Weight in Teens May Be Affected by Sleep

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Definitely, there is no doubt that sleep is very important for us. It pays to get your sleep. At least, that’s what a report in the journal Pediatrics says. They say that sleeping longer may help teens keep the weight off. Researchers followed adolescents from age 14 to 18. More sleep was associated with a reduction in the average BMI. Increasing sleep from 7-1/2 to 10 hours a day at age 18 could lead to a 4% reduction in teens who are overweight. This study supports previous research linking adolescent obesity with lack of sleep. And if you think it only happens in teens, don’t kid yourself. All of us need sleep and I think it’s very important that we respect the fact that it is an essential part of our lives.

 

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Over-Consumption of Junk Food Can Trigger Addiction-Like Responses in the Brain

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Doctors and researchers have suspected this for quite some time, but a study in rats reported in the journal Neuroscience has found that over-consumption of high-calorie food can trigger addiction-like responses in the brain, and that junk food can turn rats into compulsive eaters in a laboratory setting.  When the researchers regularly offered rats a choice of high-calorie foods such as bacon, sausage, cake, and chocolate in addition to their regular food choices, the animals over-consumed calories and gained weight rapidly.  The study gets even more interesting, the team trained their rats to expect painful foot shocks when seeing a light signal.  Although normal rats stop eating even the most delicious junk food when the light comes on, the obese rats used to the high-calorie diet just keep feeding.  The desire for junk food overcame the fear of pain.

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Childhood Obesity and Diabetes Rates

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Diabetes is becoming a huge health issue in this country and the biggest reason is because of the problem of childhood obesity. Young children are more overweight, and as a result, diabetes is going to occur more commonly in them, and the problems associated with diabetes, at younger ages, and that is a key concern. One of the big issues we have is that people will have heart disease, obesity, and other related problems, including kidney problems, at earlier ages. It’s critical that we look into it and make changes.

 

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Fast-Food Restaurants Contribute to America’s Weight Problem

Fast-Food Restaurants Contribute to America’s Weight Problem

Fast-food restaurant. For most Americans, you can’t live without them, but can you live with them? They dot the landscape of our country, city after city, but with a nation on the run, with countless single parents, or couples trying to split time between work and the demands of a heavy family schedule, those fast-food restaurants can offer a quick and often cheap, filling meal. Fast-food restaurants are not entirely to blame for our nation’s growing weight problem. Many offer healthy options, but studies show that most of us turn them down because of other reasons. As a result, we are facing obesity as an issue. The combination of lack of exercise and high fat foods is causing us to be obese. The long-term problems of obesity are great. They include heart disease and diabetes. The bottom line here is we have to do whatever we can to control obesity.

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Weight Linked to Age of First Heart Attack in Women

Weight Linked to Age of First Heart Attack in Women

A study of nearly 1,000 heart attack patients focused on women finds that the heavier the patients were, the younger they were when they suffered their first heart attack. Compared to normal weight patients, those in the overweight category were 3.5 years younger when they suffered their heart attacks. Those in the obese category were 6.8 years younger, and those in the very obese category were 9.4 years younger. Those who were morbidly obese were twelve years younger at the time of their first heart attacks. Research suggests that weight clearly is a factor.

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Genetics, Brain Chemicals, and Obesity

Genetics, Brain Chemicals, and Obesity

There is no doubt there is a genetic link for certain people with obesity. The latest study looking at such a connection was conducted at the University Buffalo. What they found is people who genetically had a lower level of the brain chemical dopamine might be driven to eat more food. People who have fewer of the dopamine receptors need to take in more of a rewarding substance, such as food or drugs, to get an effect than other people with less. Now, the report does not mean if you have the genetic makeup that you are doomed to be obese, but it is clear there is a relationship. Naturally, much of this work is done because scientists are looking for ways to help offset obesity.

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Parents in Denial about Children’s Obesity

Parents in Denial about Children’s Obesity

A University of Michigan survey looked at the fact that many parents are not aware their children are obese, despite the fact they’re extremely overweight. It has gained a great deal of attention because many looking at the issue from the outside wondered how can a parent not know an obese child has a weight problem? But this is not unexpected. Parents are often not the most objective appraisers of their children. Whether its sports, academics, or appearance, parents want to see what they want to see and they often hope there might be big changes. One of the big issues with obesity is there is a great deal of denial.

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