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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Could Your Gut Bacteria Signal Diabetes?

…diabetes isn’t surprising since we know that the microbial milieu in individuals with asthma, inflammatory and irritable bowel disease, and obesity is markedly different from that of healthy people. Differences are also seen in psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and mood disorders. Although this…

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4 Natural Type 2 Diabetes Treatments

…some researchers found that overweight and obese diabetic patients who exercised and ate a low-glycemic diet for three weeks reduced their diabetic medication requirements by 86 percent! * Lose weight. It’s no secret that type 2 diabetes and obesity go hand in hand. That’s why achieving…

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5 Weight Loss Myths, Debunked!

There’s no question that there's an obesity epidemic in America. More than half of the women, almost two-thirds of the men, and a quarter of the children in our country are overweight, giving us the dubious distinction of being the fattest country on the planet. How did we get so out of…

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Help for Gallstones

…dangerous side effect of gallbladder surgery. Natural Therapies for Gallstones Fortunately, there are several natural therapies for gallstones. Obesity increases risk of gallstones. So if weight is an issue, try to lose some. If you have constipation, take steps to correct it, for that also raises…

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Follow a Fructose-Free Diet

…these findings are preliminary, they further support the theory that fructose may actually be a bigger culprit than glucose in our epidemics of obesity and diabetes. * Raises risk of metabolic syndrome. Excessive fructose consumption is clearly linked with metabolic syndrome, as it boosts virtually…

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Another Reason to Avoid Sodas

…high-fructose corn syrup or artificial chemical sweeteners, which have both been linked to a wide range of health concerns, ranging from diabetes and obesity to metabolic syndrome and gout. But another dangerous ingredient lurks in those effervescent cola drinks, such as Dr. Pepper, Pepsi, and Coke:…

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Snoring: Mere Nuisance or Real Health Problem?

…resistance. Severe sleep apnea confers a five-fold increased risk of diabetes. Obesity, a related condition, is also associated with sleep apnea, although the exact relationship is harder to figure out since obesity is a primary cause of sleep apnea as well. Erectile problems, immune dysfunction,…

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Achieve a Healthy Weight With Irvingia gabonensis

…satiety and the breakdown of stored fat. You’d expect thin people to have robust levels of leptin, and they do. But, surprisingly, levels in obese people are often sky high. That’s because overweight individuals also have elevations in C-reactive protein (CRP). In addition to being a…

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Little-Known Health Benefits of Probiotics

…and other inflammatory bowel diseases. * Obesity. Research suggests that probiotics may help fight the battle of the bulge. The bacteria that reside in your intestinal tract are involved in nutrient uptake and energy regulation. Studies reveal that in obese humans and animals, these bacteria extract…

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Treating Hot Flashes With Weight Loss

…San Francisco have found that effectively treating hot flashes can be as simple as losing some weight. They followed a subgroup of overweight or obese menopausal women enrolled in an incontinence study who reported having bothersome hot flashes. Two-thirds of these women were instructed on healthy…

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Debunking the Myth About Daily Weigh-Ins

…HealthWorks trial, which studied the effects of environmental changes in the workplace on the body weight among adult workers. What they found is that obese people were more likely to weigh themselves regularly and they lost an average of 9.7 pounds during a two-year period. Meanwhile, normal weight…

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Natural Remedies for High Cholesterol

…of the statin drug Crestor, decided to pay for a reanalysis of the JUPITER study. In that study, the researchers found that only those who were obese or had high blood sugar got diabetes from statin drugs—and that it was perfectly safe for those with no diabetes risk factors. Folks, this…

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Diabesity Challenge Tip: Let the Sun Shine In

…vitamin are inversely associated with insulin resistance, diabetes, blood pressure, and according to recent research, excess weight and abdominal obesity. Have your vitamin D blood level tested, and if it’s not in the 50–80 ng/mL range, take enough supplemental vitamin D3 to get it…

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Benefits of Bergamot

…other mechanisms of action that contribute to its lipid-lowering effects. It reduces triglyceride accumulation in the liver, a problem common in obese people, and it binds cholesterol to bile acids, which increases its excretion in the intestinal tract. Bergamot Helps Keep Your Arteries Healthy…

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Manage Diabetes with Exercise

Believe it or not, one-third of Americans are obese, and obesity, particularly in the abdominal area, is a well-established diabetes risk factor. When you exercise, your muscles’ energy requirements increase dramatically—they need ready access to glucose, which fuels the hungry muscle…

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Why Low-Carbohydrate Diets Work

…constant “fat-burning” mode. You see, people who eat a lot of fat and carbohydrates together often produce excessive amounts of insulin. Obesity, particularly in the abdominal area, is a marker for elevated levels of insulin in the blood and for insulin resistance, which encourages the…

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Type 2 Diabetes Is No Longer an Adult Disease

