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Teen Girls Look to Peers to Gauge Weight Goals
HBNS STORY | March 15, 2010

Parents Can Help Overweight Kids With Body Image
HBNS STORY | April 20, 2010

Large Gap in Diabetes, Obesity Screening Among U.S. Health Clinics
HBNS STORY | June 22, 2010

Sedentary Behavior Puts White Women at Greatest Risk for Obesity
HBNS STORY | June 29, 2010

Severe Obesity Becoming More Common in Sixth-Graders
HBNS STORY | June 29, 2010

Hormonal Contraceptives Have Mixed Success Among Overweight Women
HBNS STORY | July 8, 2010

Early Puberty Tied to Obesity in Girls
HBNS STORY | July 26, 2010

Dorms With Dining Halls Might Add to Freshman Weight Gain
HBNS STORY | August 3, 2010

More Walking, Cycling Linked to Healthier Weights Worldwide
HBNS STORY | August 24, 2010

For Obese Teens, Weight Problems Persist Into Young Adulthood
HBNS STORY | September 7, 2010

Behavioral Feedback Boosts Online Weight Program
HBNS STORY | October 28, 2010

Treating Women’s Depression Might Help Them Lose Weight
HBNS STORY | December 10, 2010
For women coping with obesity and depression, new research finds that improving your mood might be the link to losing weight.

Girls Who Start School Earlier Might Have Lower Obesity Risk
HBNS STORY | December 14, 2010
Effective strategies to fight youth obesity have been elusive. A new study suggests a simple step that might help cut the problem down to size: start school sooner.

Infants Not Exempt From Obesity Epidemic
HBNS STORY | December 31, 2010
A revealing new study finds that obesity might begin in babies as young as nine months old.

Children With Bedroom TVs Might Be at Greater Obesity Risk
HBNS STORY | April 29, 2011
A study of Hispanic children found that those with TVs in their bedrooms were more likely to be overweight. “Bedroom TVs lead to more screen time, sedentary behavior, less parental support of physical activity and increased fast food intake,” researchers found.

Most Primary Care Physicians Don’t Address Patients’ Weight
HBNS STORY | June 7, 2011
Fewer than half of primary care physicians talk to their patients about diet, exercise and weight management consistently, while pediatricians are somewhat more likely to do so, according to two new studies.

Obese Girls More Than Twice as Likely to Be Addicted to Smoking
HBNS STORY | June 21, 2011
Obese teenage girls are more than twice as likely as other girls to develop high-level nicotine addiction as young adults, according to a new study.

Obese Mexican-Americans Lack Diet, Exercise Advice From Doctors
HBNS STORY | June 30, 2011
Only half of obese Mexican-American adults receive diet and exercise advice from their physicians, although obesity is on the rise for this group.

Losing Weight, Keeping It Off Might Require Distinct Skill Sets
HBNS STORY | July 5, 2011
Practices that help people lose weight and practices that help them keep it off do not overlap much.

Teen Weight Began to Rise in 1990s, New Study Finds
HBNS STORY | July 12, 2011
A new study that looks at weight change over decades finds that the obesity epidemic in teens and young adults has its roots in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when body weights began to rise. But not everyone was affected equally.

Excess Weight in Young Adulthood Predicts Shorter Lifespan
HBNS STORY | August 16, 2011
Those 25-year-olds who are overweight now but think they will be fine as long as they lose weight eventually might need to reconsider.

Dieting Beats Exercise for Diabetes Prevention, Combination Is Best
HBNS STORY | August 30, 2011
A new study suggests that to prevent diabetes in postmenopausal women, dietary weight loss alone is effective while exercise alone is not effective, and both together are best of all.

Natural Surroundings Might Lower Obesity
HBNS STORY | September 1, 2011
New research from North Carolina finds that people who live in counties with better weather and more natural features like hills and lakes are more active and thinner than their counterparts.

Most People Fudge Numbers on Weight and Height Surveys
HBNS STORY | January 27, 2012
When people in the U.S. are asked to provide their weight for research surveys, they underestimate their weight and overestimate their height, despite numerous public reports about increasing rates of obesity. Whites are more likely to do so than Blacks or Hispanics, finds a new study in Ethnicity and Disease.

Quitting Smoking Results in Minimal Weight Gain
HBNS STORY | February 17, 2012
The declining rate of smoking is unlikely to be a major contributor to the recent increases in the incidence of obesity. While quitting smoking might cause some people to gain weight, the amount gained will probably be small, reports a new study in Health Services Research.

