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National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

By Laura Brooks on 02/23/2009

On A Weight Lifted, we often blog about women who struggle with body image, binge eating, emotional eating, and unhealthy dieting – all issues which relate to more serious and sometime life-threatening eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we -as a society – could prevent more people from undergoing the same difficulties? The aim of […] Read more »

Blood Pressure in People with Metabolic Syndrome More Sensitive to Salt Intake

By Laura Brooks on 02/16/2009

Metabolic syndrome increases the risk of developing  type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.  One is five people are affected, and that rate increases as people age. Salt reduction in people with metabolic syndrome may help play a role in early intervention, and more effective treatment. Now a study from China examines the connection between metabolic syndrome and blood pressure sensitivity.  Metabolic syndrome was defined as the presence of […] Read more »

Healthy Recipe: Sesame Squash

By Laura Brooks on 02/12/2009

Sesame seeds have been used in cooking for over 5,000 years, and it is still used extensively in all kinds of healthy recipes. The seeds themselves come in many sizes and colors as shown (photo right from seasamegrowers.org). Sesame seeds are not only a very good source of many nutrients, they also contain sesamin and sesamolin. Both of special beneficial fibers (called lignans) […] Read more »

Weight Loss: Overweight Kids Benefit from Healthy Lifestyle Change and Family Involvement

By Laura Brooks on 02/09/2009

It may seem obvious to you and me that overweight teens and children can benefit from healthy lifestyle change, but because there are a variety of treatments out there that focus on drug treatment for obesity, researchers wanted to study the specific benefits of behavioral change. A new review, published in the Cochrane Library, examined the various intervention strategies for […] Read more »

Weight Loss: Arginine Rich Foods May Help Fight Obesity

By Laura Brooks on 02/06/2009

A recent study the effect of arginine, an amino acid, on the reduction of fat in obese rats may hold some promise for helping people lose weight and fight obesity. "Given the current epidemic of obesity in the U.S. and worldwide, our finding is very important," said Dr. Guoyao Wu, an AgriLife Research animal nutritionist in College Station and Senior […] Read more »

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