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How Probiotics May Aid Your Weight Management

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Recent study shows that a strain of beneficial bacteria appears helpful for weight loss in women.
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Obesity is a major cause of many chronic diseases.  Find tips for losing weight and keeping it off.
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Want to lose weight? Train the brain, not the body

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Weight lost is often weight re-gained. Learning how to manage stress and find comfort are overlooked tools.
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Explaining Cherry-Picked Childhood Obesity Statistics - ConscienHealth

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A new study looks closely at childhood obesity statistics behind a claim that early childhood obesity is declining and finds a confusing picture.
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Your Obesity May Have Been Determined Before You Were Born

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It's a myth that women need to eat for two during pregnancy.
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Building Partnerships That Work Against Obesity - ConscienHealth

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In the tricky matter of public-private partnerships for obesity and health, the Partnership for a Healthier America has scored some notable successes.
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Better Obesity Care: If You Build It, Will They Come? - ConscienHealth

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Low utilization of existing options is one of a whole range of obstacles to developing and delivering better obesity care.
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Another Ding for the Body Mass Index - ConscienHealth

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A new study from Denmark indicates the relationship between body mass index and mortality may have shifted, giving a new reason to use BMI cautiously.
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Quick Tips to Keep an Effective Food Diary for Weight Loss

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Find out what you need to include in a food diary and how to use the information to lose weight faster and keep the pounds off for good.
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Why You Can’t Lose Weight on a Diet

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The problem isn’t willpower. It’s neuroscience. You can’t — and shouldn’t — fight back.

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Institute for Responsible Nutrition's curator insight, May 10, 4:17 PM

"[T]his study is just the latest example of research showing that in the long run dieting is rarely effective, doesn’t reliably improve health and does more harm than good. There is a better way to eat. The root of the problem is not willpower but neuroscience." 

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Obesity could be as contagious as a superbug, study suggests

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Something in the air?
DAVID NIELD 6 MAY 2016

Most of us would say that obesity is a consequence of eating too much, exercising too little, and an unfortunate combination of genes, but things might not be so simple. A new study suggests that the microbes in our gut can influence how we put on weight, and because these organisms can move from one person to another, it might be possible to literally 'catch' obesity from others.

For the first time, scientists in the UK have shown that a third of the spores produced by bacteria in the human gut can survive out in the open air. This implies that the people we come into close contact with could influence our own gut bacteria as these spores spread through the air.  

That's not to say that if an obese person sneezes on you, your weight is going to balloon, but many previous studies have shown a link between the make-up of our gut bacteria and our weight. If these bacteria can exist outside the body as the new research shows, then our own internal ecosystem could be affected by our closest friends and family.

To be clear, the study doesn't say these spores are definitely jumping from person to person, just that they have the potential to, and that's definitely worth a closer investigation.

Superbugs such as Clostridium difficile spread in this exact same way. "I think there are definitely diseases that are caused by an imbalance in microbiotia," lead researcher Trevor Lawley from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute told Sarah Knapton at The Telegraph. "If you look at something like inflammatory bowel disease. Or obesity, that’s a possibility."

"People who live in the same house share a similar microbiome," added Lawley. "And genetics only really accounts for between 7 and 13 percent of the risk. There are definitely people who are more susceptible to disease and so it could be a combination of things."

One hypothesis put forward by the new study is that some diseases tend to run in families because they share living spaces, rather than because of anything at the genetic level. It's still early days for this research, though, so consider the idea of contagious obesity an intriguing possibility for the time being.

Lawley and his team managed to grow over 130 types of gut bacteria in lab conditions for the purposes of their studies. They're hoping that by analysing them outside of the body, they can develop drugs to treat various kinds of illnesses fostered by the gut - drugs that could eventually replace faecal transplants, perhaps.

"By developing a new process to isolate gastrointestinal bacteria, we were able to sequence their genomes to understand more about their biology," said one of the team, Hilary Browne, in a press release. "We can also store them for long periods of time making them available for further research."

We're only just beginning to understand the relationship between our internal microbiomes and obesity, though, and a good diet and plenty of exercise remain crucial. A study from 2013 showed that when mice were fed an unhealthy diet, it prevented healthy, 'lean' types of bacteria from flourishing, so be sure to look after the little guys in your gut.

The group's work has been published in Nature.


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Sharing Obesity in Families - ConscienHealth

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A growing body of research makes it clear that without addressing obesity in families and mothers, little progress can be expected in childhood obesity.
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Obesity Bias Squared - ConscienHealth

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A double dose of obesity bias affects both the scientific understanding of obesity and the care that people with obesity receive. Progress is coming slowly.
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After ‘The Biggest Loser,’ Their Bodies Fought to Regain Weight

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Contestants lost hundreds of pounds during Season 8, but gained them back. A study of their struggles helps explain why so many people fail to keep off the weight they lose.

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Institute for Responsible Nutrition's curator insight, May 4, 5:27 PM

"The difficulty in keeping weight off reflects biology, not a pathological lack of willpower affecting two-thirds of the U.S.A."

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Weighty Matters: The Lasting Damage of The Biggest Loser (Part I)

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Dr. Yoni Freedhoff"s obesity medicine take on health, weight loss and life in general
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Weighty Matters: Could "Psychological Stress" Explain The #Biggest Losers' Metabolisms?

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Dr. Yoni Freedhoff"s obesity medicine take on health, weight loss and life in general
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True Believers in Food Addiction - ConscienHealth

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Food addiction is a concept that's helpful for rallying people against the demon of highly processed foods, but the science of it is a bit tricky.
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Why the Conversation About Obesity Needs to Change

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Struggling to lose weight doesn't make you a failure.
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Weighty Matters: Dr. Andrew Stokes On That New Excess Weight is Healthier Study

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Dr. Yoni Freedhoff"s obesity medicine take on health, weight loss and life in general
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14 Easy Ways to Lose Weight All Day

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Get hour-by-hour healthy eating and fitness tips on how to lose weight and reduce belly fat.
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Early Warning: Strokes Rising in Young Adults - ConscienHealth

Early Warning: Strokes Rising in Young Adults - ConscienHealth | Weight Loss News | Scoop.it
Reports of rising rates of strokes in young people while they are dropping in older people prompts thoughts about the cost of neglecting obesity care.
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Lessons of the Biggest Loser: From Science to Nonsense - ConscienHealth

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A recent study of metabolic adaptation in Biggest Loser contestants offered good science that is being twisted into nonsense by "health" writers.
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Stepping Out from Big and Tall - ConscienHealth

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Zach Miko is an icon for male body positivity breaking out from the fashion backwaters of big and tall departments. But some observers are slow to catch on.
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Weighty Matters: Why I'll Never Prescribe a Very-Low-Energy Diet

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Dr. Yoni Freedhoff"s obesity medicine take on health, weight loss and life in general
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Weighty Matters: The Lasting Damage of The Biggest Loser (Part II) - Lawsuit Edition

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Dr. Yoni Freedhoff"s obesity medicine take on health, weight loss and life in general
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A False Choice Between Exercise and Diet - ConscienHealth

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A new animal study of exercise and diet is being falsely reported as evidence for a choosing one or the other. Both are essential to human health.
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Six Obstacles to Dealing with Obesity as a Disease - ConscienHealth

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Three years after AMA concluded that obesity is a disease that needs more attention, these six obstacles continue to slow the progress in addressing it.
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