According to Reuters Health- Reducing people's options for junk foods gets them to cut back on the amount of calories they take in from junk food, but it doesn't help them to lose weight, according to a new study.
Why? Because people tend to make up for the fewer calories in the restricted food group by eating more calories from other types of foods.
Most children and youth who consume soft drinks and other sweetened beverages, such as fruit punch and lemonade, are not at any higher risk for obesity than their peers who drink healthy beverages, says a new study published in the October issue of Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism.
Researchers found that children and adolescents who were overweight were twice as likely to have gallstone disease, compared to children and adolescents who had a normal body mass index. Those who were moderately obese were four times as likely to have gallstones and those who were extremely obese were six times as likely to have gallstones.The study was based on information in the electronic health records of more than 510,000 children ages 10 to 19, from 2007 through 2009, who were members of Kaiser Permanente Southern California.
Another study of high school students provides new evidence that a person's circle of friends may influence his or her weight. Students were more likely to gain weight if they had friends who were heavier than they were. Conversely, students were more likely to get trimmer -- or gain weight at a slower pace -- if their friends were leaner than they were.
We have to mention this research:Studying mice, they found that when the target protein was disabled, the animals became more sensitive to insulin and were less likely to get fat even when they ate a high-fat diet that caused their littermates to become obese.The findings are published online in the journal Cell Metabolism.
A high-fat diet triggers chemical reactions in female mice that could explain why women are more likely than men to gain fat in the abdomen after eating excess saturated fat, new research suggests. The study also sheds light on why women gain fat following menopause.
One possibility that poor people are fatter is because they live in more obesogenic environments, where fattening foods are cheaper and more available. Another possible explanation is that poorer people are more stressed than richer people and that the stress induces overeating. This is the notion of “comfort foods,” which we all recognise. A systematic review conducted by Moore has shown that poorer people have not only higher body weights, but also higher levels of stress and unhealthier diets. This is especially true for women.
Can acupuncture help?
As we know,Weight loss increases the chances of becoming pregnant without infertility treatment, and decreases the risk of miscarriage and other pregnancy complications.Studies suggest that acupuncture may be of some benefit to people looking to lose weight. In a research review published in 2009, for instance, scientists analyzed 31 studies (with a total of 3,013 participants) and found that acupuncture was associated with a significant reduction of average body weight and improvement in obesity.Acupuncture works in several ways to help you lose weight. For one, it helps boost metabolism and increase circulation in the body (better blood and oxygen flow keeps the body healthy – yoga is supposed to do that). Next, specific needle placements are thought to lower insulin and lipid levels in the blood. Finally, the application of acupuncture needles helps mobilise the body's energy reserves, which leads to weight loss and lowered cholesterol, Most of the literature on acupuncture for the treatment of obesity is based on uncontrolled trials. Among the few controlled trials with positive results, the effects are modest, and the interpretation of these results is limited by those factors already mentioned, such as short duration, inadequate placebo controls, and nonstandard treatment protocols.
Well, that's acupuncture.
Why diet doesn't work.......
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