By: Terry Graedon June 21, 2017 0 Comments
    Get Your Exercise by Walking the Dog

    How can people be encouraged to be active rather than sedentary? One study suggests a dog might help. Older people who have dogs get more exercise than those without canine companionship, probably bec…

    By: Terry Graedon May 25, 2017 1 Comments
    Fruit Juice Seems Healthy, But Not for Babies

    Lots of parents think of fruit juice as a healthy beverage for babies and children. It certainly is better than carbonated soft drinks, which are usually loaded with high fructose corn syrup and often…

    By: Terry Graedon April 13, 2017 28 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. Perhaps counting calories could …

    By: Terry Graedon April 10, 2017 2 Comments
    Stopping Zyprexa Safely So You Can Lose Weight

    Treating serious mental disorders such as schizophrenia is difficult, so psychiatrists are often willing to accept the side effects and drawbacks of drugs such as aripiprazole (Abilify) or olanzapine …

    By: Terry Graedon April 6, 2017 8 Comments
    Do Non-Sugar Sweeteners Boost Inflammation?

    Non-sugar sweeteners are extremely popular because people assume they will help them lose weight. A new study presented at the Endocrine Society's 99th annual meeting seems to contradicts that idea. N…

    By: Terry Graedon March 9, 2017 2 Comments
    How Do TV Dinners Make You Fat?

    People who watch television while they eat may be setting themselves up for extra pounds. What is the problem with such TV dinners? Turning Off the TV: New research found that adults who have family m…

    By: Terry Graedon February 9, 2017 5 Comments
    Is BPA Contributing to the Obesity Epidemic?

    Many food containers are a source of a controversial chemical known as bisphenol A, or BPA. There has been concern that this agent used in clear hard plastic might be contributing to the obesity epide…

    By: Terry Graedon December 8, 2016 17 Comments
    How Bad Is It to Eat Saturated Fat?

    For decades we have been told to reduce our overall fat consumption. In particular, saturated fat consumption has been considered a risk factor for metabolic syndrome, diabetes and cardiovascular dise…

    By: Terry Graedon November 3, 2016 10 Comments
    How to Lose Weight by Skipping Supper

    Losing weight is hard, but weight watchers may now have a new tool: skipping supper. What Are the Benefits of Skipping Supper? Researchers report that eating dinner early, or even skipping supper alt…

    By: Terry Graedon October 20, 2016 2 Comments
    Does Diet Soda Really Help You Lose Weight?

    Diet soda is supposed to help people lose weight, but recent research suggests that replacing diet drinks with water helps women with type 2 diabetes lose more weight. How Did the Diet Soda Study Work…

    By: Terry Graedon October 5, 2016 2 Comments
    Bigger Lunches Lead to More Weight Loss

    For years experts have been arguing about the effect of meal timing on weight control. Does eating more at one meal lead to more weight loss? When Should Dieters Eat More Calories? Some people skip br…

    By: Terry Graedon September 27, 2016 7 Comments
    Artificial Sweetener Research Is Clouded by Conf…

    How good is artificial sweetener research? A new review suggests it leaves a lot to be desired. Reviewing Artificial Sweetener Research: Consumption of artificially sweetened beverages and foods has …

    By: Terry Graedon August 17, 2016 3 Comments
    How to Use Time Management to Eat Better

    Weight loss experts have long suggested that people should never shop for food when they are hungry. Doing so increases the likelihood that they will purchase more high-calorie foods on impulse. Can p…

    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 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 183 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 5 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…