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[12 Jul 2011 | No Comment | ]

A biomedical professor has found onions, green tea and olive leaf extract can fight obesity and its related diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and fatty liver, even when a high-fat and high-carbohydrate diet is indulged in.
Prof Lindsay Brown, from the University of Southern Queensland, tested a range of foods on rats that were being fed an unhealthy diet high in sugar and fat.
He found certain foods helped prevent the growth of inflammatory cells in the animals’ fat pads, located in the abdomen, which take fat from the blood stream …

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[12 Apr 2011 | No Comment | ]

A NEW treatment for obesity that combines two existing drugs resulted in twice as much weight loss as the only approved long-term anti-obesity medication, according to a study released on Monday.
A mix of Phentermine and topiramate, sold under the brand name of Topamax, was shown in clinical trials to be twice as effective as orlistat, which is commercialised in some countries as Xenical or Alli, it said.
The drug combo appears to have additional health benefits, including improved ‘markers,’ or indicators, for blood pressure, sugar levels, lipids and inflammation, it added. …

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[11 Mar 2011 | No Comment | ]

New research is challenging previous medical notions that “apple-shaped” people with more fat around their waist are at higher risk of heart attacks and strokes than “pear-shaped” people with fatter bottoms and hips.
A study of 220,000 people published Friday confirmed that being obese – having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more – is a major risk factor for heart disease, but found the distribution of fat on the body has no impact on that risk.
“Regardless of how you measure it, being obese is bad for your heart. …

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[22 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]

A STUDY of the two most popular weight-loss surgeries found obese diabetics who had gastric bypass surgery lost 64 per cent of their excess weight after a year, compared with 36 per cent in those treated with Allergan Inc’s Lap-Band device, researchers said on Monday.
Complication rates were about the same with both procedures.
‘It’s a dramatic difference,’ said Dr Guilherme Campos of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine in Madison, and formerly of the University of California, San Francisco, whose study appears in the Archives of Surgery.
Weight loss surgery is …

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[7 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]

From heart disease to high blood pressure, urological complications to those related to pregnancy, obesity attracts a whole lot of ailments, doctors said Friday as India observed the Anti-Obesity Day.
As of 2008, more than 20 million people in India suffered from obesity.
Said Hrishikesh Pai, a gynaecologist: “Studies point to the fact that women who suffer from obesity run the risk of infertility and also have a higher risk of pregnancy-related complications.”
“Numerous studies even state that obesity can lead to ovulation problem which results in irregular menstruation cycle,” she said.
“I suggest …

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[6 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]

A new major study has revealed that the worldwide prevalence of obesity has nearly doubled since 1980.
The study looked at all available global data to assess how body mass index, blood pressure and cholesterol changed between 1980 and 2008.
In 2008, more than one in ten of the world’s adult population was obese, with women more likely to be obese than men, the study found. An estimated 205 million men and 297 million adult women were obese – a total of more than half a billion adults worldwide.
The proportion of the …

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[5 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]

THE more mothers work during their children’s lifetimes, the more likely their kids are to be overweight or obese, a US study published on Friday found.
Researchers from American University in Washington, Cornell University in New York state and the University of Chicago studied data on more than 900 elementary- and middle school-aged children in 10 US cities.
They found that the total number of years the children’s mothers worked had a cumulative influence on their children’s body mass index (BMI) – the weight to height ratio used to measure if a …

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[31 Jan 2011 | No Comment | ]

The U.S. spends more on health care than any other nation yet has worse life expectancy than many—and a new report blames smoking and obesity.
That may sound surprising, considering that public smoking is being stamped out here while it is common in parts of Europe. And obesity is a growing problem around the world.
But the U.S. led those unhealthy trends, lighting up and fattening up a few decades ahead of other high-income countries. And the long-term consequences are life expectancy a few years shorter than parts of Europe and Japan, …