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Blog of Weight Loss, Dieting & Obesity Research - Archive #0133.
A diet rich in calcium aids weight loss
Boosting calcium consumption spurs weight loss, according to a study published in the most recent issue of the British Journal of Nutrition, but only in people whose diets are calcium deficient
Body clock regulates metabolism
UC Irvine researchers have discovered that circadian rhythms -- our own body clock -- regulate energy levels in cells. The findings have far-reaching implications, from providing greater insights into the bond between the body's day-night patterns and metabolism to creating new ways to treat cancer, diabetes, obesity and a host of related diseases.
Children living near green spaces are more active
In this study of children aged 8-10, for every additional park located within a half-mile of their home, girls were twice as likely to walk to school. Boys were 60 percent more likely to walk in leisure time
Student-designed device provides new way to track calorie burning
A group of Georgia Tech students has crafted a device that allows individuals to constantly compute the amount of calories they burn -- even as they sleep
Obesity linked to dangerous sleep apnea in truck drivers
Truck crashes are a significant public health hazard causing thousands of deaths and injuries each year, with driver fatigue and sleepiness being major causes. A new study has confirmed previous findings that obesity-driven testing strategies identify commercial truck drivers with a high likelihood of obstructive sleep apnea and suggests that mandating OSA screenings could reduce the risk of truck crashes
African-Americans lose weight in 12-week, church-based program
Nearly half of overweight and obese African Americans who completed a 12-week, faith-based program Fit Body and Soul in Georgia lost 5 percent or more of their body weight. Most of the participants kept the weight off for at least six months
Gene therapy shows early promise for treating obesity
With obesity reaching epidemic levels, researchers at the Ohio State University Medical Center are studying a potentially long-term treatment that involves injecting a gene directly into one of the critical feeding and weight control centers of the brain
Metabolic and neurological disorders may share common risk factors
Metabolic disorders such as obesity and diabetes appear to share risk factors with and may influence the development of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia
Regular family meals result in better eating habits for adolescents
Researchers report on one of the first studies to examine the long-term benefits of regular family meals for diet quality during the transition from early to middle adolescence. In general, the study found adolescents who participated in regular family meals reported more healthful diets and meal patterns compared to adolescents without regular family meals.
Love handles put the squeeze on lungs
A new study has found that a high waist circumference is strongly associated with decreased lung function -- independent of smoking history, sex, body mass index and other complicating factors
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