November 8, 2011

Overweight People Eat Faster

1 Eat Slowly to Lose Weight

Eating slowly lowers food intake says research from the U of RI that also found that men eat faster than women and heavier people eat faster than slimmer ones. Fast eaters ate about 3.1 oz of food/minute while slow eaters consumed 2 oz/minute. Men consumed about 80 calories/minute while women ate 52 calories/minute. A second study found that people with a higher body mass index (BMI) eat considerably faster than those with a low BMI. "One theory we are pursuing is that fast eating may be related to greater energy needs, since men and heavier people have higher energy needs," says researcher Kathleen Melanson. "It takes time for your body to process fullness signals," she says, "so slower eating may allow time for fullness to register in the brain before you've eaten too much."

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Food Boredom Helps with Weight Loss

Tags: BMI, Obesity, University of Rhode Island, Weight Loss, Weight Loss Tips, Kathleen Melanson

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Not Even College 15 for Most

2 Freshmen 15 is Really Freshmen 2 or 3

The dreaded Freshmen 15 is actually a weight-gain myth, conclude researchers. In fact, there isn't even a college 15 for most students. Los Angeles Times reports that the weight gain experienced by students may have little to do with college, and more to do with becoming a young adult. Students gained about a 1/2 pound more in their freshmen year compared to young people the same age who didn't attend college. Findings reveal that freshmen gained an average of 2.4 pounds for women and 3.4 pounds for men. About 10 percent of freshmen gained 15 pounds or more, but some lost weight. Published in Social Science Quarterly, the study shows that the only factor that might make a significant difference in weight gain during freshmen year is heavy drinking. Living in a dorm didn't affect weight.

More at Los Angeles Times | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Freshmen 15, Freshmen Weight Gain, College Freshmen Gaining Weight, Avoiding Freshmen 15, Freshmen 15 Myth

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Survival Up, Progression Down

3 Breast and Ovarian Cancer Vaccine Successful

A clinical trial involving 26 women, 12 with breast cancer and 14 with ovarian cancer, found that an experimental vaccine increased survival rates and stopped the disease’s progression in some cases. The PANVAC vaccine tells the immune system to attack the proteins on cancer cells and was given once a month to women with advanced disease, most of whom participated in the clinical trial as a last resort. Breast and ovarian cancer patients had a median survival time of 13.7 15 months, respectively. The most common side effect was a mild reaction at the injection site. A similar vaccine against colorectal cancer was studied and although disease progression as no different between those who did and did not get the vaccine, the survival rate in the vaccine group was longer.

More at Yahoo! HealthDay | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Vaccine Targets Breast Cancer Protein

Tags: Breast Cancer, Cancer Vaccine, Ovarian Cancer, Survival Rates, Disease Progression, PANVAC

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