Tag: obesity

Studies show TV ads impact childhood obesity gene

A new study has found that a genetic trait related to obesity may in fact make children more susceptible to unhealthy food commercials.


New molecular mechanism suggests that people with obesity or insulin resistance may more easily accumulate fat

A team of researchers led by a Virginia Tech nutrition scientist discovered a molecular mechanism behind fat cell growth and expansion.


Fat wasn’t my fate: Body-acceptance movement wrongly tells you to accept what you can change

“Many decry her body-acceptance movement as encouraging obesity.” The words of People magazine about its plus-size cover model, Tess Holliday, a size-22, who describes her modeling career as an effort to “help other women feel confident and comfortable in their bodies, regardless of their size or what society tells them is beautiful.”


Goodlatte pays for fat kids to eat more burgers

Mr. Goodlatte, recently you shared with us a story of visiting local schools and seeing food, and the tax dollars that prepared them, go to waste. You suggested that Washington roll back standards that require school cafeterias to place healthy items on every child’s plate, as these “green” items are foreign to many American’s hamburger tastes and thus get trashed.


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UVA prevents diabetic heart condition by amplifying effect of exercise

A researcher at the University of Virginia School of Medicine has magnified a benefit of exercise in mice to provide a “profound” protection from diabetic cardiomyopathy, a potentially deadly heart condition that affects many people with diabetes.


Virginia Tech researchers find too many food choices exacerbate the battle against obesity

Some scientists say that when mothers eat poorly during pregnancy, they pass along traits to their children that make them more likely to have poor diets and have related health problems.


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UVA study: Gastric bypass improves long-term survival

Obese patients who undergo gastric bypass surgery have significantly better long-term survival rates than obese patients who do not receive the surgery, according to a University of Virginia Health System study.


W&L professors receive $100K grant from research obesity, infertility link

Three biology professors at Washington and Lee University have won a $100,000 grant to investigate the link between obesity and infertility in women.


Chris Graham: You got a problem with me not being fat anymore?

Fat Chris is dead, buried. Through hard work, a strict, healthy diet, an active exercise regimen, diligence and basic want to, I’ve lost 74 pounds over the last six months. Cause for celebration, right? Wrong.


Earth Talk: Chemicals and obesity

Obesity is a huge problem in the U.S. and other industrialized countries. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity rates have doubled for American adults and tripled for kids and teenagers aged six through 19 since 1980. Today, 31 percent of American adults and 15 percent of youngsters are classified as overweight.


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Live Well RVA study takes aim at obesity

A new study under way at Virginia Commonwealth University is focused on tackling obesity in young adults.


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Program to fund new fight against childhood obesity

Gov. Terry McAuliffe, First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe, and Jake Steinfeld, Chair of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils announced today their collaboration to combat childhood obesity in Virginia.


VCU researchers identify gene that causes excessive androgen production

Researchers from Penn State College of Medicine and Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine have found that a specific protein is increased in theca cells, the source of excess male sex hormones, or androgens, that characterizes polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).


Thomas Duncan: African-Americans will benefit greatly from Obamacare

African-Americans will benefit greatly from the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, as a disproportionate percentage of blacks will become newly eligible for healthcare coverage.


Maureen McDonnell announces First Lady’s Opportunity Hall of Fame Awards

First Lady Maureen McDonnell announced the First Lady’s Opportunity Hall of Fame award recipients at the fourth annual awards reception held last night at the Executive Mansion.


Dinner Diva: Add a new meat to your dinner plate

There’s a lot more in the way of meat out there than pork, beef and poultry. Venison, bison, rabbit, goat and even alligator are all examples of readily available game meats (in most places).


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‘Roadmap’ of human metabolism offers new understanding of cancer, obesity, more

An international consortium of researchers has created the largest computer model of human metabolism to date, an astonishingly detailed roadmap that points the way to better understanding of cancer, obesity, diabetes, heart disease and a host of other conditions. It’s a powerful new tool that will speed the development of new drugs and treatments and, eventually, may allow doctors to tailor medicine to each patient’s personal biology.


VCU scientist leads research effort that discovers mechanism that could reduce obesity

Approximately 68 percent of U.S. adults are overweight or obese, according to the National Cancer Institute, which puts them at greater risk for developing cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and a host of other chronic illnesses. But an international team of scientists led by Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center researcher Andrew Larner, M.D., Ph.D., has successfully reversed obesity in mice by manipulating the production of an enzyme known as tyrosine-protein kinase-2 (Tyk2).


Sanford D. Horn: Should the obese fatten the government budget?

Plucking obese children from their parents is the ultimate in “nanny-statism.” Dr. David Ludwig, an obesity specialist at Children’s Hospital Boston and Lindsey Murtagh, an attorney and researcher with Harvard’s School of Public Health, want to extract obese children from their homes and away from their parents for a government intervention. Ludwig and Murtagh want […]


Earth Talk: Two-sided food crisis

Dear EarthTalk: I understand a recent government report concluded that our global food system is in deep trouble, that roughly 2 billion people are hungry or undernourished while another billion are over consuming to the point of obesity. What’s going on? – Ellie Francoeur, Baton Rouge, La. The report in question, the Global Farming & […]


Y, Augusta Health team up to fight obesity epidemic

Sixty percent of adult Americans are overweight, and thirty percent are obese. And our bad habits are affecting our kids, whose life expectancy, shockingly, sadly, will be less than our generation, a major step back in quality of life that is entirely preventable. “It’s not just about the elderly and people who have had heart […]


AFP InDepth | ‘Babysteps’ to good health

‘Wise choices’ guide overweight, obese back on the right track Chris Libby feels like he could run forever. “If you get on a Stairmaster for an hour, I can match you step for step,” said Libby, a fit and trim 173 pounds, after a midweek workout at the RMH Wellness Center. Not that long ago, […]


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– State News: Department of Health unveils new anti-obesity plan, posted Tuesday, 9 a.m.