Obesity News Archive

Negative Attitudes Reported Toward Weight-Loss Surgery

Women more likely to think surgery is needed for health, less likely to consider it 'easy way out'.

Measures of Maximum BMI, Weight History Linked to All-Cause Mortality

Gauging weight history in clinical practice may help identify patients at risk for weight-related mortality.

Mediterranean Diet, Physical Activity Effective for Weight Loss, Decreased Cardiovascular Events

A 12-month intensive lifestyle intervention including an energy-restricted Mediterranean diet, increased physical activity, and behavioral support for overweight/obese patients was found to be beneficial in decreasing adiposity and cardiovascular events.

Parental Chronic Spinal Pain May Affect Prognosis in Adult Offspring

Individuals with chronic spinal pain, particularly those who are overweight or obese, may be less likely to recover from this condition if both their parents also have chronic spinal pain.

Lifestyle Intervention Program Reduces Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome Risk

A 12-month interdisciplinary lifestyle intervention program for prediabetic and obese patients was found to significantly reduce the risk for development of diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

Obesity as a Teen Ups Risk for Later Pancreatic Cancer

In men, overweight and even higher normal weight tied to increased risk.

Insurance Coverage for Adult Obesity Care Increasing

Findings among Medicaid, state employee health insurance programs in 2009 to 2017.

Guidelines for Physical Activity in America

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans provides recommendations for physical activity that have the potential to reduce the risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dementia, and several cancers.

CDC: About 1 in 3 Adults With Prediabetes Has Arthritis

About 1 in 3 adults with prediabetes has arthritis, and half of those with both conditions are physically inactive and/or obese.

Antibiotics, Acid Suppressants in Infancy May Up Obesity Risk

Prescription of antibiotics and acid-suppressing medications in early childhood is associated with an increased risk for obesity.

Gastric Banding vs Metformin for Improved Insulin Sensitivity in Mild T2D

Gastric banding and metformin resulted in similar improvements in insulin sensitivity in moderately obese adults with impaired glucose tolerance or mild T2D over a 2-year period.

Asthma May Increase Obesity Risk Later in Childhood

Early-onset asthma and wheezing may contribute to an increased risk of developing obesity later in childhood.

Childhood Obesity Persists Into Adolescence

Greater weight gain in early childhood often carries over to overweight and obesity in adolescence.

Ketogenic Diet May Benefit Ovarian, Endometrial Cancer Patients

Women with ovarian or endometrial cancer who adhere to a ketogenic diet may benefit from a selective loss of fat mass and a reduction in fasting serum insulin, while still retaining lean mass.

Lorcaserin Facilitates Weight Loss in Overweight, Obese

Increased weight loss vs placebo with no rise in rate of extended major cardiovascular events.

Participation Up With Online Diabetes Prevention Program

But weight loss no different for online, in-person DPP for obese/overweight veterans with prediabetes.

Lifestyle Interventions Cut Excess Gestational Weight Gain

Findings among diverse population of overweight, obese women.

Behavioral Weight Loss Interventions May Prevent Obesity

The USPSTF recommends that clinicians refer adults with a body mass index of 30 or higher to intensive, multicompetent behavioral interventions.

Skin Microbiota Differ for Obese, Non-Obese Undergoing C-Section

Obese women have significantly higher bacterial biomass of lower diversity at the incision site.

AHA: A Diverse Diet May Not Promote a Healthy Weight

American Heart Association science advisory recommends healthy eating patterns instead.

American Heart Association Urges Screen Time Limits for Youth

Increasing screen trends may have negative cardiometabolic impact; panel calls for more research.

Ectopic Lipid Deposition and Insulin Resistance Higher in Postmenopausal Women

The insulin sensitivity in post- and premenopausal women along with lipid deposition in the liver and skeletal muscle was examined.

WIC Program Enrollment Linked to Declining Pediatric Obesity

Childhood obesity continues to be a public health issue that requires improved policies and interventions at both the individual and population level.

Higher Visceral Fat Ratio Seen With Recurring Urolithiasis

No differences seen with other fat volume measures between recurring, first-time stones.

AMA Adopts Policy to Cut Sugar Sweetened Drink Consumption

Policy supports evidence-based strategies such as excise taxes, adding warning labels

Weight Loss Linked to Reversal of Atrial Fibrillation Progression

Increased weight loss with risk factor management associated with greater atrial fibrillation freedom.

Childhood Obesity/Overweight Steadily Increased From 1999 to 2014

If trends continue, about one-third of children and one-half of teens will be obese/overweight by 2030.

AAPA Launches Primary Care Obesity Management Certificate Program

The new program, announced by AAPA, will allow its participants to obtain 30 CME credits and an OMA-issued Certificate of Primary-Care Obesity Management after completion.

Obesity Treatment Education, Training Needed in PA Programs

Recognizing the obesity epidemic and educating physician assistants on the implications of this condition and how they should be caring for obese patients should be prioritized, according to the study authors.

Prevalence of Obese, Allergic Asthma Phenotypes Examined in US Children

The study authors examined data obtained from the 2007-2008 National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) to determine the prevalence, risk factors, as well as the severity of asthma phenotypes.

Obesity Can Negatively Affect Liver in Children As Young As 8

Increased adiposity in childhood may negatively impact liver function in children as young as 8 years old.

BMI associated with hepatocellular carcinoma risk for patients with chronic hepatitis B virus

BMI is positively correlated with increased hepatocellular carcinoma in patients with chronic HBV, though the risk is greater in women.

Better glycemic control, weight reduction with surgical treatment for youths with T2D, severe obesity

For adolescents with type 2 diabetes and severe obesity, surgical therapy facilitates glycemic control and weight reduction better than medical therapy.

Obesity associated with elevated CVD mortality, morbidity

Obesity is affiliated with elevated morbidity, cardiovascular disease related mortality, and shorter longevity compared with individuals with a normal body mass index.

Weight loss in obese individuals associated with reduced chronic pain

Weight loss in obese individuals may lead to reduced pain, affect, and somatic symptoms associated with chronic pain.

Pediatric obesity rate may decrease with special nutrition programs

Severe obesity may decline in children enrolled in specialized diet programs.

High fitness level associated with lower waist circumference, independent of BMI

The investigators studied the association between abdominal fat, inflammation, and fitness by measuring body weight, dimensions, and blood samples.

Prostate cancer recurrence linked to metabolic syndrome, obesity

A positive correlation between increased BMI and risk of prostate cancer recurrence was observed in patients undergoing radical prostatectomy.

Comorbidity risks increase in children with psoriasis

Some of the comorbidities include increased lipid levels, hypertension, and diabetes.

Gastric Bypass vs Sleeve Gastrectomy in Morbidly Obese Patients

There is no statistically significant difference in weight loss at 5 years after laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy vs laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass in morbidly obese patients.

Case Study: Shortness of breath in a COPD patient with obesity

A middle-aged patient with morbid obesesity and COPD complains about having shortness of breath at rest and dyspnea on exertion.

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.

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