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30 Nov

Childhood Obesity Linked to Poor Brain Health

Kids who are overweight or have a high BMI may experience brain changes that impact cognitive function, a new study finds.

06 Jul

Only 7% of Americans in Good Cardiometabolic Health, Study Finds

Surges in obesity, diabetes and other key cardiometabolic factors may be leading the U.S. into a health crisis, researchers say .

15 Jun

HealthDay Now: The ‘Path Towards a Cure’ for Diabetes at ADA 2022

As the American Diabetes Association concluded its 82nd Scientific Sessions, HealthDay’s Mabel Jong was joined by Dr. Robert Gabbay, the ADA’s chief scientific and medical officer. Dr. Gabbay discussed highlights from the conference, including new drugs and devices, the relationship between diabetes and COVID-19, and how much progress has been made in the path towards a cure.

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Bribing Folks Can Help Them Meet Weight-Loss Goals, Study Finds

Money may not buy happiness, but it might give low-income obese people an extra incentive to lose weight, a new study suggests.

The study, of people from urban neighborhoods, found that cash rewards encouraged participants to shed some extra pounds, versus a weight-loss program with no financial bonuses.

And the effects were similar whether people were rewarded for reaching the...

Childhood Obesity Linked to Poor Brain Health

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  • November 30, 2022
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  • As Kids' Obesity Rises, Brain Health Declines: Study

    Kids who are overweight or obese often struggle with school work, and now new research provides clues on how excess weight may harm the developing brain.

    “The main takeaway is to raise awareness about brain health consequences of obesity besides physical health consequences, especially since obesity rates are very high and continue to rise,” said study author

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  • November 29, 2022
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  • Words Can Wound When Parents Talk to Kids About Obesity

    With U.S. health officials calling childhood obesity a public health crisis, conversations about weight are important. But what you say to your kids can be challenging, and even counterproductive, a new study found.

    "Body weight is a sensitive issue and the way we talk about it matters," said lead author

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 21, 2022
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  • Exercise Can Help Fight Colon Cancer, Even If Patient Is Obese

    Getting regularly scheduled, moderate physical activity can help extend the lives of people with colon cancer, according to a new study.

    Exercise is even helpful for obese cancer patients, reducing inflammation and improving the bacterial communities of the gut's microbiome, the findings showed.

    "Inflammation is a key process that drives colorectal cancer. We know a high BMI [body m...

    Weight-Loss Surgery Slashes Odds for Heart Attack in Very Obese People

    Getting bariatric surgery may significantly help prevent heart attacks, strokes and angina in very obese people, a new study finds. The study participants were also affected by what's known as nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), which is often linked with obesity.

    While studying patients who had a body mass index (BMI) higher than 40 and NAFLD, researchers from Rutgers Universi...

    More Teens Are Getting Weight Loss Surgery, If Families Can Afford It

    A growing number of U.S. teenagers are undergoing weight-loss surgery, but the figures suggest many still lack access to the procedures -- especially underinsured Black and Hispanic kids.

    That's the conclusion of a new study charting trends in bariatric (weight-loss) surgery among U.S. teens. Researchers found that between 2010 and 2017, the annual rate of the procedures doubled among kid...

    Obesity Could Speed Disability When MS Strikes

    Obesity is never healthy, and that may be especially true for people who also develop multiple sclerosis.

    Obese people with MS are likely to see the disability linked to the disease rapidly worsen, said German researchers who followed more than 1,000 patients in a new study.

    Weight loss, they suggested, might help slow the progression of the disease.

    "The findings from this s...

    Sleep-Deprived Kids Will Snack More: Study

    Experts studying kids' sleep and eating habits have learned more about a potential reason for childhood obesity.

    Kids who are deprived of sleep tend to eat more calories the next day, researchers found. And some of those extra calories come from less-healthy, sugar-laden snacks or treats.

    "When children lost sleep, overall they ate an extra 74 calories per day, caused by an increase...

    Good Sleep Could Keep Illness at Bay as You Age

    As men and women enter their golden years, those who regularly fail to get a good night's sleep face a higher risk for developing not one but two serious chronic illnesses at the same time, new research shows.

    Researchers from France, Finland and United Kingdom tracked the self-reported sleep routines and health status of nearly 8,000 Britons from ages 50 to 70.

    While the new analys...

    Years of Diabetes Could Speed Onset of Menopause

    The earlier a woman is diagnosed with diabetes, the sooner she may enter menopause, new research shows.

