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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

  • All About the Weight Loss ‘Balloon’ The FDA Just Approved

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of a temporary, implanted balloon device for weight loss may have many wondering how — and how well — it works.

  • FDA Approves ‘Belly Balloon’ Device for Weight Loss

    WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Obese Americans struggling to shed pounds have a new weight-loss option: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved a temporary, implanted balloon device to treat obesity. The ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System (ReShape Dual Balloon) works by taking up space in the stomach and causing a [...]

  • Heart Disease, Alzheimer’s Linked by Common Risk Factors

    TUESDAY, July 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Some risk factors for heart disease may also be linked with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia, a new study reports. “We already know that vascular risk factors damage the brain and can result in cognitive [mental] impairment,” study lead author Dr. Kevin King said in a news release [...]

  • Low Birth Weight Tied to Higher Type 2 Diabetes Risk Decades Later

    TUESDAY, July 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Your risk for type 2 diabetes might be affected by both your birth weight and your lifestyle, a new study suggests. “We found that both low birth weight and unhealthy lifestyle were associated with a significantly higher risk of type 2 diabetes,” study leader Dr. Lu Qi, associate [...]

  • Time Spent Sitting May Not Affect Diet, Study Suggests

    FRIDAY, July 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Many people would assume that spending more time sitting at home or work might have a negative impact on a person’s diet, but a new study shows no such effect. Researchers led by Dr. Kerem Shuval of the American Cancer Society looked at the habits of more than 4,900 [...]

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