Weight Management

Study pinpoints how preservatives may disrupt hormones and promote obesity

10 Aug 2017 --- Cedars-Sinai investigators have developed a novel platform and protocol for testing the effects of chemicals known as endocrine disruptors on humans, according to a new study published in Nature Communications. Although growing evidence from animal experiments had already suggested that chemicals that are added to breakfast cereals and other everyday products make you obese, confirming these findings in humans had – until now – proven difficult.

Avoiding sugar quickly leads to sweeter future, research says

09 Aug 2017 --- Cutting out sugar, and particularly fructose, quickly improves metabolic function. This is according a review published in the August edition of The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA), which says that measures of health can be seen after less than two weeks of sugar reduction.

Capsicum extract found to boost metabolism with red-hot results

08 Aug 2017 --- An extract from red-hot capsicum peppers boosts metabolic rate, according to a recent paper. The findings show that managing a healthy weight as we age by fighting a slowing metabolism may be aided by the pepper extract Capsimax, an OmniActive Health Technologies product that aims to deliver the beneficial heat of concentrated highly-active, natural capsicum in a controlled-release coating.

Obesity paradox supported by new heart procedures study

03 Aug 2017 --- Research at University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust (UHNM) in the UK has confirmed a link between elevated body mass index (BMI) and patients having better survival outcomes following percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI).

Diminished taste may lead to eating more calories

31 Jul 2017 --- A potential factor in understanding obesity has been revealed with the news that people who have a dulled ability to taste food choose sweeter – and therefore likely higher-calorie – food. The results of a study by Cornell University food scientists, “Participants With Pharmacologically Impaired Taste Function Seek Out More Intense, Higher Calorie Stimuli,” could give an insight into what contributes to eventual overweight and obesity.

Newly discovered brain cells may hold key to new obesity treatment

31 Jul 2017 --- Researchers at the Rockefeller University have identified two new populations of cells in the brain that potently regulate appetite. According to the researchers, the two types of cells, located in a part of the brainstem called the dorsal raphe nucleus (DRN), are potential targets for new drugs to treat obesity by controlling the hunger signals that drive the search for and consumption of food.

Up to 90 percent of adults in US and UK “overfat,” study finds

25 Jul 2017 --- The severity and implications of the global obesity pandemic have been well-documented for several years now. However, new research has drawn particular attention to the dangers and prevalence of overfat, or the presence of excess body fat that can impair health, even for non-obese individuals with a healthy BMI. The prevalence of overfat populations in 30 of the world’s most developed countries is substantially higher than recent global estimations, the report says, with the largest growth due to a relatively recent increased number of people with excess abdominal fat. 

Adolescent obesity linked to colorectal cancer risk in later life

24 Jul 2017 --- Adolescents who are overweight or obese run a higher risk of developing colon cancer and rectal cancer in adulthood than those who have a healthy weight, according to new research published online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. The findings come at a time of growing concern about the impact of adolescent overweight and obesity on chronic disease later in life.

Nutrition and misconceptions: key focuses for dairy industry, study finds

21 Jul 2017 --- A new study from the Journal of Dairy Science suggests that education on nutritional value and correcting misconceptions should be a focus of the dairy industry as it seeks to arrest a decades-long decline in fluid milk consumption. In recent years, fluid milk has struggled significantly for retail sales and per capita consumption has decreased at a rate of 380 ml per year since 1975. However, the results of the journal’s study highlighted the most important values among dairy milk and non-dairy beverage consumers for both milk and non-dairy beverages, which were fat and sugar levels respectively.

Study links artificial sweeteners to risk of weight gain, ISA refutes validity

18 Jul 2017 --- A newly published study has found that artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame, sucralose and stevia, may be associated with long-term weight gain and increased risk of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. In response to the study, the International Sweeteners Association (ISA) has stated that the findings are not supported by the collective evidence from human intervention studies and previous systematic reviews and meta-analysis.

Not all plant-based diets created equal, study finds

18 Jul 2017 --- Plant-based diets are often recommended to reduce the risk of heart disease; however, some plant-based diets are actually associated with a higher risk of heart disease, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Overweight people less likely to consider timing of next meal when choosing portion sizes

18 Jul 2017 --- People with obesity tend to ignore how long it will be until the next meal when choosing how much to eat, according to researchers at the University of Bristol. In a study designed see if people consider the time interval between two consecutive meals when deciding portion sizes, the researchers found that obese people tend to discount that information.

Plasma Nutrition Launches Reduced-Calorie Protein for Supplements

12 Jul 2017 --- New York-based tech startup Plasma Nutrition has launched its newest ingredient powered by Ingredient Optimized technology: IoProtein - Reduced Calorie, a whey protein with 26 percent fewer calories than standard WPI. According to the company, it is the world´s first reduced calorie protein for supplements.

UK’s Voluntary Pledge to Provide Calorie Content Information for Alcoholic Drinks Failing to Make an Impact

19 Jun 2017 --- Alcoholic beverage producers and retailers in the UK are failing to provide consumers with information on the calorie content of alcoholic drinks, according to new research reported in Public Health. The research states that the voluntary pledge by the UK industry in 2011 to provide information on alcohol calories has not led to any significant provision of this information to consumers and that calorie information only appeared on the labels of around 1% of products examined. In addition to this, calorie information was not present in any of the supermarket branches visited in the study, and it was not routinely provided on supermarkets’ websites.

Appetite Regulator Successfully Manipulated in Mice, Pointing to New Options for Anti-Obesity Drug

14 Jun 2017 --- A study has found a link between certain brain receptors and obesity, giving a possible new drug target for appetite regulation. Researchers from Imperial College London and colleagues have found a potential way to target the receptors that specifically control appetite in mouse brains, potentially without causing other side effects.

Vegetarian Diets More Effective in Reducing Body Weight: Study

13 Jun 2017 --- Dieters who go vegetarian not only lose weight more effectively than those on conventional low-calorie diets, but they also improve their metabolism by reducing muscle fat, a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition has found. 

PACE Food Labeling Encourages Students to Make Healthier Choices

12 Jun 2017 --- According to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, encouraging fruit vegetable and water intake led to smarter nutritional choices among students. As students transition from high school to college, they enter a critical period for weight gain. Although eating in a buffet-style dining hall offers freedom and flexibility in food choice, many students cite the abundance of food available as a cause of weight gain. 

Drinking Diet Beverages During Pregnancy Linked to Child Obesity: NIH Study

07 Jun 2017 --- Children born to women who had gestational diabetes and drank at least one artificially sweetened beverage per day during pregnancy were more likely to be overweight or obese at age 7, compared to children born to women who had gestational diabetes and drank water instead of artificially sweetened beverages, according to a study by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH). The study is published online in the International Journal of Epidemiology.

CSIRO Presents Intermittent Fasting "Flexi" Diet

29 May 2017 --- Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has launched a new diet that includes intermittent fasting three days a week. The weight loss program is based on research carried out by CSIRO scientists who found that fasting can be an effective way to lose weight and stay healthy.

Brain Neurons Responsible for Inefficiency of Dieting

24 May 2017 --- A Cambridge University study carried out in mice may help explain why dieting can be an inefficient way to lose weight: key brain cells act as a trigger to prevent us burning calories when food is scarce. "Weight loss strategies are often inefficient because the body works like a thermostat and couples the amount of calories we burn to the amount of calories we eat," says Dr. Clémence Blouet from the Metabolic Research Laboratories at the University of Cambridge.