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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

  • Weight-Loss Surgery Might Reduce Serious Asthma Flare-Ups

    By Nina FlanaganHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, March 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — In obese people with asthma, weight-loss surgery has been linked to a significant reduction in serious asthma flare-ups, new research suggests. “We found that risk of an emergency department visit or hospitalization for asthma exacerbation decreased by half after bariatric [weight-loss] surgery and remained significantly lower [...]

  • 3 Drinks Per Day May Raise Liver Cancer Risk, But Coffee Lowers It

    THURSDAY, March 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — People who have three or more alcoholic drinks per day could be raising their odds for liver cancer, according to a report from a panel of experts. But there was good news for java lovers: The report, from the World Cancer Research Fund International, found “strong evidence” [...]

  • Obesity, Smoking, Drinking, Depression: All Linked to Low Back Pain

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — People suffering from lower back pain who smoke, drink, are depressed or are obese may be able to ease their agony by making some lifestyle changes, a new study suggests. “If you have lower back pain that is not explained by a spinal problem but is [...]

  • Why Insulin Resistance May Be More Common in Men

    MONDAY, March 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — New research may help explain why obese men are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than obese women. As people become overweight, their skeletal muscle develops insulin resistance that can lead to type 2 diabetes, the Canadian study authors explained. They discovered that differences in the activity of [...]

  • Chef’s Input Helps Make School Meals Healthier, Study Finds

    MONDAY, March 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Getting a professional chef’s input improves the fruit and vegetable selection in school cafeterias, leading students to eat more of those healthy foods, a new study finds. “The results highlight the importance of focusing on the palatability of school meals,” said the study’s lead author, Juliana Cohen, a research [...]

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