By: Terry Graedon July 7, 2016 4 Comments
    Is Inexpensive Food Undermining Public Health?

    Are US government agricultural subsidies undermining public health? A new study suggests that people who eat a lot of foods made from subsidized crops such as corn, soybeans, wheat and dairy products…

    By: Terry Graedon July 7, 2016 3 Comments
    How to Eat Like an Italian and Stay Slim

    Italian researchers suggest that pasta doesn't make you fat-at least, not if you eat like an Italian. They analyzed the eating habits of 23,000 Italians and found no connection between pasta consumpti…

    By: Terry Graedon June 8, 2016 28 Comments
    Why Are So Many People Overweight?

    More Americans than ever are overweight or obese. A new study in JAMA found that approximately 35% of men and 40% of women are now considered obese. Another large proportion of the population is over…

    By: Terry Graedon June 8, 2016 4 Comments
    How to Control Your Weight with a Mediterranean …

    Although we are often told we should avoid fat in order to keep from getting fat, a Spanish study throws that advice into question. Perhaps eating more fat will help you control your weight. How Olive…

    By: Terry Graedon June 2, 2016 3 Comments
    Will Diet Soda Protect You from Diabetes?

    With so many Americans being told they are overweight or obese, lots of people are trying hard to cut calories. One popular way to do that is to substitute artificial sweeteners such as aspartame for …

    By: Terry Graedon June 2, 2016 2 Comments
    Will Herbs for Weight Loss Hurt Your Liver?

    People often assume that dietary supplements are safe because they are natural. That doesn't always hold true of herbs for weight loss, however. Green Tea Extract in Weight Loss Products: Green tea ha…

    By: Terry Graedon May 19, 2016 1 Comments
    Will Mom’s Diet Soda Make Baby Fat?

    Women often worry about gaining too much weight during pregnancy, and with good reason. Extra pounds added during pregnancy can be difficult to shed, even though normal gestational weight gain usually…

    By: Terry Graedon April 14, 2016 1 Comments
    Do Peas and Beans Help You with Weight Loss?

    Beans are said to be good for the heart, but could legumes also help people control their weight? A new analysis of data from 21 clinical trials suggests that even when the diet is not designed for we…

    By: Terry Graedon March 24, 2016 5 Comments
    Will BPA-Free Bottles Make You Fat?

    A few years ago, there was a media spotlight on bisphenol A, or BPA for short. This compound was a common component of hard, clear plastic containers such as water bottles, baby bottles and other foo…

    By: Terry Graedon March 10, 2016 9 Comments
    How to Cut Sugar from the American Diet

    Nutrition experts encourage people to shop the perimeter of the supermarket and skip the packaged foods found on most of the aisles. The idea is that this type of shopping will reduce refined flour an…

    By: Terry Graedon March 3, 2016 1 Comments
    How to Improve Your Health by Losing a Little We…

    Losing even a little weight can pay big health dividends. The Weight Loss Study: Researchers at Washington University recruited 40 overweight people and randomly assigned them to either a weight los…

    By: Terry Graedon February 11, 2016 11 Comments
    Should People with a High BMI Be Penalized on He…

    Just how risky is obesity for long-term health? Charging More for Health Coverage: The Affordable Care Act permits employers to charge their unhealthy employees more for health care coverage. But the …

    By: Terry Graedon February 11, 2016 4 Comments
    What Is the Best Breakfast for Youngsters?

    Many youngsters are used to cold cereal, bagels or toaster pastry for breakfast. But are those the best things they could eat in the morning? Eggs for the Best Breakfast: Children who eat eggs for bre…

    By: Terry Graedon January 28, 2016 1 Comments
    Do Colorful Fruits and Veggies Prevent Weight Ga…

    Your mother had good reasons to urge you to eat your vegetables. Plant-based foods such as fruits and vegetables are rich in nutrients. Everyone has heard about the vitamins and minerals they contain,…

    By: Terry Graedon January 14, 2016 18 Comments
    Show 1020: How to Lose Weight Without Feeling Hu…

    Many of us are aware we could be at a healthier weight. Perhaps we've even tried to drop some pounds but found that we were always feeling hungry and grumpy on a diet and that counting calories could …

    By: Terry Graedon December 31, 2015 1 Comments
    Will Weight Loss Surgery Weaken Your Bones?

    Weight loss surgery, also called bariatric surgery, has a number of health benefits, such as reducing the risk of diabetes or hypertension. However, it can also reduce nutrient absorption. Weight Loss…

    By: Joe Graedon October 19, 2015 4 Comments
    Cashiers Have Higher Levels of BPA from Handling…

    BPA, or bisphenol A, is an old compound that has become quite controversial in the past decade or two because it acts as an endocrine disruptor. It has been removed from baby bottles, but it is still…

    By: Joe Graedon September 3, 2015 6 Comments
    Should You Skip Breakfast?

