Bariatrics

Relationship between High Stress Levels and Increased Appetite Unraveled

In humans, high stress levels are often associated with obesity. However, reason behind this association remained largely obscured until now. A new study, by the researchers from the Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI) at the University of Calgary's Faculty of Medicine has finally been able to unravel the mechanism behind high stress levels in mice and increased appetite. Published in the latest issue of the journal “Neuron”, if the findings of the study are found to be applicable to humans too,...

Simple Changes in the Surroundings can Make You Lose Weight

According to Brian Wansink, PhD, who is a consumer psychologist, simple changes in one’s surroundings can make him lose weight. In a plenary address entitled "Modifying the Food Environment: From Mindless Eating to Mindlessly Eating Better", presented at the American Psychological Association's 119th Annual Convention, he has suggested that the environment in which we spend considerable time is filled with hidden traps. If people become conscious of these traps and make certain changes around...

Chew More to Reduce Your Calorie Intake

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A new study was undertaken by Jie Li and colleagues from Harbin Medical University in China to compare the differences in chewing activities of obese and lean people. It also examined the effect of chewing on the concentration of hormones present in the gut and the total calorie intake. It was found that people who chew their food more, end up consuming fewer calories, which may help them control their weight. The study which has been published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition...

Junk Food Consumption by Adolescents Linked to Proximity to Unhealthy Food Outlets

Ever wondered why despite your lectures on virtues of good food, your teenaged child still gorges on junk food. Well, the answer may lie in the easy availability of unhealthy food. A new study from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research has found that if there are multiple outlets selling junk food near the place where the adolescent lives or goes to school, he is more likely to eat unhealthy food. Have you noticed how fast food restaurants and other outlets that sell unhealthy food —...

Meal Monotony can Help You Lose Weight

In today’s world, where obesity has reached epidemic proportions, new studies are being conducted everyday to find its causes and effective ways to prevent it. A similar study, published in the August 2011 issue of the "American Journal of Clinical Nutrition", has found that meal monotony can help you lose weight. According to the authors of the study, eating food triggers release of certain chemicals in the brain, exactly like what happens in case of substance abuse. If the exposure to the...

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