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Plant based diet study debunks eating for your blood type for weight loss, health

You may have read that it's important to eat certain foods based on your blood type. Depending on whether your blood type is O, A, B or AB, proponents of the blood type diet say there are foods to eat and foods to avoid for optimal health and a longer life.  Can eating certain foods based on blood type really help you live longer? The blood type diet was first introduced in 1996 by a naturopathic physician, Peter D'Adamo who alleges that even the spices you put on your food could contribute to better health and should be individualized for your specific blood type.  The theory is that certain foods and even the type of exercise you do should be individualized.  For instance, if you have type O blood you should eat plenty of meat and fish protein, vegetables and fruits but stay away from legumes - at least so the dietary guidelines say.  Recommendations for weight loss include avoiding dairy, corn and wheat and filling up on red meat, broccoli, spinach and olive oil.  Type A ind

Teen moms more prone to obesity later in life

Teen pregnancy a risk for obesity Credit: Wikimedia Commons Rising rates of obesity has drawn researchers to understand what factors contribute to growing waistlines. A study published two days ago shows teen pregnancy is a risk factor for obesity later in life, though the reasons are unclear. The finding that comes from University of Michigan researchers and published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology is the first to identify the long-term health effects of teen pregnancy that the authors say has not been a focus. Other immediate concerns, including child care, finances and school and social support, said lead study author Tammy Chang, MD, MPH, MS in a press release. The finding is based on data from the National Health and Examination Survey (NHANES). Women who were pregnant between the ages of 13 and 19 were found to be at significantly higher risk of obesity compared to those who waited until age 20 or beyond to give birth. The chances of obesity we