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  1. -02-08-06 Study: Low-Fat Diet Results Disappointing (CBS News)
      "After an average of roughly eight years, there was little difference in rates of breast cancer, colorectal cancer and heart disease in women who reduced their fat consumption than among nearly 30,000 study participants who didn't. "

      " 'Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater,' stressed The Early Show medical correspondent Dr. Emily Senay Wednesday. 'It would be a shame if women … read this and thought, "I can throw all my lifestyle interventions away. They don't matter.' They probably do, but maybe not exactly as they should, in this trial."

      " 'We have to eat healthy. We have to exercise. We have to maintain a healthy weight. We have to not smoke. These things, in many other trials, have been shown over and over again to reduce the risk of all these diseases.' " 02-06

  2. -02-23-09 Study: Low Carbs and Memory (CBS News)
      "Eliminating carbohydrates from your diet may help you lose weight, but it could leave you fuzzy headed and forgetful, a new study suggests."

      "The body breaks carbohydrates into glucose, which it uses to fuel brain activity. Proteins break down into glycogen, which can also be used for fuel by the brain, but not as efficiently as glucose."

      "So it stands to reason that eliminating carbohydrates from the diet might reduce the brain's source of energy and affect brain function. But there has been little research examining this hypothesis in people following low-carb weight loss diets." 02-09

  3. -07-10-08 Study: How a Food Diary Can Help (U.S. News)
      "There's a reason so many doctors and nutritionists recommend keeping a food diary when you're trying to lose weight: It actually appears to work. The case for food diaries (or food records or journals) got a little stronger today, when weight-loss researchers reported that a large, multicenter study suggests that tracking what goes in your mouth can double the amount of weight lost." 07-08

  4. -07-25-07 Study: Obesity is "Contagious" (Time Magazine)
      "Wondering why your waistline is expanding? Have a look at those of your friends. Your close friends can influence your weight even more than genes or your family members, according to new research appearing in the July 26 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine. The study's authors suggest that obesity isn't just spreading; rather, it may be contagious between people, like a common cold." 07-07

  5. -08-25-07 Doctors Fail to Identify Obesity (Time.com)
      "Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., recently released the results of a survey of more than 2,500 obese patients who went to their doctor for a regular checkup over the course of a year. The investigators found that the charts of only 1 in 5 of those people listed them as obese. What isn't on the charts is probably not communicated between doctor and patient either, and that means trouble. Those in the study who got the diagnosis were more than twice as likely to have developed a weight-management plan with their doctor than were the other obese patients."

      "Obesity, of course, means a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, hospitalization and early death, so how come doctors are so lax about putting the scarlet O on the chart? Sometimes, Thompson says, doctors perceive that a patient isn't motivated to change, so they just don't bother. Other times, the patient's likely embarrassment silences the physician, or time constraints get in the way as more immediately pressing health concerns get dealt with." 08-07

  6. -08-25-07 Doctors Fail to Identify Obesity (Time.com)
      "Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., recently released the results of a survey of more than 2,500 obese patients who went to their doctor for a regular checkup over the course of a year. The investigators found that the charts of only 1 in 5 of those people listed them as obese. What isn't on the charts is probably not communicated between doctor and patient either, and that means trouble. Those in the study who got the diagnosis were more than twice as likely to have developed a weight-management plan with their doctor than were the other obese patients."

      "Obesity, of course, means a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, hospitalization and early death, so how come doctors are so lax about putting the scarlet O on the chart? Sometimes, Thompson says, doctors perceive that a patient isn't motivated to change, so they just don't bother. Other times, the patient's likely embarrassment silences the physician, or time constraints get in the way as more immediately pressing health concerns get dealt with." 08-07

  7. -09-07-07 How Children Can Win the Weight Battle (USNew.com)
      "Many experts now believe that an emphasis on dropping weight rather than adding healthful nutrients and exercise is doing more harm than good." 09-07

