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Rules Established For Nutritional School Lunches

Congress has agreed upon a number of rules regarding the nutritional content of school lunches in the US. The Agriculture Department had been asking Congress to update the rules by limiting the number of servings of French fries and adding more tomato paste to pizza. This was in an effort to conform to recommendations that …

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School Health Programs That Target Obesity May Cause Eating Disorders

A US nationwide poll done by the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health examined children were exposed to school based obesity prevention programs and found that nearly 30 percent of parents reported behaviors that are linked with eating disorders. David Rosen, M.D., M.P.H., Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Internal Medicine and Psychiatry for …

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Scientists Discover Potential Therapeutic Targets For Treatment Of Eating Disorders

A research paper recently published in the journal Nature has identified potential therapeutic targets within the brain circuits of mice that may be helpful for the development of eating disorder treatments. Scientists have discovered new information about the messaging pathways between the brain and the body in mice. This includes a brain circuit that operates …

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Scientists May Have Found Genetic Cause In Eating Disorders

For the first time, scientists have discovered a possible biological reason for the eating disorders during puberty. A form of estrogen called estradiol may be the cause. The groundbreaking pilot study led by Michigan State University found that influence of one’s genes on eating disorder symptoms was much greater in pubertal girls with higher levels …

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Scientists Uncover Genetic Predisposition For Common Childhood Obesity

Researchers have determined that for some children, weight problems may be set off by 2 genetic variations that produce a genetic predisposition to common childhood obesity. Although lack of exercise and poor food choices may contribute to the current childhood obesity problem in America, a genetic factor may also help explain why some kids have …

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Single Gene Mutation Responsible For Uncontrolled Obesity

A new study by researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center has determined that a single gene mutation is responsible for a type of uncontrolled obesity. The study which is published on the website of Nature Medicine identifies how the single gene mutation involved, fails to pass along appetite suppressing signals from the body to the …

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Sleep Timing And Duration Linked To Risk Of Obesity

Sleep habits have been associated with obesity in previous studies and animal models but a new study published in the “Journal of Obesity,” suggests that sleep timing and duration both play an important role in the risk of obesity. The study evaluated the sleep habits of 52 individuals, 25 of whom were female. The participants …

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Socially Active Mice May Metabolize Fat Better

In a recent animal study published in the September issue of Cell Metabolism studied the metabolic impact of socialization. Researchers found that “after four weeks in (a socially) enriched environment, the animals’ abdominal fat decreased by fifty percent,” according to Lei Cao, of Ohio State University. “I’m still amazed at the degree of fat loss …

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