Obesity / Weight Loss / Fitness

Using an ‘obesity simulation suit’ to reveal prejudice among med students

Obesity has been, and still is, the subject of much stigmatization. A new, proof-of-concept study uses role-play to reveal the bias against people with obesity among medical students. Healthcare professionals may discriminate against people with obesity. In all walks of life, people with obesity tend to face subconscious stigmatization and prejudice. Many people with obesity […]

Genetics Obesity / Weight Loss / Fitness

Study reveals 6 top exercises for offsetting ‘obesity genes’

New research examines the effect of 18 different kinds of exercise on people with a high genetic risk of developing obesity. The findings identify six exercises that can offset the genetic effects on five measures of obesity. Several types of exercise can prevent obesity in people genetically prone to the condition, new research shows. According […]

Obesity / Weight Loss / Fitness Sleep / Sleep Disorders / Insomnia

Eating earlier in the day aids weight loss by curbing appetite

New research confirms that shifting mealtimes to a smaller window, earlier in the day can aid weight loss. It also reveals that weight loss from this type of meal schedule is likely due to appetite and hunger hormone reduction, rather than calorie burning. New research finds that eating only between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. […]

Endocrinology Obesity / Weight Loss / Fitness

Ancient survival mechanism may contribute to obesity epidemic

New research on mice suggests that a mechanism that likely evolved to prevent starvation could be contributing to obesity. New research reveals a ‘brake’ mechanism that prevents fat cells, shown here, from releasing fat. The mechanism involves the protein receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE). The new finding reveals that RAGE functions as a […]

Genetics Obesity / Weight Loss / Fitness

New research may explain why evolution made humans ‘fat’

Scientists have compared fat samples from humans and other primates and found that changes in DNA packaging affected how the human body processes fat. Evolution made humans the ‘fat primate,’ researchers suggest. Our bodies need fat to store energy and protect vital organs. Fat also helps the body absorb some nutrients and produce important hormones. […]

Obesity / Weight Loss / Fitness Sleep / Sleep Disorders / Insomnia

Poor sleep may hinder weight loss, study shows

An unhealthy weight can affect a person’s well-being in various ways. That is why many people make a conscious effort to lose excess body weight. But, it turns out that a hidden factor — sleeping patterns — could easily thwart these efforts. Poor quality, irregular sleep may prevent people from successfully losing unwanted weight, a […]

Menopause Obesity / Weight Loss / Fitness

Cardiovascular risk linked not to weight, but to body fat storage

By studying a large cohort of women who had already been through menopause, researchers have found that cardiovascular risk is associated with body shape, which results from how fat is distributed in the body. A new study suggests that in women over 50, body shape is associated with cardiovascular risk. Existing studies have suggested that […]