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Over the past 20 years, portion sizes have increased tremendously both at restaurants and at home. What used to be a blueberry muffin has tripled in size and consequently tripled in calories. Short term studies have shown the direct relationship between the portion of food served on your plate and the amount of food you […]
Scientists are discovering that nearly all organs have internal clocks. Not only does the brain regulate the 24 hour sleep and wake cycle, but there are interactions of this clock with the other organs. When these organ clocks are out of sync it can impact blood pressure, blood sugar control, and other hormones. So while the […]
Everyone is thinking about improving their health and diet for a new year, and the government is no exception. Later this month the USDA is planning on releasing new preliminary dietary recommendations. The most notable changes will be decreases in recommended sugar, caffeine, salt, and meat intake. It seems that the guidelines are not only […]
A recent Reuters Health article reported on a study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that looked at real eating habits of Americans compared to U.S. dietary standards. Researchers found that people from all groups fall short of nutritional recommendations, and that some groups are worse than others. Children and the […]
The obesity epidemic continues to grow and it is essential that we find effective ways to treat obesity and transition individuals into healthier lifestyles. The search for a magic bullet in weight loss continues to drive companies to discover new drugs and treatments for obesity. This month the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved two new […]
A new obesity study conducted in New Zealand over the past 40 years was published this month in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. The study supports the growing body of evidence that genes play a very important role in increasing one’s risk for obesity. It also emphasizes that environment has a role to play […]