30 Seconds from Doctors May Help Overweight Patients Take Action to Lose Weight

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Excess weight increases the risk for many chronic diseases, including 11 cancers, but physicians may not bring up weight loss with their patients because they’re pressed for time, fear patients may be offended, or worry that bringing up weight loss won’t make much of a difference.

Now a new study published in The Lancet suggests that if primary care doctors take just 30 seconds to refer patients to a weight management program, physicians can help overweight and obese patients lose weight.

This trial involved 1,882 adult participants categorized as obese (a BMI of at least 30 or 25 if they were Asian) with an elevated body fat percentage. Participants were recruited from primary care office waiting rooms in the south of England and randomized to either a support or advice group. Read more… “30 Seconds from Doctors May Help Overweight Patients Take Action to Lose Weight”

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    Study: Now is the Lowest Weight You’ll Be All Year

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    As we head toward the holidays, you’ll be hearing advice on how to avoid packing on the pounds – and then how to lose it. And it’s a good idea to pay attention, because a new study highlights that Americans really do gain weight over the holidays.

    That’s not good for cancer risk, because too much body fat links to increased risk for 11 cancers, including colorectal and postmenopausal breast.

    The recent study, published in a letter in the New England Journal of Medicine, also sheds light on just how long losing the weight gain may take.

    Using data from almost 1,800 adults weighing themselves on electronic wireless scales over a year’s time, researchers found that Americans begin gaining weight in early November and continue until early January. It takes until mid-October to get back to their lowest weight. Not unique to the US, people in Germany and Japan experience similar trends during their popular holidays.

    In the US, the Christmas holiday period led to the most significant chunk of weight gain by far and then Thanksgiving. Read more… “Study: Now is the Lowest Weight You’ll Be All Year”

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      Can your kitchen layout cut your calories and help with cancer prevention?

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      Can seeing food in your kitchen and easy serving make a difference in how much you eat? A study authored by an architect and an environmental psychologist published this month suggests that may be an unintended outcome of the popular open kitchen design in homes.

      That’s important because how many calories you eat affects your weight, and that affects cancer risk.

      Published in Environment and Behavior the authors looked at how much the open plan – easy to see the food and get to the buffet – affected the amount of food participants (57 university students) ate, compared to a closed plan. For one dinner they ate in the open plan, for another they ate in the closed plan. They used a university food and dining research lab and made it mimic a closed plan by putting decorative wooden screens to block the diners’ view of food. Read more… “Can your kitchen layout cut your calories and help with cancer prevention?”

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