Obesity News Source

Wednesday 28-Jan-2015

UAB Medicine Wellness News

Alan Gertler, MD - Obesity and Heart Disease

Alan S. Gertler, M.D., associate professor of medicine in UAB’s Division of Cardiovascular Diseases and part of UAB’s Heart & Vascular Service.

–University of Alabama at Birmingham|2013-12-30

Anath Shalev, MD - Type 2 Diabetes

Anath Shalev, M.D., director of the UAB Comprehensive Diabetes Center. Shalev is an internationally recognized authority in endocrinology, pancreatic beta-cell biology and the pathophysiology of diabetes.

–University of Alabama at Birmingham|2013-12-30

Recent Research

Is Obesity a Disability? Experts Weigh In

Leading obesity organizations release a joint position statement supporting disability protections for obesity under certain circumstances and call for these protections to be enacted in the United States.

–Obesity Society|2015-01-27

Where You Can Find New Labels and Why It's Not All About the Numbers

A Kansas State University nutritionist explains a new regulation requiring calorie labeling at restaurants and why it's not just the numbers that put weight on your waistline.

–Kansas State University|2015-01-27

Gluten-Free Diet Is Treatment, Not Trend, for Those with Celiac Disease

For people who have celiac disease, going gluten-free isn't a lifestyle choice, it's a necessity. For everyone else, steering clear of gluten isn't necessarily a good idea.

–Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center|2015-01-27

Viruses May Play Unexpected Role in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases


Inflammatory bowel diseases are associated with a decrease in the diversity of bacteria in the gut, but a new study led by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has linked the same illnesses to an increase in the diversity of viruses.

–Washington University in St. Louis|2015-01-22

Taking It to the Streets


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–Voices for Healthy Kids|2015-01-21

New Fat-Fighting Tactics Show Promise for Combatting Global Obesity Epidemic

More than 2.1 billion people worldwide are now overweight or obese and at risk for major chronic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes and heart problems, reported McKinsey & Co. in a November 2014 analysis using data from the World Health Organization (WHO). But new types of evidence-based interventions, such as targeted drug treatments and foods created to be more satiating, may be able to help reverse the upward trajectory of global obesity rates, according to the latest series of interviews from the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) FutureFood 2050 publishing initiative.

–Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)|2015-01-21

Hunger Hormone in Infancy May Link to Lifelong Obesity Risk


Researchers at The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles now reveal an unexpected role for ghrelin in early brain development and show its long-term impact on appetite regulation. Their study will be published online January 20 by The Journal of Clinical Investigation.

–Children's Hospital Los Angeles Saban Research Institute|2015-01-20

Superbowl 2015 Tips from UT Southwestern

If you have resolved to eat healthier to manage your diabetes, blood pressure, or cholesterol, parties can present a challenge to that resolution, so it’s important to have a game plan before tackling the Super Bowl spread, UT Southwestern Medical Center dieticians say.

–UT Southwestern Medical Center|2015-01-20

Social Media Can Provide the Support Needed to Maintain Weight Loss

According to recent research from the Arnold School of Health at the University of South Carolina, use of social media sites like Facebook can be associated with a significant drop in pounds, especially during the critical maintenance period of a weight loss journey.

–University of South Carolina|2015-01-20

Bariatric Surgery Can Benefit Some Obese Children and Teens, Reports Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition

Bariatric surgery—as a last resort when conservative interventions have failed—can improve liver disease and other obesity-related health problems in severely obese children and adolescents, according to a position paper in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, official journal of the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) and the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

–Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins|2015-01-19

First Pharmacological Guideline for Obesity Treatment Provides Clinical Roadmap for Anti-Obesity Drug Treatment

The first-ever clinical practice guideline for the drug treatment of obesity offers a new tool for health practitioners looking to the latest pharmacotherapy strategies as a means of treating patients with obesity. The Obesity Society says the guideline supplements the TOS/AHA/ACC Obesity Treatment Guidelines to fill a gap in treatment.

–Obesity Society|2015-01-16

Obesity Experts Recommend Weight Loss Drugs, Surgery as Supplement to Lifestyle Interventions

The Endocrine Society today issued a Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) on strategies for prescribing drugs to manage obesity and promote weight loss.

–Endocrine Society|2015-01-15

FDA Approves First Medical Device for Obesity Treatment Targeting Brain-to-Stomach Signaling

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved EnteroMedic’s VBLOC® vagal blocking therapy, delivered via the Maestro® System, which is the first medical device approved for obesity treatment that targets the nerve pathway between the brain and the stomach. The Obesity Society calls this a "a novel device that interrupts signals from the stomach to the brain that are believed to be involved with stomach emptying and feelings of fullness."

–Obesity Society|2015-01-15

The Medical Minute: Lifestyle Determines Success After Surgical Weight Loss

With many people staring down New Year’s resolutions related to losing weight, some may be wondering if surgical weight loss is right for them. Dr. Ann Rogers, director of Penn State Hershey Surgical Weight Loss, says surgery is only a long-term solution for patients who also resolve to enact some important lifestyle changes.

–Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center|2015-01-15

For Obesity Research, Self-Reported Diet and Physical Activity Data Too Inaccurate, Expert Report Says

New strategies for acquiring objective data are in their infancy, and support for better tools is needed, say experts in the International Journal of Obesity.

–University of Alabama at Birmingham|2015-01-13

Society to Release Clinical Practice Guideline on Obesity Drugs

During a virtual press conference on January 15, the Endocrine Society will share recommendations from its upcoming Clinical Practice Guideline on the use of prescription drugs to manage obesity.

–Endocrine Society|2015-01-13

Researchers Uncover More Clues to How Drug Reverses Obesity, Diabetes, Fatty Liver Disease

Researchers at the University of Michigan have identified how a promising drug in clinical trials for the treatment of obesity and related metabolic disorders improves the metabolism of sugar by generating a new signal between fat cells and the liver.

–University of Michigan |2015-01-12

Portly Pastors Make Up More than a Third of American Clergy


More than a third of American clergy members are obese, with stress, longer hours, being underpaid and lack of self-care among the reasons, according to a Baylor University study. But the pastoral profession has some built-in prevention methods that can help clergy be healthier if they take advantage of them.

–Baylor University|2015-01-12

Involuntary Hospitalization of Patients with Anorexia Nervosa in Extreme Situations Can Save Their Lives

Involuntary hospitalization of patients with anorexia nervosa in extreme situations can save their lives

–University of Haifa|2015-01-12

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