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  • Adults, Especially Women, Have Calorie-Burning “Brown Fat”
    January 30, 2013

    For Release: June 11, 2009 Contact: Arlyn G. Riskind Director, Media Relations Phone: (301) 941-0240 ariskind@endo-society.org Contact: Aaron Lohr Manager, Media Relations Phone: (240) 482-1380 alohr@endo-society.org Adults, Especially Women, Have Calorie-Burning “Brown Fat” Keeping your baby fat turns out to be a good thing, as long as it is “brown fat”—the kind that burns calories, […]

  • 12-03-08 Pediatric Obesity May Alter Thyroid Function and Structure
    January 30, 2013

    In addition to its strong associations with hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes, pediatric obesity may induce alterations in thyroid function and structure, according to a new study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).

  • 01-30-2009 Growth Hormone Treatment after Weight Loss Surgery Prevents Loss of Muscle Mass
    January 30, 2013

    Growth hormone treatment for six months after weight loss surgery reduces patients’ losses in lean body mass and skeletal muscle mass, according to a new study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).

  • 03-03-2009 Study Sheds New Light on Link between Obesity and Infertility
    January 30, 2013

    Chevy Chase, MD—Obese women have alterations in their ovaries which might be responsible for an egg’s inability to make an embryo, according to a new study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).

  • 03-03-2009 Obesity Linked to Hormone Imbalance that Impacts Sexual Quality of Life
    January 30, 2013

    Chevy Chase, MD— Hormonal changes and diminished sexual quality of life among obese men are related to the degree of obesity, and both are improved after gastric bypass surgery according to a new study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).

  • Sustained Physical Activity Better for Preventing Obesity in Kids
    January 30, 2013

    Several bursts of exercise that last five minutes or more might be better for preventing childhood obesity than are intermittent physical activity sessions lasting four minutes or less throughout the day. (American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 3/17/09)

  • Obesity Costs U.S. About $147 Billion Annually, Study Finds
    January 30, 2013

    Annual medical expenditures attributable to obesity have doubled in less than a decade, and may be as high as $147 billion per year, according to a new study by researchers at RTI International, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. (RTI International, 7/27/09)

  • Athletes Not Spared From Health Risks of Metabolic Syndrome:
    January 30, 2013

    College-age football players who gain weight to add power to their blocks and tackles might also be setting themselves up for diabetes and heart disease later in life, a new study suggests. (Ohio State University, 1/13/09)

  • Advance Toward First Saliva Test for Type 2 Diabetes:
    January 30, 2013

    Scientists in Oregon and India are reporting an advance toward developing the first saliva test to diagnose and monitor effectiveness of treatment for Type 2 diabetes. (American Chemical Society, 1/13/09)

  • Obesity During Pregnancy Associated With Increased Risk of Birth Defects:
    January 30, 2013

    For women who are obese during pregnancy there is an associated increased risk of certain birth defects, such as spina bifida and neural tube defects, although the absolute increase in risk is likely to be small, according to an analysis of previous studies, reported in the February 11 issue of JAMA. (American Medical Association, 2/10/09)

  • JCEM Publishes Supplement on Obesity
    January 30, 2013

    The Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism recently published a supplement entitled “Obesity: Epidemiology, Etiology, Morbidity, and Management”. This supplement features ten new obesity-related studies addressing topics such as pediatric obesity, obesity as a genetic legacy, bariatric surgery, and obesity in developing countries. A list of the featured studies can be found here. […]

  • Researchers Uncover ‘Obesity Gene’ Involved in Response to High-Fat Diet
    January 30, 2013

    Scientists have determined that a specific gene plays a role in the weight-gain response to a high-fat diet. The finding in an animal study suggests that blocking this gene could one day be a therapeutic strategy to reduce diet-related obesity and associated disorders, such as diabetes and liver damage, in humans. (Ohio State University, 2/24/09)

  • Love Handles Put the Squeeze on Lungs
    January 30, 2013

    A new study has found that a high waist circumference is strongly associated with decreased lung function—independent of smoking history, sex, body mass index (BMI) and other complicating factors.(American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 3/6/09)

  • Infant Weight Gain Linked to Childhood Obesity
    January 30, 2013

    An ongoing study of pregnant women and their babies has found that rapid weight gain during the first six months of life may place a child at risk for obesity by age 3. Researchers studied 559 children, measuring both weight and body length at birth, 6 months, and 3 years. They found that sudden gains […]

  • Big Belly and Obesity Linked to Increased Risk of Restless Legs Syndrome
    January 30, 2013

    A new study shows both obesity and a large belly appear to increase the risk of developing restless legs syndrome (RLS), a common sleep disorder characterized by an irresistible urge to move your legs. The research is published in the April 7, 2009, print issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of […]

