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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

  • Obesity in Youth May Harm the Heart Long-Term, Even After Weight Loss

    WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A new study finds that even if overweight or obese young women slim down later on, obesity-linked damage to the heart may linger for decades. The research shows that even formerly overweight women remain at heightened risk for sudden cardiac death later in life. So, “it is important to maintain [...]

  • Could Obesity Be Wired Into Some Children’s Brains?

    By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Obese children may have difficulty resisting food because of how their brain is wired, a new study suggests. The small study found that food smells activated the parts of their brains related to impulsive behavior and obsessive-compulsive disorder, which is characterized by recurrent thoughts and repetitive [...]

  • Too Many Pregnant Women Gain Too Much Weight: Doctors’ Group

    MONDAY, Nov. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Women need to exercise and eat healthy foods during and after pregnancy in order to combat overweight and obesity and related health problems, women’s health experts say. More than half of reproductive-age women in the United States are overweight or obese, according to the American College of Obstetricians and [...]

  • Teasing Girls About Weight May Cause Lasting Harm

    FRIDAY, Nov. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Teasing overweight girls about their weight can cause lasting harm to their self-image and might increase their risk of eating disorders, a new study suggests. “Weight status may be a more sensitive issue for children who are overweight or obese, and being teased about it may elicit a stronger [...]

  • Researchers Think Viagra Might Have a Surprising Health Benefit

    The impotence drug Viagra may help ward off type 2 diabetes in people already at risk for the illness.

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