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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

  • U.S. Kids Getting Fewer Daily Calories From Fast Food

    By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — American children are getting fewer calories a day from fast food restaurants, but one-third still eat ready-to-go pizza, chicken and burgers on a daily basis, a new study finds. Among kids aged 4 to 19, national health and nutrition surveys showed that average daily calorie consumption [...]

  • Processed Foods the Biggest Chunk of Calories in U.S. Groceries: Study

    SUNDAY, March 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Highly processed foods account for more than 60 percent of the calories in products Americans routinely buy in grocery stores, a new study finds. These foods tend to have more fat, sugar and salt than less-processed foods, the researchers said. “Overall, we found that not only are highly processed foods [...]

  • Processed Foods the Biggest Chunk of Calories in U.S. Grocery Bags: Study

    SUNDAY, March 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Highly processed foods account for more than 60 percent of the calories in products Americans routinely buy in grocery stores, a new study finds. These foods tend to have more fat, sugar and salt than less-processed foods, the researchers said. “Overall, we found that not only are highly processed foods [...]

  • Weight-Loss Surgery Might Reduce Serious Asthma Flare-Ups

    By Nina FlanaganHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, March 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — In obese people with asthma, weight-loss surgery has been linked to a significant reduction in serious asthma flare-ups, new research suggests. “We found that risk of an emergency department visit or hospitalization for asthma exacerbation decreased by half after bariatric [weight-loss] surgery and remained significantly lower [...]

  • Obesity, Smoking, Drinking, Depression: All Linked to Low Back Pain

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — People suffering from lower back pain who smoke, drink, are depressed or are obese may be able to ease their agony by making some lifestyle changes, a new study suggests. “If you have lower back pain that is not explained by a spinal problem but is [...]

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