The gold standard for measuring obesity is Body Mass Index (BMI), a formula that calculates an individual’s weight to their height squared. BMI is not a perfect measure but it gives an strong indication whether a person is overfat. New studies indicate that waistline circumference measurements may be more accurate at assessing obesity than BMI.
Body Mass Index (BMI)
They say people get wiser as they age, but new statistics show that people also get wider as they age. Current statistics show that almost 40% of men and women are becoming obese as they age. Researchers from the University of Glasgow assessed data from the Health Survey of England and the Scottish Health Survey comparing two periods of time, 1994-1996 and 2008-2010. Researchers looked at BMI and waist circumference changes for both men and women during the two periods. Any significant changes between the two periods were documented and recorded.
Everybody knows that blueberries are a super fruit. Wild blueberries have been long touted to help combat disease and promote healthy aging. The latest research, published in the journal of Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, showed that long-term wild blueberry diets may help improve pathologies associated with metabolic syndrome. Diseases most associated with metabolic syndrome are cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Metabolic syndrome affects 37% of adults in the United States. The term is used to describe a cluster of risk factors characterized by obesity, hypertension, inflammation, endothelial dysfunction, diabetes, and heart disease. Dr. Klimis-Zacas, Professor of clinical nutrition at the University of Maine and co-author of the study, explains that there are properties in food that have the potential to prevent metabolic syndrome. He explores the idea that food can be medicine. By eating the correct foods, the need for medication and medical intervention is reduced significantly.
A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book, so goes an Irish saying. A recently published study, in the journal Pediatrics, proves that the Irish were unleashing pearls of wisdom when they recommended a long sleep.
The study, headed by a Temple University professor, was an attempt to draw a correlation between the amount of sleep school children have and the children’s weight and food intake.
As you may be aware, childhood obesity has been skyrocketing over the years, and in the US, 17% of children have developed obesity. A confluence of factors, such as super-sized portions, sugary drinks and general inactivity, have been implicated in the surge in the prevalence of childhood obesity. However, the role of other factors, such as the duration of sleep, have not been fully investigated, even though previous studies have often found a causal relationship between sleep and obesity.
The purpose of this study then was to find out how sleep, or lack thereof, could be a contributing factor in childhood obesity.
In our busy lives, fitting exercise in can often be difficult. We are an immediate results society. Our internet has to be faster, social media allows people to connect instantaneously, cell phone accessibility is imperative, and time is constantly limited. While studies show exercise must be a priority in everyone’s lifestyle routine, which type of exercise is the most efficient? What makes the best use of your time? Forget walking and moderate exercise! A new study, led by the Flinders health sciences lecturer Dr. Lynda Norton with the researchers from the University of South Australia, found that a one hour high-intensity workout provides the same fitness benefits as 50 hours of walking.
High Intensity Workouts
Obesity is a growing problem across much of the Western world, especially in the USA where it is estimated that about 35.7% of the adult population is obese. And the odds are not better for children, 17% of whom are obese. Obesity prevalence has tripled in one generation, and without proper intervention, things are likely to get out of hand.
In most cases, obesity often affects the minorities a lot more significantly, with data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showing that non-Hispanic blacks had the highest prevalence of adult obesity, followed by Mexican Americans and Hispanics. Whites had the lowest prevalence of obesity. In childhood obesity, CDC data showed that non-Hispanic black girls and Hispanic boys were more likely to be obese than children of the same gender from other races.
The reason for this is usually a lack of nutritional knowledge, exacerbated by financial constraints.
For these reasons, a team from the University of Minnesota’s Food Science and Nutrition embarked on a teaching session to see whether any improvement in knowledge would change consumption habits.
If you went to your physical and you were overweight, your doctor probably would have given you a cursory recommendation to lose weight. Now when you go in, do not be alarmed if your doctor gives you the 3rd degree about your weight. The medical community is getting serious about cracking down the obesity rates in the United States.
The benefits of exercise are numerous to those who engage in them, from boosting academic performance in teens to enhancing overall health in adults. Even pregnant women are encouraged to engage in some exercise, of course after consulting with their physicians.
A Canadian team has discovered that pregnant women who exercise for at least 1 hour a week conferred some unexpected health benefits to their kids; they were found to have more brain activity than the children of those who lived a sedentary life during pregnancy.
In a society that appears to value health, vanity, and fitness, our obese population continues to grow. Childhood obesity continues to increase at an alarming rate, despite more awareness about the risk factors associated with excess weight.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the United States in the past 30 years. How can we slow down the child obesity rate? What are the best methods to combat this lifestyle disease?
In a new study, published in the American Journal of Physiology, researchers revealed that obese teen girls who engaged in aerobic exercise have a lower risk of developing several pediatric diseases such as type-2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
Pediatric Diseases Associated with Obesity
Type-2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, were once considered adult diseases. Now, physicians and researchers are beginning to see increased cases of these lifestyle diseases in more teens and adolescents.
I have not always been a fan of tea, but I find reasons to drink a cup or two today. Apparently, tea has been found capable of keeping the body in top condition, and also helps in reducing the probability of developing debilitating diseases such a stroke or heart diseases. For those keen to lose weight, or to at least keep it to a certain level, tea could be instrumental, according to recently released data.
Once again, it is the polyphenols in tea that are believed to play such powerful roles, accelerating metabolism which in turn helps burn more fat, resulting in weight loss or the maintenance of a desired weight.
The evidence for all these benefits comes from 11 peer-reviewed studies that were all published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
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.