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Friday, September 08, 2017

DIET SODA

Pregnant mothers who consumed artificial sweeteners daily, 2.2 times greater risk of overweight baby

Women who consumed artificially-sweetened beverages daily during pregnancy were 2.2 times more likely to have an overweight baby when the baby reached one-year compared to women who consumed no artificially sweetened beverages.

“These effects were not explained by maternal [body mass index], diet quality, total energy intake, or other obesity risk factors,” the authors of the study note.

They also noted that, “There were no comparable associations for sugar-sweetened beverages.”

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Posted by Larry Hobbs on Fri, Sep 08, 2017 2:33 pm | [0] comments

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS

Artificial sweeteners during pregnancy associated with 2X greater risk of infant being overweight

Women who consumed artificially sweetened beverages during pregnancy were 2.2 times as likely to have an infant that was overweight at the age of one-year than women who did not consume artificial sweeteners according to a new study from Canadian researchers.

“These effects were not explained by maternal BMI, diet quality, total energy intake, or other obesity risk factors,” according to the paper.

“There were no comparable associations for sugar-sweetened beverages,” the paper also notes.

“To our knowledge, we provide the first human evidence that maternal consumption of artificial sweeteners during pregnancy may influence infant BMI,” the authors of the study conclude.

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Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, May 25, 2016 9:27 am | [0] comments

Monday, December 29, 2014

Women 11 lbs heavier one year after giving birth than before

A year after giving birth, women, on average, weigh 11 lbs more than they did before getting pregnant according to a new study, weighing an average of 161.5 lbs before getting pregnant, and 172.6 lbs one year after giving birth.

“Approximately 75% of women were heavier 1 year postpartum than they were prepregnancy, including 47.4% retaining more than 10 lbs and 24.2% more than 20 lbs,” the paper notes.

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Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Dec 29, 2014 12:51 pm | [0] comments

Thursday, February 24, 2011

THYROID & MITOCHONDRIA

Hypothyroidism reduces mitochondria; involved in congestive heart failure, Alzheimers, etc, Dr Starr

Hypothyroidism reduces the number and activity of mitochondria, the energy-producing cells, notes Mark Starr, MD, author of the wonderful book Hypothyroidism Type 2: The Epidemic.

Mitochondria make up one-third of the weight of the heart muscle, Dr. Starr notes in this short audio clip from a speech he gave in 2007 at an Orthomolecular Conference.

This appears to the connection as to how hypothyroidism can cause some forms of congestive heart failure where the heart muscle is too weak to pump enough blood to the rest of the body (cardiomyopathy). It's an energy problem.

Dr. Starr's book contains the wonderful "Before" and "After" pictures showing X-rays of enlarge hearts that shrink back to normal size after the patient is given natural desiccated thyroid.

A decrease in mitochondria also appears to be the connection of hypothyroidism to Alzheimer's, which Dr. Starr noted in another audio clip. Again, it's an energy problem. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Thu, Feb 24, 2011 8:08 am | [0] comments

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

CHILDHOOD OBESITY

5-year-old children 1.8 times more likely to be overweight if their mother skipped breakfast

Five-year-old children were 1.8 times more likely to be overweight if their mothers skipped breakfast during pregnancy according to a study from the University of Yamanashi's School of Medicine in Chuo, Yamanashi, Japan. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Dec 07, 2010 9:17 am | [0] comments

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

POSTPARTUM WEIGHT GAIN

Feeling distressed, depressed, or anxious during pregnancy increases likelihood of weight retention

Women who were more likely to feel depressed/anxious or distressed during pregnancy were approximately 33 percent more likely to retain 11 pounds or more of their pregnancy weight gain 1.5 years after giving birth according to a study from Denmark.

Women who reported a high level of distress or depression/anxiety both during pregnancy and in the first 6 months of motherhood were roughly 54 percent more likely to have retained at least 11 pounds of their pregnancy weight gain. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Aug 17, 2010 8:08 am | [0] comments

Friday, October 10, 2008

FERTILITY

Obese young women 22% less likely to have children

Obese women are 22 percent less likely to have their first child by the age of 47 than normal-weight women according to a new study from researchers at the University College London in London, England.

Comment: By 47, a woman can no longer have children.

