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Study Highlights Benefits of Prepackaged Weight Loss Program

Jenn Fusion | May 17th, 2013
Childhood Obesity

For years, Americans have been told that their diets are “not good enough.” Weight loss can’t be as easy as picking up a prepackaged meal from the store. For starters, there’s sodium, which increases blood pressure and causes water retention. According to the Mayo Clinic, up to 75 percent of an average American’s daily sodium intake comes from processed and packaged items – “diet” or not. HelpGuide.org explains that prepackaged diet foods contain more refined ingredients, like white flour and sugar, which can… Read more »

New Weight Loss Pill Belviq May Be Available As Early as June 2013

Shay Morrigan | May 13th, 2013
silver scale

In June 2012, the FDA approved a new weight loss drug—their first in 13 years. Called “Belviq (lorcaserin hydrochloride)” and manufactured by Arena Pharmaceuticals, the pill was cleared for use in obese patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more. Arena could not release the pill on the market at that time, however, because the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) had yet to complete their safety review. Now, according to Bloomberg, the DEA has also cleared Belviq for sale, which… Read more »

Adolescent Obesity Increases Heart Attack Risk, Study Says

Shay Morrigan | May 6th, 2013
stethoscope on a chart

Researchers have long thought that obesity and heart attack were related. Now, a new study adds evidence to support this connection. According to research published in the BMJ Open, men who maintain a healthy weight in their twenties may have a better chance of avoiding cardiovascular problems and living to middle age than men who gain too much in adolescence. Earlier research has suggested that obesity in adulthood increases risk for diabetes and heart disease, but the impact of childhood and adolsecent obesity… Read more »

Study Shows Obese Men More Likely to Suffer from Prostate Cancer

Shay Morrigan | April 29th, 2013
Weight Loss Study

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that more than a third of U.S. adults are obese—classified as having a Body Mass Index of 30 or more. The National Institutes of Health reports that being obese increases the risk for other health problems, including coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, cancer, sleep apnea, and gallstones. Now, a new study indicates that being obese can increase a man’s risk of prostate cancer. Researchers from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public… Read more »

Extreme Childhood Obesity Found to Have a Genetic Component

Shay Morrigan | April 22nd, 2013
Childhood Obesity

In the last 30 years, child obesity rates have more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents. Childhood obesity statistics indicate that in 1980, only 7 percent of children aged 6-11 were obese, but in 2010, nearly 18 percent were. A total of 5 percent of adolescents aged 12-19 years were obese in 1980, but by 2010, 18 percent of them were. Childhood obesity in America has become a national crisis. Obese children are at a higher risk for all sorts of… Read more »