With childhood obesity rates on the radar, researchers are investigating different exercise strategies to help increase physical activity in kids. Whether children can and should participate in strength training has been a debatable issue. Recently, there has been a barrage of evidence claiming strength training for kids is both effective and safe. A recent study, published in the journal Pediatrics, found guided strength training increased muscular strength for both girls and boys and increased daily spontaneous physical activity for the boys.
It’s hard to deny her happiness when you see Chelsea Hale smile into the camera. She holds a picture of herself three years ago at the age 17 when she weighed in at 314 pounds. After years of failed attempts at changing her diet, trying medication, and exercising more, Chelsea Hale opted to have obesity surgery. She now weighs about 170 pounds, almost half her previous size, and relates that she can now physically do anything. What causes a young teen to take such drastic measures?
In a recent study published by JAMA Pediatrics, researchers found that most teens opting to get weight loss surgery have a staggering number of health problems that used to be seen in adults only. Fifty perceont of the teens had a minimum of four major illnesses linked to their excess weight to include high cholesterol, sleep apnea, back and joint pain, high blood pressure and fatty liver disease. The study also demonstrated that weight loss surgery could be an effective and safe treatment for severely obese teens.
Obesity brings about many health problems, and by now the association between obesity and several health issues such as cardiovascular diseases has been thoroughly documented. However, its effects on sexual health have not been studied that well, and consequently, the effect of countermeasures such as bariatric surgery on sexual health have also not received that much attention.
For many of us, sexual health is an important facet of our perception of the quality of our life, and its significance cannot be overstated.
Aware of the gaps in knowledge with regard to sexual health after weight loss surgery, a research team from the University of Pennsylvania sought to determine exactly what effects bariatric surgery had on a woman’s reproductive and sexual health.
In a recent study published in the BMJ, researchers from the Universities of Oxford and Reading in the UK, found that introducing a 20% tax on sugar-sweetened drinks could aid in the battle against obesity. This high tax on sugar-sweetened drinks was estimated to reduce the number of obese adults by 1.3% or 180,000 cases. It also reduced the number of overweight adults by 0.9% or 285,000 people. The taxation of sugar- sweetened drinks could prove to be a promising measure to reduce the number of obese adults.
Sugar Drinks Increase the Risk of Obesity, Diabetes, and Heart Disease
It is no secret that excess sugar consumption leads to a multitude of health problems for people to include obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Evidence has come out showing sugary drinks as a major contributor to the obesity epidemic. Beverage companies spend billions of dollars marketing to entice people to buy their products. They continue to find ways to make their drinks more appealing to the general public.
It was Paracelsus who said, “The dose makes the poison”, and he could have easily been referring to the consumption of chocolate. Chocolate is a high-energy product, but when eaten in moderation, it has been found to contribute to a generally lean physique. Its benefit is not only limited to a smaller waist; it’s also associated with a reduced risk of heart attack.
Taking data from a broad study of European teens, researchers from a Spanish university have found that teenagers who consumed chocolate frequently tended to have leaner bodies, irrespective of other factors, such as the level of exercise.
The HELENA-CSS STUDY
The scientists, gathered from 26 European universities, took data from the Healthy Lifestyle in Europe by Nutrition in Adolescence (HELENA) cross sectional study. It is an ongoing long term study on teenagers that focuses on:
Often times when Americans are told by their doctor that they need to lose weight, they are given the traditional advice--diet and exercise. While this is by no means bad advice, a new study shows that there may be a more effective, better alternative-- weight loss surgery.
Weight Loss Surgery
The concept of weight loss surgery is nothing new: commercials for having liposuction or lap band procedures to reduce fat have been airing for years, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that the annual rate of patients receiving such treatment is rising astronomically. However, a new study conducted by BMJ, an open-access, peer-reviewed medical journal, states that weight loss surgery is more effective at reducing body weight, as compared to non surgical methods.
Eating is most certainly one of the most pleasurable aspects of the human dynamic. Like most other phenomena which release dopamine, food consumption can become addictive. With an increase in sedentary lifestyles and the unhealthy ingredients added for “flavor” in much of today’s snacks, it’s no wonder that so many of us struggle with our weight.
Obesity is a serious condition which overtime evolves and accelerates disease. Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease are just some examples of the possible consequences resulting from extended or prolonged weight gain. Losing weight can be tough, as there are plenty of hurdles that individuals face when trying to implement healthy eating tactics and regular exercise. One such difficulty that you should be aware of is the possible foot ailments that sometimes occur when overweight individuals engage in rigorous physical activity.
At one point or another, everyone has given themselves the mental, pre-diet pep talk.
"This is it, I'm going to make weight loss a habit. I'm really going to stick with it this time."
And what happens? Four days later you're laying on the couch watching reruns of Entourage with the notorious 3000 calorie pasta bread bowl. Making weight loss a habit is not easy, and is not something that happens right away. But if you are determined to truly make dieting and exercise a part of your daily routine, there are some strategies you can employ.
21 Day Rule
Many studies about human behavior credit the "21 day rule", which states that it takes approximately three weeks of doing something everyday for it to become ingrained in your brain as part of your everyday schedule. The 21 day rule applies to a lot of hobbies and skills, and weight loss is no exception. If you want losing weight to become a habit, then the most important point to keep in mind is to just grit your teeth and stick with it. Don't give in to the $.99 large fry at Burger King on Day 15, regardless of how many coupons they send in the mail.
OxyElite Pro, a fat burning supplement used by people keen to lose weight as well as bodybuilders, has been found to have an apparent causal side-effect of acute non-viral hepatitis. This causal relationship had been observed in 2011, but it is the recent outbreak in hepatitis cases in Hawaii that has renewed focus on the supplement, which is produced by USPLabs LLC, a Dallas-based firm.
The initial outbreak in Hawaii involved 29 victims, of whom 11 were admitted for about a week. 2 people required liver transplants while a third person, who was ineligible for liver transplant because doctors found she had breast cancer, died in the course of treatment.
24 of these victims were found to have consumed OxyElite Pro prior to their health problems. As of last week, the number of people with hepatitis suspected to have been caused by the supplement had risen to 41 in Hawaii, following an analysis of all previous hospital admissions. There have also been such 7 cases reported outside Hawaii.
The news of having diabetes is typically a rather tough pill to swallow. It immediately causes quite a few long term complications, with those affected needing to have much more vigilance and lookout over the foods they consume, as well as the need to constantly monitor one’s self.
Although this metabolic disease is definitely treatable, a recent experiment performed by Kirt Tyson, an Arizona doctor, proves that through careful dieting, Type 1 diabetes can actually be reversed. This claim comes from a patient Tyson studied very closely—himself.
Dr. Kirt Tyson is a very strong believer in naturopathy. Naturopathy is a form of alternative medicine, which, rather than advocating drugs as solutions to various problems, instead uses various techniques involving diet and exercise. More commonly, it is known as a sort of “natural healing” process, with the Latin meaning of the word literally being “nature healing”. Naturopathy has also been the subject of a fair amount of controversy over the years, with some researchers claiming that it was dangerous to believe in use of it as opposed to more “mainstream” or conventional pharmaceutical drugs.