Weight Loss

Dieters lost more pounds when using an Online Weight Loss Program

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(Best Syndication News) - A study from researchers at the Penn State College of Medicine found that people who participated in an online weight loss program with others, lost more weight than those that did not join in. The results were published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.

The study compared two groups, one losing weight without help, and the other group participated in an online weight loss program that offered strategies for success. The group that was on their own initially was allowed to participate with the online program after 12 weeks.

Type 2 Diabetes: Waist Size is an independent Risk Factor

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(Best Syndication News) - Waist size is an independent risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes said a recent study. This is a separate factor from just calculating body mass index (BMI). The researchers of the study reported about their findings in the current week's issue of PLoS Medicine.

The waist measurement was more of a risk factor for women, more so than in men. Both the BMI and waist circumference were independent risk factors related to developing type 2 diabetes.

Claudia Langenberg and colleagues reanalyzed data from the InterAct case-control study to find that waist circumference is a predictor of type 2 diabetes. The groups were divided by BMI and waist circumference. As the BMI and waist circumference increased, so did the risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

Snacking on Raisins could reduce overall daily calorie intake in Children

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(Best Syndication News) - A study funded by the California Raisin Marketing Board, found that eating raisins for an after-school snack prevented children between 8 and 11 years of age from consuming excessive amounts of calories. The raisins gave the children a better feeling of fullness compared to other common snacks such as grapes, potato chips, and cookies. The study results were announced at the Canadian Nutrition Society’s annual meeting being held in Vancouver, B.C.

The study involved 26 boys and girls of normal weight between the ages of 8 and 11 over a three-month time. The children were randomly assigned to eat raisins, grapes, potato chips, or chocolate chips as a snack until they felt comfortably full.

CDC reports that Higher Education reduces Obesity Rates for Women and Children

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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released their 35th annual Health, United States, 2011 report. They found that people with higher education levels had lower rates of obesity in women and children than those with the least education and lowest income levels.

The study found that the households with the higher levels of education between 2007-2010 had lower rates of obesity in girls and boys between 2 and 19 years old. If the head of the household had less than a high school education the obesity level in their children averaged 24 percent in boys and 22 percent in girls. The obesity rate drops dramatically when the head of the household had a bachelor’s degree or higher – the obesity rate was 11 percent for boys and 7 percent for females.

Simple Goals to Get Active and Eat More Fruits and Vegetables work to improve Healthy Lifestyle

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(Best Syndication News) - Weight loss could be as simple as changing just two habits that will help improve a person’s overall health. Researchers from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine found that making two big changes in habits could lead to long-term results. The habits that the researchers wanted to change in the participants was to not spend so much time watching TV or on the computer and to eat more fruits and vegetables. The study was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Just getting more active could slow a person from eating junk food and excessive amounts of saturated fats. The reasoning is that snacking often occurs when a person is watching TV or on the computer. This change in leisure activities ends up acting as a domino effect on the person's eating habits.

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