama University Graduate School of Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Okayama City, Japan, and colleagues. (2013-08-12)

A complex story behind genes, environment, diabetes and obesity
While it is well known that there is a strong genetic basis to both diabetes and obesity, and that they are linked, researchers from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney say that there are many rare genetic variants involved, which will pose a significant challenge in the quest to develop effective therapies. (2013-08-07)

Walking to work cuts risk of diabetes and high blood pressure
People who walk to work are around 40 percent less likely to have diabetes as those who drive, according to a new study. (2013-08-06)

New model shows that some children can outgrow obesity without losing weight
A new study published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology reveals a sophisticated new model showing how excessive calorie intake affects the weight of children and adolescents, which could lead to improved weight loss interventions for obese and overweight children. (2013-07-29)

Effect of obesity on patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer
Obesity increases health risks for many things. Researchers wanted to know the impact of obesity on outcomes of patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer. In the September issue of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer's journal, the Journal of Thoracic Oncology, researchers conclude that obese patients had superior outcomes early on in the study, but then experienced increased hazards. (2013-07-25)

Athletes need to be careful to monitor diet, weight to maintain muscle mass
Athletes seeking a healthy performance weight should eat high fiber, low-fat food balanced with their training regimen in order to maintain muscle while still burning fat, according to a report by an Oregon State University researcher. (2013-07-23)

Among Indian immigrants, religious practice and obesity may be linked, study shows
A UCLA-led research team that examined the relationship between religious practices and obesity among Indian immigrants has found that religiosity in Hindus and Sikhs -- but not Muslims -- appears to be an independent factor associated with being overweight or obese. (2013-07-17)

Weight gain early in pregnancy means bigger, fatter babies
A UAlberta researcher cautions against too much weight early into pregnancy, which leads to larger, chubbier babies. (2013-07-16)

Female obesity linked to lower rates of live birth and embryo implantation in the uterus
An analysis of almost 10,000 first cycles of egg donation treatment at one of Europe's largest IVF centres shows that female obesity reduces the receptivity of the uterus to embryo implantation and thereby compromises reproductive outcome. The investigators report that excess female weight (2013-07-09)

Can watching an avatar translate to real-life weight loss?
An estimated two-thirds of all Americans are overweight or obese and many find it difficult to lose weight and keep it off. They've tried fad diets, exercise programs, diet pills and other methods but the battle continues. Now, a new study suggests that watching an avatar model weight-loss behavior in a virtual community might help some women shed pounds in the real world. (2013-07-01)

People prefer 'carrots' to 'sticks' when it comes to healthcare incentives
To keep costs low, companies often incentivize healthy lifestyles. Now, new research suggests that how these incentives are framed -- as benefits for healthy-weight people or penalties for overweight people -- makes a big difference. The research, published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, shows that policies that carry higher premiums for overweight individuals are perceived as punishing and stigmatizing. (2013-06-26)

Overweight causes heart failure -- large study with new method clarifies the association
An international research team led by Swedish scientists has used a new method to investigate obesity and overweight as a cause of cardiovascular disease. Strong association have been found previously, but it has not been clear whether it was overweight as such that was the cause, or if the overweight was just a marker of another underlying cause, as clinical trials with long-term follow-ups are difficult to implement. (2013-06-25)

Results of landmark 11-year study on weight loss's effect on heart disease risks published today
A landmark study investigating the long-term effects of weight loss on the risks of cardiovascular disease among patients with Type 2 diabetes has now concluded, with significant results to be published today in the New England Journal of Medicine. (2013-06-24)

Conversations with teens about weight linked with increased risk of unhealthy eating behaviors
Conversations between parents and adolescents that focus on weight and size are associated with an increased risk for unhealthy adolescent weight-control behaviors, according to a study published Online First by JAMA Pediatrics, a JAMA Network publication. (2013-06-24)

Parenting and home environment influence children's exercise and eating habits
Kids whose moms encourage them to exercise and eat well, and model those healthy behaviors themselves, are more likely to be active and healthy eaters, according to researchers at Duke Medicine. (2013-06-18)

Short-term antidepressant use, stress, high-fat diet linked to long-term weight gain
Short-term use of antidepressants, combined with stress and a high-fat diet, is associated with long-term increases in body weight, a new animal study finds. The results will be presented Saturday at The Endocrine Society's 95th Annual Meeting in San Francisco. (2013-06-16)

Skipping breakfast may make obese women insulin resistant
Overweight women who skip breakfast experience acute, or rapid-onset, insulin resistance, a condition that, when chronic, is a risk factor for diabetes, a new study finds. The results, which were presented Sunday at The Endocrine Society's 95th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, suggest that regularly skipping breakfast over time may lead to chronic insulin resistance and thus could increase an individual's risk for type 2 diabetes. (2013-06-16)

Vitamin D deficiency may raise allergy and asthma risk in obese children, teens
One reason why obese children and teenagers are more likely to have hard-to-control asthma and allergies may be vitamin D deficiency, a new study finds. (2013-06-15)

