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.
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Social networking sites can help people lose weight, according to a new study. For people who are obese, sites like Twitter and Facebook can be an inexpensive and convenient source of support from doctors as well as peers, researchers found. “One advantage of using social media over other methods is [...]
By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Sixteen major food and beverage companies have made good on their pledge to cut calories in their U.S. products, a new report finds. The companies, acting together through the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, pledged to remove 1 trillion calories from the market between 2007 and 2012 [...]
Americans’ belt size continues to inch up, and women’s waistlines are widening faster than men’s, according to new government research.
FRIDAY, Sept. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Older people exposed to high levels of black carbon — the fine particle air pollution from traffic — may have increased levels of leptin, a hormone linked to obesity, diabetes and heart disease, a new study suggests. Although the research doesn’t establish a cause-and-effect relationship between black carbon exposure [...]
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of a new weight-loss drug on Wednesday marks the third time the agency has given its blessing to a new diet medication since 2012.