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Is Your Sister or Brother Overweight? Could Mean You will Be Overweight, Too
There has been a significant amount of research to indicate that having an obese parent increases a child’s risk of becoming obese; however, new research appearing in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine also discovered a link between having an obese sibling and a child's obesity risk.
 
According to the researchers, in “families with two children, the data showed a stronger relationship with sibling obesity than with parental obesity. Older children in a two-child household with an obese parent are 2.3 times more likely to be obese, but that number jumps to 5.4 times for those [children] with overweight younger siblings. If the child is the younger sibling in a two-child household, parental obesity is not relevant to risk, but having an obese older sibling is associated with a 5.6-fold higher risk.”
 
The key message is that eating healthy and being physically active need to involve the entire family.
 
Lose Weight, and Lose Your Hot Flashes
A pilot study appearing in the journal Menopause confirmed a significant correlation between weight loss and a reduction in hot flashes. Furthermore, the degree of weight loss correlated with the degree of reduction in symptoms.
 
Get Up from that Chair – It’s Not Just Lack of Exercise: You’re Sitting Too Much
According to a study of 2,223 participants in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey done by researchers from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and appearing in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, sitting in your chair for two hours can be just as harmful as 20 minutes of exercise is beneficial. The researchers recommend that, “If you’re stuck at your desk, shift positions frequently, get up and stretch in the middle of a thought, pace while on a phone call, or even fidget.” Also, try taking short walks throughout the day; take the stairs; have walking meetings; and instead of emailing nearby co-workers – walk to their desk.
 
Only 25 Minutes to a Healthier (and Possibly Thinner) You
When you're stressed, your body releases cortisol, a hormone that taps into your stored protein, converts it into glucose, and brings it to the muscles so that you can either fight or flee. But when the cause is not a bear about to attack you but rather an email from your boss or an argument with your spouse, this response is not helpful, because cortisol can also move fat from other storage areas in the body to fat cells in the abdomen, where it can be retrieved quickly for energy. Stress-induced obesity is specifically abdominal obesity ¬ the worst kind. Also, when you’re stressed, you tend to eat high-calorie comfort foods. So what can you do to reduce stress?

Be mindful. Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University have shown for the first time that brief mindfulness meditation practice – 25 minutes for three consecutive days – alleviates psychological stress.
 
It’s Best for Diabetics to Combine Cardio and Strength Training to Control Blood Sugar
A systematic review and meta-analysis of available data published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes) suggests that “combined aerobic and resistance training, rather than either alone, is best for controlling both blood sugar and blood fat profiles among people with type 2 diabetes.”
 
Work Out Before You Lose Weight
Not sure if I agree with this from a psychological perspective, but researchers from the Institute of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Hypertension of Tel Aviv Medical Center in Tel Aviv, Israel, found that younger and older women tend to lose lean muscle mass along with fat unless they engage in physical activity before they attempt weight loss.
 
“To preserve muscle in metabolic syndrome, irrespective of age, exercise should precede the initiation of weight loss and not be started at the same time as diet,” said lead study author, Yonit Marcus, MD, Ph.D.
 
Test Your Kids – Do They Know Too Many Unhealthy Food Logos?
Researchers from Michigan State University found that “the more a child is familiar with logos and other images from fast-food restaurants, sodas and not-so-healthy snack food brands, the more likely the child is to be overweight or obese.” The researchers tested kids on their knowledge of various brands – including their ability to identify items such as “golden arches, silly rabbits and a king’s crown – and found that those who could identify them the most tended to have higher body mass indexes, or BMIs.” The preschoolers (ages 3 to 5) were given photos of unhealthy food-related logos. Young children receive many of their food messages from TV commercials. Get DVDs or Netflix to avoid those commercials geared toward your children!
 
“I Was Good Today – I Swear”
We like to forget our past indiscretions – that’s a given. However, there is new evidence that those who “distort past memories of their indulgences are more likely to indulge in the future.” Therefore, the researchers suggest that, “people who know they are highly impulsive might want to take steps to accurately remember both past indulgences and moments of self-control (by keeping a detailed journal, for example).”
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CHARLES PLATKIN, Ph.D., is a nutrition and public health advocate and founder of DietDetective.com. Copyright 2014 by Charles Platkin. All rights reserved. Sign up for the free Diet Detective newsletter at www.DietDetective.com



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