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Dear parents, take note. Children who snore are likelier to grow up into obese adults

If your child snores, don’t ignore it. It could lead to some serious health trouble later in life. A team of researchers has shed some light on the vicious cycle of childhood obesity and snoring. Scientists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) looked at the relationships among maternal snoring, childhood snoring and children’s metabolic characteristics – including body mass index (BMI) and insulin resistance, which reflects future risk for developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease – in approximately 1,100 children followed from gestation through early adolescence. Led by endocrinologist Christos…

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Obese Couples May Face Difficulty in Achieving Pregnancy, Can Take 50% Longer Than Others

“Our results indicate that fertility specialists may want to consider couples’ body compositions when counseling patients,” Rajeshwari Sundaram of Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development was quoted by IANS. Overall, close to 40% of the men and 30% percent of the women were obese. The participating couples also had a sedentary lifestyle with most engaging in physical activity less than once a week. Few other factors that were taken into account during the course of the investigation included smoking habits, cholesterol and blood pressure status…

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Why Obese Individuals Lack Motivation to Exercise

Feeling too lazy to hit the gym or follow an exercise routine? Your altered dopamine receptors — critical for movement — may be the reason behind your lack of motivation rather than excess body weight, a new study has suggested. The study challenged a common belief that obese animals do less physical activity, because carrying extra body weight is physically disabling. “We know that physical activity is linked to overall good health, but not much is known about why people or animals with obesity are less active,” said Alexxai V….

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Summer Breaks Make American Kids Obese: Study

American children are at greater risk of becoming overweight or obese during summer vacation than during the school year, a new study has found. Paul von Hippel of the University of Texas, Austin and colleagues followed more than 18,000 children from the start of kindergarten in 2010 through the end of second grade in 2013, Xinhua news agency reported. Their results, published in the journal Obesity on Wednesday showed that the prevalence of obesity increased from 8.9 per cent to 11.5 per cent, and the prevalence of overweight children increased…

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Obese and Lean Children Have Different Gut Bacteria

Children and teenagers who are obese have different microorganisms living in their digestive tract than those who are lean, according to a new study. The study finds gut microbiota or gut flora is closely related to fat distribution in children and teenagers. “Our findings show children and teenagers with obesity have a different composition of gut flora than lean youth,” said Nicola Santoro, Researcher at the Yale University in Connecticut, US. “This suggests that targeted modifications to the specific species composing the human microbiota could be developed and could help…

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Sleep apnea may worsen liver disease for obese teens

Sleep apnea may worsen liver disease for obese teens (Courtney Keating/Getty Images) For teens with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), breathing disruptions during sleep may worsen scarring in the liver, according to a new study. Researchers found that among obese adolescents with NAFLD, those with the most severe liver disease also had the most severe sleep disordered breathing that caused them to experience periods of low oxygen at night. “This really focuses on the role of oxidative stress both systemically and specifically in the liver as a driving factor of…

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