5 Most Interesting Obesity Headlines for July 2014
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.
Stressors can lead to weight gain for women
Women’s Metabolism Slowed by Stress and High Fat Meals (Bariatric News) – Eating high-fat comfort foods the day after being stressed can lead to an 11-pound weight gain per year, according to a study published in Biological Psychiatry. Stressed study participants burned on average 104 calories less than the non-stressed participants after eating a high-fat meal. Researchers recommend women reach for healthy food when stressed, rather than high-fat comfort foods.
Severe obesity more than doubles the death rate
Severe Obesity Cuts up to 14 Years Off Life (Visalia Times Delta) – Researchers pooled the data from 20 studies and found that people with a BMI greater than 40 (severely obese) have a death rate 2.5 times higher than that of normal weight adults. The researchers calculated that severely obese people were cutting their lives short by 6.5 to 13.7 years, similar to the toll taken by smoking. About 6 percent of Americans are severely obese.
Researchers stumped as to why Americans are obese
Cause of Obesity Epidemic Remains Elusive (Boston Globe) – Researchers investigated the obesity correlation between children born to obese parents, babies born to obese women, children with obese older siblings, and found odd discrepancies. For example, younger siblings are more likely to be obese if the older sibling is athletic. Studies also show discrepancies as to whether our nation’s increasing girth is due to decreased activity or increased caloric intake. And still other research argues that obesity is an addiction to food that is triggered to pleasure centers in the brain. The bottom line? They still have a long way to go before they have the answer.
Healthgrades announces top hospitals in bariatric surgery
Healthgrades Bariatric Surgery Report 2014 – Why Quality Matters for Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery (Healthgrades) – The number of severely obese adults is forecasted to double in the next 20 years. This suggests increased demand for bariatric surgery as an obesity treatment. Patients who underwent bariatric surgery at hospitals with five-star performance in bariatric surgery had 70 percent lower risk of experiencing in-hospital complications. Healthgrades 2014 report underscores the importance of diligently selecting your bariatric surgeon.
World Health Organization warns there will be 70 million obese children by 2025
Childhood Obesity Weighs on WHO (Voice of America) – The Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity claims two ways to intervene in childhood obesity. The first is optimizing the health of women before they become pregnant and during pregnancy. The second is to promote healthy eating and diet in young people. The commission will deliver its report to the WHO next year and the recommendations will be discussed.
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