The Link Between Sugary Drinks and Obesity

Sugar-sweetened beverages such as soda, sports drinks, and juice have been blamed for contributing to today’s obesity epidemic; however, there hasn’t been substantial evidence about its role in the development of obesity, until now.

Hunger, Obesity and Genetics

Are genetic traits related to appetite capable of being passed down from generation to generation? In the classic debate of nature vs nurture, can nature’s genetics even over power nurture’s environment when it comes to generic factors which influence obesity? The findings of new research say that it’s possible.

How Carbohydrates Influence Inflammation

More and more we are hearing that chronic inflammation plays a major role in various disease conditions including, arthritis, various cancers, cardiovascular disease, obesity, type II diabetes, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, just to name a few.  Inflammation can be controlled and reduced by altering one’s daily intake.  There is one component of the

Obesity and Leg Lymphedema

Obesity is a major risk factor for many serious medical conditions, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and cancer. In fact, it is believed that obesity drives about 85 percent of the total cost of treating type 2 diabetes and 45 percent of the cost of treating high blood pressure. Studies
Millions of Americans have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and many more are unaware they are at high risk. More than a quarter of Americans with diabetes are mildly obese (body mass index [BMI] of 30-35.) People with mild obesity and diabetes constitute a larger group than the ‘very obese’; yet they do not

The Skinny on Skinny Amy Jones

The Skinny on Skinny Amy Jones Recently, the Lafayette newspaper, Independent Weekly, featured an incredible story about one of Surgical Specialists of Louisiana’s patients, Amy Jones.  Amy struggled with her weight for most of her life. She had tried everything and wanted to change but had questions, and fears about how to get the results
Air pollution may contribute to the high childhood obesity rates in the United States, according to a new study conducted by researchers from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Previous research had found that the pollutant, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH), can negatively affect childhood IQs and is linked to depression, anxiety, and attention problems

An Hour A Day…

A new study from the Harvard School of Public Health found that walking for an hour each day can decrease the influence of obesity-related genes by up to 50 percent. Looking at data from more than 12,000 people, the researchers calculated each person’s genetic risk of obesity by identifying how many of the 32 known