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, 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 [...]
By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Parents have become less able to realize when their child is overweight or obese, a new study finds. In fact, parents interviewed between 2005 and 2010 were 24 percent less likely to spot a weight problem in their child than parents interviewed between 1988 and 1994, [...]
FRIDAY, Aug. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — One way to fight childhood obesity is to pay close attention to food labels when you go to the grocery store, a nutrition expert says. The Nutrition Facts label reveals the number of calories and percentage of a day’s worth of nutrients in one serving of a food product. When [...]
Not only is eating better and exercising healthy for people with diabetes, it can save them hundreds of health-care dollars a year, a new study finds.