New Public Fitness Strategy: Remove Park Benches
Getting adults to be more active on visits to children's playgrounds could be as simple as removing the temptation to sit, a small new study suggests.
Inspired during his daily lunchtime walks by the sight of parents sitting on playground benches, a U.S. researcher has shown...
Diet That Stops Multiple Sclerosis
In 2000, Terry Wahls, M.D., a professor of medicine at the University of Iowa, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Using her natural determination and medical knowledge, she fought the crippling disease in every conceivable way, and eventually won - regaining her health....
Experts Cut Daily Sugar Limit in Half
Just try sugar-coating this: The World Health Organization says your daily sugar intake should be just 5 percent of your total calories - half of what the agency previously recommended, according to new draft guidelines published Wednesday. After a review of about 9,000...
Montana is Skinniest State: Survey
Montana has claimed the title of least obese state in the nation - bumping Colorado out of the enviable top spot for the first time in three years - according to the latest Gallup-Healthways poll.
TV in Kids' Bedrooms Linked to Weight Gain
Children who have a TV in their bedroom are likely to gain weight.But kids who play active video games might lose unwanted pounds,according to two new studies.
In an age of widespread childhood and adolescent obesity, technology is clearly the proverbial double-edged...
Diet Found to Prevent Kidney Stones
A diet originally designed to lower blood pressure may also be effective for preventing kidney stones, according to a new study.
Researchers say a diet based on the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) eating plan is more practical and less restrictive for people who...
FDA's New Food Labels to Focus on Sugar, Calories
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration formally proposed Thursday updating the nutrition facts labels on food products to better reflect Americans' current eating habits and health concerns.
Among the highlights: the new labels would replace out-of-date serving sizes,...
C-Section Babies More Likely to Become Obese: Study
Babies born by cesarean section seem more likely to be overweight or obese later in life, a new study contends. The odds of being overweight are 26 percent higher for cesarean babies than those born vaginally, found researchers at Imperial College London, in England.As the...
Evening Workouts Don't Disturb Sleep: Study
Couch potatoes looking for a reason to forgo working out in the evening may no longer be able to use difficulty sleeping afterward as an excuse, according to a recent study.
Researchers found that people who exercised in the evening reported sleeping just as well as those who...
Are Junk Food Makers Indoctrinating Dietitians?
Snack and soda makers that often are blamed for fueling the nation's obesity rates also play a role in educating the dietitians who advise Americans on healthy eating. Companies such as Frito-Lay, Kellogg and Coca-Cola are essentially teaching the teachers. They're offering...
'Blockbuster' Diet Pill Fails to Gain Popularity
Vivus Inc's silence on its strategy to boost sales of obesity drug Qsymia has increased doubts about whether the pill will reach its full commercial potential.
Shares of the company, which reported quarterly results on Monday, fell as much as 15 percent in early trade on...
US Obesity Rates Leveling Off
More than a third of U.S. adults and 17 percent of kids and teens are obese, rates that haven't changed much in a decade, researchers say.
Only preschool-age children show signs of a turnaround, with their obesity rates nearly halved in the same period, according to a new...
Strawberries Lower Cholesterol: Study
Eating strawberries can significantly lower levels of bad cholesterol and triglycerides, according to a study conducted by Italian and Spanish scientists. Researchers from the Università Politecnica delle Marche (UNIVPM, Italy), together with colleagues from the...
Food's Fat Composition Determines Where Body Stores It: Study
Researchers from Uppsala University in Sweden have performed the first study on humans that demonstrates how food's fat composition determines where fat will be stored in the body. Findings of the small, preliminary study suggest that polyunsaturated fat -- found in olive...
Fitbit Bracelets Recalled Over Rashes
The popular fitness tracker 'Fitbit Force' is being recalled after the company received a number of consumer complaints about the bracelet causing skin irritation.
Eat Chocolate Daily to Lose Weight: Top Scientist
Chocolate has almost always been on the Heck no! list when it comes to diets, but a new regimen promises eating the sweet treat helps with weight loss. Neuroscientist Dr. Will Clower penned the book Eat Chocolate Lose Weight and says consuming chocolate can actually help...
Dieting During Pregnancy Puts Baby at Risk: Study
Overweight and obese women who gain too few pounds, or even lose weight, during pregnancy may be putting their unborn child at risk, a new study suggests.
While many people recommend that weight loss in pregnancy, particularly for very obese women is OK .. . (there) may be...
Slim Men Carry Fewer Dangerous Germs, Say Researchers
Fitter, slimmer men are more likely to have fewer potentially dangerous germs in their nasal passages compared to heavier guys, a new study contends.
The finding gives credence to the theory that one reason women are attracted to fitter males is that these men keep bacteria at...
You Are What Your Grandmother Ate: Study
The saying You are what you eat is hardly new, but what about what your relatives ate? A new study suggests maternal grandmothers play a much bigger part in the health of grandchildren than previously believed.
Recent findings were presented by Northwestern University's...
Average Obese Woman Gets 1 Hour of Exercise a Year
A new study suggests that obese women get just one hour of vigorous exercise a year, while obese men don't do much better at fewer than four hours.
The findings startled the researchers, whose main focus was finding better ways to measure how much exercise people get.
A Judgmental Doctor Makes It Harder to Lose Weight: Study
Obese people are less likely to lose weight if they feel they're being judged by their doctor, a new study suggests.
To come to this conclusion, researchers conducted an Internet survey of 600 overweight and obese adults in the United States who made regular visits to their...
Hopeful People Make Healthier Food Choices: Study
Scientists in a recent study confirmed what every emotional eater knows: that bad moods and negative events can lead to stress eating. But in their research, the scientists also suggest that one way to curb the bad habit is to think about the future.
For their research, a...
Clues to Obesity Found in Infants
Babies with hearty appetites grow faster and might be genetically predisposed to obesity, according to new research.
In two linked studies, British researchers found that infants with greater appetites grew faster during a 15-month span, increasing their risk for obesity.Their...
Insurance Companies Refuse to Cover Weight-Loss Surgery
Like 78 million other Americans, Mary Jane Harrison is obese.
And like many critically overweight Americans, Harrison cannot afford to have weight loss surgery because her health insurance doesn't cover it.The financial burden makes it nearly impossible for her to follow...
California Considers Warning Labels on Soda
All sodas and other sugar-sweetened drinks sold in California would be required to carry warning labels for obesity, diabetes and tooth decay under a bill introduced in Sacramento on Thursday, backed by several public health advocacy groups.
If passed, caloric drinks would...
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