  8. Diabetes Can Be Prevented With Diet and Moderate Exercise (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)
      Suggests how to keep healthy. 05-06

  9. What Doctor's Don't Say (Time.com)
      "Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., recently released the results of a survey of more than 2,500 obese patients who went to their doctor for a regular checkup over the course of a year. The investigators found that the charts of only 1 in 5 of those people listed them as obese. What isn't on the charts is probably not communicated between doctor and patient either, and that means trouble. Those in the study who got the diagnosis were more than twice as likely to have developed a weight-management plan with their doctor than were the other obese patients." 07-08

Papers
  1. -Editorial: How About Restricting French Fries? (CNN News)
      "Obesity is the result of an extremely complex interplay of factors, including dietary habits, environment, genes, etc. One of the best studies available, appearing last year in The New England Journal of Medicine, tells a more complicated picture."

      "The study shows that if you increase drinking sugary beverages by one serving per day, it will lead you to gain an additional pound of body weight over four years. A similar amount of weight would be gained from eating an additional serving of red or processed meat daily for four years. But when it comes to potato chips, there seems to be a stronger relationship with weight gain (1.65 pounds). And French fries blew away the numbers (3.65 pounds)." 06-12

  2. -Editorial: Restricting the Size of Sugary Drinks Is a Worthy Experiment (CNN News)
      "Some object that the [New York] mayor's proposal to restrict serving sizes will restrict liberty. But the liberty restricted is not the liberty of the soda-drinker. If they wish, soda drinkers can buy a 2-liter bottle of soda at the grocery for about $1.70 and pour as much of it down their throats as they wish. The liberty that is being restricted is the liberty of the soda seller to manipulate known human weaknesses to the seller's advantage and the buyer's detriment."

      "There is little doubt about the serious health effects of sugary soda. Just one soda a day doubles a woman's risk of diabetes, according to the Harvard Journals of Public Health. Two sodas raises her risk of heart disease by 40%." 06-12

  3. -Editorial: What We Are Getting Wrong About Weight Loss (Healthland.Time.com)
      "There are several misconceptions people have about weight, losing it and what’s healthy. Here’s the low-down on some myths we’re better off busting." 07-13

  4. -Maintaining Weight Loss: What Works (National Weight Control Registry) star
      Provides results from the National Weight Control Registry. "We could identify few commonly shared features of how these people lost weight. The only common characteristic was that 89% of registry participants used both diet and physical activity to lose weight: only 10% used diet alone, and 1% used exercise alone. This finding is very important because most weight loss programs focus primarily on dietary restriction."

      "In contrast, methods for maintaining weight loss had several factors in common. This difference in commonality suggests that the two processes--losing weight and maintaining weight loss--may have important differences. In particular, the optimum strategy for successful weight loss may differ from the optimum strategy for successfully maintaining weight loss."

      "We found four types of behavior common to the National Weight Control Registry participants: 1) eating a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet, 2) eating breakfast almost every day, 3) frequent self-monitoring of weight, and 4) participation in a high level of physical activity."

      "As reported by participants, the mean energy they expended in physical activity was 2500 kcal/week for women and 3300 kcal/week for men. This level of physical activity is very high and equates to about 60 to 90 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per day."

      "To quantify the walking done by this population, we placed pedometers on a sample of registry participants and found that, on average, they took between 11,000 and 12,000 steps per day--about 5.5 to 6 miles per day." 12-03

  5. -Michelle Obama, First Lady, Leads (Let's Move.gov)
      "Posted by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan on October 21, 2010:" "When we think about childhood obesity, most of us think of kids playing video games or eating sugary, unhealthy food. Less obvious — but not less important — is the impact a child’s neighborhood has on his or her health – and whether it offers them the opportunities they need to walk, run, and play. Indeed, children in neighborhoods that lack sidewalks, parks, playgrounds, and community centers have up to 45 percent higher odds of becoming obese or overweight." 11-10

  6. -One Teen's Success with Improving Health (CNN News)
      "Macias pushed himself further each night, progressing from walking to running, in addition to eliminating fast food and replacing processed, sugary foods with fruits and vegetables. His family -- especially his mother -- was supportive, keeping track of the number of pounds lost right along with him." 07-11

  7. -Some Fit Obese Individuals Not at a Greater Risk (CBS News)
      "Usually being obese means a higher chance of developing health problems. But, a new study shows that it is possible to be fat and fit - and also to be at no greater risk for some chronic diseases."

