Patients were able to stay away from food for a longer time. For some of the patients that was really changing their lives. They are back to normal and not obsessed with food all the time.
WeightControl.com Interview with: Dr. Christian Roth, MD Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Division of Endocrinology Department of Pediatrics University of Washington
WeightControl.com: What is the background for this study? Would you briefly explain what is meant by Hypothalamic Obesity?
Response: Hypothalamic obesity is a different entity of obesity that is rare and very difficult to treat. It is an acquired form of obesity due to injury to the hypothalamus because of a brain tumor and/or its treatment. This causes an abrupt change in body weight regulation because tissues that are important for energy homeostasis are partially or completely removed.
Typically, these patients can’t control their appetite and within a very short time after surgery they gain weight quickly. Their energy expenditure is also very low. So even if they cut down on calorie intake, they are typically not able to lose weight.
Placement of these items may drive impulse buys, and because these stores sold products for children, parents and caregivers should be aware of these practices at the outset.
WeightControl.com Interview with: Corey Hannah Basch, Ed.D., M.P.H., CHES Professor and Department Chair Public Health William Paterson University
WeightControl.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Response: There are many factors that influence food choices, which are not limited simply to access and availability. This study focused on exposure to opportunities for unplanned food and beverage purchases, specifically candy, snack foods, and sugary beverages are available in checkout lines in a convenience sample retail chain stores in New York City that sell products for children.
The main findings are that most of the stores in the sample sold at least one form of convenience foods at the checkout. In addition, “corral-style” checkout lines had a more diverse sample of snack foods available throughout the line.
The readers should take away that lifestyle factors are most important regarding successful weight-loss strategies.
WeightControl.com Interview with: Melanie Heitkamp, PhD Department of Prevention and Sports Medicine Centre for Sports Cardiology, University Hospital Technical University of Munich Munich, Germany
WeightControl.com: What is the background for this study?
Response: There are genetic loci influencing obesity risk in children, which have been identified by large genome-wide association studies. However, the current knowledge about associations between these obesity related genes and obesity treatment success is scarce and the results of previous studies are inconsistent. However, it is an important question as there is a wide inter-individual response to obesity treatment.
The Childhood Obesity Intervention Cost-Effectiveness Study (CHOICES),a collaboration between the Harvard School of Public Health, Columbia University and research partners at Deakin and Queensland University in Australia, is working to help reverse the US obesity epidemic by identifying the most cost-effective childhood obesity interventions.