Best, Worst Snack Bars for Health
Snack bars are convenient, portable, and often better for you than chips or cookies. But not all snack bars are created equal. Some are laden with sugar and additives, while others contain as many calories as a candy bar.
Dieting at Young Age Often Backfires
Dieting at a young age might set the stage for harmful health habits, including eating disorders, according to new research.
Surveys of college-age women conducted from 1982 to 2012 also found a link between early dieting and later obesity and alcohol abuse.
The younger a...
Scientists Developing Probiotic Treatment for Obesity
Inspired by previous studies on the subject, a team of researchers at Vanderbilt University in Nashville tested a strain of safe bacteria that has been used to treat diarrhea since its discovery 100 years ago. The resulting success, using mice as subjects, suggests a...
Tonsillectomy Often Leads to Weight Gain
Tonsillectomies are commonly done to relieve sleep apnea in children,but a new study confirms that the treatment can speed kids' weight gain-- especially if they're already overweight.
The researchers said that's a concern, because obesity is a risk factor for a range of...
9 in 10 Adults Eat Everything on Their Plate
Unlike children, the vast majority of adults finish all of the food they put on their plate at mealtime, according to a new study.
This is true for adults from much of the world -- not just Americans, researchers from Cornell University revealed.
They noted their findings...
Parents of Obese Kids Often View Them as Healthy
Parents of obese children often don't view their kids as unhealthy or recognize the health consequences of excess weight or inactivity,according to a new study.
The children of the families surveyed for the new research were attending an obesity clinic at the Hasbro...
Can Your Brother or Sister Make You Fat?
Brothers or sisters might have a greater influence than parents on a child's likelihood of being obese, suggests new U.S. research.
The study, based on data from the larger national Family Health Habits Survey, found that kids with obese parents were about twice as likely to...
Can Americans Be Convinced Eating Salad is Cool?
Having turned his trendy chain of New York-based salad restaurants into a success, Chop't Chief Executive Officer Nick Marsh is determined to go national. The trick will be convincing middle America that salad is cool again. Salad consumption has declined steadily since the...
Weight-Loss Surgery Eases Incontinence: Study
Weight-loss surgery appears to have an additional side benefit -- it may improve urinary incontinence symptoms in women, according to a new study. The study found that nearly half of women in a weight-loss surgery program reported having incontinence prior to the procedure....
Best Diet Deal: Weight Watchers
Weight Watchers has been found to be the most cost-effectiveness way to shed pounds, according to a new assessment of commercial diet programs. The diet drug Qsymia also fared well, under the Duke assessment.
Bad Diet Cuts Sense of Smell: Study
Researchers from the neuroscience department at Florida State University conducted an experiment on mice which, for the first time, made a scientific association between a bad diet and a reduced sense of smell.
In a quasi-Pavlovian technique, researchers taught mice to...
Abdominal Obesity Rates in US Kids Level Off
After rising steadily for more than 10 years, the proportion of U.S. kids defined as obese due to a large waist circumference held steady between 2003 and 2012, according to a new analysis of national data.
The new results echo recent studies that found the increase in...
Hula Hoop:'50s Fad Gets Another Spin as Workout Tool
It has been a circus prop, a toy and a 1950s fad, and now the hula hoop is making a comeback as a workout tool that fitness experts say provides an effective cardio and even meditative workout.
A new generation of hoop activists is putting another spin on the hoop, which...
Death of Teen Prompts FDA Warning Against Caffeine Powder
The sudden death of a healthy high school senior has ramped up attention on unregulated caffeine powder, leading federal health authorities to warn consumers to stay away from the substance.
A recent autopsy found that Logan Stiner, 18, had a lethal amount of caffeine in his...
7 Ways Beer Improves Health
Man has been relaxing with a beer on a hot summer day for thousands of years. No one knows who brewed the first beer - an anonymous Sumerian in ancient Mesopotamia is usually given credit - but according to Greek philosopher Plato, He was a wise man who invented beer. ...
Cool Bedroom Can Help With Weight Loss: Study
Want to lose weight? Keeping your bedroom cool may help, according to an article published in the New York Times. A study published in the journal Diabetes found that keeping bedrooms chilly can stimulate the body to produce more brown fat - the good fat - which burns white...
Should You Go Gluten-Free?
The gluten-free food craze is fueling a multibillion-dollar growth industry. And as many as one in three restaurant-goers are asking for gluten-free menu items, by some accounts. Facebook has more than 1,000 groups with gluten free in the name and there's even a dating...
Physically Fit Aren't Harmed by Prolonged Sitting: Study
A study by the American Cancer Society, the Cooper Institute and the University of Texas suggests that being in good physical shape could safeguard individuals from the risks of sedentary behavior, including but not limited to obesity, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes...
Research Shows How Stress Leads to Weight Gain
New research disputes popular belief that stress speeds up the metabolism, suggesting that bumps in the road are when it's most important to stick to a healthy diet that's low in fat.
Researchers at Ohio State University served a 930-calorie meal containing over 60 grams...
5 Fatty Foods That Are Good for You
For decades, health experts have advised cutting back on dietary fat, suggesting that the best way to avoid being fat was to simply avoid eating fat. But it turns out that fat is not a great dietary evil and the latest studies show some fats are even good for you, a top cardiologist explains.
General Mills Rolls Out High-Fiber Cookies
General Mills hopes a pinch of cinnamon and a dash of fiber will be a recipe for stronger sales.
The Minneapolis-based company is doing things like adding more cinnamon to its Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal and rolling out fiber-packed better for you cookies to boost the...
Activity Between Workouts Improves Fitness: Mayo Study
A team of cardiologists at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center concluded that extended sedentary behavior of two hours or more could be as harmful to fitness levels as short stints of exercise are beneficial.
In parallel, six hours spent sitting is as...
Cycling Poses No Threat to Men's Sexual Function, Fertility
A new study of male cyclists has mostly reassuring results about the sport's long-term health consequences, although a slight increase in the risk of prostate cancer means men may still want to consider changing their saddle.
Inspired by concern among health professionals...
Shedding Pounds Cuts Hot Flashes: Study
In a pilot study announced by the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), researchers observed 40 overweight or obese white and African-American women who had been experiencing at least four hot flashes per day and found that the problem faded along with the extra pounds...
Will You Get Fat? Look at Older Siblings
Obesity is known to run in families, but new research suggests this relationship may be the strongest among siblings.
Although older children in a two-child home with an obese parent are more than twice as likely to be obese, having an obese older sibling may raise the risk...
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