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.

    If you believe, you can succeed!
    Weight loss beliefs jeopardize anti-obesity drugs (PsychCentral) - patients taking orlistat, which causes anal leakage if a high fat diet is consumed, were found to have greater weight loss and long-term maintained weight lost when they had increased belief that the side effects are both due to their eating behavior and just part of how the drug works. Patients who were not successful were found to have blamed the mechanics of the drug, highlighted the barriers to weight loss, and believed weight loss failure was part of their identity.

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    A rose by any other name would smell as sweet: metabolic surgery, obesity surgery, or Bariatric surgery?
    Metabolic surgery - a randomized controlled trial (Bariatric News) - half of the patients in this trial underwent gastric banding. They had excess weight but were not obese, and had type 2 diabetes. The purpose of the trial was to measure the impact of metabolic surgery on type 2 diabetes in patients who were not obese. Many metabolic diseases of the cardiovascular system and certain cancers, obesity, and type 2 diabetes can be defeated with metabolic surgery, say researchers. Recognition of the concepts, the role and outcome data of metabolic surgery should drive a dramatic growth of its clinical use outside of obesity.

    Just when we thought we were making strides in childhood obesity, researchers tell us it's worse than ever.
    Severe obesity on the rise among children in the U.S. (UNC Healthcare) - Contrary to a recent CDC report with encouraging figures on childhood obesity declining for preschoolers, a new study released by the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill finds that all classes of childhood obesity have increased over the last 14 years, including severe obesity. Learn more about the CDC study in my article, "Is Childhood Obesity on the Decline?"

    Sign me up! We may be able to eat a high fat diet and not gain weight.
    Obesity-related enzyme targeted in mouse study (HealthDay) - an enzyme found in the livers and fat of mice could play a future role in defeating obesity, according to researchers. The study mice had increased energy expenditure. For every calorie they ate, they burned up more energy. The enzyme could potentially help people reach and maintain a healthy weight by prompting the body to burn excess energy rather than store it.

    Sounds too good to be true: Early morning sun exposure may prevent weight gain. 
    The morning light may help you stay thin (HealthDay) - A small study found an association between early light exposure and lower weight (not a cause-and-effect link). Researchers recommend between 20 and 30 minutes of bright morning light between 8 a.m. and noon. It is thought that morning light might affect hormones that influence appetite regulation and metabolism, as well as alter circadian rhythms to allow for better sleep. Read more ways to lose weight without diet and exercise in my article, "4 Easy Ways to Lose Weight."


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Published On: April 16, 2014