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 ReinbergHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A device intended to help with weight loss by blocking a certain nerve linked to appetite and metabolism failed to meet expectations in a trial among obese patients. Using electric impulses to block the vagus nerve, which runs between the brain and stomach, researchers hoped to [...]
Watching action shows on TV may be bad for your waistline, a new study contends.
By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. obesity epidemic is a driving force behind the rising rates of type 2 diabetes, according to a new study. Researchers looked at data from five national surveys spanning from 1976 through 2010 to determine how much the increase in diabetes over time could be [...]
TUESDAY, Sept. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) — When it comes to excess pounds and blood pressure, all fat may not be created equal, a new study finds. The research found that belly fat — the proverbial “spare tire” — boosts a person’s odds for high blood pressure more than overall body fat. It’s well known that obesity [...]
For people who want to lose weight and boost their heart health, cutting down on carbohydrates may work better than trimming dietary fat, a new study suggests.