Study: U.S. teens eat too much salt, hiking obesity risk

March 12, 2014

By Alan Mozes American teens are taking in as much dietary salt as adults, far exceeding guidelines on healthy limits for daily consumption, new research warns. The investigation tracked the week-long eating habits of more than 760 black and white high school kids. It found that, on average, teens now ingest a whopping 3,280 milligrams […]

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Gene mutation tied to higher obesity risk in kids

November 15, 2013

Obesity is on the rise among children, and a particular genetic mutation might play a role for some kids, a new study suggests. Researchers in Britain conducted genetic analyses of more than 2,100 severely obese youngsters. They found that those with mutations in the KSR2 gene had larger appetites and slower metabolism than those with […]

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Could a gene help make you obese?

July 17, 2013

By Dennis Thompson Researchers have discovered a potential genetic explanation for why some people overeat and run a greater risk for obesity. People who carry two copies of a variant form of the “FTO” gene are more likely to feel hungry soon after eating a meal, because they carry higher levels of the hunger-producing hormone […]

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Can you be addicted to carbs?

July 9, 2013

By Allison Aubrey Fresh research adds weight to the notion that certain foods (think empty carbs like bagels and sweet treats) can lead to more intense hunger and overeating. Fast-digesting carbohydrates can stimulate regions of the brain involved in cravings and addiction, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Prior studies have shown […]

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