When just looking at married women, obese women were 13 percent less likely to have their first child, 10 percent less likely to have a second child, 26 percent less likely to have third child, and 35 percent less likely to have a fourth child. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Fri, Oct 10, 2008 8:13 am | [0] comments

FERTILITY

Obese young men 16% less likely to have a child by age 47

Obese men are 16 percent less likely to have their first child by the age of 47 than normal-weight men according to a new study from researchers at the University College London in London, England. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Fri, Oct 10, 2008 8:09 am | [0] comments

FERTILITY

Underweight young men 12-25% less likely to first, second, third or fourth child

Underweight men, that is those with a BMI of less than 18.5, are 12-25 percent less likely to have a first, second, third or fourth child by the age of 47 than normal-weight men according to a new study from researchers at the University College London in London, England. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Fri, Oct 10, 2008 8:06 am | [0] comments

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

PREGNANCY WEIGHT GAIN

Child’s risk of being overweight at 7 years increases 3% for every 2 lbs a pregnant mother gains

A child's risk of being overweight at the age of 7-years-old increases 3 percent for every 2.2 pounds that a mother gains during pregnancy according to a study from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

Children were 48 percent more likely to be overweight at the age of 7 years if their mothers who gained more than the recommended amount of weight during pregnancy.

"Helping pregnant women to meet the recommended weight gain during pregnancy may be an important and novel strategy for preventing pediatric obesity," the researchers concluded. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Oct 01, 2008 6:00 am | [0] comments

Monday, September 29, 2008

MOTHER’S WEIGHT GAIN

Large-birth-weight 1.9 times more common if mother gained 17 lbs in previous 2 years

Children who were born to mothers who had increased their BMI by 3 units or more -- a weight gain of 17 pounds or more for a woman of average height -- were 1.87 more likely to large-birth-weight compared to their older siblings who were born before the mother gained this weight according to a large Swedish study.

“Our results provide robust epidemiological evidence for advocating weight loss in overweight and obese women who are planning to become pregnant and, to prevent weight gain before pregnancy in women with healthy BMIs,” the authors of the study concluded.

This is another example of epigenetic factors where what a mother does influences her offspring.
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Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Sep 29, 2008 1:02 pm | [0] comments

MOTHER’S WEIGHT GAIN

Pre-eclampsia 1.8 times more common if mother gained 17 lbs in previous 2 years

Mothers who had increased their BMI by 3 units or more during the previous two years -- a weight gain of 17 pounds or more for a woman of average height -- between their fist and second pregnancy were 1.8 times more likely to have pre-eclampsia (hypertension and other damaging effects) during pregnancy according to a large Swedish study.

"Our results provide robust epidemiological evidence for advocating weight loss in overweight and obese women who are planning to become pregnant and, to prevent weight gain before pregnancy in women with healthy BMIs," the authors of the study concluded. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Sep 29, 2008 12:55 pm | [0] comments

MOTHER’S WEIGHT GAIN

Gestational hypertension 1.8 times more common if mother gained 17 lbs in previous 2 years

Mothers who had increased their BMI by 3 units or more during the previous two years -- a weight gain of 17 pounds or more for a woman of average height -- between their fist and second pregnancy were 1.8 times more likely to have gestational hypertension (hypertension during pregnancy) according to a large Swedish study.

"Our results provide robust epidemiological evidence for advocating weight loss in overweight and obese women who are planning to become pregnant and, to prevent weight gain before pregnancy in women with healthy BMIs," the authors of the study concluded. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Sep 29, 2008 12:51 pm | [0] comments

MOTHER’S WEIGHT GAIN

Gestational diabetes 2.1 times more common if mother gained 17 lbs in previous 2 years

Mothers who had increased their BMI by 3 units or more during the previous two years -- a weight gain of 17 pounds or more for a woman of average height -- between their fist and second pregnancy were 2.1 times more likely to have gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy) according to a large Swedish study.

"Our results provide robust epidemiological evidence for advocating weight loss in overweight and obese women who are planning to become pregnant and, to prevent weight gain before pregnancy in women with healthy BMIs," the authors of the study concluded. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Sep 29, 2008 12:46 pm | [0] comments

MOTHER’S WEIGHT GAIN

Stillbirth 1.6 times more common if mother gained 17 lbs in previous 2 years

Mothers who had increased their BMI by 3 units or more during the previous two years -- a weight gain of 17 pounds or more for a woman of average height -- between their fist and second pregnancy were 1.63 times more likely to have a stillbirth according to a large Swedish study.

"Our results provide robust epidemiological evidence for advocating weight loss in overweight and obese women who are planning to become pregnant and, to prevent weight gain before pregnancy in women with healthy BMIs," the authors of the study concluded. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Sep 29, 2008 12:41 pm | [0] comments

MOTHER’S WEIGHT GAIN

Caesarean delivery 1.3 times more common if mother gained 17 lbs in previous 2 years

Mothers who had increased their BMI by 3 units or more during the previous two years -- a weight gain of 17 pounds or more for a woman of average height -- between their fist and second pregnancy were 1.3 times more likely to have a caesarean delivery according to a large Swedish study.

