Obesity News Archive

Mediterranean, DASH diets ranked first in Best Diets Rankings

More than 40 diet plans across 9 categories have been ranked to help those dieting achieve healthier lifestyles in U.S News & World Report.

Obesity in preschoolers leads to exacerbated asthma

Overweight/obese preschools have greater asthma symptoms than normal-weight children when untreated.

BMI may not indicate obesity in postmenopausal women

Body mass index BMI at a cut-point of 30 kg/m2 may not be an appropriate indicator of obesity in postmenopausal women.

Better lipid profiles with almond and chocolate consumption

Cocoa, dark chocolate, and raw almonds may help improve lipid profiles in overweight individuals.

Adult obesity possible for about 50% of today's children

Adult obesity by age of 35 is likely in about 57% of today's children.

Low-fat diets may reduce all-cause mortality risk in obese patients

Weight-loss diets low in fat and saturated fat consumption, with or without added exercise, may reduce the risk for all-cause mortality in obese adults.

Overweight, obesity-related cancers increasing in the United States

Incidence rates of overweight- and obesity-related cancers have increased in the United States.

Commercial weight loss program may help prevent diabetes in obese patients

Primary care referral to Weight Watchers meetings is associated with weight loss, HbA1c reduction.

Short-term probiotics linked to lower fat percentage in overweight, obese patients

The meta-analysis showed that short-term probiotic supplementation reduced body weight, BMI, and fat percentage, but the effect sizes were small.

Cognitive behavioral group therapy ineffective for weight maintenance in type 2 diabetes

CBGT did not prevent overweight and obese patients with type 2 diabetes from regaining weight lost during weight loss programs.

CDC: Nearly 40% of US adults are now obese

Nearly 40% of adults in the United States are now obese, raising concerns that the ever-expanding obesity epidemic will lead to sicker Americans and higher health care costs.

Metabolically healthy obese individuals have increased risk of CVD events

Compared with normal-weight individuals, metabolically healthy obese individuals have an increased risk of coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, and heart failure

Demand for liver transplant for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis expected to continue

The increase in the demand for liver transplantation for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis is expected to continue with the current population obesity trends.

Poor metabolic health associated with depression regardless of body mass index

Researchers found an association between poor metabolic health and depression, regardless of weight status.

Moderate weight gain in early to middle adulthood linked to increased risk of chronic diseases

Adulthood weight gain is associated with an increased risk of major chronic diseases and mortality.

Effects of the obesity paradox: VTE risk in atrial fibrillation

Researchers found a paradoxical increase in thromboembolism risk in low-weight patients with atrial fibrillation and VTE who were treated with direct oral anticoagulants.

USPSTF recommends obesity screening in children aged 6 years and older

The USPSTF has released updated recommendations on obesity screening in children and adolescents to focus on intensive behavioral interventions.

Managing comorbidities linked to childhood obesity

A point-of-care resource tool may help clinicians better manage childhood overweight- and obesity-related comorbidities.

Preventing holiday weight gain among rural hospital nightshift employees

Using collaboration and technology, NPs can help patients prevent weight gain and obesity-related diseases.

Weight loss leads to lower cartilage degeneration in osteoarthritis

Patients who lost weight over a 48-month period had a lower rate of cartilage degeneration than patients who maintained stable weight.

Obesity may increase cognitive impairment in patients with risk of bipolar disorder

Patients with high risk for bipolar disorder are more likely to exhibit decreased cognitive performance as a function of increasing overweight status.

Cardiometabolic Disease Staging score calculates diabetes risk in obese individuals

The score can predict the effectiveness of weight-loss therapy for preventing diabetes in overweight or obese individuals.

High BMI in late adolescence associated with increased risk of severe liver disease in men

A high BMI is associated with an increased risk for severe liver disease, and the risk is higher in those who also have type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Additional weight may affect risk of gastrointestinal cancers

Excess weight could influence the risk of of gastrointestinal cancers by altering insulin levels and promoting inflammation.

Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty results in successful weight loss

The procedure could be used as alternative to bariatric surgery for selected patients with obesity.

USPSTF releases draft recommendation for obesity screening in children and adolescents

The USPSTF recommends that children and adolescents older than age 6 years should be screened for obesity.

Binge-eating disorder: a review of effective treatment options

Cognitive behavioral therapy, lisdexamfetamine, second-generation antidepressants, and topiramate reduced binge eating.

Obesity linked to increased risk for adverse pregnancy, neonatal outcomes

Women categorized as class III obese were more likely to experience adverse outcomes in pregnancy and neonatal risks.

FDA approves novel obesity treatment device

The AspireAssist device has been approved for treatment of obese patients with a BMI of 35 to 55.

Obesity rates increasing in women, adolescents

An analysis of data from NHANES shows that obesity rates continue to increase in women and adolescents.

New guidelines support use of metabolic surgery as standard treatment option for type 2 diabetes, obesity

A panel of experts has recommended that metabolic surgery be included as a treatment option for patients with type 2 diabetes and obesity.

Overweight, obese patients have increased osteoarthritis risk

The risk of developing hand, hip, and knee osteoarthritis is increased in people who are overweight or obese.