…However, in recent years, the occurrence of the disease in children has grown at epidemic rates. Fueled by today’s rise in childhood obesity, the CDC estimates that 1 in 3 children born in 2000 will develop type 2 diabetes, while the overall number of people living with diabetes continues…

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Calcium for Weight Control

Numerous studies link a high calcium intake with a reduced risk of obesity. That’s because calcium deficiencies stimulate the release of hormones that not only help convert calcium, but also promote fat storage and retard fat burning. But does getting extra calcium help with weight loss?…

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Health Benefits of Fiber Include Weight Loss

…or obese, as are a third of our children. Unfortunately, our appetite for calorie-laden foods may be exceeded only by our susceptibility to fad diets that promise quick weight loss. Folks, these weight loss diets and magical fat-burning foods are not solutions to our epidemic of obesity. If you…

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6 Surprising Benefits of Vitamin D

…support your health, and why supplementing with vitamin D is so important. * Abdominal obesity. Research has shown that vitamin D blood levels are inversely associated with excess weight and abdominal obesity. That is, the lower the blood level of vitamin D the more likely a person is to carry…

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Natural Appetite Suppressants

…in reducing appetite. Finally, there’s Irvingia gabonensis. This extract from a West African tree not only reins in appetite and fights obesity, but also helps control diabetes and cardiovascular disease. You can find these supplements in most health food stores or online. Use as directed.

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To Avoid Diabetes, Get More Zzzz’s

…when you consider the mounting evidence which shows a lack of sleep decreases levels of the satiety chemical leptin, which leads to overeating and obesity, it makes good sense to add sleep to the list of ways to prevent diabetes. So, how can both adults and teens get a better night’s sleep? *…

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How to Stick to a Healthy Diet Plan During the Holidays

…dedicated people stray from their healthy diet plan. "Holiday feasting" is as human as wearing shoes. But so are heart attacks, strokes, obesity, and the terrible discomfort of engorgement. Here are seven tips for sticking to your healthy diet plan, without sacrificing your holiday cheer:…

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Belly Fat—It’s More Dangerous Than You Think

Abdominal fat is the most dangerous type of obesity. That’s because it’s packed within the abdominal cavity, surrounding your organs. Carrying a “spare tire” has been linked to increased risk of diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, cancer, and dementia. Now, a new…

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Prolonged Sitting Is Bad for Your Health

Everyone knows that living a sedentary lifestyle is bad for their health. The effects of prolonged sitting include increased risk of obesity, diabetes, cancer and other diseases. But even if you exercise on a regular basis, prolonged sitting for hours at a time each day can be deadly. Earlier this…

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The Scary Truth About Halloween--and 5 Guilt-Free Treats

…is perhaps the biggest sugar nightmare of all—as pint-sized ghosts and goblins go from house to house loading up on all of the makings of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. But Halloween—and the entire sugar-filled, high-fat holiday season—doesn’t have to expand your…

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Preventing and Treating GERD Naturally

…known to trigger esophageal sphincter relaxation, such as alcohol, caffeine, fatty and spicy foods, tomatoes, peppermint, citrus and chocolate. Obesity, lying down after meals, pregnancy, tight-fitting clothes and overeating (the leading aggravator of acid reflux) also provoke symptoms by putting…

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Three Secrets to Aging Gracefully

…and chronic inflammation—long known to be associated with aging at the cellular level—speed it up, as do smoking, heavy drinking, and obesity. Conversely, adopting a healthy lifestyle can retard telomere degradation. A low-fat, vegetable-rich diet, endurance exercise, stress reduction,…

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How NOT to Prevent a Stroke

…So, what are your options? The leading risk factor for stroke is hypertension, followed by atherosclerosis, atrial fibrillation, diabetes, obesity, alcoholism, and smoking. The most important preventive measure is to do whatever it takes to get a handle on these conditions. Suggested supplements…

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The Reciprocal Relationship Between Blood Sugar and Sleep

…familiar with the connections between blood sugar–related health concerns such as diabetes, insulin resistance, and metabolic syndrome and obesity, heart disease, and vision problems. And I’ve written about these connections numerous times in the past. But there is another link you…

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Benefits of Milk: Fact or Fiction?

…cancer, the widely touted health benefits of milk are questionable at best. In fact, dairy products have been linked to osteoporosis, heart disease, obesity, cancer, allergies, and diabetes. The association with heart disease is particularly strong. While we’ve always known that high-fat dairy…

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Tips for Treating Plantar Fasciitis

…every step you take, and certain things can exacerbate it even further. Injury, repetitive pounding from running or other athletic endeavors, obesity, and standing for prolonged periods of time, particularly on hard surfaces, can obviously stress and strain the fascia. But so can more subtle things,…

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Defy Aging With Resveratrol

…improves insulin sensitivity, and lowers risk of diabetes and some types of cancer. People who drink wine, especially red wine, are less likely to be obese, suffer with depression, or get Alzheimer’s. And in addition to staying healthy, wine drinkers tend to live longer! One of the reasons red…

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