Kids obese at young age often stay that way

December 5, 2014

By Maureen Salamon The vast majority of children who are obese at age 11 are still far too heavy at age 16, new research suggests. Tracking nearly 4,000 children in three U.S. metropolitan areas over five years, researchers found that 83 percent of obese 10th graders had also been obese in fifth grade. Only 12 […]

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Same genes linked to rapid infant growth, later weight gains

October 29, 2014

By Steven Reinberg Infants who quickly add weight and length may be showing a genetic propensity for obesity as toddlers, a new study suggests. In adults, certain genes have been linked to increased body fat, but the same genes in infants promote proportionate gains in fat and lean muscle, the researchers said.

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Certain kids with diabetes are most at risk for excess weight

June 30, 2014

By Allison Bond Children and teens with type 1 diabetes are already at increased risk for becoming overweight or obese, but certain traits make the odds even higher, according to a new study. Because obesity can compound some of the health problems that go along with diabetes, it’s important to help kids avoid weight gain, […]

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Gaining excess or too little weight during pregnancy tied to child obesity risk

May 21, 2014

According to researchers at Kaiser Permanente, gaining either excess weight or too little weight during pregnancy appears to elevate the risk of having an obese or overweight child. This study examined recommendations of the Institute of Medicine regarding pregnancy weight gain in relation to childhood obesity. “Gaining either too little or too much weight in […]

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Rutgers study finds link between teen girls, depression, and obesity

April 21, 2014

By Susan K. Livio Adolescent girls diagnosed with major depression are likely to gain an unhealthy amount of weight as they mature, according to a study co-written by a Rutgers-Camden professor and released March 20. Conversely, obese teenager girls are prone to develop depression as they reach adulthood, according to the study, which was published […]

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Study: Obesity’s link to type 2 diabetes not so clear-cut

April 4, 2014

Although it’s a common belief that a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes often follows a large weight gain, a new study challenges that notion. Researchers found that the majority of people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes didn’t get the disease until they’d been overweight or obese for a number of years. What’s more, participants who […]

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Study: Most people don’t know how not how many calories are in soda

February 3, 2014

Even though it’s widely known that soda can contribute to weight gain, the majority of adults don’t actually know how many calories are in a bottle of soda, a new study reveals. The research, published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and based on data from 3,926 adults, shows that eight […]

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Are sugary drinks fattening? Depends who you ask

January 31, 2014

By Nicholas Bakalar Are there good scientific studies that show that drinking sugar-sweetened soda increases the risk for obesity? The answer may vary depending on who is paying for the study. Researchers examined 17 large reviews of the subject (one review assessed results for adults and children separately, so there were 18 sets of study […]

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Study finds parental stress linked to obesity in children

January 13, 2014

Parental stress is linked to weight gain in children, according to a new study from St. Michael’s Hospital. The study found that children whose parents have high levels of stress have a body mass index (BMI) about 2 percent higher than those whose parents have low levels of stress. Children with higher parental stress also […]

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Childhood trauma may contribute to teen weight problems

December 13, 2013

By Shereen Jegtv Children who have gone through trying times are more likely to be overweight by age 15, a new study suggests. Stress in childhood has been associated with a greater risk of becoming overweight, although the link isn’t always consistent from study to study, researchers said. “I felt like I was seeing a […]

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