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07 Sep

U.S. Heart Disease Deaths Related to Obesity Have Tripled Over the Last 20 Years, New Study Finds

Obesity-related deaths from heart disease tripled between 1999 and 2020, according to new research. Black women had the highest rates than all others in the study.

10 Jul

Popular Weight Loss Drug Helps Reverse Obesity in Teens, New Study Finds

Nearly half of teens with obesity no longer had the disease after taking once-weekly semaglutide (Wegovy) as part of an overall weight loss program, researchers say.

12 Jun

Obesity May Impair the Brain’s Response to Food, Study Finds

The brain’s response to nutrients may be severely impaired in people with obesity, according to new research.

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'Hungry Gut' Gene Test Shows Who'll Benefit Most From Wegovy

You've watched others shed pounds in a matter of weeks after taking one of the new blockbuster weight-loss drugs, so you decide to try one of the medications yourself, only to discover the needle on your bathroom scale barely budges.

Why? New research presented Monday at the Digestive Disease Week conference in Washington, D.C., suggests genes might be at play.

Some patients will l...

Brain's 'Food Smell' Circuitry Might Drive Overeating

The smell of food is appetizing when you’re hungry. At the same time, it can be a turnoff if you’re full.

That’s due to the interaction between two different parts of the brain involving sense of smell and behavior motivation, a new study finds.

And it could be why some people can’t easily stop eatin...

One Key to Weight Loss for Men: Competing for Cash

A competitive game with a potential cash reward appeared to help overweight British men lose weight, researchers report.

The incentive was winning the "Game of Stones" -- a stone is a British measurement of body weight equal to 14 pounds -- and pocketing the equivalent of just over $500 in American dollars if the man achieved weight-loss goals.

Weight loss was more successful among ...

Smoking During Pregnancy Could Raise Baby's Odds for Obesity Later

Women who smoke during pregnancy run a higher risk of their kids becoming overweight or obese, and researchers now think they know one reason why.

Children born of moms who smoked while expecting tend to have gut bacteria that is significantly different from that of kids whose moms didn’t light up, scientists reported recently in the journal

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  • Could Having 'Skinny' Fat Cells Encourage Weight Gain?

    “Skinny” fat cells might actually make it harder to lose weight and easier to pack on extra pounds, a new study says.

    Researchers say it’s possible to predict if someone’s going to gain weight based solely on the size of their fat cells.

    People with large fat cells tend to lose weight over time, and those with small fat cells tend to gain weight, according to a Swedish study...

    One in 8 U.S. Adults Have Now Used Blockbuster Meds Like Ozempic

    About 1 in 8 U.S. adults (12%) have tried a weight-loss drug like Wegovy, Ozempic, Zepbound or Mounjaro, a new KFF Health Tracking Poll says.

    About 6% are taking one right now, the poll found.

    Most patients say they use the drugs (61%) to treat a chronic condition like diabetes or heart disease, ...

    Colon Cancer Cases Rising Sharply Among Children, Teens

    Colon cancer steadily increased among young people in the United States over the past two decades, with tweens enduring the most dramatic leap in cancer rates, a new study says.

    The rate of colon cancer grew 500% among kids 10 to 14 between 1999 and 2020, researchers will report...

    Stomach-Zapping Procedure Lowers Appetite to Help With Weight Loss

    An experimental procedure could reduce levels of a hunger-triggering hormone by burning part of a person’s stomach lining, a new study reports.

    In the procedure, doctors snake a tube down the patient’s throat with a tiny device that singes the lining of the upper portion of the stomach, also called the gastric fundus.

    That’s the part of the stomach that produces ghrelin, the p...

    About 90% of U.S. Adults Are On the Way to Heart Disease

    Nine of 10 American adults are in the early, middle or late stages of a syndrome that leads to heart disease, a new report finds, and almost 10% have the disease already.

    "Poor cardiovascular, kidney, and metabolic health is widespread among the U.S. population," concludes a team led by

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  • May 8, 2024
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  • New School Lunch Rules Target Added Sugars, Salt

    School lunches will soon contain less added sugars and salt under new nutrition standards announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday.

    “We all share the goal of helping children reach their full potential,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a news release announcing the changes. “Like teachers, cl...

    Calories, Not Meal Timing, Key to Weight Loss: Study

    A head-to-head trial of obese, pre-diabetic people who ate the same amount of daily calories -- with one group following a fasting schedule and the other eating freely -- found no difference in weight loss or other health indicators.

