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Researchers Track an Unlikely Culprit in Weight Gain
Source:
The New York Times

For middle-aged women struggling with their weight, a recent spate of scientific findings sounds too good to be true.
Studies in mice indicate that a single hormone whose levels rise at menopause could be responsible for a characteristic redistribution of weight in middle age to the abdomen.

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You don't need to quit sugar to improve your health
Source:
The Conversation

Not long ago, fat was the evil dietary villain. Before that it was salt. Now the sugar-free diet has exploded onto the health and wellness scene - and seems to have topped many people's list of New Year's resolutions.

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"Weight Loss Before Bariatric Surgery and Postoperative Complications Reference - Anderin, C., Gustafsson, U.O., Heijbel, N., Thorell, A. (2015). Weight Loss Before Bariatric Surgery and Postoperative Complications. Annals of Surgery, 261(5), 909-913."


Did you know surgery is one of the most effective treatments for type two diabetes?
Source:
The West Australian

Obesity is the primary cause for type two diabetes, which is one of the fastest growing chronic conditions in Australia.

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There's much more than meets the eye when it comes to obesity...



Ask Yourself: Am I Hungry? The new era of eating therapy.
Source:
Daily Examiner

EATING is a natural, healthy and pleasurable activity for satisfying hunger. However, in our food-abundant, diet-obsessed culture, Toowoomba dietitian Neha Bhatia said eating was often mindless, consuming, and guilt-inducing instead.

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Food as medicine: your brain really does want you to eat more veggies
Source:
The Conversation

As well as our physical health, the quality of our diet matters for our mental and brain health. Observational studies across countries, cultures and age groups show that better-quality diets - those high in vegetables, fruits, other plant foods (such as nuts and legumes), as well as good-quality proteins (such as fish and lean meat) - are consistently associated with reduced depression.

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The world is getting wider, says Charlotte Howard. What can be done about it?
Source:
The Economist

IT IS LUNCHTIME at Eastside Elementary School in Clinton, Mississippi, the fattest state in the fattest country in the Western world. Uniformed lunch ladies stand at the ready. Nine-year-olds line up dutifully, trays in hand. Yes to chocolate milk, yes to breaded chicken sandwiches, yes to baked beans, yes to orange jelly, no to salad. Bowls of iceberg lettuce and tomatoes sit rim to rim, rejected. Regina Ducksworth, in charge of Clinton’s lunch menu, sighs. “Broccoli is very popular,” she says, reassuringly.

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Why it is easy to get fat and hard to slim down
Source:
The Economist

OBESITY SEEMS TO have a simple cause. An individual consumes more calories than he uses, so the surplus is stored as fat. Reversing this would seem to be a matter of choice. Don’t eat that burger; do use your bicycle. But this basic equation masks lots of questions about why some people get fat and others don’t, why it is so hard to lose weight, and what damage excess fat does to the body. A legion of scientists are now looking for answers.

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Medical treatments are unlikely to reverse obesity rates in the near future
Source:
The Economist

LUBNA ISLAM, HER dark eyes rimmed with turquoise liner, has always struggled with her weight. Born in the United Arab Emirates, she slimmed down when she was at medical school in Pakistan but quickly regained weight after returning to Abu Dhabi. “Here all the time you’re sitting in air conditioning, cars are available,” she explains. “It’s a relaxing lifestyle.” With a BMI of 38, and weighing about 109kg, she decided to have gastric surgery. After the operation she suffered from nasty side-effects. After a second procedure she is more comfortable and now weighs 77kg. “I recommend it to my own patients.”

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Obese man wins $350,000 payout from GP
Source:
SMH.com

I am satisfied that but for the negligence of the defendant, the liver disease would not have progressed to cirrhosis and one could have expected a great improvement in his health generally

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