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Of course a soda tax will work. Why else would the industry fight it so hard? (VIDEO)

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Sugary drinks are the single-largest contributor to added sugars in the American diet. Their consumption increases risk of type II diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems. Experts agree that rising sugary drink consumption has been a major contributor to the obesity epidemic, and that reducing consumption is a public health imperative. Over the last [...]

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Food Matters

Follow #SodaSummit14 For a Few Thousand Reasons Not to Drink Sugary Beverages

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Today marks the beginning of the 2014 National Soda Summit, a conference hosted in Washington D.C. by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. The summit runs through June 5th. Researchers, policy makers, and public health advocates are gathering to share the latest science, policies, and practices related to reducing sugary beverage consumption. If [...]

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Food Matters

What if we all just stopped trying to lose weight? (video)

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By focusing on weight, we may be missing the broader picture of what it means to be healthy. Brian Mattson is not the picture of health. Few would look at him and say: “There’s a healthy fellow.” But that’s a shame, because Mattson is a pretty healthy guy. In fact, by a number of measures, [...]

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Food Matters

Book Review: The Diet Fix–Why Diets Fail and How to Make Yours Work

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  The Diet Fix: why Diets Fail and How to Make Yours Work, by Yoni Freedhoff, MD, is available March 4, 2014. It starts with a prescription for chocolate. Clearly this is not your average diet book. Over nearly ten years and thousands of hours working with patients with weight management issues at his Bariatric Medical [...]

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Food Matters

Into Thin Air: Weight Loss At High Altitudes

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In addition to a lack of oxygen, there may be another reason it’s called thin air–researchers have been exploring the relationship between weight loss and high altitudes. Last year, a study published in the International Journal of Obesity found a strong association between altitude and obesity prevalence within the United States. Using data for over [...]

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Illusion Chasers

Fat Tuesday: Hypoglycemia Is Tied To Low Income In Diabetics

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I disagree with this study’s conclusion. It’s not that I don’t believe that low-income is tied to diabetes and hypoglycemia at the end of the pay cycle. I do believe it. But I suspect that these diabetics are eating too much inexpensive high-carbohydrate junk foods at the end of their pay cycle, rather than starving.

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Illusion Chasers

Fat Tuesday: Why stress leads to obesity

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Stress is transient Type II diabetes, even when you’re otherwise healthy.

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Illusion Chasers

Fat Tuesday: Believe in Will Power, and You Shall Have It

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Some people believe that will power is a bodily function that requires glucose to power it. Carol Dweck’s new paper shows that its not so.

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Illusion Chasers

Fat Tuesday: Feed the Addict

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When the substantia nigra is super charged by food restriction, or drugs, or both, you become super motivated to seek out more food, or more drugs… whatever floats the substantia nigra’s boat.

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Illusion Chasers

Fat Tuesday: Does Jet-Lag Make You Chronobese?

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Chronic jetlag, habitual night shifts, and rotating shift work, can have deleterious consequences on circadian organization and metabolic health, says a new report in the Annals of the New York Academy of Science. The reason may be the significant crosstalk between the circadian system and the metabolic system, leading to “chronobesity”.

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Illusion Chasers

Fat Tuesday: Neurosurgery versus bariatric surgery in obesity

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A study in the journal Neurosurgical Focus has calculated thate DBS will have to be 83% effective in order for it to be a better choice than gastric bypass for obese patients.

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Illusion Chasers

Fat Tuesday: Surgery for everyone! How science validated the gastric bypass.

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An important and exciting piece of research just came out in Science Magazine last week showing why gastric bypass surgery has such powerful curative effects on diabetes, beyond the previous belief that the dietary restriction helps diabetes.

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Illusion Chasers

Fat Tuesday: Even if you eat a healthy diet, your genes can make you fat

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Mice that have certain genetic defects can eat exactly the same healthy diet as their genetically normal siblings, yet still become obese.

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Illusion Chasers

Fat Tuesday: Hungry for love

AGRP neurons in the hypothalamus evoke eating by suppressing oxytocin neurons. Oxytocin is known as the “love hormone”, and so this brings a whole new meaning to the term “comfort food” since the new study result suggests that you can only feel truly touchy feely when your hunger is sated.

