5 Most Interesting Obesity Headlines for March 2014

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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.

     

    Would you lose an extreme amount of weight for $250,000.00? Some think that is what latest Biggest Loser winner did.

    Biggest Loser Winner Too Thin? See What She Looks Like Today (Extra) – Rachel Frederickson went from a weight of 260 to 105 pounds, winning the title of The Biggest Loser and a $250,000 prize on the game show. Her weight loss of 155 pounds occurred over seven months of rigorous exercise and diet. Some speculate her extreme weight-loss was to win the money. Since the show ended, Rachel has gained some weight and says she is healthy.

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    Unfortunately, it takes 10 to 20 years to get a drug to market.

    Rare Mutation Kills Off Gene Responsible for Diabetes (The New York Times) - A new study published Sunday in Nature Genetics has found a gene mutation that protects even overweight people from type 2 diabetes. Already pharmaceutical companies Pfizer, who partially funded the study, and Amgen, who owns a company whose data was used in the research, have begun projects to develop drugs that mimics the mutation.

     

    This may be an early indicator that we are defeating childhood obesity.

    Obesity Rates for Young Children Plummets 43% in a Decade (The New York Times) - A new government health study published in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, shows that obesity rates among 2- to 5-year-olds has dropped by 43% in the past decade. Many factors are in play, and there are many theories and little consensus on the reason for the decline. About 8 percent of 2- to 5-year-olds were obese in 2012, down from 14 percent in 2004.

     

    Eat more fatty fish to protect against bad cholesterol.

    Increased Wholegrain and Fish Intake Could Boost Good Cholesterol Levels (Food Navigator) – In Finland, a trial of 131 people with metabolic syndrome (increased blood pressure, a high blood sugar level, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol levels) found that eating at least 3 to 4 weekly meals of fatty fish increased “good” HDL cholesterol particles. High HDL levels are associated with protecting against high cholesterol and atherosclerosis.

     

    There are an excessive number of obesity symposia being held this month:

    March 12 Obese Pregnancy – Mechanisms and Potential Interventions, London, England

    March 12-14 Build a Healthier Future 2014 (childhood obesity), Washington D.C.

    March 12-16 American Society of Bariatric Physicians Spring Obesity Conference, Philadelphia, PA

    March 13-15 Developmental Origins of Adiposity and Long-Term Health (childhood obesity), Munich, Germany

    March 13-16 Controversies to Consensus in Diabetes, Obesity, and Hypertension, Panama City, Panama

    March 17-20 The 12th International Congress on Obesity, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

     

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Published On: March 13, 2014