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A Flawed Measure

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BMI is not an accurate measure of health, according to research by UCSB psychologist Jeffrey Hunger and colleagues.

–University of California, Santa Barbara|2016-02-05

Popular Diet Myths Debunked

Thousands flock to the internet in search of ways to boost a healthy lifestyle. Many popular diet facts and trends are circulated so often in the media that it’s hard to know which tips to trust and which ones should be tossed. Underneath popular opinion and platitudes, the truth about eating healthy may surprise you. A Texas A&M Health Science Center registered dietician separates myths from fact when it comes to your diet.

–Texas A&M University|2016-02-04

Study Shows Association Among Childhood ADHD, Sex and Obesity

The incidence of childhood and adult obesity has increased significantly over the past three decades. New research shows that there is an association between obesity development during adulthood and childhood attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

–Mayo Clinic|2016-02-04

Scientists Win $1.2M to Study New Strategies for Treating Obesity, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease & Muscle Decline

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Scientists from The Scripps Research Institute Florida campus have been awarded nearly $1.2 million from the National Institutes of Health to create a series of drug candidates that advance treatments for such conditions as obesity, type-2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and muscle atrophy.

–Scripps Research Institute|2016-02-03

Treating Excess Weight and Obesity Requires Many Different Approaches and Expertise of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists: Updated Position Paper of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Excess weight and obesity among adults results from many influences including personal factors, the communities where people live and government policies. Therefore, successful weight loss must include multiple strategies addressing each of these influences, as well as the expertise of registered dietitian nutritionists, according to an updated position paper from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

–Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics|2016-02-03

Adolescent Weight Gain on Popular Injectable Contraceptive May Depend on Micronutrient Intake

Since its introduction nearly 23 years ago, the popular injectable contraceptive depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA) has been associated with causing substantial weight gain in some adolescent girls. Without being able to identify or predict which girls will gain weight on the drug, physicians typically counsel all teens receiving DMPA to simply eat less. New research suggests that the message may need to change to “eat better.”

–Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Science|2016-02-02

Does Gender Expression Impact Weight? New Research Ties Masculinity to Higher BMI for Young People

The first long-term research study of its kind ties masculine gender expression, or how much an individual conforms to masculine norms, to higher Body Mass Index (BMI) in youth.

–Obesity Society|2016-02-02

Study: Vacations Can Lead to Weight Gain, Contribute to ‘Creeping Obesity’

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A faculty member in the University of Georgia’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences found that adults going on a one- to three-week vacation gained an average of nearly 1 pound during their trips. With the average American reportedly gaining 1-2 pounds a year, the study’s findings suggest an alarming trend.

–University of Georgia|2016-02-01

Study Strengthens Evidence Linking Autism to Maternal Obesity-Diabetes

Scientists show they can use electronic medical records and birth information to verify and strengthen an already suspected link between autistic children and pregnant mothers with obesity and diabetes.

–Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center|2016-02-01

Cholesterol Levels Improve with Weight Loss and Healthy Fat-Rich Diet

A University of California, San Diego School of Medicine study finds that weight loss programs that provide healthy fats, such as olive oil in the Mediterranean diet, or a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet have similar impacts on pound-shedding. More specifically, the researchers report that a meal plan rich in walnuts, which are high in polyunsaturated fats, has a significant impact on lipid levels for women, especially those who are insulin-resistant.

–University of California, San Diego|2016-01-29

Obesity, Diabetes in Mom Increases Risk of Autism in Child

Children born to obese women with diabetes are more than four times as likely to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder than children of healthy weight mothers without diabetes, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research suggests.

–Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health|2016-01-29

Cholesterol Levels Improve with Weight Loss and Healthy Fat-Rich Diet

A University of California, San Diego School of Medicine study finds that weight loss programs that provide healthy fats, such as olive oil in the Mediterranean diet, or a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet have similar impacts on pound-shedding. More specifically, the researchers report that a meal plan rich in walnuts, which are high in polyunsaturated fats, has a significant impact on lipid levels for women, especially those who are insulin-resistant.

–University of California, San Diego Health Sciences|2016-01-28

Standard BMI Inadequate for Tracking Obesity During Leukemia Therapy

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An interdisciplinary research team at The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has found that body mass index (BMI) is an inadequate method for estimating changes in body fat and obesity in children with leukemia.

–Childrens Hospital Los Angeles|2016-01-28

How Obesity Makes Memory Go Bad

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Obesity is associated with epigenetic changes that dysregulate memory-associated genes, and a particular enzyme in brain neurons of the hippocampus appears to be a link between chronic obesity and cognitive decline.

–University of Alabama at Birmingham|2016-01-26

Being Married Might Hurt Your Chances of Weight Loss After Surgery

Spouses ideally could play a key role in helping patients lose pounds and keep them off after weight-loss surgery, but being married might actually work against patients, researchers from The Ohio State University have found. The researchers, led by Megan Ferriby, a graduate student in human sciences, concluded that the impact of weight-loss surgery extends to his or her romantic relationships and likely to the entire family.

–Ohio State University|2016-01-26

Vanderbilt Study Shows Brain Function Differs in Obese Children

In a paper published Thursday, Jan. 21, in the journal Heliyon, the researchers suggest that mindfulness, a practice used as a therapeutic technique to focus awareness, should be studied as a way to encourage healthy eating and weight loss in children.

–Vanderbilt University Medical Center|2016-01-25

Experts Available to Discuss Increasing Rates of Food Addiction and Its Role in Obesity Epidemic

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–Texas Tech University|2016-01-22

Are Football Players Too Obese?

In the world of American football, there is a stigma that players need to increase their overall body size to make an impact on the field. But, new research from a Grand Valley State University movement science professor and one of his students suggests that being bigger doesn't mean being better -- or healthier.

–Grand Valley State University|2016-01-22

Expert Gives Tips to Extend New Year’s Fitness Resolutions Past January

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–Texas Tech University|2016-01-22

Embargoed AJPH Research: Google Street View Improves Study of Pedestrian Injuries, Supermarket Distance Affects Child Fruit and Vegetable Intake and BMI, Government Funds Majority of U.S. Health Care Costs

In this month’s release, find new embargoed research about using Google Street View to study pedestrian injury risk; how distance to a supermarket affects kids’ fruit and vegetable intake and BMI; and government funding of U.S. health care costs.

–American Public Health Association (APHA)|2016-01-21

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