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Childhood Abuse May Impair Weight-Regulating Hormones

Childhood Abuse May Impair Weight-Regulating Hormones

Early stress on endocrine system raises risk of excess belly fat later in life

Childhood abuse or neglect can lead to long-term hormone impairment that raises the risk of developing obesity, diabetes or other metabolic disorders in adulthood, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology Metabolism (JCEM).

Study Highlights Long-Term Effects of Childhood Obesity on Late-Life Health

Study Highlights Long-Term Effects of Childhood Obesity on Late-Life Health

Childhood obesity rates have nearly tripled in the previous 30 years and researchers are asking the important question of how this epidemic will impact the future health of these obese children and public health in general. A University of Colorado Cancer Center article recently published in the journal Gerontology shows that even in cases in which obese children later lose weight, the health effects of childhood obesity may be long-lasting and profound.

A Little Exercise Goes a Long Way to Prevent Disease in Children

A Little Exercise Goes a Long Way to Prevent Disease in Children

Studies by the Appalachian State University Human Performance Laboratory at the NC Research Campus in Kannapolis prove that when kids increase their level of physical activity, they experience positive health benefits quickly. Benefits include less body fat, increased muscular strength and reduced risk factors for major diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other metabolic and lifestyle-related disorders.

A Brain Reward Gene Influences Food Choices

A Brain Reward Gene Influences Food Choices in the First Years of Life

Research has suggested that a particular gene in the brain’s reward system contributes to overeating and obesity in adults. This same variant has now been linked to childhood obesity and tasty food choices, particularly for girls, according to a new study by Dr. Patricia Silveira and Prof. Michael Meaney of McGill University and Dr. Robert Levitan of the University of Toronto.

Largest Safety Study on Teen Weight Loss Surgery

Largest Safety Study on Teen Weight Loss Surgery Finds Few Short-Term Complications

In the largest in-depth scientific study of its kind on the safety of teen weight-loss surgery, researchers report few short-term complications for adolescents with severe obesity undergoing bariatric surgery.

The study, published online today in JAMA Pediatrics, is the first to provide much-needed safety data on bariatric surgery for adolescents with severe obesity, a growing health problem in the U.S. and abroad. The findings represent the largest-ever multicenter, prospective study on the safety of weight loss surgery among adolescents. Led by investigators at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and funded by the National Institutes of Health, research was conducted at five sites around the country.

Subway Not Much Healthier Than McDonald's

For Teens, Subway Not Much Healthier Than McDonald’s

In a study published May 6 in the Journal of Adolescent Health, the researchers found that adolescents who purchased Subway meals consumed nearly as many calories as they did at McDonald’s. Meals from both restaurants are likely to contribute toward overeating and obesity, according to the researchers.

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