    Rates of diabetes have grown steadily, so researchers wanted to understand the long-term implications of

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  • October 12, 2022
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  • Late-Night Meals Especially Bad for Weight Gain: Study

    Your fondness for midnight snacks has caused you to pack on the pounds over the years, and now researchers have a better understanding of why.

    While late-night eating has long been linked with an increased risk for obesity, researchers weren't sure exactly how it caused weight gain until now.

    "When meals are delayed by four hours and everything else stays the same, you burn fewer ca...

    Firefighters Show Fasting Diets Can Work for Shift Workers

    "Time-restricted" eating is a popular way to lose weight, and a new study suggests it can offer shift-workers a way to eat more healthfully.

    Time-restricted eating is a form of intermittent fasting, where people limit themselves to eating within...

    Healthy Living Boosts Life Span, Even for Former Smokers

    Eating well and exercising can make for a longer life, and that holds true for former smokers, too, a new study shows.

    Researchers found that of nearly 160,000 former smokers, those who exercised, ate healthfully and limited their drinking were less likely to die over the next couple of decades, versus their counterparts with less-healthy habits.

    It's well known that when smokers ki...

    Knee Trouble? Losing Weight May Help Slow Arthritis

    Losing excess weight may not only help prevent knee arthritis, but also slow its progression in people who already have the condition, a recent study suggests.

    Researchers found that among over 9,000 middle-aged and older adults, those who managed to shed some extra weight benefited their knees in two ways...

    Not Just Obesity: Everyone May Have a 'Fat Threshold' for Type 2 Diabetes

    If you are one of the millions of people with type 2 diabetes, losing weight can help reverse the blood sugar disease even if you aren't overweight or obese, new research reveals.

    Here's the proof: 70% of people with type 2 diabetes who were a normal weight during the study went into remission after they lost roughly 10% o...

    Diets Haven't Improved Much Worldwide, and U.S. Remains Near Bottom of List

    Despite everything people have learned about good nutrition, folks around the world aren't eating much healthier than they were three decades ago, a new global review has concluded.

    Diets are still closer to a poor score of zero -- with loads of sugar and processed meats -- than they are to a score of 100 representing lots of fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and whole grains, Tufts Unive...

    Weight-Loss Surgery Has Long-Term Benefits for Pain, Mobility

    Bariatric surgery aims to help severely obese patients shed significant weight, and now new research shows that many can also look forward to lasting pain relief and mobility.

    Though many patients regain some weight in the first couple of years after bariatric surgery, pain and m...

    Sugary Drinks Could Raise Your Odds for Fatal Cancers: Study

    New research offers yet another reason why Americans should cut back on their soda consumption: Drinking too many sugary beverages may increase the risk of death from cancer.

    "Unfortunately, Americans exceed recommended limits on sugar consumption by ...

    Cancers in People Under 50 Are Rising Worldwide

    Cancers among younger adults are a growing global problem and are likely related to factors like poor diet, obesity and inactivity, a new research review finds.

    Since the 1990s, researchers say, rates of various cancers have been rising in many countries among people under 50. And while the reasons are not fully clear, it's likely that changes in lifestyle and environment — starting ear...

    Pregnancy Undermines Body Image in Half of Women

    Many women are unhappy with how their bodies look both during and after pregnancy, and it's an issue that can trigger postpartum depression and eating disorders, a new study suggests.

    Researchers from...

    Talking to Your Child About Weight, But Avoiding Stigma

    Helping a child deal with a weight issue, while avoiding negativity about their body image, can be challenging, one expert says.

    Yet, obesity affects 20% of American children, causing harm to physical and mental health.

    Dr. Marsha Novick, medical director of the Healthy Weight Program for Children and Tee...

    Are Big Breakfasts Really the Key to Weight Loss?

    Dieters who believe that eating a big breakfast followed by a small dinner is the surest way to lose weight will likely be very disappointed by the findings of a new, small study.

    What did the researchers discover? Eating the largest meal early in the day is unlikely to make any difference.

    “The notion of timing of eating to influence health has been around for a long time,” sai...

    Do Taxes on Soda Really Lower Sugar Intake?

    New research suggests that good intentions may not always be enough when it comes to public health.

    According to the study of the consequences of Philadelphia's 2017 tax on sugar-sweete...

    Hypertension in Pregnancy Is Getting More Common for Gen Z Women

    Gen Zers and millennials are about twice as likely to develop high blood pressure during pregnancy than women from the baby boom generation were, a new study finds. This includes conditions such as preeclampsia and gestational hypertension.