"Our results provide robust epidemiological evidence for advocating weight loss in overweight and obese women who are planning to become pregnant and, to prevent weight gain before pregnancy in women with healthy BMIs," the authors of the study concluded. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Sep 29, 2008 12:41 pm | [0] comments

Monday, September 22, 2008

FERTILITY

Men who got wives pregnant weighed less than those who did not: BMI 28 vs 31.6

"Men [who successfully got their wives pregnant] had lower [body mass index] BMIs (28.0 vs 31.6) and lower skinfold thickness (24.7 mm vs 34.1 mm) than men [who failed to get their wives pregnant," according to a new study from researchers at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA.
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Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Sep 22, 2008 3:40 pm | [0] comments

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION

Postpartum depression increases the risk of 11 lbs weight gain 2.5-fold

Postpartum depression increases the risk of retaining at least 11 pounds of the weight gained during pregnancy one year after giving birth 2.5-fold according to a study from researchers at the Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Another study reported that women who reported "depressive symptoms lost less than half as much weight as women without depression".

Postpartum depression is estimated to affect between 10 and 15 percent of women. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Jul 29, 2008 2:18 pm | [0] comments

POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION

14-25% of women who give birth are at least 11 pounds heavier one year after delivery

"For many women, returning to prepregnancy weight is a challenge. Approximately 14–25% of women are at least [11 pounds] heavier one year after delivery," notes a study from researchers at the Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Identified risk factors include higher pre-pregnancy weight, more weight gained during pregnancy, being black, giving birth to their first child, and behaviors including lack of sleep, low physical activity, high trans fat intake, and frequent television viewing the study notes.
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Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Jul 29, 2008 2:07 pm | [0] comments

Monday, March 03, 2008

CHILDHOOD OBESITY

Children whose mothers gained 35 lbs during pregnancy were 27% more likely to be overweight

Children, 6- to 12-years-old, were 27 percent more likely to be overweight if their mother had gained at least 35 pounds during pregnancy according to a study from Portugal. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Mar 03, 2008 1:32 pm | [0] comments

Friday, February 29, 2008

CHILDHOOD OBESITY

5-year-old children 29% less likely to be overweight if mother slept at least 8 hours per night

Five-year-old children were 29 percent less likely to be overweight if their mothers slept at least 8 hours per night during pregnancy according to a study from the University of Yamanashi's School of Medicine in Chuo, Yamanashi, Japan. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Fri, Feb 29, 2008 3:04 pm | [0] comments

CHILDHOOD OBESITY

5-year-old children 2.2 times more likely to be overweight if their mother smoked during pregnancy

Five-year-old children were 2.2 times more likely to be overweight if their mothers smoked during pregnancy according to a study from the University of Yamanashi's School of Medicine in Chuo, Yamanashi, Japan. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Fri, Feb 29, 2008 2:57 pm | [0] comments

Friday, January 18, 2008

FERTILITY

Obesity causes 6% of cases of infertility in women

Obesity is the cause of 6 percent of cases of infertility in women according to a report from the Government Office for Science in England. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Fri, Jan 18, 2008 7:30 am | [0] comments

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

REPRODUCTION

Obesity decreases libido, increases impotence and increases infertility

Obesity is associated reproductive problems notes the report Storing Up Problems: The Medical Case for a Slimmer Nation by the Royal College of Physicians. Obesity decreases libido, increases impotence, and increases abnormal menstrual periods. Losing weight often reverses these problems and increases fertility. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Jan 15, 2008 7:21 am | [0] comments

Friday, January 11, 2008

OBESITY RISK FOR UNBORN CHILDREN

Undernutrition in a pregnant woman increaseS the risk of obesity for the child

Undernutrition of a pregnant woman seems to increase the risk of obesity, hypertension and diabetes later in life for the child notes the report Storing Up Problems: The Medical Case for a Slimmer Nation by the Royal College of Physicians. They note that this could help to explain why poor people are more likely to be obese in developed countries. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Fri, Jan 11, 2008 7:04 am | [0] comments

Friday, December 14, 2007

FERTILITY

Fertility drops 4% for every 4 lbs of weight gain in obese women

A woman's chances of becoming pregnant decreases as her body mass index (BMI) exceeds 29 according to a study from The Netherlands. For every one unit increase in BMI -- which is approximately 4 pounds for a woman of average height -- decreases her chances of becoming pregnant by an additional 4 percent compared to women with a BMI of 21-29. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Fri, Dec 14, 2007 7:28 am | [0] comments