Women Veterans Report Poorer Health Despite Access to Health Services, Insurance
HBNS STORY | April 10, 2012
As more and more soldiers return from recent conflicts overseas, new research reveals that female veterans experience poorer health than other women.

Teens Who Check the Scale Frequently May Have An Unhealthy Preoccupation With Weight
HBNS STORY | April 17, 2012
Teens who weigh themselves several times per week may be at risk for unhealthy weight control practices and poor psychological well-being, according to a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Being Overweight Years Before Pregnancy Linked to Bigger Babies
HBNS STORY | June 26, 2012
Women who become overweight or obese during the transition from adolescence to adulthood are significantly more likely to give birth to babies with excessive birth weights, according to a new study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Obese Teens Have Fewer Friends, Especially Whites
HBNS STORY | July 24, 2012
Obese adolescents tend to have fewer friends at school than their peers, finds a new study in Ethnicity & Disease. However, the impact of obesity on friendships varies by ethnic group, with White students faring worse than Black or Hispanic students.

Commuting to Work by Car Linked to Weight Gain
HBNS STORY | January 22, 2013
According to a study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, urban residents who drive to work gain more weight than those who do not commute by car.

Obesity Lowers Quality of Life in Boys
HBNS STORY | February 19, 2013
Being overweight or obese significantly reduces health-related quality of life in boys, but not girls, when compared to normal weight peers, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Unwilling to Pay Extra for Wellness
HBNS STORY | April 9, 2013
Although most overweight adults agree that health insurance benefits designed to promote weight loss are a good idea, they don’t want to pay extra for them, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Calorie Counts on Menus Have Small but Promising Effects
HBNS STORY | May 9, 2013
Menu labeling has made more people aware of how many calories are in restaurant meals and has some people reducing their intake, according to new research published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Parents’ Activity Unlikely to Influence Teen Fitness
HBNS STORY | May 28, 2013
Teens don’t necessarily follow in their parents’ footsteps when it comes to physical activity, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Negative Public Health Campaigns May Undermine Weight Loss Goals
HBNS STORY | June 20, 2013
Public health campaigns that stigmatize obese people by using negative images or text do not motivate them to lose weight any more than more neutral campaigns, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Lower Coronary Heart Disease Deaths By Making Several Lifestyle Changes
HBNS STORY | July 9, 2013
Programs to address multiple health behaviors, such as diet and exercise, significantly lowered the risk of a fatal heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular event in people with coronary heart disease, finds a new review in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Obesity Is a Major Obstacle for Disabled Americans
HBNS STORY | July 16, 2013
Obesity and its related health problems impacts far more people with a disability than previously reported, according to new research in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Body Image Tied to Suicidal Thoughts in Young Teens
HBNS STORY | August 29, 2013
Seeing oneself as overweight or obese may be an important, independent predictor of suicidal thoughts, especially in young girls, reports a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Less than 10 Minutes of Brisk Activity Helps Maintain a Healthy Weight
HBNS STORY | September 5, 2013
Short bursts of less than 10 minutes of higher-intensity physical activity reduce the risk of obesity, finds a new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

More Education, Not Income, Fights Obesity
HBNS STORY | September 12, 2013
Higher education, rather than income, protects women in disadvantaged neighborhoods from obesity, finds a new study in American Journal of Health Promotion.

Binge Eating More Likely to Lead to Health Risks in Men
HBNS STORY | September 17, 2013
Binge eating is a problem affecting both men and women however, obese men who binge are more likely than their female counterparts to have elevated cholesterol and high blood pressure, finds a new study in General Hospital Psychiatry.

Parents Play a Role in Teen Eating Disorders
HBNS STORY | October 3, 2013
The ways parents or caregivers interact with children around mealtimes can have unintended consequences, according to a new report in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Weight Loss Apps Lack Key Ingredients for Success
HBNS STORY | October 10, 2013
Weight loss mobile applications may work well as basic tracking devices, but need to do more to help dieters, according to a new report in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Minorities and Poor More Likely to Suffer from Restless Sleep and Chronic Diseases
HBNS STORY | December 17, 2013
The poor and minorities tend to suffer from poor sleep and chronic disease more often, but sleep does not appear to be a root cause of disease disparity, finds a new study in Ethnicity & Disease.

