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 Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 23 (HealthDay News) — Statins are proven drugs taken by millions to lower their cholesterol, but the medications also could hamper heart patients’ ability to improve their cardiovascular health through exercise, researchers say. A small group of overweight or obese people were unable to make any significant fitness gains while taking [...]
THURSDAY, May 23 (HealthDay News) — While some fast-food chains are required to provide calorie and other nutritional information to help customers make informed choices, kids who eat fast food at least twice a week are 50 percent less likely to use this information than kids who eat fast food less often, according to a [...]
WEDNESDAY, May 22 (HealthDay News) — Children who are physically, sexually or emotionally abused or neglected are at greater risk for obesity later in life, a new review suggests. British researchers found that abused children are 36 percent more likely to be obese as adults. They concluded that child abuse could be viewed as a modifiable [...]
By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 21 (HealthDay News) — The overall health of Americans isn’t improving much, with about six in 10 people either overweight or obese and large numbers engaging in unhealthy behaviors like smoking, heavy drinking or not exercising, a new government report shows. Released Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and [...]
By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 20 (HealthDay News) — Obese and overweight men and women who suffer from heartburn often report relief when they lose weight, a new study shows. The researchers tracked the effects of weight loss over a year in patients who had a persistent form of heartburn known as gastroesophageal reflux, or GERD. “If [...]