Obesity

4:58am

Sat May 12, 2012
The Salt

Black Pepper May Give You A Kick, But Don't Count On It For Weight Loss

Originally published on Sat May 12, 2012 5:02 am

Can you fight fat with a spoonful of these?
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Is black pepper the new secret weapon against fat? A recent paper in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry claims that the piperine, an ingredient in black pepper, has the power to stop the body from making new fat cells, and could be used to treat obesity.

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4:09pm

Mon May 7, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Moms Often Overlook Toddlers' Weight Problems

Overweight, too thin or just right?
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A roly-poly toddler strikes many mothers as the picture of health.

But the road to obesity can start early in life, so it's important to know whether the baby fat that lingers on a toddling child is a healthy cushion or a sign of too much food too soon.

How good are mothers at recognizing whether their toddlers are overweight, underweight or just right? Not very.

More than two-thirds of the mothers participating in a recent study were inaccurate in their assessments. And the biggest problem was moms who thought their overweight toddlers were just fine.

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1:16pm

Mon May 7, 2012
The Salt

What HBO And iCarly Can Do To Get Kids Psyched About Veggies

Getting kids to eat right is an age-old challenge
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We've all seen the scary headlines about the obesity epidemic. And there are no shortage of initiatives aimed at getting Americans — particularly kids — to eat right.

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9:49am

Mon May 7, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Even A Small Slowdown In Obesity's Rise Would Save Big Money

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 10:04 am

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Slowing the rising rates of obesity in this country by just 1 percent a year over the next two decades would slice the costs of health care by $85 billion.

Keep obesity rates where they are now — well below a 33 percent increase that's been expected by some — and the savings would hit nearly $550 billion over the same 20 years.

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12:38am

Mon May 7, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

'Wired To Run': Runner's High May Have Been Evolutionary Advantage

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 7:45 am

Researchers say our brains are probably wired from an evolutionary sense to encourage running and high aerobic activities. Above, a man runs past the Sydney Harbour Bridge on April 22.
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Endurance athletes sometimes say they're "addicted" to exercise. In fact, scientists have shown that rhythmic, continuous exercise — aerobic exercise — can in fact produce narcoticlike chemicals in the body.

Now researchers suggest that those chemicals may have helped turn humans, as well as other animals, into long-distance runners.

The man behind the research is University of Arizona anthropologist David Raichlen, a runner himself. He does about 25 miles a week.

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