Obesity rising in least walkable Ontario neighborhoods

Obesity rates are rising in neighbourhoods in Southern Ontario with low walkability ratings, while in highly walkable neighbourhoods obesity rates remain steady. There was also a fall in the rate of new diabetes cases in the more walkable neighbourhoods, according to the results of a new study. The study examined patterns of obesity, diabetes, and […]

Why Labrador retrievers are more interested in food than other dogs

The first gene to ever be associated with canine obesity could explain why Labrador retrievers are more interested in food than other breeds. An alteration on the pro-opiomelanocortin, or POMC gene is found specifically in Labs and the related breed of flat-coated retrievers.The researchers found, on average, dogs with the POMC deletion were 2 kg heavier. Their owners also […]

New guidelines for weight management

Weight and obesity is a public health issue in Canada as more than 67 per cent of Canadian men, and 54 per cent of women are considered overweight or obese. The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care has drafted new recommendations for clinicians and policy-makers after reviewing currently existing prevention and treatment literature. The […]

Obesity may shorten life expectancy by 8 years

Individuals who are obese or overweight may be shortening their lives by up to eight years, according to a new study. In addition to this new decrease in life expectancy, obese and overweight individuals have a higher chance of developing diabetes or cardiovascular disease earlier in life. The study found that individuals who are overweight to […]

Saliva gene linked to obesity

Having a high copy number of a gene increases the expression of the protein it encodes. A new genomic study on 6,200 subjects found a link between a low copy number of the gene for amylase — a salivary protein which breaks starch down into digestible sugar — with obesity and high body mass index […]

Obesity, weight loss and New Year’s resolutions | Webinar recording

Obesity, weight loss and New Year’s Resolutions – December 4, 2012 As the holidays approach, many of us are running a gauntlet of high-calorie food, from family dinners with extra helpings to sweet-laden tables at company parties. Is it any wonder that weight loss is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions?  Yet most […]

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