Asthma prevalence higher in obese adults

A National Center for Health Statistics study found significantly higher rates of asthma prevalence among obese women compared with men.

Link between obesity and depression in college-educated women

Women considered obese were more likely to have depression than women of a normal weight.

Body fat percentage, physical fitness are better predictors of mortality and diabetes risk than BMI

High body weight percentage may increase mortality, and poor physical fitness in youth can increase diabetes risk later in life.

Monitoring obesity-specific visits helps clinicians track patient progress

Obesity-specific visits were more likely to include weight, height, and blood glucose and lipid testing.

Updated dietary guidelines focus on healthy eating patterns, disease prevention

HHS and USDA have released the latest edition of dietary guidelines for Americans that focus on healthy eating patterns and preventing chronic diseases.

Gastric bypass surgery improves patient well-being, though symptom prevalence, hospitalization rate high afterward

About 90% of patients who undergo gastric bypass surgery experience 1 or more related symptoms afterward.

Obesity associated with increased carpal tunnel syndrome risk

A meta-analysis from 58 studies found that the risks of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) increased 7.4% with each one-unit increase in BMI.

Young women with higher BMIs face higher risks for sudden cardiac death

Women with a higher body mass index (BMI) in early adulthood were at an elevated risk of sudden cardiac death and coronary heart disease.

Central obesity at normal weight leads to increased risk of premature mortality

Central obesity paired with a normal weight (according to BMI) leads to a higher risk of premature mortality than is found in overweight or obese people, according to the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Low-fat diets do not increase long-term weight loss

Compared with other dietary interventions, low-fat diets are not more effective for long-term weight loss.

Patients may have increased suicide risk after bariatric surgery

Changes in alcohol metabolism, substituting substances for food, and hormone changes may increase the risk for suicide after bariatric surgery.

GLP-1 receptor agonist for chronic weight management

Saxenda is adjunct to reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity for chronic weight management.

Vitamin D does not improve heart and 
diabetes factors in obese teens

For obese adolescents, taking vitamin D does not reduce the risk for cardiovascular events or diabetes.

Clinicians' helpfulness can improve weight loss

Obese patients who rated their clinicians as very helpful lost more weight than those who gave them low ratings.

Nonsurgical weight loss procedure receives FDA approval

An intragastric balloon receives approval as a non-surgical weight loss procedure for patients with mild-to-moderate obesity.

Secondhand smoke exposure is linked to a higher BMI in children

Children exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to have a higher BMI by age 10.

Obesity prevalence continues to increase

Over 130 million Americans are either obese or overweight, according to new data.

Liraglutide linked to significant body weight reduction

With lifestyle counseling, 3mg of liraglutide helped 63% of participants lose at least 5% body weight.

Obesity linked to lower contraception use in teen girls

Although they have sex with the same frequency as other girls, obese teens are less likely to use contraception.

Rates of obesity on the rise in the U.S.

More people in the United States are obese and overweight than ever before.

Diet plan choice may limit weight loss effectiveness

Those who had a choice lost slightly less weight compared with patients who had no choice.

Addressing weight measurement disparities in black youth

Black youth experience higher rates of obesity and obesity-related diseases compared with white youth.

Addressing added sugar in kids' diets

Educating parents on the importance of healthy diet, and how to read nutrition labels, can help reduce the high intake of added sugars in kids' diets.

Weight gain linked to increased atrial fibrillation risk

For every five unit increase in body mass index there were greater excess risks of incident atrial fibrillation in cohort and case-control studies.

Treatment Found To Be Safe For Weight Loss in Obesity

Tolerable at doses of 0.6 and 1.2 mg; more adverse events with dose of 2.4 mg.

Focus on setting personal goals to inspire difficult health changes

Sneak interventions into any patient encounter using motivational interviewing techniques.

The Fittest City In The Nation Is...

Washington D.C. is followed by Minneapolis-St. Paul and San Diego as places that encourage exercise.

More than a third of Americans have metabolic syndrome

Age a strong influencer; almost 50% 60 and older have the condition.

Can a video game provide health benefits?

Equivalent health benefits were seen for active video games and laboratory-based exercise or field-based physical activity.

Obesity, hypertension, diabetes often accompany psoriasis diagnosis

It is estimated that 30% to 60% of children with juvenile psoriasis develop plaque psoriasis, according to the researchers.

Obese patients taking warfarin may have higher bleeding risk

The heavier someone was, the greater their risk of bleeding while taking warfarin.

Vitamin D aids weight loss in obese, overweight patients

A significantly greater weight decrease was observed in patients assigned to receive vitamin D compared with patients who had no supplementation.

Many foods marketed to kids do not meet federal nutrition guidelines

Of the 407 listed products, 53% did not meet the CDC's Interagency Working Group's nutrition recommendations.

Overweight patients with type 2 diabetes may have lower mortality risk

Although overweight patients were more likely to develop heart disease, overweight patients, however, were less likely to die, compared with obese and normal-weight individuals.

Walking two minutes per hour may reverse negative effects of sitting

Trading two minutes of sitting for two minutes of light-intensity activity each hour lowered the risk of premature death by 33%.

