Excess body weight may affect brain part that controls memory, emotions, and appetite

Excess weight linked to brain changes that may relate to memory, emotions, and appetite – Being overweight appears related to reduced levels of a molecule that reflects brain cell health in the hippocampus, a part of the brain involved in memory, learning, and emotions, and likely also involved in appetite control, revealed by researchers.

Genetic changes cause low metabolic rate and obesity

Novel genetic mutations cause low metabolic rate and obesity — Researchers believe the gene could be a useful therapeutic target for treating obesity and type 2 diabetes – Gene changes can reduce basal metabolic rate – how the body burns calories, and thereby cause severe obesity, revealed by researchers from the University of Cambridge, UK. Researchers believe this gene could be a useful therapeutic target for treating obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Offspring of obese mothers may be spared health problems

Obese mums may pass health risks on to grandchildren — Experts found the offspring of obese mothers may be spared health problems – Health problems linked to obesity, like heart disease and diabetes, could skip an entire generation. Researchers have found that the offspring of obese mothers may be spared health problems linked to obesity, while their own children then inherit them.

Dietary and exercise advice simultaneously better for obese

Starting with 2 health behaviors may be better than 1 — Study finds giving dietary and exercise advice simultaneously produces better results than focusing on 1 behavior change at a time – Giving dietary and exercise advice simultaneously produces better results than focusing on 1 behavior change at a time for obese people, said researchers from the Stanford School of Medicine in California.

20$ financial incentives get greater weight loss

Program that pays for weight loss seems to pay off — Rewards, penalties get better participation, greater weight loss than program without incentives – Modest financial incentives offered over an extended period of time were significantly more likely to encourage sustained participation in a weight-loss program and long-term maintenance of weight loss than an identical program that did not offer financial rewards.

Qsymia approved for chronic weight management

U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Qsymia (phentermine and topiramate extended-release) as an addition to a reduced-calorie diet and exercise for chronic weight management – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Qsymia (phentermine and topiramate extended-release) as an addition to a reduced-calorie diet and exercise for chronic weight management.

Belviq lorcaserin approved to treat overweight or obese adults

FDA approves Belviq to treat some overweight or obese adults – Belviq (lorcaserin hydrochloride) is approved as an addition to a reduced-calorie diet and exercise, for chronic weight management. This obesity drug is approved by US FDA for use in adults with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater (obese), or adults with a BMI of 27 or greater (overweight) and who have at least one weight-related condition such as high blood pressure (hypertension), type 2 diabetes, or high cholesterol (dyslipidemia).

Obesity screening recommended for all adults

Task Force Recommends Obesity Screening for All Adults — Docs Should Screen for Obesity and Direct Obese Patients to Intensive, Multicomponent Behavioral Interventions – In an update to its 2003 recommendation statement on screening for obesity in adults, the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening all adult patients for obesity. Screening includes measurement of height and weight to ascertain BMI, although measuring waist circumference also is an accepted method.

An estimation of adult human biomass on this earth

The weight of nations: An estimation of adult human biomass – The world population is over seven billion and all of these people need feeding. However, the energy requirement of a species depends not only on numbers but on its average mass. New research published in BioMed Central’s open access journal BMC Public Health has estimated the total mass of the human population, defined its distribution by region, and the proportion of this biomass due to the overweight and obesity.

Ban proposal on sale of oversized soft drinks in New York USA

New York City’s proposed ban on big sodas — Bloomberg Defends Move to Curb Big-Soda Sales – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced plans to implement a ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts. Bloomberg defended his controversial proposal to ban large-sized sugary soda drinks in the city, arguing that it will combat obesity and cut health-care costs.

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