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Illusion Chasers

Fat Tuesday: Illusory Portion Control

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Think that your eyes are bigger than your stomach? Well, actually, yes… they are.

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Molecules to Medicine

A Glut of Obesity Drugs?

On June 27, the FDA approved the first new weight-loss drug in 13 years, Arena’s lorcaserin (Belviq). The track record for anti-obesity drugs has not been very good—each has been withdrawn from the market, after approval, due to safety concerns. Why was this drug approved? How long will this one last before being yanked for [...]

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Observations

How Corn Syrup Might Be Making Us Hungry–and Fat

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Grocery store aisles are awash in foods and beverages that contain high-fructose corn syrup. It is common in sodas and crops up in everything from ketchup to snack bars. This cheap sweetener has been an increasingly popular additive in recent decades and has often been fingered as a driver of the obesity epidemic. These fears [...]

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Observations

Intensive Weight Loss Programs Might Help Reverse Diabetes

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Type 2 diabetes has long been thought of as a chronic, irreversible disease. Some 25 million Americans are afflicted with the illness, which is associated with obesity and a sedentary lifestyle, as well as high blood pressure. Recent research demonstrated that gastric bypass surgery—a form of bariatric surgery that reduces the size of the stomach—can [...]

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Observations

Can We Shrink Portions (and the Obesity Epidemic) with Psychology?

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas—Eating might seem, principally, like a simple, primal act. We get hungry; we eat; we’re full. But surprising new research suggests that our habits, previous experiences, and our desire to conform to social norms helps determine not only how much we eat, but also how full we feel later on. The findings were [...]

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Observations

Can Personal Technology Stop the Obesity Epidemic?

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas—So much of our information from—and interaction with—the world is now mediated by computers, cell phones and tablets that health experts have been practically running themselves ragged trying to find ways to use these conduits to help people make healthier choices. Great success stories have come out of parts of the developing world, [...]

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Observations

Novel Food Labels and Dinner Plates Could Improve Our Diets

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas—Choosing what foods—and how much of them—to eat can be an annoying or even anguishing decision, with confusing labels and health stats vying for your attention. Or it can be too much of a no-brainer, with your hand reaching for whatever is closest without much of a second thought. With more than two [...]

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Observations

Surgery for Extreme Obesity Produces Long-Term, Dramatic Weight Loss and Diabetes Remission

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NEW YORK CITY—More than 30 million of the Americans classified as obese or extremely obese might benefit from surgery that reconstructs the stomach to accommodate less food. A new study shows that gastric bypass surgery, which leads to weight loss and improvement of related health problems, may yield long-term health benefits. Earlier research had shown [...]

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Observations

Is Your Slimmer Self Waiting Online?

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Losing weight and keeping it off is a common goal—and constant challenge—for millions of Americans. And people spend loads of cash on specialized diet and weight loss programs, meetings, even personal coaches. But could something as easy, accessible and affordable as an online program help people trim down? With the rising rates of people who [...]

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Observations

The best body mass indexes for low mortality rates

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Want to pencil in a healthy target weight for that New Year’s resolution? A new analysis of data from 1.46 million adults has zeroed in on the body mass index (BMI) with the lowest risk of death from any cause—and they aren’t the ones that most tilt the scales downward. For healthy white adults who [...]

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Observations

Sleep might help dieters shed more fat

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Laying up for a solid night’s sleep might not sound like the best recipe for weight loss, but loads of research has pointed to the importance of sufficient shut-eye to losing weight. And a small new study shows that not getting enough sleep might severely cut into people’s ability to lose extra fat.  Researchers found [...]

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Observations

An hour of daily exercise helped women stay trim–If they had normal BMIs

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Taking the stairs, taking a hike, taking a yoga class, or any other moderate physical activity recently helped thousands of healthy women maintain their weight for 13 years without cutting calories, a new study reports. The only catch is that it only worked for women with a normal body mass index (BMI) who exercised for [...]

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