Posts Tagged ‘weight gain’

Gluten-Free Fad Diets Might Have a Diabetes Downside

March 10, 2017 — For millions of people who don’t really need a gluten-free diet, eating less gluten might actually have a downside. Research presented at the AHA Epi|Lifestyle meeting yesterday found that people who ate less gluten had a slightly higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The investigators found no difference in the risk of weight gain. […]

Yes, Whole Grains Are the Real Deal for Metabolic Health

February 12, 2017 — Here’s a bit of nutrition advice that holds up pretty well under close scrutiny. Whole grains have been front and center in dietary guidelines for decades now. Epidemiology studies have long found that whole grains and dietary fiber correlate with health benefits such as better glycemic control, better insulin sensitivity, less heart disease, and less weight gain. Now, two new […]

Ask Brandon Ingram if Body Weight Is a Choice

August 9, 2016 — If you think that body composition – and thus obesity – is primarily the result of personal choices, we ask you to consider the case of Brandon Ingram. He is a “skinny kid”  who is desperately trying to put on some weight so he can reach his full potential as a professional basketball player. As it is, […]

What’s All This Talk About Slow Metabolism?

August 2, 2016 — A study first published online three months ago in Obesity ignited a storm of discussion about slow metabolism. Now along with the original study by Erin Fothergill and colleagues, the latest issue of Obesity is chock full of new data and intelligent commentaries on the subject. It’s a lot to digest, but it’s well worth the effort. […]

Retrain the Brain to Treat Obesity?

July 27, 2016 — A body of fascinating research is coming together to suggest that it might be possible to retrain the brain and alter its response to food cues in a way that provides meaningful reductions in obesity. The promise lies with interventions that use insights about brain responses to food and inhibit the brain activity that contributes […]

Childhood Obesity in the Lazy Days of Summer

July 18, 2016 — The lazy days of summer are speeding by and new research is suggesting once again that summer might be a time when some kids have a high risk for developing obesity. Tzu-An Chen and colleagues conducted a careful longitudinal analysis of 1,651 elementary school children from kindergarten to the beginning of fifth grade. They found: Post […]

Nicotine and Obesity: Filtering the Data

February 18, 2016 — Individually, both nicotine and obesity are challenging subjects where bias creeps in from strongly held views. When they come together, the challenge is compounded. A new analysis published by the National Bureau of Economic Research reminds us that the challenge is unavoidable because significant weight gain is one of the consequences of quitting smoking — […]

Magic Weight Loss Fruit: Three Reasons for Doubt

February 1, 2016 — In the past week, headlines have been full of claims that flavonoids in fruit such as strawberries and blueberries are “the secret to losing weight.” They stop just short of announcing the discovery of magic weight loss fruit. The root of this nonsense is a Harvard study that proves no such thing. In fact, what […]

Arkansas Plan for Health Instead of Obesity

October 19, 2015 — Late last week, Arkansas unveiled a brand new 10-year plan to promote health instead of obesity. Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson was responsible for re-branding the initiative, which was originally called the “obesity plan.” At a news conference, he explained: I wanted this to be a positive value set for the state of Arkansas. This is not […]

Does Body Shame Drive Unhealthy Eating?

October 11, 2015 — In the midst of the growing cultural relevance of body positivity, a new study in Appetite regarding the effects of body shame on eating behaviors is well worth reading. Nicolos Troop found that feelings of body shame predicted high caloric consumption. Though the study has limitations, it certainly adds to the reasons for thinking there’s nothing benign about […]