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  1. Are Americans Getting Fed Up With Obesity?

    Jan. 17, 2012 -- The growth in the nation’s obesity rate appears to be slowing and in some groups leveling off, according to new research. Yet, the rate is still more than double the government’s goal for 2010. “This seems to be happening all over the world,” researcher Katherine Flegal, PhD, a seni

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  2. Weight Loss: Is Bypass Better Than Banding?

    Jan. 16, 2012 -- Gastric banding doesn’t work as well as gastric bypass surgery, according to a new study in the journal Archives of Surgery. More than 200,000 weight loss surgeries are performed annually in the U.S. and more people are choosing banding procedures over gastric bypasses. Banding proc

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  3. Diabetes Medications May Double as Weight Loss Drugs

    Jan. 10, 2012 -- Two drugs approved to treat type 2 diabetes may also aid weight loss in overweight people with or without diabetes, a new study shows. The drugs Byetta and Victoza mimic gut hormones that decrease appetite. They are typically prescribed when patients need medication to help control

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  4. Mindfulness Key to Losing Weight While Eating Out

    Jan. 10, 2012 -- Focusing on the eating experience and the food in front of you may be one key to losing weight while eating out frequently at restaurants. A new study shows that older women who practiced mindful restaurant eating lost an average of nearly 4 pounds in six weeks, even though they wer

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  5. A Good Reason to Be Nuts About Walnuts

    Jan 5, 2012 -- Sprinkle some walnuts on your salad this evening. Your heart will thank you. When it comes to heart health benefits, roasted and raw walnuts rule the roost, a new study shows. Researchers from the University of Scranton in Scranton, Pa., compared the amount of powerful antioxidants ca

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  6. Report Rates Best Diets, Easiest Diets

    Jan. 4, 2012 -- Who isn't looking for a diet this month? Whether you're resolving to lose weight, eat healthier, or manage or prevent health problems, here's help. Just out today: the U.S. News & World Report's Best Diets 2012, a rating of 25 different diet plans. And the winner is? The DASH Diet (D

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  7. Bottom Line: Overeating Boosts Fat, Whatever the Protein Level

    Jan. 3, 2012 -- Here’s a new study we really could have used before the holidays: If you are going to overeat, be sure your diet has enough protein. Body fat increases in all who overeat, regardless of the level of protein eaten, the researchers found. But those who overate with low protein levels i

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  8. Weight Loss Surgery May Prevent Heart-Related Deaths

    Jan. 3, 2012 -- Weight loss surgery lowers the risk of having a heart attack or stroke, and the risk of death from these and other heart-related causes, in people who are obese, according to new research in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The findings come from an ongoing Swedish st

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  9. Diet Patterns Linked With Brain Health

    Dec. 28, 2011 -- Eating a diet rich in certain vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids and low in trans fats may be best for brain health, new research suggests. Older people who ate this way had less of the brain shrinkage linked with Alzheimer's disease and scored better on mental and thinking tests than

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  10. Cravings: Why They Strike, How to Curb Them

    Is that bag of potato chips or candy bar calling your name? If your cravings start to run amok and demand satisfaction every day, take heart: You're not at the mercy of your food desires. You can learn to outsmart them. Brian Wansink, PhD, makes it his business to understand food cravings. He direct

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