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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

  • Weight-Loss Surgery May Lengthen Older People’s Lives: Study

    By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Middle-aged and even older people seem to gain a survival boost from gastric bypass surgery — good news for obese older folks who may wonder if the weight-loss surgery is worth the risk, a new study suggests. However, the news is not the same for those [...]

  • Weight-Loss Surgery May Lengthen Older People’s Lives: Study

    By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Middle-aged and even older people seem to gain a survival boost from gastric bypass surgery — good news for obese older folks who may wonder if the weight-loss surgery is worth the risk, a new study suggests. However, the news is not the same for those [...]

  • Healthier Diets May Be Cutting Heart, Diabetes Risks in U.S. Teens

    The severity of metabolic syndrome—a cluster of health risk factors such as belly fat and poor cholesterol levels—among U.S. teens has been improving, and healthier diets may be the reason why.

  • Vacation Weight Gain Can Lead to ‘Creeping Obesity,’ Study Finds

    SUNDAY, Feb. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Along with souvenirs, there’s a good chance you’ll return from your vacation with some extra weight, new research suggests. The study looked at 122 American adults, aged 18 to 65, who went on vacations ranging from one to three weeks between March and August. Sixty-one percent gained weight while on [...]

  • ‘Obese’ May Not Always Equal Unhealthy, Study Says

    Many overweight and obese Americans might be perfectly healthy when it comes to blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels—while many thin folks may not be the picture of good health.

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