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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 Linked to Increased Odds of Losing Baby, Study Finds

    Women who are overweight or obese when they get pregnant may be at increased risk for miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death, researchers say.

  • Scientists Find New Way to Observe ‘Good’ Brown Fat

    THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — In a possible advance for obesity research, an MRI scan has pinpointed “good” brown fat in a living adult for the first time. The researchers say their success could help efforts to fight obesity and diabetes. Unlike white fat, brown fat is considered good because it burns calories and helps [...]

  • Gaining Too Much or Too Little Weight During Pregnancy May Influence Child’s Obesity Risk

    Children born to mothers who gain either too much or too little weight during their pregnancy are more likely to be overweight or obese, a new study has found.

  • Crunchy or Smooth? Food’s Texture May Sway Perception of Calories

    WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Creamy butter or ice cream versus a crunchy granola bar: A new study suggests that the texture of foods influences people’s dieting choices. “We studied the link between how a food feels in your mouth and the amount we eat, the types of food we choose, and how [...]

  • Too Little Vitamin D May Add to Obesity’s Burden

    TUESDAY, April 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Severely obese people with vitamin D deficiency may be less mobile than those with normal levels of the vitamin, a new study says. Poor physical functioning can reduce quality of life and increase the risk of early death, the researchers noted. The study included 252 severely obese people who were [...]

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