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.
By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Pregnancy isn’t a license to gain weight, say researchers who have found that heavier moms-to-be tend to have fatter babies at greater risk for serious health issues. Bigger babies can pose problems during delivery, and a baby that’s large for its age is at higher risk [...]
THURSDAY, March 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) — It might seem surprising for a condition with “hyperactivity” in its name, but a new study finds that kids who had attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder during childhood were more likely to be inactive and obese as teens. Researchers followed nearly 7,000 children in Finland and found that the 9 percent who [...]
THURSDAY, March 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Obese teens who get too little sleep are at increased risk for heart disease and diabetes, a small study suggests. Researchers assessed the health, physical activity levels and sleeping habits of 37 obese American youngsters, aged 11 to 17. Among the study participants, only one-third met the minimum recommendations of [...]
WEDNESDAY, March 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Like their neighbors to the south, Canadians are getting fat. A new study reports that obesity rates in the country tripled in less than three decades, and estimates that more than one in five Canadians will be obese by 2019. Researchers reviewed health surveys dating back to 1985. By 2011, [...]
TUESDAY, March 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) — American Indian communities that open or expand casinos have fewer children who are overweight or obese, new research suggests. Obesity is more common among children from families with fewer financial resources. And Johns Hopkins researchers found that casinos are linked to higher family incomes, which provides kids in these [...]