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Childhood Obesity, Gastric Banding Surgery & Cholesterol

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New research finds childhood obesity rates are getting worse. The study in JAMA Pediatrics found 17% of U.S. children were obese in 2012. Researchers say what's particularly troubling is the jump in children who are extremely obese - that's having a body mass index at least 120% higher than normal. The findings contradict a recent report that showed a decline in childhood obesity rates. Researchers say that study only focused on the last decade and didn't give an accurate look at the big picture.

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A new study suggests gastric banding surgery can help overweight patients control their diabetes. Researchers in Australia enrolled 50 people with diabetes who were overweight -- but not obese. They found after two years more than half the patients who underwent the weight loss surgery had their diabetes in remission… compared to just 8% of patients who did not have the procedure.

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And a daily serving of legumes such as beans, chickpeas, lentils or peas can lower a person's bad cholesterol by 5%, according to Canadian researchers. Bad cholesterol can contribute to cardiovascular disease. Researchers say most people in North America eat less than half a serving of these foods a day.

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