5 Most Interesting Obesity Headlines for December 2013

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  • We are changing the way we think about food, nutrition, and health. So what’s the latest buzz around the Internet and in the news this month? Below are some of the most intriguing insights and trends.

     

    Is this the next weight-loss surgery?

    Gastric Artery Embolization Tied to Weight Loss: New findings presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America suggest that gastric artery embolization might be a weight-loss solution. Used to treat bleeding stomach ulcers, an obstructive agent is inserted into an artery supplying the stomach. Patients who underwent embolization of the left ventricle artery lost an average of eight percent bodyweight in three months. This is the artery that releases the appetite-boosting hormone ghrelin.

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    Not everyone can afford to eat healthy.

    The DASH Diet and Diet Costs Among Ethnic and Racial Groups in the United States: The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet is perhaps the best example of how a nutrient-dense dietary pattern of fruits, vegetables, and reduced dietary saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium can prevent chronic disease. In randomized trials, DASH dietary patterns lowered blood pressure in hypertensive individuals. Subsequent trials and observational studies have consistently found that DASH-type diets reduced cardiovascular and metabolic risk.

     

    Is it a craving or an addiction?

    Why Humans Like Junk Food: Food companies spend millions of dollars to discover the most satisfying level of crunch in a potato chip. Their scientists will test for the perfect amount of fizzle in a soda. Known as orosensation, the sensation of eating food includes what it tastes like, what it smells like, and how it feels in your mouth. These factors all combine to create the sensation that your brain associates with a particular food or drink – and causes you to crave junk food. Learn more in the ebook by Steven E. Witherly, Ph.D.


    Knee replacement is no longer an ailment only in the older adult population.

    Obesity is Driving Surge in Knee Replacements: A study presented at a meeting of the American College of Rheumatology and the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals suggests that the rise in obesity rates in younger people is having a dramatic influence on the number of total joint replacement surgeries. The study finds that younger patients are more obese and experience the same amount or more of pain and functional disability as older patients. Knee replacement surgeries are one of the most common procedures in the United States, with about 600,000 performed each year at a cost of $9.9 billion. The number is expected to grow to 3.48 million procedures a year by 2030. 

     

    Another obesity-related illness… 

    Overweight Men May Face Higher Death Rate from Prostate Cancer: Men who are overweight or obese when they're diagnosed with prostate cancer face a higher risk of dying from the disease, according to a study published in the journal Obesity Research & Clinical Practice. Patients who eventually died from prostate cancer were 50 percent more likely to be overweight or obese at the time of diagnosis than those who did not die from the disease. 

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    Resources

    MedPage Today

    JAMA

    Why Humans Like Junk Food

    American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons

    Obesity Research & Clinical Practice

     

Published On: December 08, 2013