Category Archives: Obesity

1-800-GET THIN centers misleading customers

The AP reports that officials with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) “have issued warning letters to eight surgical centers and a marketing firm in California for misleading advertisements promoting the Lap-Band, a stomach-restricting device used to treat obesity.”

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Low carb diet trumps low-cal for reducing weight and cancer risk

The Chicago Tribune reported, “Following a low-carb diet, even for only two days a week, was better than following a calorie-restricted diet every day for losing weight and lowering insulin levels, which are both associated with lower risks of breast and … Continue reading

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Study links heart-health risk factors to childhood obesity

The St. Louis (MO) Post-Dispatch reported that a study in the medical journal Obesity fond that “heart-health risk factors such as dangerous cholesterol levels and artery inflammation can start as early as age 3” for overweight children.

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Carbohydrate-rich foods linked to increased breast cancer risk

The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reports that “increased carbohydrate intake was associated with a higher rate of breast cancer recurrence in survivors of the disease,” according to a study presented at the 2011 San Antonio Breast Cancer Conference.

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Kids’ cereals loaded with sugar

Most children’s cereals do NOT meet proposed federal guidelines for food marketed to kids, according to a report from Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit research and advocacy organization.

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FDA, FTC warn companies to stop selling HCG diet products

The AP reports that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued warning letters to seven companies, ordering them “to stop selling an unproven weight loss remedy that uses protein from the human placenta.”

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Study: Few physicians inform parents of child’s obesity

The AP reports that doctors who care for children “are supposed to track if youngsters are putting on too many pounds,” but a study published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine “found less than a quarter of parents … Continue reading

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Obese children not necessarily doomed to diabetes, heart disease – if they lose weight!

The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reports, “Fat kids often turn into fat adults with a host of related health problems: diabetes, high blood pressure, clogged arteries.” However, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine “finds that … Continue reading

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Sugar-free gum has NO effect on losing weight

Drats, I was hoping that studies would show that sugar-free gum helped in weight loss. But, the Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reports that according to a study published online in Obesity, researchers found “chewing gum daily may have … Continue reading

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Sweetened beverage consumption associated with hypertension risk

MedPage Today reports, “Consuming beverages flavored with either sugar or artificial sweeteners was associated with a higher risk of developing hypertension,” according to research presented at the American Society of Nephrology’s annual meeting.

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Lack of sleep linked to obesity in teens

In my book, SuperSized Kids: How to protect your child from the obesity threat, I explain to parents how there are three keys to prevent or treat overweight or obesity in children and teens: (1) better nutrition, (2) physical exercise, and … Continue reading

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Many young adults may have undetected atherosclerosis

  In my book, SuperSized Kids: How to protect your child from the obesity threat, I stunned many readers when I wrote, “In obese children, their vascular age generally is three decades older than their chronological age.” Because of this, childhood obesity lowers … Continue reading

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Losing weight in middle age lowers heart disease risk

The New York Times “Well” blog reports that according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine, “overweight adolescents who slim down in middle age may lower their risk” of heart disease.

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Halloween doesn’t have to be scary for your diet

Trying to avoid eating the entire bag of candy bars you bought for Halloween before the big night arrives? Worried that you won’t have the willpower to resist midnight raids on your child’s Halloween stash?  Here are several tips on … Continue reading

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People who eat slowly consume fewer calories

Did your mom, like mine, emphasize chewing your food slowly? Now we know she was right. Here’s why.

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Weight Watchers more effective than advice from a doctor

Readers know of my fondness for the Weight Watchers program, and that I highly recommend it. Now I have another reason to do so.

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Cartoon characters prod kids to nag for unhealthy foods

If you’re a parent, you’ve no doubt heard plaintive wails from your child as you traverse the treat-filled aisles of the grocery store. And, you may have wondered, what makes even preschoolers yearn so desperately for the character-shaped marshmallow cereal? Or … Continue reading

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Some women still using dangerous weight-loss supplements

One of the most potentially dangerous category of supplements to take, at least in the U.S., is the category of weight loss supplements. Now there’s news that an over-the-counter diet pill and tea that were banned from the market nearly … Continue reading

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No sodas in schools equals less soda in teens

Surveys conducted in 2004 and 2006 showed that student consumption of sugary drinks was significantly reduced after implementation of policies in the Boston public schools against sale of the drinks. Another national survey did not show a concomitant decline in consumption … Continue reading

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Discredited hCG diet making a comeback

The Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune reported that the “long-discredited” human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) “diet is making a comeback, and the renewed interest has spawned a cottage industry for products that haven’t been tested for quality, safety or efficacy, … Continue reading

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More American children eating high fat, fast-food lunches

HealthDay reported that children’s “fast-food lunches, often offered as rewards, accounted for up to 51 percent of most children’s daily caloric needs and more than 50 percent of their recommended daily sodium intake (100 percent of recommended sodium levels for … Continue reading

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MEDIA ALERT: Dr. Walt interviewed on Focus on the Family today

An interview with Dr. Walt, on “Common Questions Parents Have About Their Children’s Health” was featured on the national Focus on the Family radio program today.

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Channel surfing shortens life

Not only are hours spent in front of the television hours you’ll never get back, they may be hours actually taken off your lifespan, researchers found.

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Diet soft drinks may increase waist circumference

Medscape reported that, according to research presented at the American Diabetes Association’s annual meeting, “consumers of diet soft drinks experienced a 70% greater increase in waist circumference than nonconsumers.”

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Why does TV viewing lead to obesity in children? Turns out there are several reasons

Obesity experts have been saying for over a decade that children who sit in front of the TV screen day in and day out tend to be heavier. However, experts are finding it’s not only the couch potato effect, but … Continue reading

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Pediatrics group urges lawmakers to ban childhood obesity “media diet”

Childhood obesity has become an epidemic in America – with 17 percent of children aged 2 to 19 obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A report released by the American Academy of Pediatrics “has a new … Continue reading

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Which foods lead to more weight gain than others? You might be surprised.

It turns out that there are some specific foods that may be the biggest culprits behind weight gain according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Experts concerned about growing number of youth with type 2 diabetes

In a past blog I told you that “Type 2 diabetes (is) appearing more often in kids.” Now that story is worsening.

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IOM report outlines steps to prevent early childhood obesity

It’s no secret America has a weight problem, but in a report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) revealed one in five children between the ages of two and five is obese or overweight. The rate has doubled since just … Continue reading

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CDC: Most teens not getting enough aerobic activity

The CDC released a report of a nationwide survey of more than 11,000 high school students across the country, finding that only 15 percent get the minimum of 60 minutes per day of aerobic activity that meets the goals outlined in the … Continue reading

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