If you need to lose some belly fat, you may want to add canola oil to your diet, according to a new study. Researchers found that consuming oils high in monounsaturated fat, specifically canola oil or high-oleic canola oil, can reduce abdominal fat and the risk of metabolic syndrome when used instead of some other oil blends.
“Two highly visible figures in American politics revealed they had weight loss surgery this week showing no American is immune from the disease of obesity,” said Jaime Ponce, MD, president of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). “We hope the attention they receive sparks a conversation on what we as individuals and as a country can do to create an environment that promotes both the prevention and treatment of obesity and related diseases.”
People who tackle diet and exercise at the same time do better at making healthy changes. This study finds people make greater strides if they change diet and exercise habits at the same time. This conflicts with current wisdom that it's better to make changes one at a time. When people become physically active, they want to eat better.
Mom’s junk food diet during pregnancy can turn her child into a junk food junkie, according to a new studypublished in The FASEB Journal. The findings suggest that pregnant women who eat junk food actually cause changes in the development of the opioid signaling pathway in the brains of their unborn children. This leads to the babies being less sensitive to opioids, which are released when we eat high-fat and high-sugar foods. In turn, these children, born with what the researchers refer to as a higher “tolerance” to junk food need to consume more of it to achieve a “feel good” response.
The combination of high-calorie diets and sedentary lifestyles has been considered the most significant environmental factor contributing to today’s obesity epidemic. However, new research from UCLA suggests that the ways our bodies respond to high-fat and high sugar foods are strongly inherited.
Most of the research on childhood obesity has shown that carrying excess weight in childhood increases the risk of health problems later in life. Adding to these concerns is a new study which found the health problems of obesity may in fact be more immediate
New data show that a large proportion of obese patients undergoing laparoscopic gastric banding for weight loss had resolution of metabolic syndrome that was sustained for five years after the procedure. They also saw improvements in the individual components of the syndrome and a reduction in use of diabetes and antihypertensive medications.
Fructose, a sweetener found on many food labels, may contribute to weight gain and obesity because it has minimal effect on brain regions that control appetite, a study by Yale University researchers found.
Data from the largest long term study reveals good long term weight loss and improvements in medical conditions. The most important part of this study is the demonstration of reduction in need for reoperation over the last few years, due to the change to Pars flaccida technique, the use of bigger, softer bands, and awareness of the need to repair hiatal hernias. O’Brien’s results show that the band can be used, very safely, over a long time.
The researchers found that the more exercise the participants got, the less likely they were to have symptoms of anxiety or depression. This finding remained true even when the researchers took other differences between the participants into account, such as their physical health, their income and their age. There was no link between physical activity levels and overall mental health functioning.
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