What is the latest research on obesity?

Oftentimes the best way to stay up to date on the latest news and research going on around the world is to watch the evening news or purchase a daily periodical. However, today may be your lucky day – because Dr. Newton’s has compiled some of the latest findings in obesity research for your convenience. So whether you are trying to shed some extra pounds, you want to share new information with your patients or students or you’re simply looking for some conversation starters, take a look at the exciting topics below that are making headlines.

Online weight loss programs can be benefical

This one’s for those of you who are looking for effective, yet reasonable, motivation to lose weight. While some people might enroll in intense exercise boot-camp programs at the gym for encouragement to lose weight, and others may post pictures of bikini models on their refrigerators and snack drawers, there are other strategies you can practice to have successful weight loss.

Researchers at Penn State College of Medicine discovered that internet-based weight loss programs can help address America’s obesity epidemic, Jennifer L. Kraschnewski, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of medicine and public health sciences explained to ScienceDaily. The Penn State researchers created website called AchieveTogether that educated users on 36 weight-loss behaviors, allowed them to log their weight at least once a week and connect with other users who could be a good role model for weight loss. Those who used the website lost approximately 4.5 pounds more than the study’s control weight.

“While this is modest weight loss, it is in the range we have seen for other Internet-based weight loss programs, including those with more human contact,” said Kraschnewski. “Because AchieveTogether, or a similar program, can be offered free, it could increase physician referrals for weight management and be a cost effective way to promote weight loss on a public health scale.”

Adolescents and weight loss

It’s no secret that childhood obesity is a growing problem in the United States and around the world. Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years and in 2008 nearly 20 percent of American kids age 6 to 11 were obese (up from 7 percent in 1980) and 18 percent of kids 12-19 were obese (up from 5 percent over the same amount of time), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

There are many lifelong health effects that can occur due to obesity in children who are overweight or obese such as an increased risk for sleep apnea, joint problems, prediabetes and cardiovascular disease, stroke and many types of cancers including breast cancer and prostate cancer.

However, a recent study conducted by the Institute of Food Science and Technology and Nutrition (ICTAN) of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) has determined that eating more than four times a day and eating more slowly are linked to lower body fat in adolescents. Furthermore, scientists found that other eating habits like eating breakfast on a daily basis is associated with lower body fat, independent of exercise time. ScienceDaily reports the researchers also suggest kids obtain the recommended amounts of nutrients such as calcium, iron and zinc for optimal health and well-being.

What can I do?

If, after learning about some of the most recent findings, you are looking for another way to boost your weight loss efforts or improve the health of your children consider how supplements from Dr. Newton’s Naturals may help. Developed by Dr. Agin for Dr. Newton’s Naturals, Skinny D is clinically tested to promote healthy and rapid weight loss. It helps to provide your body with the vitamins and nutrients it feels to stay full and focused without overeating.

On the other hand, an all-natural supplement like CalMax Kids can support a kid’s health and teach him or her about wellness. It is also formulated to provide them with more energy so get active and get healthy.

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