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New Obesity Collaboration between Sanofi-Aventis and UNC Nutrition

May 05, 2006 The UNC Department of Nutrition and Sanofi-Aventis will undertake a new collaboration to perform a study on the consequences of obesity and weight change using the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study (ARIC) database.”We are very grateful for this support from Sanofi-Aventis as it will enhance and complement UNC’s fight against the global… Read more »

Low-intensity therapy plus medication may provide more accessible treatment for alcoholism: study

May 02, 2006 Low-intensity therapy offered by medical doctors, combined with either medication or specialized behavior therapy, can effectively treat alcoholism, making treatment more readily available to people who need it, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and numerous other sites nationwide.The study, conducted over… Read more »

Study shows obese adults not aware of own obesity

April 11, 2006 Do the obese know they are obese? Apparently not, according to a study by University of North Carolina scientists.Obese men and women are reasonably accurate when it comes to reporting their own weight, say researchers, but they are much more likely than normal weight persons to misjudge how much weight falls into… Read more »

Wide variety of physical activities may protect teens against risky behavior: study

April 02, 2006 New research out of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill finds that physically active adolescents are not only improving their health – they also are decreasing the chance that they will get into trouble.Among teens who fare well are skateboarders, particularly regarding their self-esteem and despite a lack of wide… Read more »

Report sheds new light on benefits, harms of cesarean deliveries

March 29, 2006 Soon-to-be mothers and their clinicians need to thoughtfully consider the positive and negative outcomes, for both mothers and babies, of cesarean delivery on maternal request, according to a new report by researchers at the RTI International-University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (RTI-UNC) Evidence-based Practice Center. Cesarean delivery on maternal request is… Read more »

Overcoming obesity

March 24, 2006 UNC researchers explore the genetic, environmental and individual components of obesity and weigh in with solutions West Boulevard Elementary student on Walk to School Day It’s no secret that the United States has a weight problem. Sixty-five percent of American adults are either overweight or obese according to the latest National Health… Read more »

UNC nutrition professor leads creation of Healthy Beverage Guidelines

March 07, 2006 American adults consume an estimated 21 percent of their daily calories from beverages – twice as much as the 10 percent recommended by the World Health Organization.The Beverage Guidance Panel, initiated and led by a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill professor, wants to reverse that trend and help people understand… Read more »

Genetics accounts for more than half of anorexia liability, UNC-led study concludes

March 05, 2006 A new study led by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers estimates that 56 percent of the liability for developing anorexia nervosa is determined by genetics.In addition, the study found that the personality trait of “neuroticism” (a tendency to be anxious and depressed) earlier in life is a significant factor… Read more »

New study: Inequality in recreational resources decreases physical activities, boosts weight gain

February 05, 2006 In general, minorities and people with lower incomes have much less access than wealthier people to recreational facilities, a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill investigation concludes. The result is that they are less physically active and are more likely to be overweight.That’s not the only reason that people with… Read more »

UNC nutrition researchers dispute claims that obesity problem is exaggerated

January 30, 2006 Two University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers disagree with a prominent Colorado attorney’s contention that talk of a national and global epidemic of obesity is exaggerated.Writing in the February 2006 issue of the International Journal of Epidemiology, University of Colorado law professor Paul Campos says that the “current rhetoric about… Read more »