      "People who were deemed 'metabolically healthy' obese individuals - meaning they had no insulin resistance, diabetes, high cholesterol or blood pressure issues - had a lower risk of death than unfit obese individuals. They had no greater risk of death than normal weight fit people." 09-12

  8. ABS3 System of Fitness for Weight Loss (ABC News)
      "The ABS3 system works because it allows you to put emphasis on the kinds of exercise that research has shown to be effective for speeding metabolism, burning fat, and building muscle." 01-06

  9. Added Sugar Hurts (U.S. New)
      "Added sugars, which are sprinkled on and processed into packaged foods and beverages, have become all too common in the American diet, says the American Heart Association. The group argues that sugar bingeing is helping drive the uptick in metabolic changes in the American population, including the exploding obesity rate, and has now recommended an upper limit on daily consumption. Women should consume no more than 100 calories per day of added sugars, and men should not top 150 calories per day. There goes the soda habit: One 12-ounce can contains about 8 teaspoons or about 33 grams of added sugar, which equals approximately 130 calories, notes the AHA. (One gram of sugar serves up 4 calories, according to the American Dietetic Association.)" 09-09

  10. Another Atkins Diet Study (ABC News)
      "Several recent studies suggest that overweight people might have more success with weight loss when they follow a diet lower in carbohydrates (and higher in fat and protein) than by following the standard guidelines for a lower fat, higher carbohydrate diet."

      "These findings have surprised and concerned many nutritional experts. Critics have correctly pointed out that these studies didn't involve enough people and were too short in duration to draw strong conclusions or to change standard recommendations."

      "Most experts agree that, more important than specific diet composition, are the following recommendations — not only for weight control, but for overall health:" 03-07

  11. Boosting Brain Power Through Exercise (CBS News)
      Professor Arthur Kramer of the University of Illinois in Urbana says "changing the size and the function of your brain is as easy as taking a few steps."

      " 'We found in our study that walking will increase the volume of the brain, increase the efficiency of the brain and increase improvements in the number of cognitive functions such as memory and attention,' Kramer says." 01-07

  12. DNA Diet (ABC News)
      "Nutrigenomics is the study of food and diet, and how each interacts with specific genes to increase the risk of certain disease. Now one company is offering a home DNA kit to help design a diet with the most recent science." 04-06

  13. Examples of Moderate Exercise (NIH.gov)
      "An increase in physical activity is an important part of your weight management program. Most weight loss occurs because of decreased caloric intake. Sustained physical activity is most helpful in the prevention of weight regain. In addition, exercise has a benefit of reducing risks of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, beyond that produced by weight reduction alone. Start exercising slowly, and gradually increase the intensity. Trying too hard at first can lead to injury."

  14. Fat Gene Can Be Neutralized With Exercise (MSNBC News)
      "Scientists believe about 30 percent of white people of European ancestry have this [FTO fat gene] variant, including the Amish, and that may partly explain why so many people are overweight."

      "And while physical activity is recommended for just about everyone, the study suggests that people with the gene variation need to be especially vigilant about getting exercise."

