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Auricular Electroacupuncture May Help in the Reduction of Obesity

Posted March 6, 2014

In a randomized, placebo-controlled study involving 56 female obese patients (age>18 years, BMI>25), treatment with auricular (ear) acupuncture with electrical stimulation with a P-stim ® device on acupuncture points – hunger 18, stomach 87, and colon 91, for a period of 4 days, was found to be associated with a significantly greater reduction in body weight (-3.73%), as compared to a group who received a placebo treatment (-0.70%), and moreover, a significant reduction in BMI was found in the acupuncture group (-3.62%) as compared to the placebo group (-0.82%).

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New Childhood Obesity Rates Study Causes Call to Action

Posted February 27, 2014

With more than one-third of American adults and 17 percent of children categorized as obese, the health of our nation and future generations is truly at stake, making obesity a top priority for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and its members.

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Chardonnay Grape Seed Flour shows anti-obesity benefits: Hamster data

Posted February 25, 2014

Supplementing a high-fat ‘Western’ diet with Chardonnay grape seed flour may significantly reduce cholesterol levels, abdominal fat and weight gain, compared to a high-fat diet alone, says a new study from California.

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Go nuts to significantly lower risk of obesity and diabetes, and aid your weight management strategy

Posted February 23, 2014

As the incidence of metabolic syndrome (six health metrics that increase risk of diabetes, heart disease and many other potentially fatal chronic conditions) continues to skyrocket in many unsuspecting individuals, a wealth of scientific evidence now shows that eating a variety of tree nuts is not only beneficial to our health, but also helps lower obesity prevalence in the adult population and aids weight management as part of a natural food diet.

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Study: Tackling Appetite Could Help Prevent Childhood Obesity

Posted February 18, 2014

A heartier appetite is linked to more rapid infant growth and to genetic predisposition to obesity, according to two papers published in JAMA Pediatrics. The studies investigated how weight gain is linked to two key aspects of appetite, namely lower satiety responsiveness (a reduced urge to eat in response to internal ‘fullness’ signals) and higher food responsiveness (an increased urge to eat in response to the sight or smell of nice food).

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Child Obesity: Using attention modification program to decrease overeating in obese children

Posted February 16, 2014

Attention modification programs, which train a person to ignore or disregard specific, problematic cues or triggers, have been used effectively to treat cases of anxiety and substance abuse. In a novel study published this week, a professor of pediatrics and psychiatry reports using a single session of attention modification to decrease overeating in obese children.

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Embrace the cold: Evidence that shivering and exercise may convert white fat to brown

Posted February 5, 2014

A new study suggests that shivering and bouts of moderate exercise are equally capable of stimulating the conversion of energy-storing “white fat” into energy-burning “brown fat.” This makes brown fat a potential therapeutic target against obesity and diabetes.

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Study: Adolescents’ Salt Intake Correlates With Obesity, Inflammation

Posted February 4, 2014

Most adolescents consume as much salt as adults – some more than twice the recommended daily allowance – and that high sodium intake correlates with fatness and inflammation regardless of how many calories they consume, researchers report.

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Study: Tighter Regulation Needed To Reverse Obesity Epidemic

Posted February 3, 2014

The study, by a team of researchers based in the United States and Ireland, is the first to look at the effects of deregulation in the economy, including the agricultural and food sectors, and the resulting increase in fast food transactions on obesity over time. It suggests that if governments take action, they can prevent overweight and obesity, which can have serious long-term health consequences including diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer.

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Modulation of obesity-induced inflammation by dietary fats: mechanisms and clinical evidence

Posted January 29, 2014

Obesity plays a pivotal role in the development of low-grade inflammation. Dietary fatty acids are important modulators of inflammatory responses. Saturated fatty acids (SFA) and n-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) have been reported to exert pro-inflammatory effects. n-3 PUFA in particular, possess anti-inflammatory properties. Numerous clinical studies have been conducted over decades to investigate the impact of dietary fatty acids on inflammatory response in obese individuals, however the findings remained uncertain.

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