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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 Training’s Benefits May Depend on Genetics

    THURSDAY, May 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — How well resistance exercises work may depend on a woman’s genetic risk for obesity, new research suggests. Strength-building workouts seem to be most effective for those with a low genetic risk for a high body-mass index (BMI), the study found. BMI is a rough estimate of a person’s body [...]

  • Heart Risk Factors May Harm Black Women More Than Whites

    WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The cluster of heart risk factors known as the “metabolic syndrome” might raise the risk of heart disease more for black women than it does for white women, a new study suggests. Metabolic syndrome refers to having at least three health conditions — including a large waist size, high [...]

  • Bullied as a Kid, Obese as a Grown-up?

    WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Adults who were bullied in childhood may be at an increased risk for obesity, heart disease and diabetes, a new British study suggests. “Our research has already shown a link between childhood bullying and risk of mental health disorders in children, adolescents and adults, but this study is the [...]

  • Expectant Mothers’ Lifestyle May Influence Child’s Later Weight

    TUESDAY, May 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Children whose mothers had poor health habits during pregnancy are at increased risk for obesity, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at more than 5,100 children in Greece and found that they were much more likely to be obese at age 8 if their mother gained more than the [...]

  • Parent Goggles? Most Parents of Overweight Kids Think They’re the ‘Right Weight’

    Many parents of overweight preschoolers believe their children are appropriately sized, a new study finds.

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