Reuters (10/19, Norton) reports that according to a study published online Sept. 18 in the International Journal of Obesity, the number of people in the US who are severely obese has risen by 70% over the past decade. However, the study also notes that the rise in the obesity rate has slowed down in recent years. From 2000 to 2010, the percentage of people in the US who were severely obese grew from 4% to nearly 7%. The article notes that more than one-third of American adults are considered obese.
Study: Motivational Counseling Helps Slow Pregnancy Weight Gain In Obese Women. Reuters (10/19, Grens) reports that according to a study published online Oct. 2 in the International Journal of Obesity, motivational counseling can help to curb weight gain in obese pregnant women. By the end of their pregnancies, obese women who received counseling gained approximately 23 pounds, while obese women receiving standard care during their pregnancy gained almost 30 pounds. The study examined 205 obese pregnant women who were randomly assigned to get either motivational counseling on exercise, nutrition, and weight gain, or standard prenatal care.