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Parents Rank Their Obese Children as “Very Healthy”

A University of California, San Diego School of Medicine-led study suggests that parents of obese children often do not recognize the potentially ...

A new link between obesity, inflammation, and insulin resistance

Obesity-linked inflammation can lead to insulin resistance, metabolic disease and type 2 diabetes ...

When it comes to food, obese women’s learning is impaired

By Karen N. Peart - Obese women were better able to identify cues that predict monetary rewards than those that predict food rewards, according to a study by Yale School of Medicine researchers and their colleagues in the journal Current Biology. The findings could result in specific behavioral interventions to treat obesity. ... Full story

TILDA Study Finds 4 out of 5 Over 50s in Ireland are Overweight or Obese

The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) highlights the consequences of high rates of obesity for health and health service demand in the over 50s in Ireland ... Full story

BUSM Study: Obesity May Be Impacted by Stress

(Boston) – A new study shows that stress may play a role in the development of obesity. Using experimental models, researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) showed that adenosine, a metabolite released when the body is under stress or during an inflammatory response, stops the process of adipogenesis, when adipose (fat) stem cells differentiate into adult fat cells. ... Full story

UTHealth research: Obese US firefighters report receiving no weight advice from their health provider

HOUSTON – Obese and overweight firefighters are not receiving weight management advice from their health care providers, according to new research from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). ... Full story

NCI study finds extreme obesity may shorten life expectancy up to 14 years

Adults with extreme obesity have increased risks of dying at a younger age from cancer and many other causes including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and kidney and liver diseases, according to results of an analysis of data pooled from 20 large studies of people from three countries. The study, led by researchers from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, found that people with class III (or extreme) obesity had a dramatic reduction in life expectancy compared with people of normal weight. The findings appeared July 8, 2014, in PLOS Medicine. ... Full story

Siblings may have a greater influence than parents on a child’s obesity risk

In two-child families, having an obese sibling associated with more than double the obesity risk of an obese parent; risk even stronger among same-gender siblings ... Full story

NIH study finds extreme obesity may shorten life expectancy up to 14 years

Adults with extreme obesity have increased risks of dying at a young age from cancer and many other causes including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and kidney and liver diseases, according to results of an analysis of data pooled from 20 large studies of people from three countries. ... Full story

Lack of exercise, not diet, linked to rise in obesity, Stanford research shows

An examination of national health survey results suggests that inactivity, rather than higher calorie intake, could be driving the surge in obesity. ... Full story

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