      " 'It's only if you're not active that the gene hurts,' Snitker said. 'If you are active, then either way, it doesn't matter whether you have the gene or not.' " 09-08

  15. Foods Surprisingly High in Added Sugar (U.S. News)
      "Added sugars, which are sprinkled on and processed into packaged foods and beverages, have become all too common in the American diet, says the American Heart Association. The group argues that sugar bingeing is helping drive the uptick in metabolic changes in the American population, including the exploding obesity rate, and has now recommended an upper limit on daily consumption." 10-09

  16. Foods to "Always" Avoid (RealAge.com)
      "Live and eat by these rules -- and get healthier, younger, and slimmer. If any food in your home lists any of the five ingredients below in the first five ingredients on the label, don't let it near your mouth. In fact, throw it out." 09-10

  17. Healthy Eaters Find Unlikely Ally: Walmart (Guardian Unlimited)
      "Now Wal-Mart is bringing premium fruits, vegetables and other produce to parts of America where they simply did not exist earlier. However, that does not necessarily mean Americans are going to make the right choices." 06-06

  18. How Much Should You Exercise? (CBS News)
      "It's not like we haven't heard it before: Exercise is an essential part of the health equation, and 30 minutes a day is where it begins."

      "Meeting the 30-minute threshold will help a person maintain a healthy weight and reap health benefits like lowering the risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and hypertension, according to the guidelines."

      "From there, the amount of physical activity a person needs climbs, depending on his weight status." 11-05

  19. How Oprah Did It (People Magazine)
      Discusses how Oprah Winfrey became fit in 1996.

  20. Lessons from Oprah's Weight Battle (U.S. News)
      "By now, everyone knows that Oprah Winfrey is displeased with her current weight and is seeking to turn things around in 2009. She elaborated on her situation in a 'falling off the wagon' episode this week. Here are some practical lessons I culled from her experience that you can apply to your attitudes about diet, exercise, and weight, even if you don't have the cash to surround yourself with trainers, doctors, and assistants."

  21. Lessons from Women Who Lost Half Their Body Weight (ABC News)
      "Both Meyers and Hefel said they beat their cravings by drinking water. Meyers drinks 64 ounces a day to make her feel full, and Hefel drinks a glass of water when she feels hungry, then waits 20 minutes. If she's still hungry, she snacks on small portions — literally counting out 11 chips." 01-06

  22. Lifestyle Assessment (Time.com)
      "In a study of 2,056 obese people in Dallas County (all participants had a body mass index, or BMI, of 30 or higher), researchers asked each participant to look at nine illustrations of bodies, from very thin to very obese. The volunteers were asked to pick their ideal shape along with the one that most closely resembled their own body. About 165 people, or 8% of the group, chose ideal body shapes that were the same or bigger than their own, suggesting a misunderstanding of healthy weight."

      "The findings bring to mind a famous 2007 study by Dr. Nicholas Christakis, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, and James Fowler, a political scientist at University of California, San Diego, that found that the more exposure a person had to obesity — in the form of fat friends — the more likely that person was to become obese himself or herself, by 57%. The researchers called it a "contagion effect," and found that obesity spread more efficiently through networks of friends than through family members or neighbors."

      "The good news, from a public-health perspective, is that if the contagion effect holds true for weight gain, it may also work in the opposite direction, helping networks of friends lose weight and get healthy." 03-11

  23. Lifestyle Assessment
      This test is designed to evaluate the impact that your lifestyle has (or might have in the future) on your health. 1-04

  24. Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT) (USA Today)
      "Many overweight people in the USA have 'sitting disease' and would lose weight if they did more walking, standing and moving around during the day, says endocrinologist James Levine of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Levine is talking about increasing your NEAT, or 'non-exercise activity thermogenesis,' which accounts for much of your movement and therefore caloric expenditure throughout the day." 01-09

  25. Obesity - Why More Are Getting Fatter (Nutrition Action - Brownell)
      Suggests reasons why more people in the USA and globally are getting fatter and suggests solutions to reduce obesity. 6-01

  26. Obesity - Why More Are Getting Fatter (Nutrition Action - Brownell)
      Suggests reasons why more people in the USA and globally are getting fatter and suggests solutions to reduce obesity. 6-01

  27. Obesity Epidemic Isn't Just About Willpower (U.S. New)
      "Obesity, not so long ago an issue of personal struggle with fatty foods and bulging waistline, has of late become Public Health Enemy No. 1, blamed for almost a third of the rise in healthcare spending. Overeaters now find themselves in the same category as smokers or drug addicts, tainted with the aura of moral weakness and lack of willpower."

