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Artificial Sweetener Ups Appetite in Women, People With Obesity

A new study suggests that replacing sugar (sucrose) with the nonnutritive sweetener sucralose may not have the desired weight-loss effect, and in fact, it appears to increase appetite in women and people with obesity. These are novel insights and further studies are needed, experts say. After consuming a drink sweetened with sucralose versus sucrose, women and […]

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Time-Restricted Eating: An Easy Way to Improve Metabolic Health?

Time-restricted eating — where caloric intake is restricted within a consistent interval of less than 12 hours without overtly attempting to reduce calories — has “generated impressive [animal] data in preventing or reversing metabolic diseases associated with obesity,” and “more rigorous human studies are needed,” conclude the authors of a new review. “Time-restricted eating is […]

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Study describes associations between gender-affirming hormone therapy and body weight changes

Gender-affirming hormone therapy is the bedrock of medical therapy for many transgender and gender diverse individuals. Some adult transgender individuals decide with their health care provider to start hormone therapy – testosterone for transmasculine people and generally a combination of estrogen and antiandrogens for transfeminine people – specifically for the physical and psychological effects these […]

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Healthy With Obesity? The Latest Study Casts Doubt

People with “metabolically healthy obesity” are actually not healthy, since they are at increased risk for several adverse cardiometabolic outcomes, compared with people without obesity and or adverse metabolic profiles, new research suggests. The latest data on this controversial subject come from an analysis of nearly 400,000 people in the U.K. Biobank. Although the data also […]

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Overweight or obesity worsens liver-damaging effects of alcohol

Researchers suggest future NHMRC alcohol guidelines need to place more emphasis on Australia’s growing waistlines. Led by the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Center, the study looked at medical data from nearly half a million people and found having overweight or obesity considerably amplified the harmful effects of alcohol on liver disease and mortality. “People […]

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A Simple New Definition for ‘Metabolically Healthy Obesity’?

Scientists have proposed a simple new definition for “metabolically healthy obesity” to identify individuals who do not have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) death and total mortality. The team — led by Anika Zembic, MPH, German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke, Nuthetal, Germany — performed an assessment of anthropometric and metabolic risk factors […]