    So, despite the fact that fasting diets are all the rage, if you simply cut your daily caloric intake,

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  • Ozempic, Wegovy Won't Boost Thyroid Cancer Risk: Study

    Wegovy, Ozempic and other drugs known as GLP-1 analogues have become wildly popular for controlling diabetes and helping folks lose weight.

    There were concerns that longer term use of the drugs might raise users' odds for thyroid cancer, but a Swedish study of more than 435,000 people finds no evidence to support that notion.

    “Many people take these medicines, so it is important...

    Nerve Zap Treatment for Sleep Apnea Less Effective in Obese People

    Obese folks are less likely to benefit from a nerve-stimulation treatment for sleep apnea that's recently been made available to them, a new study reports.

    The treatment is likely to be 75% less effective among obese people with BMIs of 32 to 35, compa...

    Rare Genes Can Raise Odds for Obesity 6-Fold

    Two newly discovered genetic variations can have a powerful effect on a person's risk for obesity, a new report says.

    Variants in the gene BSN, also known as Bassoon, can increase risk of obesity as much as sixfold, researchers report April 4 in the journal Nature Genetics.

    These variants affect about 1 in every 6,500...

    Germs in Your Gut Could Sway Your Odds for Obesity

    Research into germs that travel through the human digestive tract shows that some may promote obesity while others might help prevent it.

    Not only that, but those microbes may act differently in men versus women, the same study found.

    “Our findings reveal how an imbalance in distinct bacterial groups are likely to play an important role in the onset and development of

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  • Adult High Blood Pressure Could Begin in Childhood

    The seeds of high blood pressure in adulthood might be sown in youth, a new study suggests.

    Children and teenagers with excess weight were more likely to have high blood pressure in middle age, researchers report.

    In fact, there's a linear r...

    Another Study Warns of Surgery Risks for Folks Taking Ozempic, Wegovy

    People taking weight-loss drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy need to drop them in the days or weeks prior to surgery, a new study warns.

    Folks on one of these drugs -- known as GLP-1 receptor agonists -- have a 33% higher risk of developing pneumonia by breathing in their own vomit during surgery, researche...

    Obesity in Childhood Doubles Odds for MS in Young Adulthood

    Children who are obese face double the odds of developing multiple sclerosis later in life, a new study warns.

    The overall odds for any one child to develop the neurodegenerative illness remains very low. However, the Swedish researchers believe the link could help explain rising rates of MS.

    "There are several studies showing that MS has increased over several decades and obesity ...

    Obesity Genes Mean Some Folks Must Exercise More for Same Results

    Some folks struggling with obesity appear to be hampered by their own genes when it comes to working off those extra pounds, a new study finds.

    People with a higher genetic risk of obesity have to exercise more to avoid becoming unhealthily heavy, researchers discovered.

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    Sodas, Fruit Juices Raise Boys' Odds for Type 2 Diabetes

    WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2024 -- Boys who drink lots of sugary soda and fruit juice could be more likely to develop type 2 diabetes later in life, a new study has found.

    Each daily 8-ounce serving of sugary drinks during a boy's childhood is associated with a 34% increase ...

    Zepbound Helps Obese People Shed Pounds, Regardless of Starting Weight

    The blockbuster weight-loss medication Zepbound (tirzepatide) appears to help folks quickly shed pounds regardless of how overweight they are, or how long they've lived being overweight or obese.

    Those are the findings of two separate analyses of a major trial of the injected drug that was funded by maker Eli Lilly.

    “Regardless of...

    FDA Approves Wegovy to Help Prevent Heart Attack, Stroke

    Wegovy (semaglutide), the weight-loss version of blockbuster diabetes drug Ozempic, was approved on Friday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to help prevent heart attack, stroke and heart death.

    “Wegovy is now the first weight-loss medication to also be approved to help prevent life-threatening cardiovascular events in adults with cardiovascular disease and either obesity or over...

    Look to Your Parents for Your Odds of Obesity: Study

    Folks worried about becoming flabby in middle age should check out what their parents looked like when they were that age, a new study says.

    People are six times more likely to become obese in middle age if both their parents were chubby during that time of their lives, according to research to be present...

    Could 'Lazy Eye' in Childhood Raise Risks for Adult Disease?

    Children with “lazy eye” are more likely to become adults facing an array of serious health problems, a new study warns.

    Kids diagnosed with amblyopia are more likely to develop high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes as adults, researc...

    Many Labradors Become Obese and Research Shows Why

    Nearly a quarter of Labrador retrievers are more likely to be obese due to a genetic “double-whammy,” a new study finds.

    This gene mutation causes Labradors to both feel hungry all the time and also burn fewer calories, British researchers report.

    The mutation involves a gene called POMC, which plays a critical role in hunger and energy use among Labs.

