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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

  • Parents of Obese Kids Often View Them as Healthy

    By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Parents of obese children often don’t view their kids as unhealthy or recognize the health consequences of excess weight or inactivity, according to a new study. The children of the families surveyed for the new research were attending an obesity clinic at the Hasbro Children’s Hospital [...]

  • The Weird Link Between Weight Loss and Incontinence

    Weight-loss surgery appears to have an additional side benefit—it may improve urinary incontinence symptoms in women, according to a new study. Other research shows that nonsurgical weight loss improves leakage, too.

  • Many Overweight Kids Think They’re Thinner Than They Are

    Many obese and overweight American children and teens look in the mirror and tell themselves their weight is fine, U.S. health officials reported Wednesday.

  • Obesity During Pregnancy Linked to Raised Asthma Risk in Kids

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Women who are obese during pregnancy may be more likely to have children with asthma than normal-weight mothers, a new review suggests. “We found that, compared with children born from mothers of normal weight, those whose mothers were overweight or obese during pregnancy had up to [...]

  • Kids’ Waistlines Aren’t Getting Any Bigger, But Obesity Rates Are Still Too High

    The waistlines of America’s children and teens may have stopped expanding, a new study indicates. But one-third of kids aged 6 to 18 years remain abdominally obese.

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