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.
MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Regular visits to your doctor can help keep your blood pressure under control, a new study shows. High blood pressure can cause serious health problems such as stroke and heart attack, according to the American Heart Association. Researchers analyzed data from 37,000 American adults who had their blood pressure checked [...]
Alerting teens about how much walking or running they would have to do in order to burn off the calories in a soda or other sugary drink might convince them to choose a lower-calorie beverage, researchers say.
SATURDAY, Oct. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Even determined dieters can fail if they don’t have a good selection of healthy foods nearby, researchers say. Their new study included 240 obese people. All of the participants had metabolic syndrome (a combination of risk factors that increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes). And, all [...]
FRIDAY, Oct. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Love to dine out? You could be at higher risk for becoming overweight and having poorer cholesterol levels than people who prefer to eat at home, a new study suggests. Researchers led by Ashima Kant of Queens College, City University of New York, analyzed data from more than 8,300 [...]
Disruptions in the human circadian clock can throw off microbes in the gut, potentially boosting the risk of obesity, a new study suggests.