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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

  • ‘Obese’ May Not Always Equal Unhealthy, Study Says

    Many overweight and obese Americans might be perfectly healthy when it comes to blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels—while many thin folks may not be the picture of good health.

  • Super Bowl Foods Can Be a Win, Win: Healthy and Delicious

    FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Super Bowl Sunday is as much about eating as it is about whether the Panthers or the Broncos score the first touchdown. Commonly served Super Bowl snacks, however, are often loaded with calories, fat and salt, cautioned Dana Angelo White, a clinical assistant professor of athletic training and sports [...]

  • NFL Linemen Keep Growing, Putting Their Health at Risk, Experts Say

    By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) — As the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers gear up for Sunday’s Super Bowl 50 showdown, many may be focused on the potential dangers of concussion, but that’s not the only health risk football players face. Concern about the size of players — especially linemen — has [...]

  • Bear Belly Might Hold Clues to Obesity in Humans

    THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Changes in their gut microbes help bears prepare for hibernation, according to laboratory research that may hold clues for combating obesity in people. As they prepare to hunker down for the winter, bears eat as much as possible, to boost their body fat. Despite the rapid weight gain, they [...]

  • ADHD Tied to Obesity Risk for Girls, Study Contends

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Girls with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have their share of challenges. And new research suggests a tendency toward obesity may be one of them. In a 1,000-person study, Mayo Clinic researchers found that girls with ADHD may be twice as likely to be obese in childhood or [...]

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