Gaining too much weight during pregnancy is tied to an increased risk of complications for both mother and baby. However, some doctors are reluctant to recommend that pregnant women restrict their weight gain, in part due a lack of tools to help mothers do this safely. But now, a new study finds that with the help of nutritional counseling and a smartphone app, pregnant women who are overweight or obese can safely restrict their weight gain in pregnancy. In the study, women who were overweight or obese were assigned to follow a specific diet during pregnancy. The women received guidance from a nutritionist and used a smartphone app to log meals. At the end of the study period, these women had gained less weight than pregnant women in a control group who didn't follow the diet. The women on the diet gained 4.5 lbs. (2 kilograms) less than the other women. What's more, babies born to mothers in the diet group were not at increased risk of low birth rate or other problems. [Blossoming … [Read more...] about Pregnant Women May Now Have a New Way to Limit Unhealthy Weight Gain
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For those who have a hard time losing weight, there's some good and bad news. The bad news is that common chemicals in the environment may play a role in weight gain, a new study suggests. The good news? Diet and exercise may counteract these obesity-promoting effects, according to the study. The findings suggest yet another benefit of diet and exercise, the researchers, from Harvard Medical School, wrote in their paper, published online yesterday (Aug. 31) in the journal JAMA Network Open. [12 Worst Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals & Their Health Effects] Common chemicals The study focused on chemicals called perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFASs. These are synthetic chemicals that have been used in a variety of products, including nonstick cookware, water-repellent fabrics, grease-proof food packaging, personal care products and cleaning products. PFASs can accumulate and stay in the body for a long time, and studies have linked exposure to some PFASs to … [Read more...] about Chemicals in Consumer Products May Promote Weight Gain. But There’s an Easy Fix.
Mike Stobbe Associated Press Published 3:41 p.m. UTC Aug 16, 2018 New York — If you quit smoking and gain weight, it may seem like you’re trading one set of health problems for another. But a new U.S. study finds you’re still better off in the long run. Compared with smokers, even the quitters who gained the most weight had at least a 50 percent lower risk of dying prematurely from heart disease and other causes, the Harvard-led study found. The study is impressive in its size and scope and should put to rest any myth that there are prohibitive weight-related health consequences to quitting cigarettes, said Dr. William Dietz, a public health expert at George Washington University. “The paper makes pretty clear that your health improves, even if you gain weight,” said Dietz, who was not involved in the research. “I don’t think we knew that with the assurance that this paper provides.” The New England Journal of Medicine published … [Read more...] about Study: Better to quit smoking, even with weight gain
Mike Stobbe, Ap Medical Writer Updated 4:05 pm CDT, Wednesday, August 15, 2018 Photo: Rich Pedroncelli, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this June 22, 2012 file photo, a smoker extinguishes a cigarette in an ash tray in Sacramento, Calif. If you quit smoking and gain weight, it may seem like you’re trading one set of health problems for another. But a new U.S. study released on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018 finds you’re still better off in the long run. less FILE - In this June 22, 2012 file photo, a smoker extinguishes a cigarette in an ash tray in Sacramento, Calif. If you quit smoking and gain weight, it may seem like you’re trading one set of health problems ... more Photo: Rich Pedroncelli, AP Study: Smokers better off quitting, even with weight gain 1 / 1 Back to Gallery … [Read more...] about Study: Smokers better off quitting, even with weight gain
Rosie Fitzmaurice, provided by Published 4:17 am, Friday, May 18, 2018 Shutterstock/j.chizhe New research has concluded that some calories are more harmful than others. This reinforces the idea that what you're eating is just as important, if not more important than, how much of it you're eating. The study found that drinking sugar-sweetened drinks increases your risk factor of obesity-related diseases compared to eating the caloric equivalent of starch. The researchers also found that aspartame (an artificial sweetener) won't make you gain weight. LATEST BUSINESS VIDEOS Now Playing: Now Playing Balancing The Ledger: How IBM Is Using Blockchain, Facebook’s Privacy Battle, and How Blockchain Will Change the Way You Shop Fortune Lobbying Firms With Ties to The Trump Administration Receive Millions: Report Buzz 60 Cockatiels Won't Let Owner Use Laptop Jukin Media Google's New Artificial Intelligence Features Associated Press … [Read more...] about There’s even more evidence to suggest you shouldn’t only be counting calories to prevent weight gain and disease