Weight Management

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.

Vitamin D Supplementation May Improve Fertility

23 May 2017 --- Researchers will today present new data on the link between vitamin D and male fertility at the European Congress of Endocrinology (ECE) in Lisbon. The new results add to our understanding of the effects of low vitamin D levels on testosterone levels and whether vitamin D supplementation could help improve fertility in both sexes.

Industry and Health Experts Join Forces to Tackle Obesity

19 May 2016 --- Ahead of European Obesity Day tomorrow, the UN health agency launched a new publication at the European Congress on Obesity in Portugal earlier this week which revealed a rising number of obese adolescents in many countries across Europe. 

DuPont Launch Breakthrough Probiotic Proven to Trim Waist

09 May 2017 --- DuPont Nutrition & Health (DuPont) have announced the launch of HOWARU Shape, an innovative probiotic formula clinically proven to reduce waist circumference in overweight adults.

Extending Weight Loss Programs Cost Effective Way of Preventing Diseases, UK Study Finds

05 May 2017 --- A UK study has found that extending NHS weight loss programs from one session per week for 12-weeks to one session per week for a year helped people who are overweight to lose more weight and keep it off for longer. Although upfront costs for the longer program are higher, the study estimates that offering more sessions would be cost-effective to the NHS in the long-term because it would help to prevent more people from developing diseases as a result of their weight.

3 Daily Cups of Italian Coffee Halves Prostate Cancer Risk, Claims Study

27 Apr 2017 --- Three or more cups of Italian coffee a day has been shown to lower prostate cancer risk by 53%, according to new research published in the International Journal of Cancer. 

Arla Launches High Protein Snacks For On-The-Go Health-Focused Consumers

05 Apr 2017 --- Arla has launched a new range of high protein dairy products that aim to tap into both the healthy eating and on-the-go snack market. The launch of the Arla Protein Pouches and Arla Protein Greens comes at a time when the company’s yoghurt category is thriving, and protein continues to rein king with consumers.