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Exercise Reduces Risk for Depression in Obesity

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center report that it takes only a few minutes of exercise to prevent depression in severely obese patients who are about to undergo weight-loss surgery. In addition, physical activity significantly reduced their likelihood for using antidepressants or needing counseling for anxiety or depression. About seven percent of the general population suffers from major depressive disorder and about ten percent has anxiety disorder. However, the rates are nearly doubled in adults who are severely obese. It should be noted that depression and anxiety must be treated before weight-loss surgery, since mental health issues could […]

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Many college freshmen who experience independence for the first time have to make decisions that affect their eating habits and levels of physical activity. One of the negative aspects of this change in their lives is the dreaded weight gain, also referred to as “Freshman 15,” where one is expected to gain about 15 pounds over the early years of college. Federal guidelines on daily activities recommend spending about 75 minutes in vigorous exercise or 150 minutes of moderate physical activity in a week. Many freshmen fall short of these recommendations. New research from the University of Missouri reveals, however, […]

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New research adds evidence on the importance of physical activity health in terms of increasing life expectancy by as much as four years.  Lead author Steven Moore, Ph.D., of the National Cancer Institute, reports that people of any body weight- normal weight, overweight, or obese – improve their health and prolong their life by doing regular leisure-time physical activity at any level. The investigators analyzed data on more than 650,000 people around 40 years old and older who were participating in various epidemiological studies evaluating cancer risk. After considering other factors that could affect longevity, their analysis showed people who […]

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