Timi Gustafson

Why gaining weight is so much easier than losing weight | Timi Gustafson

One of the hardest things about weight gain is that it can happen so easily. Losing weight, on the other hand, can be a never-ending struggle. Some people say they put on a pound or two merely by looking at food. But no matter how much they deprive themselves or how hard they exercise, the numbers on the scale only seem to go up.

 

Many unmet health care needs of aging baby boomers | Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Baby boomers will likely face an array of health conditions as they grow older but will find in many cases only insufficient treatment options.

 

Controversy over health effects of sodas heats up | Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Are sodas going down the same path as tobacco did a few years ago? The issue of sugary drinks as a major contributor to the obesity epidemic has certainly gained more traction in recent months and not only in places like New York City where Mayor Michael Bloomberg has proposed an outright ban on supersized soft drinks in bars and restaurants to curb overindulgence.

 

And You Thought You Were Eating Right Already | Timi Gustafson R.D.

Most of us already knew about the importance of eating more fruit and vegetables to stay healthy and control our weight. But now a new study from England suggests that no less than seven servings of fresh produce per day may be required to give us a reasonable shot at good health and old age.

Just the right amount of stress | Timi Gustafson R.D.

Being regularly overworked and stressed out likely leads to health problems long-term, but feeling bored or having too much time on your hands can also have negative effects, a government-sponsored study from Germany on health and safety issues in the workplace concluded.

Include mindfulness in your meals | Timi Gustafson, R.D.

If you have any interest at all in healthy eating, you probably have come across Brian Wansink’s book, “Mindless Eating – Why We Eat More Than We Think.”

Weight issues not as harmless as study may suggest | Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Obesity may have multiple negative health effects, but higher mortality rates are not among them, according to a study that was recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Meditation can be a lifesaver for heart disease patients | Timi Gustafson, R.D.

New research, funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH), found that people with heart disease who regularly meditate may be able to reduce their risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke nearly by half.

How damaging is yo-yo dieting? | Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Yo-yo dieting, a.k.a. “weight cycling,” a continuing pattern of losing and regaining weight, can be one of the most frustrating experiences people with weight problems may experience.

Diabetes dramatically on the rise among teenagers | Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Nearly a quarter of American children and adolescents is developing type 2 diabetes or has already the disease, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), published in the journal Pediatrics. Diabetes and other metabolic conditions seem to spread more rapidly among the young and are harder to treat than in adults.

Diabetes can be caused by high sugar intake alone | Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Diabetes affects over 25 million Americans today, more than 8 percent of the population. One in four seniors suffers from the disease, and the numbers among young people, including teenagers, are dramatically on the rise.

Rising food prices will make It even harder to eat healthily | Timi Gustafson, R.D.

A record drought is destroying America’s harvest this year. Over 50 percent of farmland is now in moderate to severe drought condition, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor (http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/). In some states it’s well over 60 percent and rising.

Chronic malnutrition may cause dire consequences later in life | Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Large parts of the American population are diagnosed as overfed but malnourished, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html) (CDC). It’s called the obesity paradox. While we have easy access to calorie-dense, highly processed foods, a balanced, nutritious diet is much harder to come by.

Food trends to keep: Small, simple, fresh and healthy | Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Much has been reported on changing food and nutrition trends in recent years and 2012 was no exception. Analysts agree: Americans want to eat more healthily.

Food poisoning most often from restaurant visits study finds | Timi Gustafson R.D.

Americans love to eat out, preferably several times a week, according to the Nation’s Restaurant News, a publication for the restaurant industry. At

Fight over sweeteners is about profit, not health issues | Timi Gustafson, R.D.

A group of food companies has filed a lawsuit against the Sugar Association, a trade group representing the sugar industry, for making false claims in advertising that allegedly caused loss of profit and other damages.

Beware of hidden calories in all the good holiday cheer | Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Whether we celebrate at home with family and friends, attend lots of parties or take a vacation to get away from it all, the holidays always tempt us to consume more food and drink than we normally would – and more than may be good for us.

Obesity and health don’t go together, study finds | Timi Gustafson R.D.

For quite a while some experts believed that a little extra body fat would not necessarily trigger health problems like metabolic syndrome, a cluster of diseases that often accompanies weight gain.

Scientists question the validity of food addiction

As the obesity crisis continues to spread around the world, nutrition scientists keep looking for answers why millions of people eat more than they should. One possible explanation, some have suggested, is food addiction, an inability to stop eating, even when it makes us sick.

Stress may increase dementia risk | Timi Gustafson, R.D

People who undergo traumatic experiences or endure stressful situations during their midlife years may be more likely to suffer from cognitive decline such as Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss as they age compared to their counterparts who manage to sail through life more smoothly, according to a study from Sweden that followed participants over decades, keeping track of their mental health.