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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

  • Hairdo Trumps Exercise for Many Black Women, Study Finds

    THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Many black women put concerns about their hair above their health, according to new research. It’s estimated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that four out of five black women in the United States are overweight or obese. Yet some of them skip physical activity entirely [...]

  • 1 in 4 U.S. Kids Underestimate Their Weight, Study Finds

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Many obese and overweight kids don’t see themselves that way, which makes achieving a healthy weight almost impossible, researchers report. In a new study, 27 percent of children and teens underestimated their weight. Fewer than 3 percent overestimated it. About 25 percent of parents underestimated their [...]

  • Big Jump in Doctor’s Office Visits for Young Adults With Diabetes

    THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new report finds that by 2010, one in every 10 visits Americans made to their doctor’s office involved diabetes, with the greatest rise among those aged 25 to 44. Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found the number of office visits for patients with [...]

  • Gene Mutation May Make Food More Tempting

    WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Some obese people have a genetic mutation that seems to ramp up the reward centers in their brains when they see food, researchers report. Gaining a better understanding of how this mutation triggers feelings of pleasure and gratification at the sight of high-calorie foods like chocolate could help improve [...]

  • How Dieting in Your Teens Can Backfire

    Dieting at a young age might set the stage for harmful health habits, including eating disorders, according to new research.

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