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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

  • Minorities More Likely to Gain Weight in Childhood, Report Shows

    By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Minorities may be more prone than whites to gaining weight during childhood, which puts them at greater risk for becoming overweight or obese adults, new research says. In the study, blacks, Hispanics and American Indians were more likely to surpass a normal weight at age 18 [...]

  • Just a Half Hour of Lost Sleep Linked Weight Gain

    THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Think twice the next time you don’t get as much sleep as you need: A new study suggests that missing just 30 minutes of shuteye during weeknights could boost your weight and disrupt your metabolism. Many people skimp on sleep during the week and try to make up for [...]

  • Erratic Sleep May Make Teens Hungrier

    THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Night-to-night changes in the amount of sleep teens get may affect how much they eat, a new study suggests. The research included 342 teens, average age 17, who slept an average of 7 hours a night. But after nights when they slept an hour less or more than normal, [...]

  • Healthy Living in Middle Age Keeps Heart Failure at Bay Decades Later

    THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Are you in your mid-40s and slim, without high blood pressure or diabetes? If so, you may already be winning the war against heart failure in your senior years, new research suggests. The study, led by cardiologist Dr. Faraz Ahmad of Northwestern University in Chicago, found that being free [...]

  • Fried Foods Tied to Raised Heart Failure Risk

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The more fried food you eat, the greater your risk for heart failure, a new study says. “This study suggests that it might be wise to reduce the frequency and quantity of fried foods consumed weekly in order to prevent heart failure and other chronic conditions,” [...]

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