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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

  • Excess Weight May Help Heart Failure Patients, Study Contends

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Obese heart-failure patients appear to live longer than people of normal weight who develop the disabling condition, a new study suggests. Researchers tracked nearly 1,500 heart failure patients, most of whom were overweight or obese before their diagnosis. They found that 38 percent of obese and [...]

  • Immune System May Play Role in Obesity

    By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Certain immune system cells may play an important role in weight control, an early study suggests. Scientists had known that the immune cells may help ward off obesity in mice. The new findings are the first to suggest the same is true in humans, researchers report [...]

  • Yoga May Cut Heart Disease Risk Factors

    By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Yoga has long been believed to improve overall health, but a growing body of evidence shows the ancient practice may also help the heart, a new review finds. In fact, the benefits were similar to those of conventional exercise such as brisk walking, said lead researcher [...]

  • Obese Kids’ Brains Show Stronger Response to Sugar: Study

    MONDAY, Dec. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The brains of obese children have a stronger response to sugar than those of kids with a healthy weight, a new study says. The findings support the theory that obese children have a heightened reward response to food, and that their brains could be wired in a way that [...]

  • Could a Supplement Prevent Weight Gain?

    By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A newly developed food supplement appears to prevent weight gain and trim fat around the waist, researchers say. However, the chemical compound doesn’t seem to help people lose pounds, and the preliminary study is so small that the findings could be misleading. Still, it did “lower [...]

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