obesity

03/31/2014 - 09:12

New research indicates that obesity in the general population may be genetically linked to how our bodies digest carbohydrates. Published in the journal Nature Genetics, the study investigated the relationship between body weight and a gene called AMY1, which is responsible for an enzyme present in our saliva known as salivary amylase. This enzyme is the first to be encountered by food when it enters the mouth, and it begins the process of starch digestion that then continues in the gut.

 

03/14/2014 - 09:39

Large waist circumference leads to lower life expectancy even among people with healthy body mass index (BMI) according to the results of a new study in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. The study from researchers in the USA, Australia, Sweden, Norway and Finland found a linear association between waist circumference and all-cause mortality.

 

03/11/2014 - 09:35

Community levels of air pollution significantly reduce physical activity levels in Americans according to a new study published in PLOS One. The association of air pollution with physical inactivity was particularly strong in normal weight individuals as opposed to obese people. The study, carried out by researchers in the Uniformed Services University and The Unites States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, correlated levels of airborne pollutants including particulate matter and ozone with leisure-time physical inactivity in adult Americans.

 

03/03/2014 - 14:00

Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely to become obese and sedentary teenagers, according to new research. The new study, which followed almost 7000 children in Finland, found that those who had ADHD symptoms at age eight had significantly higher odds of being obese at age 16. Children who had ADHD symptoms were also less physically active as teenagers.

 

02/26/2014 - 16:00

Babies born by caesarean section are more likely to be overweight or obese as adults, according to a new analysis. The odds of being overweight or obese are 26 per cent higher for adults born by caesarean section than those born by vaginal delivery, the study found.

 

02/26/2014 - 09:29

Overweight or obese women with the mentality that they are "eating for two" are more likely to experience excessive weight gain while pregnant, according to researchers at Penn State College of Medicine.