      "But using blame and punishment to inspire willpower and discipline in citizens to curb their appetite, eat more fruits and vegetables, and exercise more is not likely to work. Why? Because it does not begin to take into account the biological complexity of obesity and the enormous biological differences among individuals that make weight loss a snap for some and a near impossibility for others."

      "Reversing a sedentary lifestyle can help counter fatness susceptibility. Physical activity burns up calories, curbs appetite in the overweight, limits the risk of regaining lost pounds—and can modify gene behavior. Studies have shown that regular exercise overrides the weight gain associated with carrying a variant of FTO, an obesity gene." 10-09

  28. Obesity Facts (Wikipedia.org)
      "Obesity is generally a result of a combination of factors:"

      "Genetic predisposition
      Energy-rich diet
      Limited exercise and sedentary lifestyle
      Underlying illness (e.g. hypothyroidism)
      An eating disorder (such as binge eating disorder)
      Stressful mentality (debated)
      Insufficient sleeping (debated)"

      "Significant proportions (up to 30%) of the population in wealthy countries are now obese, and seen to be at risk of ill health." 2-05

  29. Obesity Rises Faster Among the Poor (MSNBC News)
      "Americans in their upper teens who are living in poverty have grown fatter at a higher rate than their peers, according to research that seems to underscore the unequal burden of obesity on the nation's poor." 05-06

  30. Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
      Provides news, suggestions, and results of studies to prevent disease and improve health. 6-01

  31. Obesity: Fighting Obesity in Children (U.S. News)
      Provides small changes that can be powerful over time. "Even all-juice drinks are pretty much just sugar and water; a 6.75-ounce juice box packs 100 calories. Soft drink manufacturers, including PepsiCo and Coca-Cola, have agreed to include calorie counts on front of their beverage packaging by the end of 2012 as part of the Let's Move campaign. The easiest fix now: Make milk or water the drink choices for school and home, and save the sweet stuff for parties or other special occasions."

      "Time spent with computers and TV is time not spent running, jumping, and playing outside. The first lady's campaign echoes the surgeon general's recommendation that TV time be limited to two hours a day and that all kids get one hour of daily exercise. That can be tough when many schools have eliminated recess and parents work long hours." 02-10

  32. Obesity: Not Enough Exercise or Too Much Food? (CBS News)
      "Both lack of exercise and consuming too many calories can certainly contribute to gaining extra pounds, but a new study suggests that the former may be the main culprit in the obesity epidemic in the U.S. And women younger than 40 appear to be particularly vulnerable to the risks of a sedentary lifestyle." 07-14

  33. Obesity: One Hour of Exercise May Make Up for a Day of Sitting (Time.com)
      "It's not just how much exercise you get, but also how much time you spend off your bottom that keeps your heart healthy." 07-14

  34. Plus-Size Supermodel Speaks Out (Time.com)
      "Six years ago, Crystal Renn was an unknown size-0 model who moved to New York City from Clinton, Miss., to make it big. She struggled with her weight for years, however, and finally made the bold decision to switch to plus-size modeling. Now a healthy 165 lb., she is the highest-paid plus-size model in the world, having graced the covers of American Vogue and Harper's Bazaar and appeared in Dolce & Gabbana ads. The 23-year-old talks with TIME about her new book, Hungry, her size-0 modeling days and walking the runway for Jean Paul Gaultier." 10-09

  35. Popkins: Why the World Is Fat (U.S. News)
      "Why in the heck did the world's chief food problem shift from malnutrition to obesity? That's the question Barry Popkin, director of the University of North Carolina's Inter-Disciplinary Obesity Center, explores in his new book, The World Is Fat. From the book and a conversation with Popkin, we've extracted seven tidbits you might not have known about obesity, nutrition, and what we put in our mouths." 01-09

  36. Sample Reduced-Calorie Menus (NIH.gov)
      Provides menus for 1200 calories, 1600 calories, and other menus.

  37. Sleep Deprivation Linked to Being Overweight (USA Today)
      "Children who don't get enough sleep are more likely to be overweight than those who get plenty of sleep, a study reports Wednesday."

