Newspaper Articles on Obesity REVEAL CONSTANT CHANGE & DISCOVERY

20 Facts On Obesity #16

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Newspaper articles on obesity are now easily accessible worldwide thanks to the Internet. Not to mention government, university, association and private sector studies and surveys.

Obesity in America is at epidemic proportions. Information about obesity is numerous but varies greatly in quality. Much is contradictory.

Diets fail, and long term weight loss success rarely exceeds 7%. I read articles about obesity daily. Many of the newspaper articles on obesity today are reports of various controlled studies. These studies may "indicate," "suggest," "point to," but do not prove. Most weight control articles are simple theory based on one aspect of obesity. To my knowledge, no long term study of the consequences of dieting has ever been undertaken.

Internet & Newspaper Articles on Obesity

"New Research Uncovers Molecular 'Firing Squad' through Which Overeating Destroys Normal Metabolism and Sets Stage for Diabetes"
Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH)

If we respond to overeating like these lab mice do, we may have found a significant piece of the weight loss puzzle. Revealing study.

Overeating in mice triggers a molecule once considered to be only involved in detecting and fighting viruses to also destroy normal metabolism, leading to insulin resistance and setting the stage for diabetes. The new study, led by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), specifically links together the immune system and metabolism, a pairing increasingly suspected in diseases that include — in addition to diabetes — heart disease, fatty liver, cancer, and stroke. Understanding how to regulate the molecule through targeted drugs or nutrients could eventually change the way these diseases are prevented and treated in humans…

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"Sex and Weight, Want a better sex life? Lose 10 pounds."
by Michael Castleman
Psychology Today

I love this article. Short, to the point. Plenty of proof. Duke University, Brown University, South Carolina and University of Colorado all draw similar conclusions. This one is a must read. Lose weight, have better sex! Conclusive evidence in my humble opinion.

Many people who want to lose 10 pounds (or more) enjoy sex. But the few studies that have focused on sex and weight loss agree that losing weight improves sex. This might motivate some to start or stick to a weight-loss program, but few doctors and weight-control experts mention it…

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"The Psychology Of Food Cravings"
Barbara Isanski
Association for Psychological Science

Weight control articles like this one are beneficial. It not only offers reliable information about the origins of cravings and their consequences but offers a common sense solution to the problem as well. Even though I believe the craving solutions offered on this site and in my book would be more practical and effective. Still an informative evaluation of one of the major causes of obesity in America.

It is no secret that dieting can be challenging and food cravings can make it even more difficult. Why do we get intense desires to eat certain foods? Although food cravings are a common experience, researchers have only recently begun studying how food cravings emerge. Psychological scientists Eva Kemps and Marika Tiggemann of Flinders University, Australia, review the latest research on food cravings and how they may be controlled in the current issue of Current Directions in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science…

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"Experts Call for Accelerated National Sodium Reduction Initiatives That Enhance Flavor and Consumer Acceptance"
The Harvard School of Public Health Nutrition Source Website Offers Strategies and Recommendations for Individuals, Chefs, Food Companies, Others
Harvard School of Public Health

If salt is your problem, this article is loaded with great information and even better links. Just love most everything published by the Harvard School of Public Health. One of my favorite and most reliable sources.

Boston, MA and Hyde Park, NY -- Responding to the health threat posed by Americans’ over-consumption of sodium, experts in the department of nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) called today for sodium reduction strategies that are strong and effective—and that maximize the enjoyment people derive from food…

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"New NIH-Supported Study Characterizes Social Networks of Family, Friends Influencing Obesity"
U.S. National Institutes of Health

Jaw dropping report jam packed with findings about how obesity spreads through social networks. One of the better weight loss articles to be released in 2007 and even more relevant today. Most of this article reflects my 28 years helping people lose weight. Obesity is a family affair. No denying the facts.

People wondering about excessive weight gain might look to their relationships with family and friends for one clue, suggests new research reported July 26, 2007, in The New England Journal of Medicine. The study showed that obesity spreads within social networks and that the closer the social connection--even if people live in different households many miles apart--the greater the influence on developing obesity. The study, funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is the first to provide a detailed picture of the social networks involved in obesity and could prove useful in developing both clinical and public health interventions for obesity…

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"Excess Fat Around the Waist May Increase Death Risk For Women"
The National Institutes of Health (NIH)

If you're a women, with a large waistline, this article reviews "waistline obesity" and why waist -to-hip ratio is so important.

Women who carry excess fat around their waists were at greater risk of dying early from cancer or heart disease than were women with smaller waistlines, even if they were of normal weight, reported researchers from Harvard and the National Institutes of Health…

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"Eating Processed Meats, but Not Unprocessed Red Meats, May Raise Risk of Heart Disease and Diabetes"
Harvard School of Public Health

It's about time. I've been making these same recommendations for years. Unprocessed, natural red meat like beef, pork or lamb shows no indication of raising the risk of heart disease while processed meats may increase diabetes and heart disease risk as much as 42%. If you want to lose weight, this is a must read!

