A family meal a day keeps obesity away?

Increasing rates of adolescent obesity and the likelihood that obesity will carry forward into adulthood, have led to various preventive initiatives. It has been suggested that family meals, which tend to include fruits, vegetables, calcium, and whole grains, could be protective against obesity.  In a new study, researchers studied whether frequent family meals during adolescence were protective for overweight and obesity in adulthood. CLICK HERE TO READ ARTICLE!

Train your brain to prefer healthy foods?

It may be possible to train the brain to prefer healthy low-calorie foods over unhealthy higher-calorie foods, according to new research by scientists at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (USDA HNRCA) at Tufts University and at Massachusetts General Hospital. Published online today in the journal Nutrition & Diabetes, a brain scan study in adult men and women suggests that it is possible to reverse the addictive power of unhealthy food while also increasing preference for healthy foods. CLICK HERE TO READ ARTICLE!

Teen’s lack of sleep increases risk of obesity

Teenagers who don’t get enough sleep may wake up to worse consequences than nodding off during chemistry class. According to new research, risk of being obese by age 21 was 20 percent higher among 16-year-olds who got less than six hours of sleep a night, compared with their peers who slumbered more than eight hours. (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends nine to ten hours of sleep for teenagers.)

Researchers at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Public Health are the first to examine the effect of sleeplessness on obesity in teenagers over time, providing the strongest evidence yet that lack of sleep raises risk for an elevated BMI. Results appear in Journal of Pediatrics. CLICK HERE TO READ ARTICLE!

More young men are obese than previously thought

Deakin University research has revealed that more young Australian men are likely to be obese than previously estimated.

The study by researchers with Deakin’s IMPACT Strategic Research Centre found that 24 per cent of young Australian men are obese, as opposed to the previous estimate of eight per cent. They believe the discrepancy is due to inaccuracies with the Body Mass Index (BMI) measurement system. CLICK HERE TO READ ARTICLE!

Global obesity skyrockets!

There are a greater number of obese people in the United States than in any other country in the world, according to a new report in medical journal The Lancet.
The scale of the 188-country study is unprecedented, and it paints a grim picture. Not one country has succeeded in cutting its obesity rate during the 33 years studied. Rates are rising among men, women and children, no longer a malady of rich nations alone.

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Losing weight: Lifestyle changes trump any diet

Sounds a lot like what we talk about here at Weight Know More!

What’s the best diet for maintaining a healthy weight and warding off chronic diseases? Is it a low-carb diet, a high-carb diet, an all-vegetable diet, a no-vegetable diet?

Researchers say you’d be better off just forgetting the word diet, according to an editorial published August 20 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
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