Several studies have linked obesity with autism. In a study published in Pediatrics, pregnant mothers who were obese during pregnancy were about 67% more likely than pregnant mothers who maintained a normal weight to have autistic children. The obese mothers also faced double the risk of having children with other developmental delays.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND, formerly the American Dietetic Association) has collaborated on a Medicare bill that will ensure that Registered Dietitians receive Medicare reimbursement for weight loss counseling. This bill excludes most other nutrition professionals, including many nutritionists and health coaches, limiting consumers’ options.
Unhealthy diets and limited physical activity are leading causes of obesity in children, and now new research adds to growing evidence that the chemical BPA found in food packaging may be partly to blame.
Two of the most serious health conditions facing Americans today—obesity and cancer—are the subject of new mango nutrition research presented this week at the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) in Boston. This preliminary research identifies important findings that merit further investigation to determine whether mangos can potentially have a positive effect on blood sugar in obese individuals and help to limit inflammation.
The Food and Drug Administration approved the weight-loss therapy Belviq from Arena Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ARNA ) in June 2012. It took nearly one year for the company to gain marketing approval, but Belviq's launch is finally within sight. The drug will join Qsymia from VIVUS (NASDAQ: VVUS ) in breaking the newly accessible obesity market wide open.
Extra weight on your child might mean even greater risk for health complications than originally thought. According to a recent study appearing in the journal Pediatrics, it may also mean your child is deficient in one of the most important "vitamins" to overall human health and vital functioning -- vitamin D, a necessary contributor to healthy skeletal development in children, among other things.
Obesity and weight loss have become major issues again. This time, the focus is more on health than appearance. The weight loss era of fad diets encouraging artificial sweeteners and margarine while discouraging healthy fats is dwindling.
A simple formula can calculate a newborn baby's risk of childhood obesity without the need for medical tests, according to a study published in the journal PLOS ONE.
The aim of this study was to examine the differences in diet, physical activity, and weight status among children living in rural and urban America and to study the roles of obesity-related behaviors in residence-based differences in childhood obesity.