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Get the latest news about obesity and childhood obesity, find out about new bariatric surgery studies, and read about others who have experienced success with weight-loss surgery. 

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Diet sodas linked to obesity and diabetes

Although many consumers believe diet sodas are healthier than regular sodas, new studies indicate that diet soft drinks are damaging to a person's health — and may even promote weight gain.

Researchers from the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (UTHSCSA )tracked the health of nearly 500 adults for an average of 9.5 years, and found that diet soft drink consumption is associated with an increased waist circumference. In fact, people who consumed diet soft drinks experienced a 70 percent greater increase in waist circumference than those who didn't. Frequent diet soda drinkers — those who said they drank two or more diet sodas a day — experienced a 500 percent greater increase in waist circumference than non-diet-soda-drinkers.

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Educating parents helps children lose weight

A new study published in the journal Obesity indicates that when parents are given more education about nutrition and exercise, their children lose as much weight as when the children themselves participate in weight-loss classes.

The study, conducted at the University of California San Diego, involved 80 families with children aged 8 to 12 who were overweight or obese. Half of the families participated in a five-month nutrition and weight-loss program that included the children. The other half entered an education program for the parents only. Researchers evaluated body size, caloric intake, and level of physical activity before and after the study, as well as six months later.

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Exposure to cold weather may aid in weight loss, study says

According to new evidence published in a recent issue of the journal Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism, you can accelerate weight loss if you expose yourself regularly to mildly cold air. Weight loss is more likely to occur in colder weather as a result of the human body consuming more energy to maintain the body’s core temperature.

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Fat substitutes linked to weight gain

You might think that reaching for foods made with a fat substitute will help you keep your weight down, but a recent study by Purdue University has discovered just the opposite. Researchers found that rats fed nonfat potato chips made with Olestra — a fat substitute from Proctor & Gamble — actually gained more weight than rats that ate regular, high-fat potato chips.

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High-volume surgical caseload of high importance in surgical complication rates

A new study published in the July 28 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association reports that complication rates of bariatric surgery are relatively low, and hospitals that perform the highest number of weight-loss surgeries experience the lowest complication rates.

Researchers from the University of Michigan examined data from more than 15,000 patients who underwent gastric bypass, adjustable gastric banding, or vertical sleeve gastrectomy between 2006 and 2009. The surgeries were performed by 62 surgeons at 25 different hospitals in the state of Michigan.

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