Few Primary Care Practices Provide Effective Weight Management Care
HBNS STORY | January 14, 2014
Only a quarter of U.S. primary care physicians surveyed are doing a thorough job of helping patients achieve and maintain a healthy weight, finds a study in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Sedentary Lifestyles Up Mortality Risks for Older Women
HBNS STORY | January 21, 2014
Older women who spend a majority of their day sitting or lying down are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, cancer and death, finds a new study from the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Gap in Life Expectancy Between Rural and Urban Residents Is Growing
HBNS STORY | January 23, 2014
A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds that rural residents have experienced smaller gains in life expectancy than their urban counterparts and the gap continues to grow.

Contradictory Nutrition News Creates Consumer Confusion
HBNS STORY | January 28, 2014
Exposure to conflicting news about nutrition often results in confusion and backlash against nutrition recommendations, finds a recent study in the Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives.

African Americans' Concept of Health May Be More Than Physical
HBNS STORY | February 13, 2014
Some African-Americans rate their health as good, despite being overweight or having high blood pressure, finds a new study in Ethnicity and Disease.

Parents Should Team with Kids to Encourage Exercise
HBNS STORY | March 4, 2014
Parents can help motivate kids to be more physically active, but the influence may not result in an improvement in their children’s weight, finds a new evidence review in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Weight Loss Efforts Start Well, but Lapse Over Time
HBNS STORY | April 8, 2014
Learning you have an obesity-related disease motivates many to start a weight loss program, but troubling health news is often not enough to sustain weight loss efforts, finds new research in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

More Patient Education, Not Physician Training, Helps Control Diabetes
HBNS STORY | May 8, 2014
Teaching people with diabetes how to control their blood glucose levels, not their doctors, helps them achieve better results, finds a new study in Ethnicity and Disease.

Obese Employees Cost Employers Thousands in Extra Medical Costs
HBNS STORY | May 13, 2014
A new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion finds that, on average, a morbidly obese employee costs an employer over $4,000 more per year in health care and related costs than an employee who is of normal weight.

People with Low Incomes Less Likely to Use Healthy Weight Loss Strategies
HBNS STORY | May 22, 2014
Poorer people of all ages are less likely than wealthier ones to follow recommended strategies for weight loss, finds a recent study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Families with Preschoolers Buying Fewer High Calorie Foods and Beverages
HBNS STORY | May 27, 2014
Families with young children are purchasing fewer high calorie drinks and processed foods, which may be a factor in declining rates of childhood obesity, finds a new report in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Life-Changing Events Can Lead to Less Physical Activity
HBNS STORY | June 5, 2014
Adults tend to engage in less leisure-time physical activity after changes in both lifestyle and physical status, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Growing Up Poor Impacts Physical and Mental Health in Young Adults
HBNS STORY | June 24, 2014
Socioeconomic adversity during childhood increases the likelihood of both depression and higher body mass index (BMI) in early adolescence, which can worsen and lead to illness for young adults, according to a new report in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Neighborhoods with Healthy Food Options Less Likely to Have Overweight Kids
HBNS STORY | July 8, 2014
Children with a greater number of healthy food outlets near their homes had a reduced likelihood of being overweight or obese, finds an Australian study published in American Journal of Health Promotion.

Obese or Overweight Teens More Likely to Become Smokers
HBNS STORY | August 28, 2014
A study in American Journal of Health Behavior examining whether overweight or obese teens are at higher risk for substance abuse finds weight status has no correlation with alcohol or marijuana use but is linked to regular cigarette smoking.

Few Overweight People with Diabetes Getting Recommended Physical Activity
HBNS STORY | September 9, 2014
Women and men with diabetes who are trying to lose weight are not meeting the recommended amounts of physical activity for weight loss, finds a new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Poor-Quality Weight Loss Advice Often Appears First in an Online Search
HBNS STORY | November 13, 2014
More than 40 percent of U.S. Internet users use online search engines to seek guidance on weight loss and physical activity. A new study in the American Journal of Public Health finds that high-quality weight loss information often appears after the first page of search engine results.

Schools Often Fail to Follow Their Own Written Wellness Policies
HBNS STORY | November 18, 2014
A wide divide exists between public schools' written wellness policies and their actual day-to-day practices, finds a new study in Health Promotion Practice.

Urban Parks and Trails Are Cost-Effective Ways to Promote Exercise
HBNS STORY | December 8, 2014
A new systematic review in the American Journal of Health Promotion finds that providing public parks and walking and biking trails is the most cost-effective strategy to increase physical activity among large populations in urban areas.