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Today's Top Medical Stories for Tuesday, April 8, 2014

New research indicates childhood obesity is getting worse, not better. Plus what you should be eating more of to lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.
New research finds childhood obesity rates are getting worse. The study in JAMA Pediatrics found 17 percent 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 percent 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.

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 percent of patients who did not have the procedure.

And a daily serving of legumes such as beans, chickpeas, lentils or peas can lower a person's bad cholesterol by five percent, 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.

(Alexis Christoforous, CBS News)

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