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Obesity

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

  • Study Finds U.S. Diets Still Contain Too Many Bad Fats

    By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Over the last three decades, Americans have cut their intake of artery-clogging saturated and trans fats — but not enough, new research shows. Meanwhile, consumption of healthy omega-3 fatty acids known as DHA and EPA — plentiful in fatty fish like salmon — has remained steady, [...]

  • Tall, Heavy 1-Year-Olds May Be at Risk for Obesity Later, Study Finds

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Infants who quickly add weight and length may be showing a genetic propensity for obesity as toddlers, a new study suggests. In adults, certain genes have been linked to increased body fat, but the same genes in infants promote proportionate gains in fat and lean muscle, [...]

  • Regular Doctor Visits Help Control Blood Pressure, Study Says

    MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Regular visits to your doctor can help keep your blood pressure under control, a new study shows. High blood pressure can cause serious health problems such as stroke and heart attack, according to the American Heart Association. Researchers analyzed data from 37,000 American adults who had their blood pressure checked [...]

  • You’d Have to Walk 5 Miles to Burn Off the Calories in a 20-Ounce Soda

    Alerting teens about how much walking or running they would have to do in order to burn off the calories in a soda or other sugary drink might convince them to choose a lower-calorie beverage, researchers say.

  • Dieters May Be Thwarted by Absence of Healthy Foods

    SATURDAY, Oct. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Even determined dieters can fail if they don’t have a good selection of healthy foods nearby, researchers say. Their new study included 240 obese people. All of the participants had metabolic syndrome (a combination of risk factors that increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes). And, all [...]

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