Study develops updated national birth weight reference

A new paper provides an updated national birth weight reference for the United States using the most recent, nationally representative birth data. The study, “A 2017 US reference for singleton birth weight percentiles using obstetric estimates of gestation,” led by the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, appears in the June 14 issue of Pediatrics. Fetal growth, typically measured as birth […]

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Can the Satiating Diet Help You Lose Weight? Here's What a Nutritionist Thinks

When clients tell me about their attempts to lose weight, I find that many cherry pick tactics from different diets to create a hodgepodge of strategies that work for them. It’s a savvy way to find a just right approach that generates results and has staying power—a must for keeping lost pounds at bay. Now, researchers at the Université Laval […]

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This Woman Says Her Husband Stopped Getting Physical With Her When She Lost Weight and He Didn't

Body image problems can definitely take a toll on relationships. But usually, feeling better about yourself and your body can help resolve these problems, at least partially. That isn’t the case for one woman who took to Reddit to talk about a marital issue she’s experiencing because she’s lost weight. Her husband, who is overweight, appears to be jealous of […]

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Higher weight increases risk of psoriasis

Studies have linked psoriasis and higher weight, but the causal relationship between the two has been unclear. What triggers what? Or could other underlying reasons explain the connection? “Higher BMI may contribute to increased inflammation of the skin, which can exacerbate psoriasis, but it could also be that psoriasis leads to a person being less physically active and thus gaining […]

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Doctors underestimate patients’ weight loss attempts: study

Doctors think people with obesity are much less interested in losing weight than they actually are, an Australian-led study has found. According research presented at the European Congress on Obesity on Monday, 71 per cent of health professionals believe people with obesity do not want to lose weight, although only 7 per cent of people with obesity said they felt […]

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Metformin may help patients maintain weight loss long-term

In the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) clinical trial and its long-term follow-up study, among the persons who lost at least 5 percent of their body weight during the first year, long-term maintenance of weight loss was more likely if they had been assigned to treatment with metformin than with placebo or lifestyle intervention. Being older and losing a greater amount […]

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Excessive Gestational Weight Gain Tied to Maternal Morbidity

TUESDAY, Feb. 26, 2019 — Gestational weight gain in excess of guidelines from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) is associated with increased risk of severe maternal morbidity, according to a study published in the March issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Marissa H. Platner, M.D., from the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, and colleagues conducted a retrospective cohort study […]

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Pregnant women facing weight stigma see decreased physical and mental health, study finds

In one of the first research studies focused on the impact of weight stigma in pregnant and postpartum women, a team led by a Worcester Polytechnic Institute professor found that women who experience weight stigma during pregnancy and early postpartum often show increased depressive symptoms, greater weight gain during pregnancy, and weight retention after their baby is born. During pregnancy, […]

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Skipping Breakfast Won’t Sabotage Weight Loss Efforts, Study Finds

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 30, 2019 — For years, you’ve probably heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day if you’re trying to maintain a healthy weight. But new research suggests that’s not true. Eating a hearty breakfast doesn’t help people eat less later in the day, and those who have breakfast end up eating more calories each day, […]

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