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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

  • Exercise Might Not Help Some Type 2 Diabetics Control Their Blood Sugar

    THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Certain genes might prevent regular exercise from improving blood sugar control in up to a fifth of people with type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. The issue has long been pondered by doctors working with diabetic patients, one expert said. “For many years we have been under the impression [...]

  • Kids Born to Overweight Moms May Face Higher Heart Risks as Adults

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Overweight or obese women who get pregnant are much more likely to have a child who suffers from heart disease as an adult, new research suggests. But it looks like environment may play a greater role than genetics in that trend, the researchers added. “Mothers who are [...]

  • Eating Lots of Trans Fats May Sap Your Memory

    The trans fats found in your favorite junk foods aren’t just clogging your arteries: New research shows they might also be messing with your memory.

  • Working Night Shift Can Slow Your Metabolism, Study Suggests

    Researchers found that when they put 14 volunteers on a schedule that simulated night-shift work, it quickly curbed the number of calories their bodies burned every day.

  • Even With a Little Weight Gain, Quitting Smoking Is Still Healthier Choice

    TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Fear of unhealthy weight gain can be a factor holding smokers back from quitting the habit. But a new study finds that even if you do add a few pounds once you quit, your post-cigarette health is still much better than if you’d kept on smoking. “This study is [...]

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