obesity

Weight Loss: Do Frequent Small Meals Really Help?

Posted on 03/31/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIt’s familiar advice to dieters: Eat five small meals a day, instead of two big ones, and you’ll stave off hunger and lose more weight. Except that it may not work that way. According to a new British study, the total number of calories, not meal frequency, is what counts. Women who ate two big meals a day burned the same amount of calories as women who ate five small meals. In other words, it’s the total amount of calories …

7 Ways to Fight Your Sugar Addiction

Posted on 02/5/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthFor those of us with a sweet tooth — which appears to be most of the country — the newest research carries some bitter news: Americans eat way too much sugar, and it’s killing us. In one of the biggest studies to examine the issue, researchers from the government and two universities found a link between high sugar consumption and fatal heart disease. The study was published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine. The culprit, they believe, is all the sugar added …

Why the Risk of Dementia May Be Declining

Posted on 12/5/2013 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingExercise. Keep learning. Avoid obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Treat depression and cardiovascular risk factors such as high blood pressure and cholesterol. Stay socially active. Retire later. Have an educated mother. That prescription may prevent or postpone dementia, according to an analysis, just published in the New England Journal of Medicine, of five studies from 2005 to 2013. Experts on aging have found that the risk of dementia for individuals seems to have gone down over the last 20 years, and …

Are We Winning Key Public Health Battles?

Posted on 11/22/2013 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Mile Stobbe, Medical Writer, The Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — About three years ago, the nation’s top public health agency picked its battles. Now, it’s issuing its own report card on reaching those goals: Pretty good but needs improvement. The seven “winnable battles” singled out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention set goals for 2015, such as cutting adult smoking to 17 percent and pushing childhood obesity down to about 15 percent. >> Sign up for the AARP …

Why We Should Stop Seeking the ‘Best’ Diet

Posted on 08/22/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIs the paleo diet the best for losing weight? Or how about Weight Watchers? Maybe low fat? South Beach? Atkins? Oh, stop. This whole debate over the “ideal” diet is misleading, and researchers and the media need to knock it off, says weight-management expert and psychologist Sherry Pagoto, Ph.D., with the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Pagoto, an associate professor who also counsels weight-management patients at the university’s Weight Center, says there really is no such thing as the “best” …

Eat to Sleep: Which Foods Help Your Zzz’s?

Posted on 07/22/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthDoes what you eat affect how well you sleep? The answer appears to be yes, and we’re not just talking about midnight snacking. A new study from the University of Pennsylvania finds that a more varied diet — including five nutrients in particular — could improve people’s sleep. The research was published online in May in the journal Appetite. The researchers were interested in the diet-sleep link because too little sleep is linked to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cognitive …