Corn Syrup Is Worse for Obesity Than Sugar


There is no doubt that consuming large amounts of sugar will pack on the pounds, which is something to be aware of with the growing epidemic of obesity in the US. However, no matter how bad sugar may be for us, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is worse. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has found that the body and brain react to fructose differently...

Fewer, Larger Meals Better for Obese Women


It is widely believed that eating several small meals throughout the day is better for weight loss than a few large ones. However, new research is showing evidence that refutes this idea. Researchers at the University of Missouri have found that fewer, larger meals might be the best choice for dieters, especially obese women. The lead author of the study, Tim Heden, and his team studied the blood...

Whey Protein as a Prevention and Treatment Option for Obesity and Cardiovascular-Metabolic Diseases


The World Health Organization (WHO) has labelled human obesity a world-wide epidemic (Giskes, van, Avendano-Pabon, & Brug, 2011; Pimentel, Arimura, de Moura, Silva, & de Sousa, 2010). In the last couple of decades, America alone has seen prevalence rates of obesity almost double from 12.8% to 22.5% (Kuczmarski, Flegal, Campbell, & Johnson, 1994; Mokdad et al., 1999). It is now common...

Obesity and Testosterone: What’s the Connection?!


The worldwide prevalence of obesity has reached epic proportions. So much so, that calling obesity a pandemic wouldn’t amount to exaggeration! In addition to putting individual lives on the lines, obesity has the ability to severely increase health care costs and negatively impact on most economies of the world1;2. What causes obesity? Excess intake of calories coupled with decreased expenditure...

Human Obesity Pandemic: Calorie Requirement of the Whole Population


Human obesity pandemic is sweeping across the world with an alarming rate – causing disease in its wake (metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, etc.) and mowing hundreds of thousands on a daily basis. In addition, obesity has implications on the health care costs severe enough to hamper world economic growth1;2. In a paper published just this week, ‘The Weight of Nations: An...

Suppress Insulin Levels to Lose Weight


As we all know, obesity is now considered a pandemic. In the US, prevalence rates of obesity have almost doubled from 12.8% to 22.5% during the last couple of decades (Kuczmarski et al., 1994; Mokdad et al., 1999). Diet interventions or exercise alone has been unsuccessful in controlling obesity and the accompanying metabolic diseases. A combination of the two seems more appropriate in...

Are Antibiotics Contributing to the Obesity Epidemic?


In articles published on this website, writers have pointed out many of the problems causing America’s – and the worlds’ – growing obesity epidemic. These causes include a shift in our diets away from fresh fruits and vegetables in the direction of processed foods containing far too much sugar and fat, and the increasingly sedentary lifestyle that many of us lead, glued to the TV or...

New Test for Obesity Says the Epidemic Is Worse Than We Thought


No one doubts that obesity is a major public health threat. Current estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are that 30% of the American public is obese. But the very definition of “obese” is based on an estimation method invented 200 years ago, the Body Mass Index, or BMI. This assessment compares one’s weight with one’s height to arrive at a figure...

Two New Diet Drugs ‘Help’ With Obesity


In July of this year, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved its first new weight-loss drugs in 13 years. The mainstream press is falling all over itself to commend them on this, and to welcome these new drugs to the fight against obesity. Belviq, made by Arena Pharmaceuticals, and Qsymia, made by Vivus, have been approved for prescription use and at least one (Qsymia) is already...

The Gene That Causes Obesity May Protect Us From Depression


In research that suggests that either nature has a sense of humor or believes in the “jolly fat man” stereotype, scientists have found that the same gene that has been associated with obesity may also produce a lower risk of depression. In the study, published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, researchers in Canada examined data on over 17,000 people who had participated in studies...

Juliette Siegfried, MPH

Juliette Siegfried, MPH

Juliette Siegfried, MPH, has been involved in health communications since 1991. Shortly after obtaining her Master of Public Health degree, she began her career at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Juliette now lives in Europe, where she launched ServingMed(.)com, a small medical writing and editing business for health professionals all over the world.

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