    About 25% of Labrado...

    Over 1 Billion People Are Now Obese Worldwide

    FRIDAY, March 1, 2024 (HealthDay news) -- More than 1 billion adults and children around the world are now obese, a new global analysis estimates.

    Nearly 880 million adults now are living with obesity, as well as 159 million children, according to the report published Feb. 29 in The Lancet journal.

    Obesity rates for kids and teenagers quadrupled worldwide between 1990 and 2...

    'Ultra-Processed' Foods Harm Your Health in More Than 30 Different Ways

    Ultra-processed foods can cause dozens of terrible health problems among people who eat them too often, a new review warns.

    Researchers linked diets high in ultra-processed foods to an increased risk of 32 separate illnesses. In particular, these foods are strongly tied to risk with early death, heart disease, cancer, mental health disorders, overweight and obesity, and type 2 diabetes, r...

    Fast-Food Outlets, Bars Aren't Great Neighbors for Your Heart

    Living close to a pub, bar or fast-food restaurant doesn't do your heart any favors, a new study finds.

    Folks who live in close proximity to such establishments have a higher risk of heart failure, compared to those who live farther away, researchers report in the Feb. 27 issue of the journal Circulation: Heart Failure

    These findings weren't a complete surprise, said...

    One Way to Reduce Child Obesity: Get Kids Moving More in Class

    Regular standing and walking activities in the classroom can aid in the fight against childhood obesity, a new study shows.

    Children who took part in the Active Movement program experienced an 8% reduction in their waist-to-height ratio, according to results from British primary schools.

    Participation in sports also increased by 10...

    Can't Exercise Every Day? Weight Loss Is Still Possible

    Folks can lose weight even if they pack all their weekly exercise into one or two days, a new study finds.

    Guidelines recommend that people get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous exercise.

    “Weekend warriors” who condense all that exercise into one or two days each week can lose about the same amount of weight as people who ...

    You Probably Can't 'Exercise Away' the Calories in Sodas: Study

    Don't expect to sweat away the heart risks posed by sugary sodas and drinks, a new study warns.

    Canadian researchers found that even if the recommended 150 minutes of weekly physical activity protects against cardiovascular disease, it's not enough to counter the adverse effects of sugar-sweetened beverages.

    “Physical activity reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease associated ...

    A Cardiologist Answers Your Questions on New Weight-Loss Meds

    Weight loss drugs like Ozempic and Zepbound can lead to better heart health for people struggling with excess weight or diabetes, a University of Michigan cardiologist says.

    However, these medications help the heart best when combined with lifestyle changes like more exercise and a healthy diet, according to

    Score Big With a Healthy, Tasty Super Bowl Feast

    FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2024 (healthDay News) -- Super Bowl party spreads famously include nachos, wings, burgers, hot dogs and other unhealthy fare, but one expert offers some advice on how to make watching the game a healthy affair.

    “Think about what food you anticipate will be there,” said Dr. Bethany Agusala, director of UT Southw...

    Most Americans Don't Know Their Lifesaving 'Heart Numbers': Survey

    Ohio resident Erica Hutson was in her 20s when she found out she had high cholesterol through a health check required by insurance.

    Because she was young and fit, Hutson shrugged off the test result.

    But Hutson changed her mind about it a decade later, when her father died of coronary artery disease in his 60s and she discovered it ran in her family.

    “His death really made m...

    Weight-Loss Med Zepbound Lowers High Blood Pressure in Obese People

    The weight-loss drug Zepbound provides more health benefits than dropping pounds and controlling diabetes, a new study shows.

    It also appears to help people with obesity manage their high blood pressure, results show.

    Patients taking Zepbound (tirzepatide) experienced a significant reduction in their systolic blood pressure, the top number in a blood pressure reading, according to a...

    Treating Loneliness in the Obese May Lower Risk of Early Death

    Loneliness can be a killer, but it can be particularly deadly for obese people, who are markedly more likely to experience social isolation.

    Luckily, a new study shows that addressing it may lower the risk of health complications and an early death for these folks.

    “To date, dietary and lifestyle factors are the major focus in preventing obesity-related illness,” study author

    Getting School Kids Gardening Pays Off for Eating Habits

    Tending a garden can help young kids develop healthy attitudes about food that will influence their health years later, a new study says.

    Kids who participated in a gardening and food education program during elementary school were more likely to eat healthier as they grew up, researchers found.

    “Kids who grow vegetables in a school garden and learn how to prepare meals seem to sh...

    Vicious Cycle: Depression and Weight Gain Often Go Together

    A bout of depression can trigger a bump in body weight among people struggling with obesity, a new study has found.