      "The National Sleep Foundation recommends that preschoolers get 11 to 13 hours of sleep each night. Children ages 5 to 12 years are supposed to sleep 10 to 11 hours a night; teens, nine hours." 02-07

  38. Sleep More, Eat Less (CBS News)
      "Chronic sleep deprivation may be part of America's obesity problem, a new study suggests. Lack of sleep has a bad effect on the 'appetite control' hormone leptin, researchers say."

  39. Sleep and Weight Control (ABC News)
      "New studies show that sleeping fewer than eight hours a night boosts our levels of ghrelin, a hormone that makes us feel hungry, while suppressing another hormone, leptin, that makes us feel full."

      "In fact, experts are starting to see a critical link. Americans are sleeping less than ever and are bigger than ever: 63 percent of American adults do not get eight hours of sleep a night, and 65 percent are overweight or obese. And, of course, sleeping enough helps on multiple levels." 04-06

  40. Study: Diets Don't Work (CBS News)
      "A new study published in the April issue of the journal "American Psychologist" finds that for most people, dieting just doesn't work."

      "Why should we believe the findings of this survey? Won't another study come out in a few months that debunks this one?"

      Samantha Heller, a nutritionist with Health magazine: " 'Probably not. If 'dieting' worked then obesity would not be at epidemic levels in this country and now around the world.' " 04-07

  41. Study: Exercise Helps the Brain (CBS News)
      "According to Bell, researchers are finding that exercise can do more than keep you fit; it can also make you smarter. One school in Illinois has developed a program that gets kids moving and learning."

      "Although it may appear that these kids are working out, they are actually trying to adjust their brains chemistry to maximize their ability to learn."

      " 'Kids who took P.E. before they took the math class had double the improvement of kids who had P.E. afterward,' Zientarski, explained." 'Ratey cites studies showing that exercise promotes the growth of new cells in the hippocampus, an area in the brain associated with memory and learning."

      " 'Exercise promotes more than anything else we know the growth of new brain cells,' Ratey said."

  42. Study: Overweight Children a Neighborhood Problem (ABC News)
      "When a Philadelphia school district recently slimmed down its lunch offerings and banned sodas from vending machines, educators hoped the moves would help stem the tide of childhood obesity."

      "But as school officials continued to see an overweight student body, they began to suspect that the real culprit behind the children's weight problems was lurking beyond school walls."

      "Sure enough, the school with the highest percentage of overweight children — nearly half of the student body — was surrounded by twice as many food opportunities as the school with the lowest percentage of overweight kids." 7-05

  43. Tea - Brewing Oolong (or Wu-Long) Tea (TeaFromTaiwan.com)
      "Making tea gong fu style is ideal for Taiwan oolong tea. The short brewing time allows the sweet flavor of the oolong tea to come out without excess caffeine or tannin. Even those who are sensitive to caffeine can drink this type of oolong tea all evening and still get a good night's sleep."

  44. Tea - Brewing Tea Gongfu Style (China-Window.com)
      "After the water is boiled, one must lift the kettle high to pour hot water into the teapot. The water is continually poured even when it overflows, so as to get rid of impure materials and foam, and to make mellow tea. After the lid is put on the teapot, boiling water is poured onto the teapot. In this way, the tea will swell in no time. A few minutes later, the tea can be poured into the cups, which are arranged in a circle. The way to pour tea is special. It is poured with a circular motion into each cup. In this way, the color and consistency of the tea in all the cups are the same. To avoid creating foam and scattering the fragrance of tea, the teapot should be held close to the teacups. When the tea is ready, the teacups are presented to guests and elders with both hands." 06-06

  45. Tea - Oolong (or Wu-Long) Tea and Fat Burning (Dragonwater.com)
      "wu long, or oolong tea, has been around for a long time, but lately, there's been a growing buzz about the tea and its ability to help with weight loss. it's time to take a look at the facts and see what all the hype is about."

