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The Coke Controversy: The Marketing Message That Could Spell Trouble for People Dealing with Diabetes and Obesity
Can people who are overweight or at risk for diabetes drop pounds and get healthy via exercise alone, without thinking about calories or what they eat? In the wake of a report in The New York Times about the Coca-Cola Company’s $1.5-million funding of the Global Energy Balance Network (GEBN) and its researchers, experts say the group’s focus on burning calories through activity— and downplaying of the role food intake plays—could spell trouble for people with blood-sugar or weight concerns.  
Can Chemicals in Plastics Boost Teens' Risk of Diabetes?
Teens who eat food that's been packaged in plastic wrap or stored in plastic food containers may be at higher risk of getting diabetes, according to new research published in the July 2015 Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
Is Weight Loss Surgery the Answer for Diabetes?
Is weight-loss surgery better than nutrition and physical activity alone for reversing Type 2 diabetes? That controversial question has occupied researchers, doctors, insurers and people with diabetes for more than a decade. Now, a small yet well-designed study seems to have the answer.
Gut Bug Slims Waistlines, Improves Blood Sugar
A common gut microbe with a tongue-twisting name — Akkermansia muciniphila —helped overweight and obese people lose more belly fat and gain better blood-sugar control in a recent study from the Institute of Cardiometabolism and Nutrition at Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital in Paris.
Could Staph Bacteria on the Skin Trigger Type 2 Diabetes?
A bug that thrives on the surface of the skin — Staphylococcus aureus (staph) — may trigger blood-sugar problems and diabetes, according to new research from the University of Iowa.
FDA Targets Trans Fats and Officially Bans PHOs from Foods
In a move that many health care practitioners consider long overdue, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) pose too much of a health risk to be used as an ingredient in foods. Consumption of PHOs is linked to coronary heart disease and thousands of fatal heart attacks each year, according to the FDA.
Does Extra Weight Really Extend Your Life if You Have Type 2 Diabetes?
People with type 2 diabetes who carried extra pounds had a survival advantage over those at a normal weight in a recent, controversial study from the University of Hull in the UK. But does extra weight really help to extend your life?
Weight Loss Surgery Before Pregnancy Lowers Risk for Gestational Diabetes
Women who undergo weight loss surgery (or bariatric surgery) before becoming pregnant have a lower chance of developing gestational diabetes and giving birth to large babies, according to a recent study. Learn more about the study and the results.
Depression Is Common in Children with Obesity
More than one-quarter to one-third of children who have obesity and enter weight management programs, also have depression, according to 2 recent studies.
Saxenda FDA-approved for Chronic Weight Management
Saxenda (liraglutide injection) is now approved for chronic weight management in addition to a reduced-calorie diet and physical activity in adults who are obese or who are overweight and have at least 1 weight-related condition.
Adult Obesity Treated Using New FDA-approved Device
VBLOC vagal blocking therapy delivered via the Maestro System (EnteroMedics Inc., Minneapolis, MN) is now approved to treat adults with obesity. Learn about the device, how it works, side effects, and study results.
Vyvanse® Approved for Binge-Eating Disorder in Adults
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently expanded the approved uses of Vyvanse® (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate) to include treatment of moderate-to-severe binge-eating disorder (BED) in adults.
Obesity and Health Consequences
While obesity is a disease in its own right, it poses a risk for the development of some other major health problems. Several obesity-related complications are explained.
Children with Obesity Tend to Become Adults who are Obese
Body mass index (BMI) is not necessarily an accurate measurement for overweight or obesity, since it does not distinguish lean mass from fat mass. An athlete, for example, may have a high BMI but is does not have obesity because his/her body weight is muscle.
7 Primary Causes of Obesity
Some reasons why obesity become a weighty issue
Americans are gaining weight, and obesity has become a national health threat. We can’t place the problem purely on self-control. Why has obesity become such a weighty issue?
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