    Americans have long been cautioned not to skip breakfast, based on epidemiological findings that breakfast eaters maintain healthier weights and live longer (American Journal of Epidemiology, Nov. 198…

    By: Joe Graedon August 20, 2015 13 Comments
    Benefits of Weight Loss Surgery Flag Over Time

    Weight loss surgery has gotten a great deal of attention because it seems to reverse diabetes quickly and lead to major weight loss for people who had struggled to lose weight through dieting. Making …

    By: Joe Graedon August 6, 2015 97 Comments
    Contrave Side Effects: Benefits and Complication…

    Q. I am a 56-year-old female who had my thyroid removed in 2006. Fortunately, there were no signs of cancer. Of course, without a thyroid gland I have been on thyroid medication ever since. I am havin…

    By: Joe Graedon July 2, 2015 4 Comments
    Saxenda Injections Help People Achieve Weight Lo…

    A study in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that a diabetes drug called liraglutide can be used to help people lose weight. Originally developed to control blood sugar under the name Victo…

    By: Joe Graedon June 25, 2015 6 Comments
    Experts Say Forget About Fat to Help Americans S…

    Noted nutrition experts are urging the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services to forget about fat in the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The guidelines will be issued later thi…

    By: Joe Graedon June 25, 2015 1 Comments
    Measuring Weight Loss Helps Men Manage It

    Watching your weight...literally...can help with weight loss. A new study published in the Journal of Obesity shows that people who are trying to lose weight or maintain weight loss do better if they …

    By: Joe Graedon May 11, 2015 4 Comments
    Is Belviq a Magic Wand for Weight Loss?

    Many of us are on a constant quest for an easy way to lose weight. Hope springs eternal, and in the spring plenty of us realize, as we contemplate donning shorts or even bathing suits, that winter has…

    By: Joe Graedon April 30, 2015 4 Comments
    Listening to Stories Prepares Young ChildrenR…

    Two studies reported at a recent meeting suggest what many parents already suspect: reading stories together is better for kids than watching television. Watching TV Children who watch television for …

    By: Joe Graedon April 16, 2015 3 Comments
    Limited Evidence for Popular Weight Loss Program…

    A comparison of popular commercial weight loss programs finds that many do not have a great deal of evidence supporting them. A systematic review in the Annals of Internal Medicine analyzed 45 studies…

    By: Joe Graedon April 16, 2015 4 Comments
    Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals May Add to Inflam…

    Some pesticides and chemicals from plastics persist for a very long time in the environment. Many persist in our body fat as well and have estrogen-like activity. Fatty Tissue Harbors Endocrine Disrup…

    By: Joe Graedon March 19, 2015 2 Comments
    Does Diet Soda Add to Abdominal Fat?

    Many people drink diet soda with the intention of staying slim and healthy--or at least not getting any fatter. But a new study suggests that this strategy could backfire. SALSA Study in San Antonio I…

    By: Joe Graedon March 12, 2015 0 Comments
    Mediterranean Diet Can Be Modified and Still Mai…

    A Mediterranean diet rich in vegetables, nuts and seafood and low in red meat and dairy products has been shown to provide several health benefits. A controlled trial conducted in Spain a few years ag…

    By: Joe Graedon February 19, 2015 0 Comments
    Tracking Activity with a Phone App

    Exercise has so many health benefits they might be difficult to count: weight control, mood improvement, blood pressure regulation and others. But the proliferation of devices to help you keep track o…

    By: Joe Graedon January 29, 2015 3 Comments
    Green Coffee Bean Ads Are Judged Misleading

    The Federal Trade Commission has barred misleading advertisements for green coffee bean extract as a weight loss product. As part of the FTC settlement, the companies that were selling the supplements…

    By: Joe Graedon January 22, 2015 2 Comments
    The Problem with Pizza

    Is pizza making our children fat? Most youngsters and a lot of adults are enthusiastic about pizza pie, with about one fifth of school-age kids consuming at least one slice on any given day. When they…

    By: Joe Graedon January 22, 2015 0 Comments
    Healthy Habits Love Company

    Exercise is better when you have a buddy. That's the finding from a British study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. The investigators queried over 3,500 couples in 2000 and have followed up with th…

    By: Joe Graedon January 1, 2015 1 Comments
    Getting a Fitness Tracker to Work with You

    Thomas Jefferson was probably the first American to use a pedometer. The new generations of fitness trackers that have followed that first mechanical instrument are far more sophisticated. In addition…

    By: Joe Graedon November 26, 2014 1 Comments
    Calorie Counts to Appear on Many Menus

    Most of us have no idea how many calories there are in the meals and snacks we eat, but that could soon change. Calorie Counts The FDA will require restaurants, pizza places and even movie theaters to…

    By: Joe Graedon November 13, 2014 1 Comments
    Action-Packed Viewing and Mindless Munching

    Television viewing may lead to overeating. This has been variously attributed to commercials for appealing, fattening foods or to the sedentary nature of watching TV. Now a small study of 94 college s…

    By: Terry Graedon June 4, 2014 8 Comments
    Is White Bread Making You Fat?

    Scientists have a new scapegoat in the search for the drivers of the obesity epidemic. A study conducted among more than 9,000 Spanish university students for five years found a link between eating wh…

    By: Terry Graedon April 24, 2014 4 Comments
    Added Sugar Makes the Standard American Diet Dan…

    Sugar may be an unexpected contributor to death from heart disease. For decades, Americans were told to reduce the amount of fat in their diets. Food companies compensated for the loss of flavor in lo…

    By: Terry Graedon January 15, 2014 2 Comments
    Drinking Diet Soda Is Not an Easy Way to Lose We…

    For millions of Americans diet soft drinks have seemed like the solution to obesity. The implied promise: Have your cake and eat it too...or more specifically, drink your favorite soda without gaining…

    By: Terry Graedon January 9, 2014 2 Comments
    Beware Bogus Weight Loss Products, Says Federal …

    While people are still struggling to keep their New Year's resolutions to lose weight, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is trying to make sure supplement companies don't take unfair advantage of the…