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Obesity

Obesity is more than just being overweight. People are considered to be obese if they have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater. (Those who are overweight have a BMI of 25 to 29.9) Obesity increases the risk of diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, some types of cancer, and even dementia later in life. Despite the health risks, it can be very difficult to shed extra pounds, and keep them off.

Obesity News

  • Big Jump in Doctor’s Office Visits for Young Adults With Diabetes

    THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new report finds that by 2010, one in every 10 visits Americans made to their doctor’s office involved diabetes, with the greatest rise among those aged 25 to 44. Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found the number of office visits for patients with [...]

  • Gene Mutation May Make Food More Tempting

    WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Some obese people have a genetic mutation that seems to ramp up the reward centers in their brains when they see food, researchers report. Gaining a better understanding of how this mutation triggers feelings of pleasure and gratification at the sight of high-calorie foods like chocolate could help improve [...]

  • How Dieting in Your Teens Can Backfire

    Dieting at a young age might set the stage for harmful health habits, including eating disorders, according to new research.

  • Healthy ‘Brown Fat’ May Cut Odds for Obesity, Diabetes

    MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — People with higher levels of brown fat have a reduced risk for obesity and diabetes, a new study suggests. Unlike white fat, which lowers insulin sensitivity, researchers found that brown fat actually improves insulin sensitivity, blood sugar control and fat-burning metabolism. “This is good news for overweight and obese people,” [...]

  • The Simple (But Genius) Way to Eat Less

    Unlike children, the vast majority of adults finish all of the food they put on their plate at mealtime, according to a new study.

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