FERTILITY

Woman with BMI of 35 is 26% less likely to become pregnant

A woman with a body mass index (BMI) of 35 is 26 percent less likely to become pregnant than a woman with a BMI of 21-29 according to a study from The Netherlands. Every one unit increase in BMI -- approximately 4 pounds for a woman of average height -- decreases her chances of becoming pregnant by an additional 4 percent compared to women with a BMI of 21-29. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Fri, Dec 14, 2007 7:12 am | [0] comments

FERTILITY

Woman with BMI of 40 is 43% less likely to become pregnant

A woman with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 is 43 percent less likely to become pregnant than a woman with a BMI of 21-29 according to a study from The Netherlands. Every one unit increase in BMI -- approximately 4 pounds for a woman of average height -- decreases her chances of becoming pregnant by an additional 4 percent compared to women with a BMI of 21-29. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Fri, Dec 14, 2007 7:05 am | [0] comments

Thursday, September 20, 2007

STILLBIRTH

Overweight women 47% more likely to have a stillbirth, obese women 107% more likely

Pregnant mothers who are overweight are 47 percent more likely to have a stillbirth than normal weight women, while obese women are more than twice as likely (107 percent more likely) according to a study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Thu, Sep 20, 2007 11:37 am | [0] comments

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

CHILDBIRTH

Diet plus exercise causes more weight loss than diet alone following childbirth

Following childbirth, women lost more weight with diet and exercise than diet alone according to a new review paper. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Jul 24, 2007 2:03 am | [0] comments

Monday, June 25, 2007

FERTILITY

Being overweight decreases the chances of becoming pregnant during fertility treatment

Overweight women are 29 percent less likely to get pregnant following in vitro fertilization than normal weight women according to a new study. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Jun 25, 2007 2:46 am | [0] comments

Monday, May 14, 2007

PREGNANCY WEIGHT GAIN

Women who gain an excessive amount of weight during pregnancy are more likely to gain long-term

Women who gain an excessive amount of weight during pregnancy are more likely to gain weight long-term according to a study from Sweden. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, May 14, 2007 3:18 am | [0] comments

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

PRE-PREGNANCY OBESITY

Pre-pregnancy obesity has increased from 13% in 1993 to 22% in 2002

The prevelance of pre-pregnancy obesity increased from 13 percent in 1992-1993 to 22 percent in 2002-2003 according to a study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Apr 11, 2007 2:52 am | [0] comments

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

PREGNANCY

Children 27% more likely to be overweight if their mother gained 35 lbs or more during pregnancy

Children were 27 percent more likely to be overweight if their mothers gained 35 pounds or more during pregnancy compared to children of mothers who gained less than 20 pounds according to a new study from researchers at the University of Porto in Porto, Portugal. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Apr 04, 2007 3:57 am | [0] comments

Monday, November 13, 2006

FERTILITY

Obese women 18-34% less able to get pregnant

Being overweight reduces a woman's ability to become pregnant, especially for the first time, according to a study from researchers at the National Institutes of Health. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Nov 13, 2006 6:39 am | [0] comments

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

PREGNANCY

Overweight women more likely to have pregnancy loss, stillbirth or have high birth weight baby

"Whereas underweight is associated with poor fetal growth and elevated pregnancy loss, overweight is more strongly associated with diseases in pregnancy, pregnancy loss and stillbirth and high birth weight," according to a paper from Michael Davis from the University of Adelaide in Adelaide, South Australia. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Jun 27, 2006 4:08 am | [0] comments

FERTILITY

Women who become obese early in life have more reproductive problems

Women who become obese early in their life appear to have more reproductive difficulties than women who become obese later according to a paper from the University of Bologna in Bologna, Italy. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Jun 27, 2006 4:08 am | [0] comments

Friday, September 09, 2005

PREGNANCY

One-third of infertile obese women become pregnant after taking metformin (Glucophage)

Approximately one-third (6 out of 19, or 32 percent) of obese women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) who were infertile before treatment, became pregnant within six months of taking the anti-diabetes drug metformin (Glucophage) according to a study from Amman, Jordan. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Fri, Sep 09, 2005 3:26 am | [0] comments

CHILD BIRTH

Cesarean delivery twice as likely in overweight women, three times as great in obese women

The likelihood of a pregnant woman having her child delivered by cesarean section is twice (2.1 times) as great if the woman is overweight (BMI 25-29.9), and three times (3.1 times) as great if she is obese (BMI 30 or more) according to a study from Seattle, Washington. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Fri, Sep 09, 2005 3:13 am | [0] comments

Friday, May 20, 2005

PREGNANCY

Inducing labor in a pregnant women is twice as likely to fail if a woman is obese: 28% vs 14%

Obesity doubles the chances of a doctor not being able to induce labor in a pregnant women, thus requiring that she have the baby via cesarean delivery according to a new study. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Fri, May 20, 2005 6:16 am | [0] comments

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