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October 2015 Health Trends

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56%

That’s how much excess weight was lost, on average, by people who had bariatric surgery, five years after the size of their stomach was permanently reduced, according to a study of more than 300 patients published in JAMA Surgery. Although initial weight loss was greater, there was significant weight regain over time. In cases involving type 2 diabetics, about half experienced remission after the surgery, but only 20 percent remained diabetes-free after five years.

1 in 3

That’s how many Americans are able to eat dinner around the table with their family, without distractions such as someone answering texts, according to a survey by the Los Angeles-based La Brea Bakery. However, 92 percent of survey respondents said that eating a meal with others provides a great opportunity to catch up with family and friends.

24%

Among people who eat gluten-free foods, 24 percent started to do so by accidentally buying a gluten-free product and then liking it, according to research by the Natural Marketing Institute. Of those surveyed, 51 percent eat gluten-free foods to improve overall health.