Weight Loss Surgery News – March 12, 2010

This week on WLS News, we’ll tell you which is better for losing weight and keeping it off: a diet low in fat, or low in carbs. Plus, find out how snacking is driving childhood obesity rates, and how stress can trigger obesity in girls. We’ll also explain why a diet high in fat could be deadly for women over 50, and why the growing rate of obesity in North America may be the reason that the number of arthritis sufferers is on the rise.

Each week, WLS News reports on the latest research, legislation and trends related to obesity and weight management. For more details about this week’s newscast.

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High-Fat Diet Raises Stroke Risk in Women Over 50

Eating a lot of fat, especially the kind that’s in cookies, butter, and pastries, drastically raises the risk of stroke for women over 50, according to a new study.  However, the increased risk is potentially avoidable, researchers note.

Childhood Obesity Rates Increased By Snacking

Snacking on junk food has led to an increase in childhood obesity, according to a new study.  Kids are eating all the wrong things, bypassing milk, fruit and veggies and opting for the high calorie, sugary foods.

Increased Arthritis Rates Tied to Obesity, Sedentary Lifestyle

New research out of Canada claims that increasing rates of arthritis in the United States could be a consequence of the rise the rate of obesity and physical inactivity.

Stress Hormone Triggers Obesity in Girls

A new study claims that depression could increase the levels of certain hormones in teenage girls, leading to weight gain and obesity. Other recent studies have shown a clear correlation between obesity and depression in adults.

Low-Fat Diets Beat Low-Carb Regimen Long Term

A low-carb diet may offer quick results, but a new study suggests that a low-fat diet may be best for long-term weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight.

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