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Prenatal Exposure to DDT Leads to Transgenerational Obesity

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.

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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.

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Americans More Obese Than Previously Thought

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.

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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”.

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Exercise Improves Kids Academic Performance

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.

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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.

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Increasing Dietary Fiber Decreases Risk of Cardiovascular Diseases

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.

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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%.

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Housework May Not Be Sufficient To Confer The Full Benefits of Exercise

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.

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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.

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Joint Weight Loss Program More Effective Than Individual Effort

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.

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The importance of such teamwork has been further demonstrated by researchers drawn from the Baylor College of Medicine.

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Color Coding Foods Improves the Selection of Healthier Alternatives

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.

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The Duodenal-Endoluminal Sleeve Barrier: A Less Invasive Procedure To Reverse Obesity

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)

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Improving Diet and Health for Low Income Rural American Children

Counter to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommendations, children across the United States are eating more sugars and fats and less fresh fruits and vegetables. In low income rural communities there is a disproportionate number of high risk overweight and obese children.  This gives rise for concern as obesity leads to diseases such as hypertension and diabetes. In a recent study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, researchers found that children who were part of the study consumed significantly more fruits and vegetables.

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Exercise During Convalescence Can Improve Recovery

Thinking back to those days when people had to chew cinchona barks and an assortment of roots and leaves whenever they fell ill, I can say with certainty that drugs have largely improved the fortunes of people.

But I fear that drugs have become overused, and nowadays we have a pill for all and sundry, for those with life threatening conditions, and those seeking to tweak their otherwise healthy selves. I know I have done it, popping supplements back when I wanted to get Ronnie Coleman’s physique; the only problem was that I wasn’t doing the requisite amount of exercise to get there.

We are rapidly progressing to a point where were are getting into a drug  overload, as prescriptions increase over the board, while people seem to ignore the most basic engagements through which they can maintain their health.

According to research carried out by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), about 80% of American adults do not do engage in the minimum recommended weekly exercise, and that is 2.5 hours of moderate activity or 1¼ hours of intense activity.

It is a shame really, considering that there are many known benefits to exercising even when you are the paragon of health.

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