      "the study was conducted by the university of tokushima school of medicine along with several other japanese universities. it involved 11 japanese women who consumed either water, green matcha tea, or oolong tea after a meal. the results were interesting. oolong tea appeared to increase energy expenditure by 10%, green tea by 4%, and water not at all. this means that you burn more fat when you drink oolong or green tea after a meal."

      Editor's Note: This author does not use capital levels when the rules of English require them to be used. 06-06

  46. Trans Fats
  47. Tricks to Curbing the Appetite (RealAge.com)
      "To avoid eating too much -- and earning a bigger pants size -- try this mealtime trick: Spend at least 30 minutes enjoying your food." 05-10

  48. Watch Your Waist, Not Just Your Weight (U.S. News)
      "You may assume that if your weight is in the healthy range, you have a low risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other conditions linked to obesity. But new research suggests that waist size could play as important a role as body weight in determining how long you live. After examining a database of more than 100,000 men and women ages 50 and older participating in a cancer prevention study, researchers found that those with the largest waistlines had about twice the risk of dying over a nine-year period as those with the smallest waistlines." 08-10

  49. Watch Your Waist, Not Just Your Weight (U.S. News)
      "You may assume that if your weight is in the healthy range, you have a low risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other conditions linked to obesity. But new research suggests that waist size could play as important a role as body weight in determining how long you live. After examining a database of more than 100,000 men and women ages 50 and older participating in a cancer prevention study, researchers found that those with the largest waistlines had about twice the risk of dying over a nine-year period as those with the smallest waistlines." 08-10

  50. Weight Control and Nutrition (ABC News)
      "Lerner and other dieters will be pleased to learn that some great foods have natural, built-in appetite suppressants." Lists five foods that support weight control. 04-06

  51. Weight Losers Combat Fear and Torment (CNN News)
      "Cowering in a school restroom stall, young Charles D'Angelo would eat his lunch alone to escape classmates bullying him about his weight. A woman at his Catholic school's rectory let him watch the news with her during his break instead of playing outside." 10-09

  52. What to Eat When You Feel "Starved" (RealAge.com)
      "Every house needs fire-extinguisher foods -- good-for-you snacks that will put out three-alarm starvation fires. Ideally, you'll want to always be satisfied and not hungry, meaning you can go much longer without food." 09-10

  53. Wish: Anything But Obese (ABC News)
      "A disturbing new study out of Yale University's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity found that nearly half — 46 percent — of 4,283 participants would rather give up a year of their life than be obese. Fifteen percent were willing to give up 10 years." 05-06

Research
  1. Fast Food and Health (MSNBC News)
      Describes the decline in health of film producer, Morgan Spurlock. "He decided to make a documentary—his first feature-length film—in which he would, in an attempt to explore why Americans are so fat, eat at McDonald’s three times a day for 30 solid days."

      "With regular visits to the doctor, interviews with experts on fast food and chats with regular folk on the road, the viewer gets a front-row seat as the formerly fit filmmaker eats everything on the menu, packing on the pounds, and looking—and feeling—worse in each successive frame. McDonald’s’ response? The home of the Happy Meal declined to comment in the film but has released statements saying that its menu offers an array of choices, some healthier than others."

      "My body just basically falls apart over the course of this diet. I start to get tired; I start to get headaches; my liver basically starts to fill up with fat because there’s so much fat and sugar in this food. My blood sugar skyrockets, my cholesterol goes up off the charts, my blood pressure becomes completely unmanageable. The doctors were like 'You have to stop.' ”1-04

   
   


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