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Feb 23 7:50PM cdc.gov

Inside the fight over the sugar conspiracy
In a paper published in JAMA Internal Medicine in 2016, researchers suggested that in the 1960s, the sugar industry paid scientists to obscure the relationship between sugar and heart disease, derailing the course of nutrition science and policy for years to come. Now, two researchers at Columbia University say that those claims are not backed by the historical evidence, and by promoting the idea of a sugar conspiracy, they hinder our understanding of how science is actually done.
Feb 23 4:04PM The Verge

C-sections and gut bacteria linked to childhood obesity risk
New CHILD Study research has found that overweight and obese women are more like to have children who are overweight or obese by three years of age--and that bacteria in the gut may be partially to blame. "We know that maternal overweight is linked to overweight in children," said Dr.
Feb 23 2:45AM News-Medical.net

A New Cancer Study Makes a Stronger Case Against Regular Soda Consumption
A new study is providing further evidence about the potentially life-threatening danger of drinking soda on a daily basis. Researchers from the University of Melbourne and Cancer Council Victoria found that people who regularly drink soda have a higher risk of cancer than those who do not.
Feb 22 11:01PM POPSUGAR Fitness

More Years Spent Obese May Increase Heart Risk
A greater number of years spent overweight or obese is associated with an increased likelihood of heart damage, beginning in young adulthood, an observational study showed. Within each current BMI category, prior excess weight was associated with elevated high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T (hs-cTnT) as a clinical indicator of heart damage and risk factor for heart failure, Chiadi Ndumele, MD, MHS, of the Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease, and colleagues reported online in Clinical Chemistry.
Feb 22 10:38PM medpagetoday.com

Just one soft drink a day could increase cancer risk, study finds
People who regularly consume at least one sugary soft drink a day, no matter the size of their waist, could be at increased risk of cancer, according to a new study. Researchers from Cancer Council Victoria and University of Melbourne studied more than 35,000 Australians who developed 3,283 cases of obesity-related cancers.
Feb 21 11:49PM the Guardian

Sweet tooth? Kids may choose snacks based on genetics behind taste buds: study
TORONTO Whether a pre-schooler has a sweet tooth, is partial to snacks rich in fat, or has an aversion to bitter vegetables like broccoli could be linked to genetics, researchers suggest. A study by University of Guelph researchers found almost 80 per cent of a group of 47 children aged 18 months to five years old carried at least one of three genetic variants related to taste receptor cells in taste buds, which could predispose them to poor snacking habits.
Feb 21 10:23PM National Post

Securing a child's future needs to start during parents' teen years
Science News from research organizations Date: Source: University of Melbourne Summary: A child's growth and development is affected by the health and lifestyles of their parents before pregnancy -- even going back to adolescence -- according to a new paper. Share: FULL STORY The article in the latest edition of Nature argues that tackling health problems including obesity, mental health, poor nutrition and substance abuse in young people before they become parents is essential for the best possible start to life for their future children.
Feb 21 6:52PM ScienceDaily

Low Carb, Low Fat, Null Result, Blank Check
JAMA is out with a big, important study of low fat versus low carb dietary strategies. And the study has a null result on three hypotheses the researchers were testing.
Feb 21 1:05PM ConscienHealth

Do sad children overeat?
How does a child's mood influence their food choices? When we are at a low emotional ebb, we may be more likely to make bad food decisions, reaching for the cookie jar rather than the cucumber. Research dealing with this behavior pattern in adults has confirmed this: negative emotional states, such as sadness, anger, or boredom, increase the likelihood that an individual will chow down on a burger rather than a bowl of blueberries.
Feb 21 10:10AM Medical News Today

The dwindling pool of Americans eligible for military service
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Feb 20 6:59PM Axios

Clues to obesity's roots found in brain's quality control process
Deep in the middle of our heads lies a tiny nub of nerve cells that play a key role in how hungry we feel, how much we eat, and how much weight we gain. Around the clock, they produce a "grandfather" form of several hormones that help us regulate these crucial functions.
Feb 20 3:47PM medicalxpress.com

Why brits eat 50% more food than they realise
Nailing your diet to lose weight and build muscle is no easy task. For most men, it comes down to a delicately-balanced diet, consisting of the right amounts of protein, carbohydrates and fat.
Feb 20 12:18PM menshealth.co.uk

It's poverty, not individual choice, that is driving extraordinary obesity levels
The obesity epidemic deserves much more serious attention than it is getting. It is, after all, thought to be killing nearly 3m people a year worldwide.
Feb 20 8:45AM The Conversation

For Childhood Obesity, It's in the Gut (Microbiome)
While multiple studies have documented a link between maternal overweight and childhood overweight, the contribution of genetic versus environmental factors are only beginning to be understood. A new study appearing in JAMA Pediatrics suggests that the gut microbiome may play a role in linking maternal weight with weight in children, as Dr.
Feb 20 2:57AM medpagetoday.com

It's poverty, not individual choice, that is driving extraordinary obesity levels
The obesity epidemic deserves much more serious attention than it is getting. It is, after all, thought to be killing nearly 3m people a year worldwide.
Feb 19 7:36PM The Conversation

Intergenerational Maternal Transmission of Overweight and Obesity
New Online Views Citations 0 View Metrics editorial comment icon Editorial Comment Related Articles Interviews multimedia icon Multimedia Full Text Key Points Question Do birth mode and microbiota in the infant gut mediate the association between maternal prepregnancy overweight and childhood overweight? Findings In this cohort study of 935 mother-infant pairs, both vaginally and cesarean-delivered infants born to overweight and obese mothers were at greater risk of being overweight at ages 1 and 3 years compared with infants born vaginally to a mother of normal weight. Birth mode and microbiota in the infant gut (especially Lachnospiraceae) act sequentially to mediate the association between maternal prepregnancy overweight and child overweight.
Feb 19 4:20PM jamanetwork.com

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Feb 19 1:38PM Change.org

Average person is eating 50% more calories than they realise, data shows
Data suggests that men consume 1,000 more calories than they think every day, while women eat the equivalent of 800 calories more than their estimates. The findings shed light on a long standing public health mystery.
Feb 19 8:41AM Sky News

Fat Britain: Average person eats 50pc more calories than they realise
The average Briton consumes 50 per cent more calories than they realise, according to the first estimates from the Office for National Statistics. The new data show that men are the worst at kidding themselves - typically consuming 1,000 more calories than they estimate every day - while women eat about 800 calories more than they account for.
Feb 19 12:17AM The Telegraph