    It's usually believed that the odds of developing high blood pressure during pregnancy rise with the age of the mother, but after taking age into acco...

    Too Little Sleep Could Have Teens Piling on Pounds

    New research suggests that not getting enough sleep may doom adolescents and teens to obesity and poorer health as they enter adulthood.

    Those who slept less than eight hours a night were more likely to be overweight or obese than their peers who do get...

    Are You Among the 'Diet-Resistant'? Workouts May Be Key to Weight Loss

    "You can't run from the fork."

    It's an old weight-loss saying, reminding folks that diet is more important than exercise when it comes to shedding excess pounds.

    But is that true for everyone?

    New research suggests there's a category of "diet-resistant" people who need to work out and watch what they eat if they want to shed pounds.

    In fact, these folks should ...

    8/8 -- Self-Employed Women Are Often Healthier: Study

    Women who are their own bosses might have healthier hearts to show for it, a new study suggests.

    The study, of more than 4,600 working U.S. women, found that those who were self-employed typically got more exercise and were less likely to be obese or have

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  • More Than Half of Young U.S. Adults Have a Chronic Health Condition

    Obesity, depression, high blood pressure, asthma: These are just a few of the chronic health conditions that are now affecting almost 40 million Americans between the ages 18 and 34, new federal data shows.

    Overall, the 2019 data found that more than half of young adults (nearly 54%) now deal with at least on...

    More Young Americans Are Dying of Heart Failure

    A growing number of younger American adults are dying of heart failure, with Black Americans being the hardest-hit, a new study finds.

    Heart failure is a chronic condition in which the heart muscle cannot pump blood as well as it should, leading to symptoms like fat...

    PFAS 'Forever Chemicals' Cost the U.S. Billions

    They are called "forever chemicals" because they linger in the human body and can contribute to the risk of everything from cancer to childhood obesity.

    Now, new research on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) finds they also exact a huge financial toll, costing the U.S. health system billions every year.

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    Fat Around the Liver Raises Risk for Heart Failure

    About 30% of adults around the world have a buildup of fat in the liver, a condition called nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

    Now an international team of researchers has linked that condition to a heightened risk of heart failure.

    NAFLD, as it is called for short, is increasing rapidly because of rising rates of overweight and obesity, the researchers noted.

    They reviewed ...

    Obesity Rates Continue to Climb Among U.S. Kids, Teens

    For the first time ever, more than 1 in 5 American kids is obese.

    From 2011 to 2012 and again from 2017 to 2020, rates of obesity rose for kids between 2 and 5 years of age as well as 12- to 19-year-olds, a new analysis of nationwide health survey data shows. And the uptick was true for U.S. kids of every race and ethnic background, according to study leader Amanda Staiano.

    "The pro...

    Fewer Americans Are Dying of Heart Disease Than a Decade Ago

    Deaths from heart-related causes have dropped over the past 20 years, though differences persist by race and ethnicity as well as where people live and their access to care.

    The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), which partially funded the research, detailed the results of three papers. The findings were published July 18 in the American Heart Association journal Circulation

    Who'll Get Long COVID? Just a Look at a Patient Gives Clues

    Sometimes just looking at a person can give clues to their likelihood of developing long COVID after a bout with the virus.

    For example, obese people are five times more likely to suffer long COVID symptoms that persist at least three months after their infection clears, a major new U.S. s...

    Think You're at High Risk of Prostate Cancer? Healthy Living Can Slash Odds for Lethal Disease

    Genes can put some men at heightened risk of prostate cancer, but a new study suggests they can undo much of that potential harm with a healthy lifestyle.

    Researchers found that among men at increased genetic risk of prostate cancer, those who maintained a healthy lifestyle were much less likely to die of the disease over...

    About 1 in 7 U.S. Kindergarten Kids Now Obese

    Despite reports that rates of childhood obesity are decreasing, kids seem to be packing on pounds at younger ages.

    In 1998, just under 73% of children entering kindergarten in 1998 had a normal body mass index (BMI), while 15.1% were overweight, and 12% were obese.

    However, fast forward 12 years and just 69% of kids started kindergarten at a normal BMI, a new study finds.

    An...

    COVID Vaccine Saves Lives Regardless of Body Weight

    COVID vaccination is highly protective against severe disease in people of all body weights, new British research finds.

