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.
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: