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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

  • Obesity Tied to Half a Million Cancers Worldwide, Report Shows

    Obesity is associated with close to 500,000 new cancer cases worldwide each year, and nearly two-thirds of obesity-related cancers occur in North America and Europe, a new report shows.

  • Weight Could Influence Rheumatoid Arthritis Relief

    By Alex KramerHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Nov. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) — People with rheumatoid arthritis may be more likely to achieve remission if they maintain a healthy body weight, according to new research. The study found that those who were heaviest had almost 65 percent reduced odds of disease remission. Being underweight also lowered the odds of [...]

  • Calorie Counts Mandated at Chain Restaurants, FDA Says

    New rules announced Tuesday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will have many restaurant chains posting calorie counts on their menus, and the rules even apply to movie theater popcorn and ice cream parlor fare.

  • Obese Employees Miss More Work, Study Finds

    MONDAY, Nov. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Obese Americans are absent from work more often than their normal-weight colleagues, and these absences cost the U.S. economy more than $8 billion a year, a new study shows. Researchers found that obese workers miss an average of between one and two more work days a year than normal-weight [...]

  • Childhood Obesity Brings Host of Health Problems, Researchers Report

    MONDAY, Nov. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Obese children are at increased for liver disease, high blood pressure and heart disease, a new study warns. Researchers looked at nearly 500 children and teens, aged 2 to 17, with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a condition that’s most common among youngsters who are overweight and obese. NAFLD [...]

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