    The study of over 9 million adults found that those who'd received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were strongly protected against hospitalization or death from the disease. And the effectiveness was just as great for obese people as those with a healthy weight.

    T...

    Biggest Weight Gain Now Comes Early in Adulthood

    The obesity epidemic isn't slowing down anytime soon, and new research delivers even worse news: Most American adults have not only gained more weight, but they gained most of it earlier in life.

    The statistics were grim: More than half of Americans in the representative sample had gained 5% or more body weight during a 10-year period. More than one-third of Americans had gained 10% or mo...

    Only 7% of American Adults in Good Cardiometabolic Health

    Less than 7% of U.S. adults are in good cardiometabolic shape, and new research warns the trend is only getting worse.

    Cardiometabolic health is an umbrella term that includes blood pressure, blood sugar, blood cholesterol, weight and/or the presence of heart disease.

    "While w...

    Most U.S. Kids Score Low on Heart Health

    Most U.S. children and adults have poor scores for heart health, according to a new assessment tool called "Life's Essential 8."

    Fewer than 30% of 2- to 19-year-olds had high scores for cardiovascular health on the new American Heart Association scoring tool. And their scores got lower with age. Just 14% of 12- to 19-year-olds had high scores, compared to 33% of 6- to 11-year-olds and 56%...

    Light in Your Bedroom Is No Good for Your Health

    Keeping your bedroom dark not only helps you get a good night's sleep, but may significantly lower your odds of developing three major health problems, a new study suggests.

    Older men and women who used night lights, or left their TV, smartphone or tablet on in the room were more likely to be obese, and have high blood pressure and diabetes, compared with adults who were not exposed to an...

    U.S. Death Rate From Alcoholic Liver Cirrhosis Triples Over Two Decades

    Americans may have a collective drinking problem, made worse by the obesity epidemic, new research suggests. The new study found that deaths from alcoholic cirrhosis have more than tripled in 20 years.

    In 1999, alcoholic cirrhosis -- an advanced form of alcohol-related...

    Want Reliable Diet Advice? Don't Head to TikTok

    A new study warns that the social media giant TikTok is filled with confusing and wrong information about the heart-healthy, plant-based approach to eating dubbed the Mediterranean diet.

    For the study, researchers analyzed 200 videos posted to the platform last August. They were the first to pop up on a search for content tagged #mediterraneandiet. By definition, that tag, or label, sugge...

    Bitter or Savory, Taste Genes Could Influence Your Diet

    People who have never outgrown an aversion to broccoli, or an addiction to potato chips, can place part of the blame on their genes, preliminary research suggests.

    The study, of over 6,200 adults, turned up correlations between certain taste-related genes and people's preferences for particular

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  • Weight-Loss Surgery May Greatly Lower Odds for Many Cancers

    Dropping a load of pounds through weight-loss surgery can significantly decrease your risk of developing or dying from cancer, according to three new studies.

    Obese folks who underwent bariatric surgery were at least two times less likely to develop certain types of cancer and more than three times less likely to die of cancer than heavy people who didn't get the procedure, according to a...

    Obesity in Teen Years Might Trigger Type 1 Diabetes

    Obesity is a well-known risk factor for type 2 diabetes. Now, a large new study adds to evidence that it also contributes to the much less common type 1 diabetes.

    The study, of nearly 1.5 million Israeli teenagers, found that those who were obese were twice as likely to develop type 1 diabetes by young adulthood...

    New Weight-Loss Drug Looks Good in Trial

    A newly approved drug for type 2 diabetes may be a game-changer for treating obesity, too.

    Given as a shot once a week, tirzepatide works on two naturally occurring hormones that help tell the brain that you are full. It may be as effective as weight-loss surgery.

    "About nine of 10 people in the study lost weight, and the average weight loss for the highest dose was 22.5%, which is ...

    Surprising Factors That Raise (or Lower) Your Odds for COVID-19

    A new study offers some unexpected conclusions about what factors might influence your chances of getting COVID-19.

    What did it find? People with food allergies have a lower risk of infection than those without them do, while asthma does...

    Mom's Pre-Pregnancy Weight Could Affect Odds for Child's Asthma, Allergies

    Can your weight before pregnancy determine your baby's chances of developing asthma or allergies?

    Yes, claims a study that looked at that question, as well as whether weight gain during pregnancy might have an impact.

    "We did find that there was a link between the mother's weight before pregnancy, entering pregnancy, with the development of certain allergic diseases among c...

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