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Health is primary motivation for weight loss

A report by Australia's national science agency, CSIRO, has found that more people are more motivated by improving their health than their appearance, when it comes to weight loss, with two out of three people motivated to start a diet because of 'health concerns.' The survey of more than 3000 CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet (TWD) online members also found around half of people who lost weight through the scientifically developed diet reported improvements in chronic health conditions such as type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol.

Trial to investigate weight loss, conception and health

Researchers at Michigan Medicine have initiated a trial that will investigate what happens when women with obesity lose weight before conception. The trial, being held at Michigan Medicine over the next five years, is looking to enrol both medically normal weight women (BMI 18-25) and women with obesity (BMI 30-45), ages 18 to 40, who are interested in becoming pregnant in the next 12 months after their enrolment.

Weight loss from bariatric surgery can improve cardiac health

In overweight and obese people, fat often gets deposited in the midsection of the body and can lead to unhealthy changes in a heart's function and size however, weight loss from bariatric surgery can help the heart to return to its natural shape and function according to new findings presented at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress 2017.

Hispanics had higher death rates than whites from diabetes

The first national study on Hispanic health risks and leading causes of death in the United States by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that similar to non-Hispanic whites (whites), the two leading causes of death in Hispanics are heart disease and cancer. Fewer Hispanics than whites die from the 10 leading causes of death, but Hispanics had higher death rates than whites from diabetes and chronic liver disease and cirrhosis. They have similar death rates from kidney diseases, according to the new Vital Signs.

Surgery results in positive health and social changes

Bariatric patients reported an overall improvement in quality of life issues after surgery, according to a study by Arizona State University researchers presented at the 107th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association.

The paper, “Social and Health Changes Following Bariatric Surgery,” assessed how bariatric patients felt post-surgery. The researchers collected data from 213 patients, aged from 26 to 73 years old (average age 50), via a self-selected sample of participants in an online support group.

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