Obesity is not simply about eating a lot more than you expend and becoming fat from the excess energy stored as fat; it’s a far more subtle interaction between genetics and environment. But in the case of obesity, the exact genes that are responsible for bringing about the condition are dispersed and hard to spot. Thankfully, every year scientists get newer insights into the genetics behind obesity and the environmental factors that may trigger these genes.
One such environmental exposure would be chemicals including pesticides, and one researcher conducted an experiment to determine whether dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) had such an effect. Much to his surprise, DDT increased the probability of developing obesity, but this occurred several generations after the first exposure.
Fruit is good for you, we all know that, but what difference does it really make to our health? Has anyone ever explained it properly? Understanding just how important it is to factor fruit into our daily diets is essential to keeping healthy and keeping our weight under control. Once you know why it's so important, you're far more likely to grab an apple next time your tummy rumbles.
Hydration is essential to our every day health. Being properly hydrated helps us feel alert, keeps our brains and vital organs functioning properly and keeps our skin healthy. A large percentage of fruit is made up of water and eating a few portions a day can go a long way to helping us stay hydrated and working at our best.
Researchers and fitness professionals across the United States have been saying for years just how dangerous and detrimental to one’s health obesity can be. In addition to making it harder for overweight individuals to perform basic everyday functions and exercises, heavier Americans have also been known to be at a much higher risk of heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and various other diseases.
Although there has been some recent news explaining that childhood obesity rates across the country have been dropping, albeit slowly, which is encouraging news, doctors and scientists are in agreement that the nation still has a long road ahead on its way to wellness. Studies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that, despite this good news, “There is considerable need for improvement”.
I believe the main reason a lot of people get into exercise is to get the body into a decent state of health; apparently, the attempt to get our teens into proper physical health also improves their academics in many different ways.
A British study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine shows a direct correlation between regular engagement in physical activities and improved academic performance in subsequent years.
A Long Term Study Is Examined
Researchers from Strathclyde University, the University of Dundee, the University of Bristol and the University of Georgia took data from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) to examine this relationship between physical activity and academic performance.
Here is another reason to get into the habit of eating fiber-rich foods; they lower your probability of developing cardiovascular diseases.
What Are Fibers?
Fibers are the indigestible portions of plant foods. Fiber is a general term for different compounds, including pectin, cellulose, lignin, mucilage and gum. Fibers can be found in vegetables, legumes, fruits and whole grains, but not in animal products.
Fibers can be water soluble or insoluble, and fibers exert different effects on the body. Fibers are often associated with facilitating bowel movements, but as you will come to see at the end of this article, there’s more to fibers.
According to a secondary analysis of data drawn from America’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), people who consumed more fibers in their diet had the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases drop by 7%.
While doing household chores is certainly better than just sitting around in the house, a new study suggests that it may not be enough to help you meet your minimum exercise requirements.
150 minutes of moderate physical activity is the recommended minimum, but unfortunately, a greater deal of the population cannot satisfy this requirement. It is actually for this reason that domestic work started being suggested as a way of helping people meet their exercise quota. DIYs, gardening, and other home improvement exercises were suggested to get largely sedentary people some avenue other than structured exercises to get their daily dose of exercise, and receive their attendant benefits.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to be entirely the case.
Some studies point to an ambivalent association between domestic physical activity and the probability of developing cardiovascular disease. A secondary analysis of data from 30 European nations also shows that when domestic physical activity is compared to leisure time physical activity, there is only a tenuous association between it and Body Mass Index.
There’s this African proverb that rings true in many situations; if you want to walk fast, walk alone. If you want to walk far, walk together. It is an aphorism that aptly illustrates the fact that humans achieve more when they do things in concert, not in isolation.
I know this for a fact because on the occasions that I go to the gym, I find it is easier to train with a gym partner rather than doing everything alone. Weights feel lighter for some reason, when you are being psyched by another person. From my own experience, I know that the mere fact that the other person is watching out for me imbues me with strength, because I know if the weight overwhelms me, he will quickly step in and lift it off me. When training alone, I do not have such a safety cushion, and for that reason, I will always train with weights that can never truly test my strength.
The importance of such teamwork has been further demonstrated by researchers drawn from the Baylor College of Medicine.
Weight Watchers vs. Individual Effort
Evidence gathered by researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital shows that properly color-coded food labels could play a significant role in ensuring people pick up healthier foods when shopping.
The data that corroborates this was taken from a 2010 study that involved the use of red, yellow and green food labels. Red labels were used for foods with little or no nutritional value, while yellow labels were used for foods with a moderate level of nutrients. The healthiest and most nutritious foods had green labels.
Most prepackaged food feature a table that display the nutritional composition of the packaged substance, and upon request, it is possible for you to get a breakdown of the nutritional composition of foods purchased in restaurants and other food outlets. For many people however, their lack of nutritional knowledge means that much of this information bears little significance on their food buying decision, hence the need for a simpler method to highlight the differences in nutritional composition.
Conducting the Study
High weight and hypertension come hand in hand. Generally, youth with diagnosed hypertension are overweight. In this latest study, researchers from Kaiser Permanente Southern California, found overweight youth are likely to develop hypertension. The study was published in The Journal of Clinical Hypertension in October 2013.
Kaiser Permanente conducted a transformational health research study using their electronic records. They are able to do a large study of this kind because Kaiser Permanente contains the largest private patient-centered electronic health record system in the world called HealthConnect. This multifaceted system securely connects 9.1 million patients to 17,000 physicians in 611 medical offices and 37 hospitals all over the United States. Moreover, it also provides research scientists with one of the most prolific collections of medical data for research studies or discoveries that help shape future health care.
I have never undergone major surgery, but from the few minor operations I have suffered through, I am certain it is an experience I would rather pass.
But in many obesity related cases, surgery is often the alternative with the best outcomes. However, like all other surgeries, it comes with numerous complications. The term "complication" here is used liberally, as this can be something as different as having to watch the amount you consume to taking care not to get pregnant post-operation.
A combined team of scientists from the Metabolic Disease Institute, University of Cincinnati, and the Helmholtz Diabetic Center, Germany, have confirmed the success of a removable intestinal barrier. This findings should give many hope as this less invasive and easily reversible procedure could be the way to effective weight loss in obese individuals.
What Are the Current Bariatric Surgical Procedures?
There are currently four procedures that you can opt for, and these are:
Adjustable Gastric Banding (AGB)