Certain gut microbes may be linked to obesity risk

More than two dozen of metabolites were highly correlated with diet, and about half the molecules had not previously been linked to obesity risk.

Even one hour of TV a day boosts kids' obesity risk

Kids who watched more than one hour of television were more likely to be at unhealthy weights compared with those who watched less.

Increases in glycemic load tied to long-term weight gain

In general, adult patients gained more weight as the glycemic load in their diets rose.

Exercise won't make up for poor diet

The most effective intervention for reducing the features of metabolic syndrome is dietary carbohydrate restriction.

Exercise with calorie reduction benefits glucoregulation

Weight losses were similar in all groups, but insulin sensitivity index values increased two-fold more in the calorie reduction and exercise group.

Weight concerns may keep females from quitting smoking

Women who thought smoking does help control weight did not significantly increase their attempts to quit in response to a price increase.

Few weight-loss programs backed by scientific evidence

Only Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig had gone through studies showing that people not only lost weight but kept it off for at least a year.

Lifestyle interventions for diabetes yield modest weight loss results

From all 10 lifestyle intervention groups, the pooled within-group effect on weight (3,063 patients) was −5.33 kg.

Mindfulness intervention may improve fasting glucose in obese women

Mindfulness-based stress reduction may benefit overweight and obese female patients.

Bariatric surgery cuts asthma-related hospital visits

Significantly fewer ED visits or hospitalizations for asthma exacerbation occurred within 12 months after bariatric surgery.

Intensive weight management, bariatric surgery yield similar results in type 2 diabetes

Both bariatric surgery and intensive weight management yielded similar improvements in HbA1c, weight loss and quality of life.

Losing 30 minutes of sleep may increase obesity risk

For every 30 minutes of lost weekday sleep, the risk of obesity and insulin resistance increased substantially.

Diet soda linked to greater obesity in seniors

The mean interval in waist-circumference change in patients who drank diet soda was triple that compared with patients who did not drink diet soda.

Obesity ups weight-related cancer risk by 40% in women

In a group of 1,000 obese women, 274 will be diagnosed with a body weight-linked cancer in their lifetime, compared with 194 women diagnosed in a group of 1,000 healthy weight women.

Obese kids may be at even greater risk of cardiovascular disease than previously thought

About half of the children enrolled in the study had elevated blood pressure or dyslipidemia, and 14% had diabetes.

Abdominal obesity may up hip fracture risk

Particularly in men, the risk of hip fracture was increased considerably with lower body mass index combined with abdominal obesity.

Childhood body mass index may influence type 2 diabetes risk

Two pathways of child growth that were associated with the development of T2D, found the researchers.

Unhealthy diets outpace healthy diets in most countries

The greatest improvements in diet quality were in high-income nations, with increases in the amount of healthy foods people ate and slight decreases in their intake of unhealthy foods.

Consider high-fiber diets for patients who have difficulty following diet plans

The average weight loss after a year was about 6 pounds for the AHA dieters and 4.6 pounds for the high-fiber followers, but all of the participants experienced lower blood pressure and reduced blood glucose levels.

At least 4% weight loss needed to cut diabetes risk

Compared with the weight-gain group, the incidence of diabetes was significantly lower in the highest quartile weight-loss group.

Supervised intensive obesity treatment better for weight loss

Weight, body fat levels, cholesterol levels, and blood pressure all improved in the children who took part in the residential program.

Less common bariatric procedure better for weight loss

But 'duodenal switch' procedure also linked to more complications.

How effective is a low-glycemic diet?

In overweight adults, a low-glycemic diet did not improve insulin sensitivity, lipid levels, or blood pressure.

Even with exercise, sitting linked to worse health outcomes

Even in patients who exercise regularly, greater sedentary time is associated with an increased risk of adverse health outcomes.

Lorcaserin savings card now available for chronic weight management

Eisai has launched a new savings card for lorcaserin (Belviq) to increase the affordability and accessibility of the weight-loss drug.

Obese patients, smokers spend more on health care each year

Estimated health-care expenses associated with obesity and smoking increased between 1998 and 2011 by 25% and 30%, respectively.

Are kids and teens eating too much pizza?

On days when kids and teens reported eating pizza, their overall daily total calorie consumption was higher.

Being sedentary may be worse than being obese

Exercise that burns between 90 and 100 calories per day could reduce the risk of early death by 16% to 30%.

Appetite-curbing implant earns FDA approval

The Maestro Rechargeable System has been approved by the FDA to treat obese patients with at least one obesity-related condition.

Head Start preschool program linked to better weight status in kids

Obese and overweight children lost weight faster compared with the two comparison groups of children who weren't in the program.

Earlier life adiposity tied to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in adolescents

Adiposity at age 3 years has been linked to diagnosis and severity of hepatic steatosis in late adolescence.

Limiting alcohol, increasing veggies may reduce obesity-related cancer risk

Dietary advice on preventing cancer should emphasize the importance of eating a plant-based diet and restricting alcohol consumption.

Child obesity prevention programs benefit parents, too

A modest decrease in body mass index was seen in parents whose children participated in a community-based obesity prevention program.

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