Last resort treatment for the most severe cases of Anorexia Nervosa

07 March 2013
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A recent, small scale, human trial by the Krembil Neuroscience Centre and University Health Network in Canada, has had measured success in treating patients suffering from severe Anorexia Nervosa, who had failed to respond to traditional treatments. The study, involved providing deep brain stimulation, via implanted electrodes, a treatment which has previously had success with treating Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s patients as well as those suffering from obsessive compulsive disorders. The results of this study were varied, but with three patients having gained and sustained weight,...

Obesity leads to permanent physiological changes in the brain.

04 October 2012
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A recent study, run by the American University’s Centre for Behavioral Neuroscience, showed that subjects who became obese through high sugar and fatty diets, suffered permanent changes to their hippocampus, resulting in a heightened appetite and memory impairment. “What I think is happening is a vicious cycle of obesity and cognitive decline,” Read more here

Kids’ lack of self-control tied to extra weight

21 September 2012
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Preschoolers who had less patience and worse self-control while waiting for treats in a classic behavior study ended up weighing slightly more as adults, a new analysis shows. Read more

Can social media make you fat?

15 September 2012
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Time spent on social networking sites comes at the expense of other activities — including physical activity, new research by the University of Ulster has revealed. Around 350 students at the University of Ulster completed an online survey -measuring social networking activity and levels of physical activity. When the results were analysed, researchers found that the amount of time spent on social network websites was negatively correlated with the respondents’ level of physical activity. Read more

Children lack of self-control linked to extra weight

18 August 2012
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Children who had less patience and worse self-control while waiting for treats in a classic behavior study ended up weighing slightly more as adults, a new analysis shows. Does it mean emotional intelligence might be a factor in weight gaining? Read more…

Weight gain: a worldwide problem

28 June 2012
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An interesting article on the BBC website reports that Researchers say if increasing levels of fatness are replicated globally it could mean the equivalent of an extra billion people on the planet.Read more here.

Fighting child obesity

25 June 2012
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The American Medical Association has released a statement urging the development of preventative obesity education. Read more here.

Childhood obesity affects math performances

21 June 2012
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Sara Gable, associate professor of nutrition and exercise physiology at University of Missouri and lead author of a study on childhood obesiry and acdemic performance demonstrates that obesity that persists across the elementary school years has the potential to compromise several areas of children’s development, including their social and emotional well-being and academic performance. Read more here.

Pediatrician uses hip hop and graffiti to fight childhood obesity

17 June 2012
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A Pediatrician in Maine (USA) has designed a programme to fight childhood obesity. You can learn more about his programme on the Dunk the Junk Website.

Children loosing weight thanks to social media

16 May 2012
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A new social networking website, weigh2rock.com, helps children to loose weight effectively. The website reports that children using the site have in average lost around 7 pounds (3.2 kilos). Read more here.