Want to lose weight? Forget past yo-yo diets and grab an apple

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Because overweight and obesity increase risk for seven cancers, we write a lot about diet and exercise choices to stay lean and to lose weight if you are overweight. Now, two new studies provide some good news on that topic, especially for post-menopausal women who want to lose weight.

The authors of the first study, published in Metabolism, wanted to know whether postmenopausal women who had lost and regained weight multiple times throughout their life (yo-yo dieting) would have different results from a weight loss diet and exercise program than their peers who did not have a history of yo-yo dieting. Some research, though not all, suggests that weight cycling may lead to lower metabolic rate, higher body fat and lower body esteem. Read more… “Want to lose weight? Forget past yo-yo diets and grab an apple”

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    Hear AICR’s Registered Dietitian Discuss Major Advances in Diet-Cancer Research

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    Our article on 9 Findings That Have Rocked Cancer Prevention Research in this month’s issue of Cancer Research Update inspired the website Wellness Times to interview AICR’s Alice Bender, MS, RD on the subject.

    Listen to Alice discuss the major scientific advances that have transformed our understanding of how everyday choices influence our cancer risk.

    Are you receiving Cancer Research Update, AICR’s free biweekly digest of breaking news and cutting-edge research on the role of diet, weight, physical activity on cancer? Stay up on the science by subscribing today.

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      State-by-State: High Obesity Means High Cancer Risk

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      America’s obesity epidemic stretches from coast to coast and encompasses every state, with twelve states having at least three of every ten residents obese, according to a new government survey.

      Every state had at least 20 percent of its residents report they were obese, the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey found. The estimates have severe implications for our country’s future cases of cancer, as well as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Obesity increases the risk of seven types of cancer, including colorectal and postmenopausal breast.

      The estimates come from an annual telephone CDC survey, called the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.

      The South had the highest prevalence of adult obesity, with Mississippi at the top at 35 percent. Western states reported the lowest overall obesity prevalence with Colorado coming in at the bottom, still having 21 percent of its residents reporting they were obese.

      This year, CDC made some changes to improve their data collection and analysis. For example, they called cell phones for the first time as well as landlines.

      The updates mean you cannot compare this year’s estimates to those of previous years. But still, obesity rates remain high. A different CDC survey released earlier this year estimated that more than one-third of U.S. adults are obese. This survey included interviews, physical exams, and lab tests.

      Want to find out where your state ranks? Look here.

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