Teen’s lack of sleep increases risk of obesity

Teenagers who don’t get enough sleep may wake up to worse consequences than nodding off during chemistry class. According to new research, risk of being obese by age 21 was 20 percent higher among 16-year-olds who got less than six hours of sleep a night, compared with their peers who slumbered more than eight hours. (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends nine to ten hours of sleep for teenagers.)

Researchers at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Public Health are the first to examine the effect of sleeplessness on obesity in teenagers over time, providing the strongest evidence yet that lack of sleep raises risk for an elevated BMI. Results appear in Journal of Pediatrics. CLICK HERE TO READ ARTICLE!

More young men are obese than previously thought

Deakin University research has revealed that more young Australian men are likely to be obese than previously estimated.

The study by researchers with Deakin’s IMPACT Strategic Research Centre found that 24 per cent of young Australian men are obese, as opposed to the previous estimate of eight per cent. They believe the discrepancy is due to inaccuracies with the Body Mass Index (BMI) measurement system. CLICK HERE TO READ ARTICLE!

Global obesity skyrockets!

There are a greater number of obese people in the United States than in any other country in the world, according to a new report in medical journal The Lancet.
The scale of the 188-country study is unprecedented, and it paints a grim picture. Not one country has succeeded in cutting its obesity rate during the 33 years studied. Rates are rising among men, women and children, no longer a malady of rich nations alone.


Losing weight: Lifestyle changes trump any diet

Sounds a lot like what we talk about here at Weight Know More!

What’s the best diet for maintaining a healthy weight and warding off chronic diseases? Is it a low-carb diet, a high-carb diet, an all-vegetable diet, a no-vegetable diet?

Researchers say you’d be better off just forgetting the word diet, according to an editorial published August 20 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Weight loss efforts start well…

Learning of an obesity-related disease motivates many to start a weight loss program, but troubling health news is often not enough to sustain weight loss efforts, finds new research. “Many of us will respond with good intentions when faced with a health crisis and challenge, but it is easy to put this behind us once the shock has passed and the reality that it is not easy or fun to lose weight becomes clear,” one expert said. “Patients need to keep the reasons they want to change fresh in their minds, set attainable goals, and get ongoing support for their efforts.” CLICK HERE TO READ ARTICLE!