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Anyone surprised? Processed food makes people fat and lazy, study suggests

Although there is a popular perception that lazy people are more likely to eat convenient but unhealthy foods, a study conducted by researchers from the University of California-Los Angeles and published in the journal Physiology and Behavior on April 10 suggests that it may be the other way around: A diet high in processed, sugary foods may actually make people lazier.

Obesity-mortality paradox debunked: Overweight type 2 diabetes patients do NOT survive better

A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine has debunked the findings of some recent studies which suggested that diabetics who were overweight or obese could have lower mortality rates than their normal-weight counterparts.

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.