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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

  • All About the Newest Weight Loss Drug

    The injectable drug Saxenda may be a helpful tool in the battle against excess weight and obesity, a new study suggests.

  • Weight-Loss Surgery May Beat Diet, Exercise as Type 2 Diabetes Treatment

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — In a small study of obese patients, weight-loss surgery was better at keeping type 2 diabetes at bay than diet and exercise alone, researchers report. In fact, three years after weight-loss surgery, more than two-thirds of those who had a procedure called Roux-en-Y gastric [...]

  • Obese Teens Less Likely to Use Birth Control

    WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Sexually active teenage girls who are obese are less likely to use birth control than teens who aren’t overweight, a new study reports. What’s more, those overweight teens who do use some form of contraception are less likely than their normal-weight peers to use it regularly, the researchers said. [...]

  • Surging Food Supply Linked to Global Obesity Epidemic

    WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The global obesity epidemic is linked to an oversupply of food available for human consumption, a new study suggests. There are enough extra calories available to explain the weight gain reported in many countries around the world, the researchers found. “Much of the increase in available calories over the decades [...]

  • Losing Weight May Ease Asthma in Obese People

    FRIDAY, June 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Losing weight may help reduce asthma severity in obese adults, a new Canadian study finds. “We were pleased to see significant improvement in asthma symptoms, as well as quality of life for these individuals. This study further supports the need to manage [chronic disorders] to improve patient lives,” said [...]

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