If you're frustrated because you're trying to lose weight and having a lot of trouble a new study suggests your body clock could be out of whack. Researchers have located a part of the brain that regulates the body's timing for eating and sleeping. In a study with animals they found animals with an abnormal body clock can't control the amount of food they eat. Researchers say this suggests it's not just free will but a faulty mechanism controlling our body clocks that could be causing problems with obesity. So how do you fix that? researchers say one way is to adjust your routine so that you go to bed and wake up and eat your meals at the same time every day.
This is no reason to put your baby on a diet because you want to see newborns gain weight. That's normal. But a new study says babies that gained weight the quickest during their first week of life were more likely to be overweight as an adult 20 to 30 years later. Researchers are studying early development hoping that might help them target the prevention of obesity and better understand other growth patterns linked to chronic disease. The study appears in the current issue of Circulation.
Teen smokers don't just have a haze of smoke around their heads, they're fogging up their brains, too. Yale School of Medicine researchers tested the working memory of teens who smoke compared to those who don't. Turns out adolescent smokers across the board performed poorly on memory and attention tests. Comparing the boys and girls who smoke, the boys actually scored worse than the girls.