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Blog of Weight Loss, Dieting & Obesity Research - Archive #0121.
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Brain background to body mass
A genetic study of more than 90,000 people has identified six new genetic variants that are associated with increased Body Mass Index. Five of the genes are known to be active in the brain, suggesting that many genetic variants implicated in obesity might affect behavior. Through such research, researchers hope to understand better the mechanisms regulating energy balance, which will guide the development of new therapies and help to develop improved diagnosis
K-State researcher finds correlation between childhood obesity and asthma
A Kansas State University study that found that healthy children with higher levels of body fat and lower levels of physical activity had greater amounts of airway narrowing after exercise. These findings may point to the increase over the past several decades in asthma prevalence as well as obesity prevalence
Brain enzyme may play key role in controlling appetite and weight gain
Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have found that overactivity of a brain enzyme may play a role in preventing weight gain and obesity
Where do the fattest Germans live?
The population of the federal state of Saxony-Anhalt most often suffers from obesity and has the greatest waist circumference, followed by Brandenburg.
Sweetened beverage consumption increases in the US
Over the past two decades, the number of adults consuming sugar-sweetened beverages such as soft drinks, fruit drinks and punches has increased dramatically
Low-carb diets can affect dieters' cognition skills
A new study shows that when dieters eliminate carbohydrates from their meals, they performed more poorly on memory-based tasks than when they reduce calories, but maintain carbohydrates. When carbohydrates were reintroduced, cognition skills returned to normal
Exercise suppresses appetite by affecting appetite hormones
A vigorous 60-minute workout on a treadmill affects the release of two key appetite hormones, ghrelin and peptide YY, while 90 minutes of weight lifting affects the level of only ghrelin. The research shows that aerobic exercise is better at suppressing appetite than nonaerobic exercise and provides a possible explanation for how that happens. This line of research may eventually lead to more effective ways to use exercise to help control weight
Obesity among state's low-income teens nearly triple that of more affluent peers
In this policy brief, the authors examine why low-income teenagers are almost three times more likely to be obese than teens from more affluent households. Specifically, persistent barriers to health were found, including high numbers of neighborhood fast food restaurants, high sugary soda consumption and television viewing and low numbers of parks and other opportunities for physical activity
Lack of vitamin D causes weight gain and stunts growth in girls
Insufficient vitamin D can stunt growth and foster weight gain during puberty
The dark chocolate version of Father Christmas is most filling
New research shows that dark chocolate is far more filling than milk chocolate, lessening our craving for sweet, salty and fatty foods. In other words, eating dark chocolate may be an efficient way to keep your weight down over Christmas
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