The number of overweight and obese has been remarkably stable for the past several years at about two-thirds of the adult population, but a greater number of adults are moving from a classification of being simply overweight to being labeled as obese. Maybe there's a new suspect.
Last week the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) announced that gastric bypass surgery is a cost-effective treatment for type 2 diabetes. This marks the first time in modern medicine that cutting out normal tissue is now considered good medicine.
We all know that obese children tend to be inactive. This leads to the “obvious” conclusion that the solution to childhood obesity is simply more exercise. But what if that conclusion is totally wrong?
Have you ever had one of those experiences with a child when they ask you a question or to define a word that is so common you should easily be able to, but you are left dumbfounded when trying to search for the best way to explain it to them? Welcome to Body Mass Index… Read more »
I recently discussed disturbing new data on the impact of omega-6 fatty acids on genetic expression.1 At the recent International Fatty Acid Conference in the Netherlands I had the opportunity to talk with Joe Hibbeln, the lead author, of that study at length. During the conference, his group presented more data on how excess omega-6 fatty acids… Read more »
By Dr. Barry Sears Back in 2005, in my book, The Anti-Inflammation Zone, I wrote that many trends start in the United States and then cover the globe. We’ve exported Big Macs, Coca-Cola and the USDA Food Pyramid. Now, five years later a report from the research organization, Datamonitor, indicates we have also exported childhood obesity… Read more »
I have often said that if you’re fat, it may not be your fault. Recent research goes further to illustrate this point. In particular, an article published in Cardiovascular Psychiatry and Neurology (2009;2009:867041) demonstrates what happens when you take genetically identical mice and put them on different diets for three generations. The diets were equal… Read more »
Anyone who has tried to lose weight before I’m sure is familiar with the magic number of 3,500. That is the number of calories believed to be equivalent to one pound of body weight. Simply lower your caloric intake by 500 calories per day, and you’ll lose one pound per week. If only it were… Read more »
It is well known that portions sizes in the United States have increased tremendously throughout the years, but what about increasing portion sizes as a way to promote increased fruit and vegetable intake among children? It may just a work. A recent study published in the March edition of Obesity examined just that (1). The… Read more »
Throughout my career, a common question that arises is whether water consumption before or during a meal really helps with weight loss. A common responses to this question is that people often confuse hunger for hydration, but a recent study may provide an answer to this question that is based on science. A randomized clinical… Read more »