How Helpful Would A Genetic Test For Obesity Risk Be?

Even if a genetic test could reliably predict obesity risk, would people make effective use of the information? eyecrave/Vetta/Getty Images Scientists who recently announced an experimental genetic test that can help predict obesity got immediate pushback from other researchers, who wonder whether it is really useful. The story behind this back-and-forth is, at its core, […]

Eating more rice may protect against obesity, international study suggests

According to the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 39.8% of Americans are now obese. Compare that figure to Japan, where the World Health Organization notes only 4.3% of the population is obese. While there are a multitude of factors at play, one group of scientists is suggesting rice consumption may play a role in the stark […]

Obesity and Diabetes Risk Linked to Common Food Ingredient

The combined results from a small-scale randomized human trial and studies in mice suggest that consuming propionate, a common food ingredient that is used widely to prevent mold, increases levels of hormones that are linked with diabetes and obesity. The research, headed by a team at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, found […]

Obesity May Affect Protective Blood Brain Barrier, Lead To Memory Loss: 5 Tips To Manage Obesity

Obesity is one of the most common causes of health concerns around the world. Obesity is marked by abnormal body mass index (BMI). Obesity is tied with several health conditions such as diabetes and kidney failure. If the findings of a recent study are to be believed obesity can break down the protective blood-brain barrier […]

The Community You Live In Can Affect Your Weight, Obesity Study Says

Beyond influence from friends and family, the people in your neighborhood can also have an affect on your weight, a study published in JAMA Pediatrics in 2018 says. Researchers studied communities to see whether living in a place with a higher rate of obesity puts parents and kids at a higher risk of becoming overweight or obese. […]

Small changes can go far in preventing childhood obesity

In the United States, the percentage of children and adolescents with obesity has more than tripled since 1970. Today, approximately one in five school-aged children (ages 6 to 19) is obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—and that figure doesn’t include children who are considered merely overweight and not obese. According to […]

Fast Foods Less Healthy Today Than 30 Years Ago, Responsible for Rise in Obesity: Study

Despite the addition of healthy foods such as salads and sprouts to the menu, fast food is less healthy today than it was 30 years ago, and is increasingly contributing to obesity, say researchers. The study, led by Boston University, demonstrates that the calories, portion sizes, and sodium content overall have worsened (increased) over time […]