In a new study, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) have found that eating processed meat, such as bacon, sausage or processed deli meats, was associated with a 42% higher risk of heart disease and a 19% higher risk of type 2 diabetes. In contrast, the researchers did not find any higher risk of heart disease or diabetes among individuals eating unprocessed red meat, such as from beef, pork, or lamb. This work is the first systematic review and meta-analysis of the worldwide evidence for how eating unprocessed red meat and processed meat relates to risk of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes…

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"Do Increased Portion Sizes Affect How Much We Eat?"
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

The best and most effective way to reach and maintain ideal body weight is with portion control and spot exchanges. Weight control articles often fall short of telling the full story. This one does. I also recommend reviewing the Portion Perversions section of this web site for answers to sensible, quick and lasting weight loss. No motivation required.

It is no secret that portion sizes, as well as waistlines, in this country are expanding. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005 urge Americans to pay special attention to portion sizes, which have increased significantly over the past 2 decades…

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"Children’s Physical Activity Drops From Age 9 to 15, NIH Study Indicates"
By 15, Most Fail To Reach Recommended Activity Level
The National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Another study examining the deteriorating health of America's youth due to sedentary lifestyle. It's all so sad and so easily avoided. Obesity in America now starts at age four.

"Lack of physical activity in childhood raises the risk for obesity and its attendant health problems later in life," said Duane Alexander, M.D., Director of NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). "Helping American children maintain appropriate activity levels is a major public health goal requiring immediate action."

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"Fast-food 'healthy options' still full of fat and salt"
By Martin Hickman, Consumer Affairs Correspondent
The Independent

Burger King fries are only 86% potato. McDonald's chicken 'grills' have 19 other ingredients. This is one of those newspaper articles on obesity that reveals more info than fast food joints want you to know about.

Healthy options offered by burger and pizza chains are still stuffed with salt and fat despite menu changes.

An investigation of the food sold by the "big four" -- McDonald's, Burger King, KFC and Pizza Hut -- found that 17 of 20 products were high in salt or saturated fat or both. Of those, five out of eight of the salads used as "evidence" of their embrace of healthy eating had "high" salt or fat content…

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"Heart-Healthy, Reduced-Calorie Diets Promote Long-term Weight Loss"
Regardless of Fat, Protein, and Carbohydrate Content
The National Institutes of Health (NIH)

This is kind of amazing. First, there is not a great difference in the results of a diet based on fat, protein or carbohydrate content. What this report says is if you want it to work, you better pick a diet flexible enough to stay on.

Heart-healthy diets that reduce calorie intake — regardless of differing proportions of fat, protein, or carbohydrate — can help overweight and obese adults achieve and maintain weight loss, according to a study funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health, and published Feb. 26, 2009, in the New England Journal of Medicine…

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"Can Stress Cause Weight Gain?"
How to keep the world's woes from weighing you down
By Colette Bouchez
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic-Feature

Chronic stress induced eating is real. However, the report misses the bullseye by not emphasizing "dieting" is a major cause of stress which leads to craving, then binging and eventual failure. I don't completely agree with this article, but it contains seven tips. Six are pretty good. I disagree with #6 -- avoid caffeine. Yeah, why don't I avoid breathing, too!

"While the immediate response to acute stress can be a temporary loss of appetite, more and more we are coming to recognize that for some people, chronic stress can be tied to an increase in appetite -- and stress-induced weight gain," says Elissa Epel, PhD, an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco…

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"Common Mechanisms of Drug Abuse and Obesity"
Research Suggests Food Availability Could Prompt Addiction
The National Institutes of Health

I had an epiphany reading this article. Many weight control articles discuss the obvious like, "You're fat because you eat too much." This article asks and, at least partially, answers the real question, "WHY do you eat too much." It's all about a self-produced chemical called dopamine and how it relates to compulsive eating and obesity. Revealing, informative and scary.

Some of the same brain mechanisms that fuel drug addiction in humans accompany the emergence of compulsive eating behaviors and the development of obesity in animals, according to research funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a component of the National Institutes of Health.

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Internet & Newspaper Articles on Obesity Offer Valuable Information

Obesity in America will get worse before it gets better. However, our knowledge about weight loss and obesity is increasing daily. Our ability to share that knowledge is unparalleled in history. Believe me when I tell you some of the best minds I have ever met are dedicating their lives to finding a real solution to the obesity epidemic.

No matter what we discover in the future, in my opinion, there will always be three constants...

  1. Burn more calories than you consume.
  2. Enjoy what you eat or you won't eat it long.
  3. Accept 100% responsibility for weight loss success or failure. No one can lose weight for you. You must do that.


The Internet makes newspaper articles on obesity, university studies and government data instantly available to any person wishing to investigate them. I compiled a list of over 50 references in the index of Barb's Foolproof Weight Loss Solution. It required years of trial and error to discover these valuable resources.

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