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Health News - Fitness/Obesity

People can learn to like healthy foods, brain scans suggest
Brain scans of participants showed higher activation of reward centers shifted from high-calorie toward low-calorie food over a 6-month structured behavioral weight-loss program. (Medical News Today)

Targeting added sugars to improve Americans' health
Now that health advocates' campaigns against trans-fats have largely succeeded in sidelining the use of the additive, they're taking aim at sugar for its potential contributions to Americans' health... (Medical News Today)

Soda tax is 'the best option' for reducing childhood obesity
A new study compares the impact three recommended federal policies will have on childhood obesity over 20 years. A 1ΒΆ tax on sugary drinks is the researchers' preferred option. (Medical News Today)

Is junk food making us lose appetite for balanced diet?
A diet of junk food not only makes rats fat, but also reduces their appetite for novel foods, a preference that normally drives them to seek a balanced diet, reports a study published in the... (Medical News Today)

Tackling obesity via education and dog-friendly neighborhoods
A study from the University of Liverpool has recommended investing in dog owner education and facilities as a strategy to target physical inactivity and problems such as obesity in both people and... (Medical News Today)

Cardiovascular risk factors in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
A lack of education, an unhealthy diet, and unemployment go straight to the heart - quite literally, because all three range among the risks that cause ischemic heart disease or contribute to its... (Medical News Today)

Diabetes study finds hidden 'obesity' genes
People who are obese and have type 2 diabetes are often told that overeating and a sedentary lifestyle are the main causes of their condition. (Medical News Today)

Eating less made easier with fiber-based satiety ingredient
Scientists from the University of Liverpool have demonstrated the effectiveness of a fibre-based dietary ingredient that makes people feel less hungry and consume less food. (Medical News Today)

Endocrinologist worked with genetics of lipodystrophy experts in Cambridge to solve a mysterious case of diabetes from the past
A Sydney endocrinologist worked with genetics of lipodystrophy experts in Cambridge to solve a mysterious case of diabetes from the past. (Medical News Today)

Weight loss following bariatric surgery leads to improved brain function, could reduce risk of Alzheimer's in obese people
Weight loss surgery can curb alterations in brain activity associated with obesity and improve cognitive function involved in planning, strategizing and organizing, according to a new study published... (Medical News Today)

Adolescent weight gain/obesity can be a result of prenatal alcohol exposure
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) refer to a range of disabilities, and include individuals with neurocognitive impairments as well as growth irregularities ranging from deficient to normal. (Medical News Today)

Research reveals high insulin levels tied to obesity pathway
UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have identified a crucial link between high levels of insulin and pathways that lead to obesity, a finding that may have important implications when... (Medical News Today)

Overweight causes hazardous inflammations
Researchers have found a possible molecular explanation for why overweight is harmful. This new knowledge may provide new drugs for heart attack, stroke, cancer and chronic intestinal inflammation. (Medical News Today)

Intensive behavioral counseling recommended for overweight and obese patients with cardio risk factors
The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that overweight or obese adults with at least one additional risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD) be offered or referred... (Medical News Today)

The increasing number of women with gestational diabetes could lead to many more children with early diabetes
New research published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes) shows that children exposed to gestational diabetes in the wombs of their mothers are... (Medical News Today)

Task Force recommends intensive behavioral counseling for overweight and obese patients with cardio risk factors
The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that overweight or obese adults with at least one additional risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD) be offered or referred... (Medical News Today)

Study breaks down prevalence of apps using game-like rewards to motivate weight-loss, exercising
For many people, finding motivation to exercise is a challenge. Thankfully, there are Zombies chasing you.At least that's the approach of Zombies, Run! (Medical News Today)

Adults with type 2 diabetes can reduce health care costs by losing weight
Overweight individuals with diabetes who lose weight by dieting and increasing their physical activity can reduce their health care costs by an average of more than $500 per year, according to a new... (Medical News Today)

Inadequate sleep during teen years increases risk of obesity
Teenagers who don't get enough sleep may wake up to worse consequences than nodding off during chemistry class. (Medical News Today)

NSAIDs may halve breast cancer recurrence in overweight women
In a new study, overweight and obese breast cancer patients exhibited a 52% lower rate of recurrence and a 28-month delay in recurrence if they were regularly taking NSAIDs. (Medical News Today)

Dementia risk increased for obese people in 30s, but reduced for obese seniors
Obesity in early to mid-life may increase the risk of later-life dementia, according to new research. But for seniors, obesity may actually protect against the condition. (Medical News Today)

Foreign-born youth in Canada have lower BMI than Canadian-born youth
Foreign-born youth have a lower body mass index (BMI) than Canadian-born youth and, contrary to current thinking, these differences did not disappear in the years after immigration, according to a... (Medical News Today)

Tax on sugar sweetened drinks may reduce obesity in South Africans
A suggested tax on sugar sweetened beverages has been given more credence in a research paper by academics from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Medical News Today)

Discrimination among obese workers in China affects men more than women
New research that analyzes economic disparity among obese Chinese adults shows that there is no wage disparity for obese women in China, but there is pay inequality among obese men. (Medical News Today)

Parental scheduling of work hours may influence kids' weight
The way parents balance their work schedules may affect their adolescent children's eating habits, according to Penn State researchers. (Medical News Today)

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