Weight loss improves memory and alters brain activity in overweight women
Memory improves in older, overweight women after they lose weight by dieting, and their brain activity actually changes in the regions of the brain that are important for memory tasks, a new study finds. The results were presented today at The Endocrine Society's 95th Annual Meeting in San Francisco. (2013-06-15)

Weight loss drug added to diet and exercise improves blood sugar control
The new weight loss drug lorcaserin appears to improve blood sugar control in nondiabetic, overweight individuals, independent of the amount of weight they lose, a new study finds. The results will be presented Saturday at The Endocrine Society's 95th Annual Meeting in San Francisco. (2013-06-15)

Impaired heart function among obese children may help predict later disease
Impaired heart function among obese children and adolescents may be an indicator of future heart disease, a new clinical trial finds. The results were presented Saturday at The Endocrine Society's 95th Annual Meeting in San Francisco. (2013-06-15)

Being overweight linked to excess stress hormones after eating
Overweight and obese men secrete greater amounts of stress hormones after eating, which may make them more susceptible to disease, a new observational study finds. The results were presented Saturday at The Endocrine Society's 95th Annual Meeting in San Francisco. (2013-06-15)

Overweight and obese patients less likely to achieve remission in early RA
A new study presented today at EULAR 2013, the Annual Congress of the European League Against Rheumatism, shows that overweight and obese patients are less likely to achieve successful remission in early rheumatoid arthritis compared to those of normal weight. (2013-06-14)

4-fold rise in children treated for obesity-related conditions
The number of children admitted to hospital for problems related to obesity in England and Wales quadrupled between 2000 and 2009, a study has found. (2013-06-12)

NYC-style cap on soda size would target the overweight, not the poor
Legislation to restrict consumption of large sugar-sweetened beverages in food service establishments would affect 7.5 percent of Americans on a given day, and a greater percentage among those who are overweight, including 13.6 percent of overweight teenagers, according to researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. Challenging criticism that the restriction is discriminatory against the poor, the study finds low-income individuals would not be disproportionately affected. (2013-06-12)

Obesity can be predicted from infancy, CWRU researchers find
Infants as young as two months old already exhibit growth patterns that can predict the child's weight by age 5, according to researchers at Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and Tennessee State University. (2013-06-11)

Obesity increases the risk of preterm delivery
The risk of preterm delivery increases with maternal overweight and obesity, according to a new Swedish study published in Journal of the American Medical Association. (2013-06-11)

Walking or cycling to work linked to health benefits in India
People in India who walk or cycle to work are less likely to be overweight or obese, have diabetes or high blood pressure, a study has found. (2013-06-11)

Maternal overweight and obesity during pregnancy associated with increased risk of preterm delivery
In a study that included more than 1.5 million deliveries in Sweden, maternal overweight and obesity during pregnancy were associated with increased risk for preterm delivery, with the highest risks observed for extremely preterm deliveries, according to a study in the June 12 issue of JAMA. (2013-06-11)

Walking or cycling to work linked to healthier weight in India
People in India who walk or cycle to work are less likely to be overweight or obese, according to a study led by Christopher Millett from Imperial College London and the Public Health Foundation of India and colleagues. Their paper reporting the study, published in this week's PLOS Medicine, reveals that cyclists are also less likely to have diabetes or high blood pressure compared to people who take public or private transport to work. (2013-06-11)

Rural living presents health challenges for cancer survivors
Cancer survivors who live in rural areas aren't as healthy as their urban counterparts, according to new research from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. (2013-06-05)

Obese patients trust diet advice from overweight physicians more than normal-weight physicians
New study indicates overweight and obese patients trust weight-related counseling from overweight physicians more than normal-weight physicians and patients seeing an obese primary care physician were more likely to perceive weight-related stigma. (2013-06-04)

Early life risk factors and racial/ethnic disparities in childhood obesity
Racial and ethnic disparities in children who are overweight and obese may be determined by risk factors in infancy and early childhood, according to a study published Online First by JAMA Pediatrics, a JAMA Network publication. (2013-06-03)

Early-life risk factors account for racial and ethnic disparities in childhood obesity
A new prospective study finds that the increased prevalence of obesity and overweight among black and Hispanic children can largely be explained by early-life risk factors such as rapid infant weight gain, early introduction of solid foods and a lack of exclusive breast feeding. (2013-06-03)

Even short bouts of high intensity training improve fitness in inactive men
Many people think that getting in shape and staying there requires hard work and hours upon hours of training. But new research from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology shows that only four minutes of vigorous activity three times per week was enough to significantly improve the fitness of previously inactive men. (2013-05-29)

Overeating learned in infancy, study suggests
Research shows that clinical obesity at 24 months of age strongly traces back to infant feeding patterns. (2013-05-22)

'Doctor shopping' by obese patients negatively affects health
Overweight and obese patients are significantly more likely than their normal-weight counterparts to repeatedly switch primary care doctors, a practice that disrupts continuity of care and leads to more emergency room visits, new Johns Hopkins research suggests. (2013-05-21)

Researchers develop smart phone app to help weight loss
Researchers at the University of Liverpool have developed a smart phone app that helps users lose weight by carefully recording their food consumption. (2013-05-13)

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