Nervous System May Hold Key to Weight Loss

People with higher levels of nerve activity may have an easier time losing weight, a small study suggests. Researchers looked at 42 overweight or obese people who took part in a 12-week weight-loss program that cut their daily calorie intake by 30 percent. The participants’ resting sympathetic nerve activity was measured at the start of theRead More

Doctors Can Be Powerful Allies in Obesity Fight

It’s time for doctors and nurses to take up arms against the sea of obesity, researchers involved in two studies reported. Sometimes it can be a simple as a doctor’s frank discussion with a patient. U.S. patients who had simply been told by their physicians that they were overweight or obese were more likely to haveRead More

Restaurant Calorie Counts Can Miss the Mark

In some states, it’s already a requirement that restaurants with numerous locations must post the calorie counts of their foods. And, soon, federal law will require more restaurants across the country to provide such information to its patrons. But, just how accurate are the calorie counts provided by restaurants? That depends on where you eat.Read More

‘Biggest Loser’ Sends Wrong Message on Weight Loss

The reality TV show “The Biggest Loser” sends patients an unhealthy and unrealistic message about weight loss, a researcher said here. The message that overweight people can and should lose significant amounts of weight in a short period of time is unhealthy and makes it seem that extreme dieting, plus hours of daily exercise, are what heavy peopleRead More

Fatty ‘Comfort’ Foods May Alter Brain’s Response to Sadness

“Eating fat seems to make us less vulnerable to sad emotions, even if we don’t know we’re eating fat,” said psychiatrist Dr. Lukas Van Oudenhove, co-author of a study that tracked people’s responses to sad and neutral experiences while fatty acids were inserted into their stomach. The food appeared to cause emotional and physical changes.Read More

United States Women Using Dangerous Weight-Loss Pill 2 Years After Recall

Many women in the United States continue to use a Chinese weight-loss supplement that’s been recalled due to dangerous ingredients, a new study indicates. Pai You Guo contains the pharmaceuticals sibutramine and phenolphthalein, both of which are banned in the United States because they increase the risk of heart attack, stroke and cancer. The U.S. Food and Drug AdministrationRead More

Are Carbs Standing in the Way of Your Weight Loss?

There’s no question that obesity is a major problem in the United States, with about two-thirds of all adults weighing more than they should. In recent years, carbohydrates have shouldered much of the blame for our struggles with weight loss and eating a healthy diet. The reality, however, is that a low carb diet is not theRead More