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Obesity

Permanent weight loss can be as simple as getting back to nature: Six tips to help


While losing weight can be relatively easy for most people who put their minds to it, keeping it off long term is another matter altogether. For most, lost weight will return over a relatively short time because the person losing the weight has only made temporary changes to their diet and lifestyle.

Are environmental toxins making you fat?


As if we need another reason to detox, research has shown environmental poisons can lead to obesity and diabetes. According to Mark Hyman, M.D., a study in the Lancet made a significant connection with a person's toxic load and how the body is able to balance blood sugar and metabolize cholesterol. Given enough time, these changes result in insulin resistance - and increased fat storage.

Fathers' diets and health found to influence offspring's obesity, insulin resistance


Passing on genes to children may have little to do with fate, coincidence or destiny. Maternal care is very important for healthy fetal development, but there may be even more at play in genetic development.

Dietary intake of flame retardant chemical linked to increased obesity


Hormone- and metabolism-ravaging chemicals, like brominated flame retardants, may be contributing to the obesity epidemic. A new study out of Japan, the first of its kind, links the flame retardant hexabromocyclodecane (HBCD) to accelerated weight gain. Flame retardant chemicals are often used in building materials and insulation and have been proven to disrupt hormones, metabolism and immune system function. This study shows how these industrial chemicals accumulate in the tissues of animals and humans, accelerating weight gain, affecting blood sugar levels and leading to other metabolic disorders like diabetes. In fact, this study shows how a high-fat diet laced with brominated flame retardant chemicals increases weight gain by 30 percent.

Five simple tips for combating childhood obesity


Over the last 30 years, childhood obesity has doubled in young children and tripled in teens. Approximately one out of every three children are overweight or obese in the United States today, and children in the African American and Hispanic community are experiencing even higher childhood obesity rates. The Let's Move! campaign founded by Michelle Obama cites many factors contributing to the obesity epidemic. An increase in portion size, processed foods, fast foods and snacking coupled with a decrease in home cooked meals and physical activity has wreaked havoc on our youths' state of health. Another key factor is the amount of time children spend watching television, playing video games and using other electronics such as computers or cells phones. Research shows that the average 8- to 18-year-old now spends about 7.5 hours per day using electronics.

Healthy gut bacteria prevent obesity: Study


The key to shedding those excess pounds and achieving that lean figure you have always dreamed about could be as simple as eating more bacteria. A new study out of Washington University in St. Louis has found that maintaining healthy and balanced gut bacteria -- that is, the beneficial microbes that naturally populate your intestinal tract -- may help prevent weight gain and actually fight obesity, which now plagues more than one-third of all Americans.

Common toxin lurking in your pantry causes obesity, diabetes, infertility and a range of unpleasant side effects


Typically, individuals concerned about health read labels and question if the food they consume will promote vitality and balance. So it's particularly disturbing when a hazardous ingredient is allowed to infiltrate the food supply under a misleading name that hides its true identity. Thanks to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), we now have monosodium glutamate (MSG) covertly present in food, as well as crops that are sprayed with a noxious pesticide riddled with the toxin. For those who believe buying organic produce and shopping at natural markets will protect you from this brain damaging, disease promoting agent - think again.