  • Obesity Rates Differ Among Racial/Ethnic Groups in Kids as Young as 4
    January 30, 2013

    Obesity is twice as common in young American Indian/Native Alaskan children as it is in white and Asian children, according to new research offering the first nationally representative analysis of obesity prevalence among preschool-aged kids in five major racial/ethnic groups. (Ohio State University, 4/6/09)

  • Ignoring an Epidemic: Examining Weight Loss Tactics, Doctor’s Role in Helping African-Americans Lose Weight
    January 30, 2013

    The conversation on weight management isn’t taking place between patient and physician. And when it does. many patients don’t like what they’re hearing. That’s according to a recent study at Temple University School of Medicine. Researchers there say many patients feel their physician isn’t initiating or addressing at all their weight concerns. And when they […]

  • New Data Analysis Shows Possible Link between Childhood Obesity and Allergies
    January 30, 2013

    A new study indicates there may be yet another reason to reduce childhood obesity — it may help prevent allergies. The study published in the May issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology showed that obese children and adolescents are at increased risk of having some kind of allergy, especially to a food. (National […]

  • Obese Moms, Asthmatic Kids
    January 30, 2013

    Babies born to obese mothers may have an increased risk of asthma, according to data from a new study to be presented on May 19 at the 105th International Conference of the American Thoracic Society in San Diego. (American Thoracic Society, 5/20/09)

  • “Eating for Two” Has Consequences for Mom and Baby
    January 30, 2013

    There is more medical evidence that pregnant women should steer clear of advice to “eat for two.” Alison Stuebe, M.D., at the UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine, found that women who consumed extra calories, as well as fried foods and dairy, had excessive gestational weight gain. The good news: there are concrete messages care […]

  • Exercise Keeps Dangerous Visceral Fat Away a Year After Weight Loss
    January 30, 2013

    A study conducted by exercise physiologists in the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Human Studies finds that as little as 80 minutes a week of aerobic or resistance training helps not only to prevent weight gain, but also to inhibit a regain of harmful visceral fat one year after weight loss. (University of […]

  • Diet-Exercise Combo Best for Obese Seniors
    January 30, 2013

    For obese seniors, dieting and exercise together are more effective at improving physical performance and reducing frailty than either alone. Although weight loss alone and exercise alone improve physical function, neither is as effective as diet and exercise together, which improved physical performance in seniors by 21 percent. (Washington University in St. Louis, 3/30/11)

  • Too Much Weight May Delay Infants’ Ability to Crawl, Walk
    January 29, 2013

    Those cute little rolls of fat some infants have may actually slow their ability to crawl and walk, according to a new study by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The study, published recently online in The Journal of Pediatrics, shows that infants who are overweight may be slower than thinner babies to […]

  • Simple Tools Help Parents Understand a Child’s Risk of Obesity, Make Positive Changes
    January 29, 2013

    According to a study performed in the North Carolina Children’s Hospital, researchers confirmed previous reports that parents of overweight or obese children do not recognize their child’s weight problem. But this time, by arming pediatricians with a “toolkit,” an easily used chart and a series of questions and suggestions, the researchers addressed several problems. (University […]

  • New Scientific Study Indicates that Eating Quickly is Associated with Overeating
    January 29, 2013

    According to a new study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM), eating a meal quickly, as compared to slowly, curtails the release of hormones in the gut that induce feelings of being full. The decreased release of these hormones, can often lead to overeating. “Most of us […]

  • Brain Reward Systems of Obese Women Different from those of Women with Anorexia
    January 29, 2013

    The brain reward systems of women with anorexia may work differently from those of women who are obese, a new study suggests.  Researchers found that women who are anorexic have sensitized brain reward circuits, while women who are obese have desensitized brain reward circuits.(University of Colorado School of Medicine 5/16/12)

  • Growth Hormone Treatment after Weight Loss Surgery Prevents Loss of Muscle Mass
    February 13, 2009

    Growth hormone treatment for six months after weight loss surgery reduces patients’ losses in lean body mass and skeletal muscle mass, according to a new study…

  • Pediatric Obesity May Alter Thyroid Function and Structure
    December 3, 2008

    In addition to its strong associations with hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes, pediatric obesity may induce alterations in thyroid function and structure, according to a new study …

  • Endocrine Society Releases Guideline on Metabolic Syndrome
    November 7, 2008

    The Endocrine Society has released a new clinical practice guideline for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes in patients at metabolic risk…

  • Endocrine Society Releases Guideline on Pediatric Obesity
    October 1, 2008

    The Endocrine Society has released a new clinical practice guideline for the prevention and treatment of pediatric obesity A rapid release version of the guideline has been published on-line…

  • Weight Loss Surgery May Be Associated with Bone Loss
    September 23, 2008

    Weight loss surgery may be linked to deficiencies in calcium and vitamin D and bone loss according to a new study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM)…