    People who had an increase in symptoms related to depression experienced an increase in their weight a month later, researchers report in the journal PLOS One.

    “Overall, this suggests that individuals with overweight o...

    Patients Taking Psychiatric Meds Often Gain Weight. Scientists May Now Know Why

    Weight gain has long been an unwanted side effect of medicines commonly used to treat psychiatric conditions such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.

    Some patients may quit their meds to avoid piling on pounds. Or if they stick to their meds and weight gain continues, they face higher risks for diabetes and liver disease.

    However, research in mice is pinpointing how this drug-link...

    BMI or Body Fat Percentage: Measure Both to Gauge Health

    So, the new year has begun and everyone is trying to losing weight, but what is the best way to determine how many pounds you need to shed -- BMI or body fat?

    “Both body fat percentage and BMI are important to monitor. They give you a good starting point, but you don't want to use BMI alone to make a health diagnosis or define body fat,” said

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  • Obese Kids Could Be at Risk for Kidney Trouble Later

    Teenagers who've packed on extra pounds have a significantly increased risk of developing kidney disease as a young adult, a new study finds.

    Obesity increased risk of later kidney disease as much as ninefold in boys and fourfold in girls, according to results published recently in the journal JAMA Pedi...

    A Vibrating Capsule You Swallow Might Keep Weight Gain at Bay

    Can't afford Ozempic?

    You might soon have another weight-loss option, in the form of an ingestible vibrating capsule that tricks the body into thinking the stomach is full.

    Animals given the multivitamin-sized pill 20 minutes before eating ate about 40% less than usual, researchers report.

    “For somebody who wants to lose weight or control their appetite, it could be taken be...

    You're Probably Eating a Meal's Worth of Snacks Each Day

    The average U.S. adult eats a meal's worth of snacks every day, a new study suggests.

    Americans average about 400 to 500 calories in snacks daily, often more than what they ate at breakfast, according to data from more than 23,000 people.

    These extra calories offer little in the way of actual nutrition, said senior researcher

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  • Rate of Severe Obesity in Kids Is Rising Again

    Severe obesity appears to be on the rise among young U.S. children, based on data from a federal supplemental nutrition program.

    About 2% of children between 2 and 4 years of age in the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program were severely obese by 2020, a

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  • 'Couch Potato' Kids Can Become Young Adults With Heart Trouble

    Hours plunked down in front of the TV or staring at a phone screen in childhood could bring poor heart health decades later, a new study shows.

    Finnish researchers say kids who were largely sedentary tended to turn into young adults who battled high cholesterol and other health troubles.

    “Our study shows increased sedentary time in childhood may contribute to two-thirds of the tot...

    Oprah Winfrey Says She Uses Weight-Loss Medication

    Media mogul Oprah Winfrey confirmed Wednesday that she has used a weight-loss medication to help her shed pounds and get healthy.

    Winfrey has added the drug to a regimen that includes regular exercise and other lifestyle tweaks, People magazine reported.

    Weight fluctuations "occupied five decades of space in m...

    Most Older Americans Think Medicare Should Cover Weight-Loss Meds: Poll

    An overwhelming majority of older Americans think health insurers and Medicare should cover the cost of weight-loss medications like Ozempic, Wegovy or Zepbound, a new survey has found.

    More than four out of five older adults (83%) think insurance companies should pay for drugs that help obese people manage their weight, according to poll re...

    Pounds Return Once Zepbound Users Quit the Weight-Loss Drug: Study

    Folks who take the blockbuster weight-loss med tirzepatide (Zepbound) may regain much of the weight they lost soon after discontinuing it, new research shows.

    A trial funded by Eli Lilly, the injected drug's maker, found that “in patients with obesity or overweight, withdrawing tirzepatide led to substantial regain of weight."

    On the other hand, continuing on with tirzepatide kept...

    New Weight-Loss Drug Zepbound Is Now Available, Company Says

    The newly approved weight-loss medication known as Zepbound is now available for patients to take, drug maker Eli Lilly announced Tuesday.

    "Today opens another chapter for adults living with obesity who have been looking for a new treatment option like Zepbound," Rhonda Pacheco, group vice president of Lilly Diabetes and Obesity, U.S., said in a company

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  • As One Spouse's Blood Pressure Rises, So Does the Other's: Study

    In sickness and in health -- and in blood pressure, too?

    A new international study finds that if your blood pressure rises with time, your spouse's might, also.

    “Many people know that high blood pressure is common in middle-aged and older adults, yet we were surprised to find that among many older couples, both husband and wife had high blood pressure in the U.S., England, China a...

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