Health at My Size

As we get closer to Health Weight Week, from January 19-25, we wanted to re-share one of our most popular guest blog posts from 2013. Kate from the blog “This Is Not a Diet, It’s My Life” writes about health at her size. Hello, my name is Kate and I am a recovered yo-yo dieter. […]

Is the War on Obesity Worth Fighting?

Today’s post is written by Marci Anderson, RD, a registered dietitian in the Boston area who works exclusively with people who struggle with eating disorders, body image and weight concerns, as well as emotional and compulsive eating.  The post details her thoughts after listening to a debate of the same name as this post at […]

It Happened This Week-Women’s Day, George Michael’s Un-Marijuana Diet, Lily Allen’s Bulimia Struggle

The 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day occurred this week, and many organizations seized the opportunity to highlight women’s continuing struggles across the globe, including in regards to health. In the U.S., 61.2% of women are “overweight” and 35.5% are “obese.” While weight is hardly the only indicator of health, those percentages are a bit […]

It’s Not Nice To Label…Or Is It?

With the Obamas on the healthcare case, Americans may find themselves thinking twice before ordering a Frappuccino or coffee cake at Starbucks. Buried deep within the Presidents health care reform bill there lays a mandate which requires big food chains to come up with the goods on their goods. This new federal law obligates restaurant chains […]

It Happened This Week: Michelle Obama, Worst Salads, How Obesity Isn’t Just About Willpower, and Healthy Affirmations

First Lady Michelle Obama is crusading for healthy living through healthy eating and exercise.  In a speech on Tuesday she admitted feeding her family fast food (hey, she’s human!) but modified their diet and exercise habits after a wake up call from her physician.  She now plants her own vegetables for the family to eat […]

Diabetes, Obesity, Sleep Apnea and Cardiovascular Risk

It is well known that many people with type 2 diabetes (anywhere from 30-50%) suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), but there is also a potential cardiovascular and other health risks associated with the disorder. Being overweight or obese increases the likelihood of OSA. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when your upper airway temporarily collapses while you sleep and […]

Weighing In: The Ruby Gettinger Show on Style Network

Admittedly, I'm late in coming to the the Sunday 8 pm (EST) Style network show called "Ruby," which began in November 2008.  The first episode I watched was this past Sunday, and I have to say I was  intrigued to learn more about Ruby Gettinger, her issues with obesity, weight discrimination, and healthy living program […]

Diabetes: Fast Heart Rate Warns of Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes

Findings published in the Dec. 11 online issue of the American Journal of Hypertension show that a 'too-fast' heartbeat in early adulthood could herald cardiovascular problems later in life. The study of 614 residents of a rural farming community in southwestern Japan found that a heart rate greater than 80 beats a minute during a […]

Diabetes: Can Genetic Screening Help Identify Type 2 Diabetes Risk?

Although genetic screening does seem to help identify people at risk for type 2 diabetes, current methods are just as effective. In a couple of new studies, researchers looked at newly discovered "genetic variants" for  an associated increased risk for type 2 diabetes. Results for both studies showed that the risk for type 2 diabetes increased with […]

Diabetes: US Rate of Diabetes Doubled in Past 10 Years; High Incidence in South

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest the rising rate of obesity is behind the 2 fold increase of type 1 and/or type 2 diabetes. A breakdown of the incidence rate by 33 individual states is available in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weeky Report (MMWR), published just last week. "The figures […]

Weight Loss: Possible Explanation for Obesity-Related Insulin Resistance

Researchers are getting closer to understanding the association between obesity and insulin resistance, a condition in which normal amounts of insulin are inadequate to produce a normal insulin response from fat, muscle and liver cells.  Insulin resistance can precede the development of type 2 diabetes. "Obese adipose, or fat, tissue is characterized by the presence […]

‘Baby’ Fat Cells May Be Key To Treating Obesity, Say Researchers

Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have discovered the location of immature fat cells which reside in blood vessel walls.  When a person takes in more calories than he or she can expend, these ‘baby’ fat cells begin to mature and are responsible for excess fat storage. By identifying where these fat cells exist in […]

Weight Loss: You Can Overcome Obesity Gene with Exercise, Study Finds

People with two copies of an obesity-related gene called FTO on average are about 70 percent more likely to be obese than those who do not have the gene. However, a study of Amish people with the FTO gene shows that people are able to nullify the gene’s effect with vigorous exercise. “When we looked […]