Today’s Headlines: Weight Loss Myths, Orange Juice Troubles, and Multiple Sclerosis Linked to Obesity

Review Debunks Weight Loss Myths: An article recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine set out to disprove commonly-held myths about weight loss. These myths include the commonly held belief that those who eat breakfast are slimmer and the idea that setting reasonable goals for weight loss will lead to the most success. Obesity experts hope this research will “dispel widespread confusion about obesity.” (New York Times)

Citrus Fruit Disease May Ruin Orange Juice Industry: Your morning OJ could be taking a turn for the worse. A disease called “citrus greening” causes orange or lemon plants to “produce small, shriveled and green fruits.” Though the diseased plants can still be used for orange juice, it has a more bitter taste and may forever change the taste of orange juice as the disease spreads. “Citrus greening is really hard to fight, especially given recent research proving that the little insects that infect the plants can pass the disease between one another during reproduction.” The citrus industry has spent millions of dollars trying to fight this disease with no success thus far. (Smithsonian)

Obese Girls Have Higher Risk of Developing Multiple Sclerosis: A wide-scale research study on more than 900,000 children in Southern California revealed that “obese girls are at greater risk of developing multiple sclerosis or MS-like illness.” These results are troubling since childhood obesity has tripled over the last 30 years. (CNN)