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Health News - Fitness/Obesity

Could an apple a day protect against obesity?
A new study by researchers from the University of Washington finds that Granny Smith apples may protect against obesity and its related disorders by balancing gut bacteria. (Medical News Today)

Antibiotic exposure associated with early childhood obesity
By the age of just 24 months, 10% of children are obese. A new study identifies antibiotic exposure during this period as being a potential risk factor for early childhood obesity. (Medical News Today)

An hour of after-school exercise linked to better cognitive functioning
Children who engaged in at least an hour of exercise after school each day showed improved cognitive functioning, according to a new study. (Medical News Today)

Not everyone loses their depression following bariatric surgery
Most severely obese people experience much better spirits once they shed weight through a diet, lifestyle changes or medical intervention. (Medical News Today)

In body-shaping surgery, massive weight loss increases risk of complications
Patients who lost more than 100 pounds and those who shed weight through bariatric surgery had the highest risk of complications from later surgical procedures to reshape their leaner bodies, a new... (Medical News Today)

Taking 'sedentary' out of education
A recent Oregon survey about an exercise DVD that adds short breaks of physical activity into the daily routine of elementary school students found it had a high level of popularity with both... (Medical News Today)

Obese teenage boys could be paid 18 percent less once they enter job market
Men who are already obese as teenagers could grow up to earn up to 18 percent less than their peers of normal weight. (Medical News Today)

Regulation of dietary supplements should be increased in the US
Dietary supplements, which are marketed to adults and adolescents for weight loss and muscle building, usually do not deliver promised results and can actually cause severe health issues, including... (Medical News Today)

Modest effect of statins on diabetes risk and bodyweight related to mechanism of action
The mechanism by which statins increase the risk of type 2 diabetes has been investigated in a large-scale analysis from an international team led by researchers from UCL and the University of... (Medical News Today)

Diabetes rates in the US 'leveling off'
A new study from the CDC finds that between 2008 and 2012, diabetes prevalence and incidence rates plateaued, possibly because of slowing obesity rates. (Medical News Today)

Researchers explore the relationship between weight and stress-induced inflammation
If you're overweight, you may be at greater risk for stress-related diseases like type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer, according to a new study by Brandeis University. (Medical News Today)

Study shows gamma-tocotrienol slows down high fat diet-induced obesity and improves insulin resistance in rats
In a new study, researchers from the University of Florida show that gamma-tocotrienol from red palm oil accumulates in the adipose tissue and helps to slow down high-fat diet-induced obesity and... (Medical News Today)

Traditional Asian diet lowered insulin resistance in Asian Americans
Why are Asian Americans at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than Caucasian Americans, and prone to develop the disease at lower body weights? (Medical News Today)

Are wearable activity monitors equivalent to professional health advice?
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have conducted an analysis of 13 consumer wearable activity monitors to see how they compare with clinical recommendations. (Medical News Today)

Certain gut bacteria may induce metabolic changes following exposure to artificial sweeteners
Artificial sweeteners, promoted as aids to weight loss and diabetes prevention, could actually hasten the development of glucose intolerance and metabolic disease; and they do it in a surprising way... (Medical News Today)

Underestimating size can lead to tolerance of obesity
Size is relative, especially to people who tend to be on the heavy side. Researchers at the Columbia University Medical Center in the US found that seven in every ten obese adults underestimate how... (Medical News Today)

Magnetic resonance helps to detect and quantify fat in liver
Obesity and overweight affect more than half of the population in our Community. Excess weight causes important alterations in the organism, one of which affects liver function. (Medical News Today)

Could artificial sweeteners promote diabetes and obesity?
Artificial sweeteners are often recommended to aid weight loss and help manage type 2 diabetes. But a new study suggests they could actually have the opposite effect. (Medical News Today)

Executive function in brain plays role in cravings for high-calorie foods
Magnetic stimulation of a brain area involved in "executive function" affects cravings for and consumption of calorie-dense snack foods, reports a study in the September issue of Psychosomatic... (Medical News Today)

New recommendations for treating urinary incontinence in women
Kegel exercises to strengthen pelvic floor muscles, bladder training, and weight loss and exercise are effective nonsurgical treatment options for women with urinary incontinence (UI), according to a... (Medical News Today)

Final pieces to the circadian clock puzzle found
Sixteen years after scientists found the genes that control the circadian clock in all cells, the lab of UNC's Aziz Sancar, M.D., Ph.D. (Medical News Today)

American waistlines continue to grow
A recent study has found that both the average waist circumference and the prevalence of abdominal obesity have increased in American adults from 1999-2012. (Medical News Today)

Battling modern threats to food, land and health with applied evolutionary biology
The age of the Anthropocene - the scientific name given to our current geologic age - is dominated by human impacts on our environment. A warming climate. Increased resistance of pathogens and pests. (Medical News Today)

Cities with more nature trails have higher levels of youth activity and lower youth obesity
As youth obesity levels in America remain at record high levels, health professionals and policymakers continue to search for solutions to this national health issue. (Medical News Today)

New cellular connection makes scientific history
Researchers led by Dr. Helen McNeill at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute have revealed an exciting and unusual biochemical connection. (Medical News Today)

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