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Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Study Finds Living Near Fast Food Outlet Not A Weighty Problem For Kids

A new study by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) researchers contradicts the conventional wisdom that living near a fast food outlet increases weight in children and that living near supermarkets, which sell fresh fruit and vegetables as well as so called junk food, lowers weight. The IUPUI investigators in economics, pediatrics, geography and urban planning compared children's weights over time before and after one of these food purveyors moved near the children's residences. Living near a fast food outlet had little effect on weight and living near a supermarket did not lower it. The IUPUI researchers also report that residing near certain recreational amenities -- fitness areas, kickball diamonds, and volleyball courts -- lowers children's body mass indexes (adjusted for normal childhood growth).

Annals Of Internal Medicine Tip Sheet For June 16, 2009, Issue

Calcium Supplementation Has No Weight-loss Benefit for Obese Patients One in three American adults is overweight or obese, with a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or greater. As the obesity rate continues to rise, researchers seek an approach that can prevent weight gain or promote weight loss. Some studies suggest that people who eat more dairy products weigh less. Dairy products are a good source of calcium. Researchers studied 340 overweight and obese patients to determine whether calcium supplementation might prevent weight gain or promote weight loss. The investigators weighed each participant and then randomly assigned half of them to take calcium pills (1500 mg/d) and the other half to placebo.

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What Is Healthy Eating? What Is A Good Diet?

Healthy eating means consuming the right quantities of foods from all food groups in order to lead a healthy life. Diet is often referred to as some dietary regimen for losing weight. However, diet simply means what food we eat in the course of a 24-hour, one week, or one month, etc. period. A good diet is a nutritional lifestyle that promotes good health. A good diet must include several food groups because one single group cannot provide everything a human needs for good health. How do you define healthy eating? The crucial part of healthy eating is a balanced diet. A balanced diet - or a good diet - means consuming from all the different good groups in the right quantities.

Threat Of Beer Bellies And Man Boobs Scaring Men Into Moderation

Concerns about health and looks are driving thousands to cut back on booze Men are worried that drinking too much alcohol will give them a beer belly or man boobs according to a new survey for the Know Your Limits campaign published today. Released during Men's Health Week, the statistics show that watching the waistline is no longer only the preserve of women, with more than one in three men (37%) claiming they would reduce their drinking to cut down on the number of calories they consume. Only money-saving (44%) is a bigger incentive. The YouGov survey of almost 1, 000 male drinkers over 18 in England revealed: - One in six men (17%) are worried their drinking will lead to man boobs - One in four (27%) are worried about getting a beer belly - More than one in eight (13%) think their boozing is affecting their appearance - Nearly one in ten (9%) worry that excessive drinking is affecting their sexual performance The NHS recommends men do not regularly drink more than 3-4 units a day - equivalent to less than two pints of normal strength beer.

Obesity Is A Problem For Dogs, Too!

It's not just humans that suffer from obesity - vets say that emerging obesity problems in dogs are leading to shorter lives and reduced quality of life. The warning comes in the wake of the launch of an over-the-counter weight loss treatment for humans. Dr Alex German, an expert in dog nutrition and obesity problems, from Liverpool University, said: "Some estimates say that around 40% of pet dogs in the US are overweight or clinically obese*, and the anecdotal evidence from colleagues is that we are already seeing a similar problem in Europe. "Excess weight results from lack of exercise and inappropriate diet and, if owners are working longer hours, they will have less time to exercise their dogs properly.

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Ground-Breaking Study To Cap The Growing Trend Of Type 2 Diabetes In Overweight Adolescents

Researchers at The Children's Hospital at Westmead are embarking on a ground-breaking new study to investigate whether a different dietary approach to insulin resistance in overweight adolescents can put the brakes on its progression to type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes affects 85 to 90 per cent of all people with diabetes. While it usually affects mature adults, younger people and children are increasingly being diagnosed. Often people with type 2 diabetes also have high blood pressure, high cholesterol and are overweight or obese. The MBF Foundation funded the three-year $400, 000 project recognising increased medical and community concern about the growing number of overweight children being diagnosed with insulin resistance.

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