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Tackling the canine obesity crisis

Tackling the canine obesity crisis

Science
When it comes to man's best friend, science may finally have solved the mystery of their gluttony - some Labradors, it seems, are genetically predisposed to being hungry. That's according to scientists who were discussing their ongoing mission to improve our favourite pets' health at the British Science Association Festival in Brighton. Several research teams in the UK are on a mission to improve canine health. Researchers at the University of Cambridge have studied the appetite of Britain's favourite dog breed, and suggest Labradors are genetically at risk of becoming overweight.Roughly a quarter of British households own a pet dog, and Labrador retrievers remain our most popular canine companion. However, this stereotypically "greedy" breed often suffers size-related health problems. Bla...
High obesity rates in United States remain steadily high

High obesity rates in United States remain steadily high

Health
THURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2017 -- Obesity rates in the United States appear to be leveling off, but Americans shouldn't think the battle of the bulge is won, health advocates say.In 25 states adult obesity rates exceeded 30 percent this year, and in five states rates topped 35 percent, according to a new report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.Forty-six states had an obesity rate above 25 percent -- a sharp contrast to 2000 when no state topped 25 percent, the report noted."We're far from out of the woods when it comes to obesity," said John Auerbach, president and CEO of Trust for America's Health."But we have many reasons to be optimistic, thanks to parents, educators, business owners, health officials and other local leaders," Auerbach said in a news r...
Poor sleep habits increase risk for obesity, study says

Poor sleep habits increase risk for obesity, study says

Health
FRIDAY, Aug. 4, 2017 -- Something else to fret over as you lie awake at night: Poor sleep may increase the risk of being overweight and obese, a new study contends."Because we found that adults who reported sleeping less than their peers were more likely to be overweight or obese, our findings highlight the importance of getting enough sleep," said the study's senior investigator, Laura Hardie, of the University of Leeds in England."How much sleep we need differs between people, but the current consensus is that seven to nine hours is best for most adults," Hardie said in a university news release.For the study, the research team looked at more than 1,600 adults in the United Kingdom. The participants reported how long they slept and kept records of what they ate. The participants also had...
Childhood obesity treatment as effective for parents without the child, study finds

Childhood obesity treatment as effective for parents without the child, study finds

Health
In the struggle against childhood obesity, doctors and parents have tried to engage and motivate kids to stay healthy. But a new study finds that programs aimed at parents -- without the kids -- may be just as effective a tool as therapies that include the whole family. Childhood obesity is an epidemic affecting one in three American kids who can expect to face severe consequences for life expectancy and quality as they become adults. Parents play the most significant role in establishing healthy environments and habits, so experts have welcomed them into treatment sessions with their children. This time-tested family-based model includes behavior therapy and nutrition and physical activity education for not only obese children, but also their parents. Family-based therapy is considered...