Best Standing Desks of 2022

Working out of home isn't a very active process. You sit at a desk all day long without relaxing your body. Standing desks are a great option if you want to stay active and alert during the work day. It may not seem like much, but standing and typing on your computer is a lot better for you than sitting in a chair all day. The best standing desks are adjustable, so you can convert into a sitting desk and vice-versa. That level of adjustability is nice, especially if you were working out your legs and need to give them a break.
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Q&A: Physicians encouraged to ease guilt, embarrassment in patients with obesity

A new poll suggests the COVID-19 pandemic may have exacerbated the obesity epidemic in the United States. Prior to the pandemic, the prevalence of obesity in American adults was 42.4%, according to the CDC. The new survey of 545 adults with a BMI of at least 27 kg/m2 found that slightly more than half had gained some weight during the pandemic. Of those, almost three in four had gained 10 or more pounds, and half had gained 15 or more pounds.
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Impulsiveness tied to faster eating in children, can lead to obesity

Children who eat slower are less likely to be extroverted and impulsive, according to a new study co-led by the University at Buffalo and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The research, which sought to uncover the relationship between temperament and eating behaviors in early childhood, also found that kids who were highly responsive to external food cues (the urge to eat when food is seen, smelled or tasted) were more likely to experience frustration and discomfort and have difficulties self-soothing.

When is milk chocolate good for you?

It’s always gratifying to hear that our guilty pleasures can have health benefits – like dark chocolate being good for your heart, or coffee preventing chronic liver disease, or wine keeping your teeth healthy – but what about milk chocolate?. Though it’s higher in fat, sugar and calories than dark...

Gene variants related to controlling body weight isolated

A large team of researchers affiliated with multiple institutions across the U.S. and several other countries, working with Regeneron Genetics Center, has isolated several gene variants that play a role in body weight control. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes how they isolated the variants and discuss the possibility of developing related therapies for obesity. Giles Yeo and Stephen O'Rahilly, with the University of Cambridge Metabolic Research Laboratories, have published a Perspective piece in the same journal issue outlining the work by the team.

A simple method of sarcopenia detection can predict adverse cardiovascular events in patients with abdominal obesity

International Journal of Obesity (2021)Cite this article. Although sarcopenic obesity is associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular events compared with obesity without sarcopenia, it is difficult to diagnose sarcopenia in daily clinical settings. Recently, a simple scoring system has been developed to identify sarcopenia patients based on three variables (age, hand grip strength, and calf circumference). However, the utility of this score for cardiovascular risk stratification in patients with abdominal obesity is unknown.

Where Tennessee childhood obesity ranks in the US

The percentage of children and adolescents who are not just overweight but obese has more than tripled since the 1970s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. By 2018, nearly one in five children between 2-19 were obese. Childhood obesity is defined as a BMI at or higher...

Being and Playing Outdoors Matters for Young Children

Artificial light generated indoors leaves children without enough Vitamin D and can disrupt sleep cycles. Children who do not spend enough time outside are at risk for vision problems, specifically myopia (near-sightedness). Exposure to green space leads to improvements in working memory and attention in children. Sam’s preschool friends were...

Obesity During Pregnancy Raises Risk of Fatty Liver Disease in Kids

If your mother was obese while pregnant with you, then you’re more likely to develop non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in your 20s, according to U.K. researchers who presented their findings at the International Liver Conference 2021, spearheaded by the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL 2021).

Regeneron pinpoints gene variants that protect against obesity, launches search for new drugs

Several research groups have hunted for gene mutations that confer an increased risk of obesity in the hopes of finding new drug targets to curb the world’s expanding waistline. But scientists at Regeneron decided to take the opposite approach: They looked for genetic variants that keep people from gaining excessive amounts of weight—and they landed on one gene the company is now hoping to target with drugs.

Teens With Obesity Risk Heart Attack, Diabetes As Adults

July 1, 2021 -- Teenagers with obesity were more likely than their slimmer peers to have a heart attack, type 2 diabetes, or (self-reported) poor health when they were in their 30s and 40s, a new study says. Previous studies have reported worse health outcomes in older adults, but this...