Dr. Ann

According to scientific projections presented at the recent Annual American Heart Association Meeting (AHA Scientific Session November 16, 2011 Orlando, FL), Americans are on the fast track to catastrophic health consequences as a result of unhealthy living. Based on the researcher’s analysis, 83 percent of men and 72 percent women will be overweight or obese […]

Extreme obesity is affecting record numbers of children including 7.3% of boys and 5.5% of girls.  Those hit hardest are teenage African American girls (11.9%) and Hispanic teenage boys (11.2%) (Journal of Pediatrics, March 2010).  As a parent, here are the most powerful steps you can take to protect your child from obesity.   Related:   […]

In what was the most eyebrow-raising report I reviewed this month, Princeton University researchers found that high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is uniquely fattening relative to regular table sugar, and when consumed long term, leads to dramatic weight gain.  To investigate, researchers performed two separate laboratory experiments with rats.  In the first, male rats were […]

Risk factors for the development of this epidemic, potentially life-threatening condition include being overweight, being physically inactive, having a close relative with the disease, and consuming trans fats.   If you have any of these traits, it is imperative that you avoid regular consumption of the Great White Hazards (white flour products, white potatoes, sugar, […]

Researchers who followed over 8,000 US 4 year olds found that regularly engaging in the following 3 activities was associated with a dramatic reduction in obesity risk:  eating “family” dinner 5 or more times a week, watching TV less than 2 hours a day, and getting at least 10 ½ hours of nightly sleep.  (Pediatrics, […]

Up until now, there has never been credible data to support that calories consumed late at night were any more fattening than those consumed during the day.  An intriguing new laboratory study however, reveals “hard data” to the contrary and should give us reason to be particularly food wary during the wee hours of the […]

Here are some quick highlights from a number of cool, new studies on the weight loss front: High intensity aerobic exercise is effective for reshaping body contour. (Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Oct 08).  If you want to “spot” reduce your waistline, high intensity workouts appear to do the trick.  Spinning has definitely […]

A landmark, new report confirms something I have strongly suspected for some time, and should have profound implications for our approach to combating the crushing burden the obesity epidemic continues to place on our society.  Reporting at the European Congress on Obesity (Amsterdam, May 09), scientists determined that the meteoric uptick in our obesity rates […]

As our scientific understanding of the fundamental importance of vitamin D for broad-spectrum health protection has dramatically risen over the past two decades, unfortunately our blood levels have gone in the opposite direction.  Researchers reported in the March issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine that 3 of every 4 Americans have insufficient blood levels […]

A massive, new, landmark review of the most definitive science to date provides confirmation that we, as individuals, have enormous control over whether or not we will develop cancer.  Titled Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Prevention of Cancer:  a Global Perspective – the report was the most comprehensive ever undertaken to examine the impact of […]