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 MONDAY, Sept. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) — For people who want to lose weight and boost their heart health, cutting down on carbohydrates may work better than trimming dietary fat, a new study suggests. In a small clinical trial of obese adults, researchers found that those assigned to follow a low-carbohydrate diet lost [...]
MONDAY, Sept. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Watching action shows on TV may be bad for your waistline, a new study contends. People eat much more snack food while watching action films and programs than something less exciting, according to the Cornell University researchers. “We find that if you’re watching an action movie while snacking your mouth [...]
THURSDAY, Aug. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Lack of sleep not only puts teens at risk for poor grades, it also puts them at increased risk for obesity, researchers warn. The study authors analyzed data collected from more than 10,000 Americans when they were aged 16 and 21. Nearly one-fifth of them got less than six [...]
By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Overweight Americans with risk factors for heart disease should be offered “intensive” counseling on diet and exercise, according to new guidelines released this week. The recommendations come from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent panel that reviews medical research and makes recommendations on preventive [...]
By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — In a finding that illustrates the complexity of bullying, Dutch researchers report that obese boys are more likely to bully and be bullied than their thinner peers and the vicious cycle begins before these children ever step foot inside a school. Past research has shown an [...]