Journal article outlines future directions of obesity research

A viewpoint piece in the Sept. 19, 2012 Journal of the American Medical Association (Volume 308, Number 11) recommends next steps for obesity research in dealing with the obesity epidemic. Authored by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Director Griffin P. Rodgers, M.D., and National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D, the introduction from “The Next Generation of Obesity Research: No Time To Waste,” appears below.  Continue reading

Perspective paper: ‘Candy at the Cash Register — A Risk Factor for Obesity and Chronic Disease’

Oct. 11, 2012, The New England Journal of Medicine

By Deborah A. Cohen, M.D., M.P.H., and Susan H. Babey, Ph.D.

A basic misconception has stymied our response to the obesity epidemic: the belief that food-related decisions are consciously and deliberately made. Our reluctance to interfere with or regulate the food environment is a direct consequence of the belief that people’s food choices reflect their true desires. Continue reading

UCLA project to promote healthy nutrition and physical activity

Oct. 8, 2012, News-Medical.net

Researchers at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center have been awarded a $20 million federal grant to further their innovative efforts to curb obesity. …

The UCLA project, rather than requiring busy, stressed individuals in low-resource neighborhoods to seek out physical activity and nutrient-rich foods, will engage them as “captive” audiences in settings they already frequent – including schools, offices and churches – making healthier options a default that can only be avoided with effort or by “opting out.” Continue reading

NCCOR members recognized for innovative work

The American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM) announced its awardees of the first Childhood Obesity Challenge this week. Several members of the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) were recognized for their “innovative ideas to combat the childhood obesity epidemic.” Continue reading

Study: Exercise boosts self-esteem; physical activity improves mental well-being

Oct. 2, 2012, FoodBeat

By Danielle Angel

Moderate physical activity has been shown to improve the mental well-being of overweight children. This study was conducted in Ottawa, Canada , and funded by the Canadian Diabetes Association with the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute. It was published in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology. Continue reading

Shifting the obesity paradigm in young children to guidelines for healthy growth

On Sept. 22, at a symposium on dietary guidelines for infants and young children, Jose Saavedra, vice president of medical and scientific affairs at Nestlé Nutrition and associate professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, discussed shifting the obesity paradigm among infants and young children from dietary guidelines to healthy growth options directed to both parents and children. Continue reading

Study: Active video games have exercise-like effects in kids

Sept. 24, 2012, HealthDay

Adolescents who play active video games increase their heart rate, use more oxygen, and expend more energy, according to a small new study.

Low levels of physical activity are associated with obesity in children. Compared to video games that youngsters can play while sitting on the couch, active video games encourage movement and could help children increase their physical activity levels, according to researchers Stephen Smallwood and colleagues at the University of Chester, in England. Continue reading