Diabetes risk tied to weight gain in youth

November 25, 2013

By Michael Smith The risk of developing diabetes in adulthood is associated with weight in adolescence and weight gain during the teens and early 20s, researchers reported. In a longitudinal cohort of teens and young adults, the timing of the weight gain also appeared to play a role in diabetes risk, according to Penny Gordon-Larsen, Ph.D., a […]

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New study explores ways to prevent unhealthy weight gain among rural school-aged children

October 23, 2013

In the United States, children don’t eat enough fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Instead, their diets typically include excessive amounts of sugars and solid fats, counter to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommendations, increasing the risk of obesity and diabetes. A team of investigators implemented a two-year intervention study in low-income, rural areas where a disproportionately higher […]

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Excessive weight gain during pregnancy tied to childhood obesity

October 14, 2013

A study of 41,133 mothers and their children in Arkansas has shown that high pregnancy weight gain increases the risk of obesity in those children through age 12. The findings, published Oct. 1 in PLOS Medicine, suggest pregnancy may be an especially important time to prevent obesity in the next generation. “From the public health perspective, […]

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Too many sugary drinks for kids

August 29, 2013

Most kids love sugary beverages, but parents should be mindful of how much of these beverages their kids are drinking. A recent review of studies found that drinking more sugar-sweetened drinks was linked to weight gain among children and adults. The study authors noted that it is especially important to have overweight children reduce their […]

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Sugary drinks tied to obesity among preschoolers

August 12, 2013

By Genevra Pittman Five-year-olds who drink sugar-sweetened sodas, sports drinks, or juices every day are more likely to be obese than those who have sugar-sweetened beverages less often, according to a new study. Although the link between sugary drinks and extra weight has been well documented among teens and adults, researchers said that up until […]

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Stigma overweight people face could spur more weight gain

August 1, 2013

By Steven Reinberg Discriminating against a person because of their weight may actually increase the chances of that individual becoming obese, researchers report. People who experienced this so-called “weightism” are two and a half times more likely to become or stay obese later on, the researchers added. “Discrimination is hurtful and demeaning, and has real […]

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Gene variants may play role in obesity

June 25, 2013

By Randy Dotinga Two new studies offer some solace to those who can’t control their weight despite diet and exercise by providing more evidence that genetics may play a role in obesity. One study offers unique insight because it finds genetic mutations in severely obese children that suggest their excess weight may be more connected […]

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