Weight Loss

Teens who abandon Sugared Drinks for Calorie Free Options Weighed Less than Peers

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(Best Syndication News) - A study found that teens who switched from sugar-sweetened beverages to calorie-free beverages weighed less than their peers who continued to drink sugared drinks. After one year of drinking calorie free drinks instead of the sugared drinks, the teens weighed an average of four pounds less than those kids who continued to drink sugared drinks.

Cara Ebbeling, PhD (associate director) and David Ludwig, MD, PhD (director), both from the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center Boston Children’s Hospital, led the study.

The study involved 224 overweight or obese teenagers who were either 9th or 10th grade students. The participants all drank sugary drinks on a regular basis at the start of the study. One group was assigned to drink no-calorie beverages and gave up the sugared drinks completely. The control group was to continue drinking the sugared beverages.

High amounts of Bisphenol A (BPA) showed increased risk for obesity in Children and Teens

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(Best Syndication News) - A study found children and teens that had higher amounts of the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in their urine were at an increased risk of being obese. The study results were reported in the September 19 issue of JAMA.

Bisphenol A (BPA) is used in many consumer products. It can be found in plastics and in the lining of cans. Over the last four years, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been investigating the safety of BPA. The FDA approved BPA in the 1960’s. Currently, the FDA says, “The scientific evidence at this time does not suggest that the very low levels of human exposure to BPA through the diet are unsafe.”

Rural Living associated with Higher Rates of Obesity

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(Best Syndication News) - A study found that rural living brings higher rates of obesity compared to living in the city. The findings were published in the National Rural Health Association's Fall 2012 Journal of Rural Health.

Researchers from the University of Kansas investigated data from the National Center for Health Statistics. The information gathered on heights and weights of people is the most recent in over 30 years. They reviewed the information in this self-reporting study.

Women weigh less when they read Food Nutrition Labels

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(Best Syndication News) - A study found that women who read the food nutrition labels weighed almost nine pounds less than those who did not. The researchers from the University of Santiago de Compostela used data from the US women consumers to determine their findings. Additionally, the University of Tennessee, Arkansas (USA) and the Norwegian Institute for Agricultural Finance Research also participated in the study.

What the researchers found is that the women who read the labels had a body mass index (BMI) rating that was 1.49 point less than those who would never look at the package nutrition information while shopping.

Blocking a Protein prevented Weight Gain in a Mice Study

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that blocking an enzyme called fatty acid synthase (FAS) in mice aided them against gaining weight even when eating a high-fat diet. The mice that were not having the FAS blocked were given the same high-fat diet and became obese. The research may help develop new treatments for obesity and type 2 diabetes in humans. The study results were published in the online edition of the journal Cell Metabolism.

The blocked FAS enzyme made the mice become more sensitive to insulin. The researchers engineered the mice so that they would not make FAS in their fat cells.

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