Although short-term studies have shown that conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) can reduce body fat mass and increase lean mass, the long-term effects of this dietary supplement have not been researched. Now, a study published in the June issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2004; 79 , 1118–25) has determined that CLA may have long-term effects on reducing body fat in overweight but otherwise healthy adults.
Do Americans know they’re fat? According to a recent Associated Press (AP) poll, many are in denial.
The poll, conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs between May 17 and 19,
included a representative sample of 1,000 adults nationwide. The AP asked for weight and height and used a government formula to determine if interviewees were overweight.
Six in 10 who qualified as overweight said they were at a healthy weight. Only one-quarter of those who were obese considered themselves very overweight, and just 12% said they were currently on diets.
Acknowledging obesity as a global epidemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) endorsed its Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health at the annual Health Assembly in Geneva.
According to a WHO press release, the new policy addresses
two of the major risk factors responsible for noncommunicable
diseases (NCDs), which now account for 60% of global deaths. NCDs include cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer and obesity-related conditions.
According to the Bariatric Surgery Clinical Research Consortium from the National Institutes of Health, bariatric surgical procedures have become well established in the treatment of extreme obesity since 1991. Experts estimate that 40,000 bariatric surgical procedures were carried out in the United States in 2001. That number is growing rapidly as desperate people give up on conventional ways to shed fat.
Do you believe there’s a point when a person has exhausted all traditional methods of weight loss and must turn to such an extreme measure?
Men and women handle being overweight very differently, according to the Simmons Market Research Bureau. The consumer research company polled 9,882 adults between January and
May 2003, capturing statistics on standard demographics, height and weight. The information appeared in the March 2004 issue of American Demographics.
Don't be surprised if the next time you are in a fast-food restaurant you are asked this question: "Want a pedometer with that?" McDonald's Corp. recently announced that it is introducing a new line of Go Active™! adults Happy Meals as part of its ongoing Balanced Lifestyles Platform.
Borrowing on the success of its Happy Meals for kids, the company’s latest offering for big people consists of a salad, bottled water, and a pedometer to “promote walking and well-being.” This new move is part of a campaign
Deconditioned people who feel overwhelmed by the idea of starting an exercise and diet program can be confident that small steps do matter. A study finds that overweight, sedentary adults who are not dieting can stop future weight gain by participating in moderate exercise. The study, published in the January issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, included 120 overweight men and women between the ages of 40 and 65.
Unconditional love can be dangerous if it prevents parents from acknowledging and acting on a child’s weight problem. According to British researchers doing a long-term diabetes study in 54 schools in Plymouth, England, some parents are turning a blind eye to obesity.