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.
FRIDAY, Dec. 13, 2013 (HealthDay News) — Just a little exercise each week — jogging for an hour or walking for about three hours — can reduce the risk of developing kidney stones by up to 31 percent, according to a new study. Researchers looking at data on more than 84,000 postmenopausal women found [...]
THURSDAY, Dec. 12, 2013 (HealthDay News) — Popular children’s movies, from “Kung Fu Panda” to “Shrek the Third,” contain mixed messages about eating habits and obesity, a new study says. Many of these animated and live-action movies are guilty of “glamorizing” unhealthy eating and inactivity, while at the same time condemning obesity, according to study corresponding [...]
Listen up: Being obese, especially if you carry those extra pounds around your waist, might be linked to hearing loss, a new study suggests.
FRIDAY, Dec. 6, 2013 (HealthDay News) — Obesity and smoking increase the risk of implant failure in women who undergo breast reconstruction soon after breast removal, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 15,000 women, aged 40 to 60, who had immediate reconstruction after breast removal (mastectomy). They found that the risk of [...]
The notion that some people can be overweight or obese and still remain healthy is a myth, according to a new Canadian study. Even without high blood pressure, diabetes or other metabolic issues, overweight and obese people have higher rates of death, heart attack and stroke after 10 years compared with their thinner counterparts, the researchers found.