Obesity

How to End the Obesity Epidemic, No Willpower Required

The obesity epidemic is a huge problem in America, and along with eating out, one of the biggest culprits is our collective urge to snack. Snack-food manufacturers make up a multi-billion industry—all focused on bringing you chips, snack bars and cookies that are draining your wallet,…

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Safe and Effective Weight Loss Supplements

…demonstrated to increase thermogenesis, or fat burning. Italian researchers gave a supplement containing green tea catechins to 50 overweight or obese men and women and placebo capsules to another 50. All study participants adhered to a reduced calorie diet—1,350 calories per day for the women…

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Why Americans are Supersized

…Disease Control and Prevention, the obesity epidemic is more serious than ever: The percentage of adults over age 20 who are obese and the percentage of adults who are merely overweight (not obese) are now equal—at 34 percent each! Not only is that obesity statistic frightening, if you do the…

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Diabetes and Obesity

…to a rise in blood sugar. The pancreas responds by churning out more insulin, and the net result is elevated levels of both glucose and insulin. Obesity throws fuel on the fire. Adipose tissue (fat), especially in the abdominal area, releases fatty acids that impair beta-cell function and insulin…

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Natural Treatments for Osteoarthritis

…4 Natural Treatments for Arthritis * Lose weight. Obesity does a number on the joints. Every 10 pounds of extra weight loads an additional 30–60 pounds of force on your knees when you walk. For reasons that aren’t entirely clear, obesity even increases the risk of arthritis in the hands.…

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The Obesity Epidemic Linked to Higher Pain

…that obese people experience significantly higher levels of pain than those who are normal weight. In one study involving obese rats, the researchers demonstrated that “obesity is a low-grade inflammatory disorder... [and there is] increased susceptibility of obese individuals…

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The Obesity Epidemic: Stop Storing Fat

To overcome the obesity epidemic and achieve real, healthy weight loss, you need to stop storing fat. One of the easiest ways to achieve healthy weight loss is to cut out unhealthy fats and eat the right types of dietary fat instead. Why? First, of the three types of energy-yielding nutrients…

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The Obesity Epidemic: Habits That Will Pack on the Pounds

We hear a lot about the obesity epidemic these days, and with good reason. Over the last three decades, the obesity epidemic in America has risen significantly. As I mentioned in a previous blog post, the number of obese adult Americans is now equal to the percentage who are merely…

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Banning “Supersized” Sodas Is Not the Way to Solve Obesity

…could no longer serve sodas that are larger than 16 ounces. One medical expert testified that large, sugar-laden sodas contribute to the obesity and diabetes crisis in our country. I agree. But creating a new law to ban the sale of large-sized sodas isn’t the answer. If they’re…

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Let's Talk About Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X)

…in the mid-1980s by Stanford University researcher Gerald Reaven, MD, metabolic syndrome is a cluster of disorders that includes obesity (particularly abdominal obesity), high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels, low HDL cholesterol (often referred to as “good”…

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Diabesity Challenge Tip: Surround Yourself With Support

…of becoming obesity in any given year, and that that chance increases by 0.5 percent for every friend, family member, and co-worker that is overweight. Conversely, an obese person has a four percent chance of losing enough weight in any given year to no longer be considered obese. And, like gaining…

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Diabesity Challenge Tip: Thank You and Keep Up the Great Work

…in my Diabesity Challenge. More important, I hope you’ve have terrific success! As the challenge ends, our battle with diabetes and obesity does not. If you know someone who has problems with weight or blood sugar control, please encourage them to follow my mini-fast with exercise…

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Are Environmental Toxins Increasing Your Belly Fat?

…toll on our health, causing a wide range of problems from asthma and autism to heart attacks and cancer. Now, a new study published in the journal Obesity found that there’s a connection between the common environmental toxin PCB (polychlorinated biphenyl) and higher amounts of abdominal fat.…

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Probiotics for Weight Loss?

…that reside in your intestinal tract, known as the gut microbiota, are involved in nutrient uptake and energy regulation. Studies show that in obese humans and animals, the microbiota extract and absorb more calories from food and store them in fat cells. Research on Probiotics for Weight Loss…

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Preventing Cancer Can Be As Easy As Standing Up

We’ve long known that too much sitting and not enough activity can lead to obesity and diabetes—and now we can add increased cancer risk to the list. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, nearly 50,000 new cases of breast cancer per year, and over 40,000 cases of colon…

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Dietary Sugar Intake: How to Manage It

…can be found in most health food stores and through several online retailers. Now it’s your turn: Have you found ways to reduce or eliminate your sugar intake? You May Also Be Interested In: * The Obesity Epidemic: Habits That Will Pack on the Pounds * Another Reason to Avoid Sodas

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Caffeine Withdrawal...A Mental Disorder?!?

…type 2 diabetes. * A high coffee intake reduces the risk of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease—another common condition found in people with obesity and diabetes. Heart Health Benefits of Coffee and Caffeine * Antioxidants and other compounds in coffee have positive effects on inflammation,…

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Could Your Personal Care Products Be Causing Diabetes?

We know that obesity contributes to diabetes. But could your soap, hair spray, moisturizer, or nail polish also cause you to develop diabetes? New research published in Environmental Health Perspectives has found that women have higher concentrations of phthalate metabolites in their urine than men.…

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The Weight Loss Secret the Diet Industry Won't Tell You About

…is that new research shows that the benefits of exercise can actually reprogram your brain so you won’t overeat. New research published in Obesity Reviews shows that when we’re surrounded by food ads and high-calorie temptations, our inhibitory control caves. Inhibitory control is the…

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10 Healthy Snacks You Won't See Advertised on TV

Let’s face it: obesity and diabetes have reached epidemic proportions in our country. You may hear a segment about that on the news, usually followed by a commercial for a high-calorie, fat-laden snack. Those packaged products are cheap to make and sell—and the companies that make them…

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Could You Have Diabetes and Not Know It?

…of weight most commonly in the abdominal area. Excess weight is a known factor in insulin resistance. In fact, the link between diabetes and obesity is so strong that it’s led to the coining of a new term, diabesity. * Most people with type 2 diabetes are inactive. Exercise enhances insulin…

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