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.
By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Yoga has long been believed to improve overall health, but a growing body of evidence shows the ancient practice may also help the heart, a new review finds. In fact, the benefits were similar to those of conventional exercise such as brisk walking, said lead researcher [...]
MONDAY, Dec. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The brains of obese children have a stronger response to sugar than those of kids with a healthy weight, a new study says. The findings support the theory that obese children have a heightened reward response to food, and that their brains could be wired in a way that [...]
By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A newly developed food supplement appears to prevent weight gain and trim fat around the waist, researchers say. However, the chemical compound doesn’t seem to help people lose pounds, and the preliminary study is so small that the findings could be misleading. Still, it did “lower [...]
THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Lack of sleep and sleep-related breathing problems appear to boost children’s risk of obesity, a new study finds. What isn’t clear from the study, however, is whether the sleep issues actually cause obesity, or if something else might explain the association between sleep problems and obesity. Researchers analyzed data from [...]
By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Fructose — a kind of sugar found in a wide variety of foods and beverages — may encourage overeating, new research suggests. Fructose may be best known to consumers in the form of high-fructose corn syrup, which has long been added to manufactured foods from sodas [...]