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Study finds perception of food available to mother can affect birthweight in mice April 14, 2015 6:15PM While studies have shown that what a mother eats during pregnancy can affect her offspring, it could be that what she sees others eating can also affect her offspring. New research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health explores the influence it has in a new mouse study. “We wanted to know how perception of the food environment (seeing, hearing and smelling others’ eating...

How Lab Rats Are Changing Our View of Obesity April 11, 2015 11:42PM Obesity stems primarily from the overconsumption of food paired with insufficient exercise. But this elementary formula cannot explain how quickly the obesity epidemic has spread globally in the past several decades nor why more than one third of adults in the U.S. are now obese. Many researchers believe that a more complex mix of environmental exposures, lifestyle, genetics and the microbiome ’s makeup...

Intentional Weight Loss and All-Cause Mortality: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Clinical Trials April 11, 2015 10:30PM Obesity is associated with increased mortality, and weight loss trials show rapid improvement in many mortality risk factors. Yet, observational studies typically associate weight loss with higher mortality risk. The purpose of this meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of weight loss was to clarify the effects of intentional weight loss on mortality.

How Obesity Became a Disease April 11, 2015 10:25PM Weight loss is a big business, and, since it’s rarely successful in the  long term, it comes with a built-in supply of repeat customers. And  doctors have been involved in the business one way or another for a long  time. Some 2,000 years ago, the Greek physician and philosopher Galen  diagnosed “bad humors” as the cause of obesity, and prescribed massage,  baths, and “slimming foods” like greens,...

Being overweight 'reduces dementia risk' April 11, 2015 10:23PM Being overweight cuts the risk of dementia, according to the largest and most precise investigation into the relationship.

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What is a size friendly doctor? May 17, 2010 11:25PM Posted in Health Practitioners —Ten years ago, it seemed every doctor had something to say about my bmi. Lately, I am either lucky or today less doctors are obsessed with focusing on weight as the primary issue and all other health concerns secondary. Occasionally, a doctor will ask about my diet (though that usually is really asking about your weight.) Do I believe some foods are probably more nutritious than others? Yes, but I don't need to be...

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) January 25, 2016 1:20PM Posted in Mental Health —For many, being a person of size is difficult enough. Everyone wants you to eat healthy and exercise. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) can nearly defeat your attempts every year and cause confusion and feelings of failure. Mild SAD/winter depression is known as the Winter Blues and is not exactly the same as SAD but still affects attempts at any dietary change or exercise. Who else struggles with SAD or the...

Depression and Weight May 17, 2010 11:20PM Posted in Mental Health — BJ wrote: I think when you have a hard time just getting out of bed, you expend less energy and don't eat regularly which slows down your metabolism and on goes the weight. Aki-chan wrote: You're never truly happy and you can put on a smile and try to satisfy your friends and family and say you think you're pretty, but inside you still feel fat and ugly. That's how I feel every day. Aki - I...

Weight Loss Surgery May 17, 2010 11:24PM Posted in Medical Proceedures —I'm going to reprint this letter I received in my group - this individual is a strong courageous woman who has consistently spoken out about what can happen with WLS and I have a blanket permission to reprint anything I think will help. Her experience is very common - I've known several with similar stories: She was responding to the article about parents tending to mistreat kids of size - knowing something...

How does being a person of size make you feel? May 17, 2010 11:23PM Posted in Emotional Health —Yes and no. Yes because I feel confident that others are wrong for making fun of me for being the size that I am, and I'm confident that I should feel proud of who I am no matter how much I weigh. No because despite that, I still feel extremely low almost every day because I don't feel pretty, or attractive, or even okay-looking. I'm my biggest critic, and the years of being taunted has affected me greatly. I have...

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