5 Things You Didn’t Know About Alcohol

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Alcohol

The annual holiday office party is happening! Impress your tipsy coworkers with these tidbits about alcoholic beverages. 1. Alcohol affects men and woman differently. Most women have a higher fat to water ration in their body, which affects the ability … Continue reading

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This 19 Second Video Proves: When it Comes to Obesity, Education is Not Enough

This 19 Second Video Proves: When it Comes to Obesity, Education is Not Enough

Obesity is a major problem in modern society. In a paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, in the last 50 years the improvement in lifetime expectancy due to smoking cessation, safer driving, and reduced drinking has been … Continue reading

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Meet Bacteroidetes and Firmicutes – the Yin and Yang of Obesity in Your Gut

Meet Bacteroidetes and Firmicutes – the Yin and Yang of Obesity in Your Gut

For years, frustrated dieters have wondered how two people could eat the same exact food, with one gaining weight and the other staying as skinny as a flagpole. The answer was usually a “faster metabolism”, but the underlying scientific mechanisms … Continue reading

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Is Your Supermarket Sabotaging Your Diet?

Is Your Supermarket Sabotaging Your Diet?

America has become an obesogenic country. That’s because everywhere you turn to, unhealthy food and beverage are within arm’s reach. Supermarkets have become part of the problem. In a recent study conducted by the University of Massachusetts Medical School, 240 … Continue reading

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The Bogus BMI

The Bogus BMI

There’s a great read on The Body Mass Index (BMI) over at Mother Jones. This is the standard unit of measurement used to assess a person’s health via assumptions about overweight and obesity. Adopted in the 80′s by the health … Continue reading

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Obesity Rates May Be Leveling, but Our Waistlines Continue to Expand

Obesity Rates May Be Leveling, but Our Waistlines Continue to Expand

Remember the good news about obesity levels leveling off from a few weeks ago? Apparently our tummies haven’t heard the news. The average American waist circumference has continued to grow in the past decades, according to recent data from the … Continue reading

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Breaking: New Evidence Links Artificial Sweeteners to Obesity, Diabetes

Breaking: New Evidence Links Artificial Sweeteners to Obesity, Diabetes

In a breakthrough study published in Nature this week, scientists from Israel’s Weizmann Institute have demonstrated how artificial sweeteners can lead to obesity and diabetes. The bottom line is that even if artificial sweeteners do not directly harm us, they … Continue reading

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Is America Finally Starting to Eat Healthier?

Is America Finally Starting to Eat Healthier?

There are three interesting data points from the past few days that paint a cautiously optimistic picture for America’s health, as it relates to food. 1. Obesity rates in most states seem to be leveling off. After years of steadily … Continue reading

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Low-Carb or Low-Fat – Which Diet is Better For Weight Loss?

Low-Carb or Low-Fat – Which Diet is Better For Weight Loss?

This is a guest post by David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP. You cannot get a good answer to a lousy question. The current diet study making headlines purportedly asked, and answered this question: which is better for weight loss and improving cardiac … Continue reading

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