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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

  • Study Compares 2 Common Weight-Loss Surgeries

    THURSDAY, Oct. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A comparison of two of the most common types of weight loss surgery found that laparoscopic gastric bypass helped patients shed more excess pounds than adjustable gastric banding, but carried a higher risk of short-term complications and long-term hospitalizations. Gastric-bypass surgery makes the stomach smaller and reroutes the small [...]

  • Obese Children With Leukemia Fared Worse in Study

    MONDAY, Oct. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Obesity may change the way young people react to chemotherapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, new research suggests. The study showed that obesity made young people more than twice as likely to have leftover leukemia cells. That puts them at a higher risk of the cancer coming back and of [...]

  • Teens Who Dine With Their Families May Be Slimmer Adults

    By Mary Elizabeth DallasHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — For those teens who try to avoid spending time with their parents and siblings, new research suggests that sitting down for family meals might help them stay slim as adults. Despite everyone’s busy schedules, researchers found that just one or two gatherings around the kitchen [...]

  • Gestational Diabetes May Influence Daughter’s Weight Later

    THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Daughters of women who developed gestational diabetes while pregnant may be at increased risk for being obese later in childhood, a new study suggests. The research included more than 400 girls in California who were followed from 2005 to 2011, with annual visits to check their height, weight, body [...]

  • Study Finds U.S. Diets Still Contain Too Many Bad Fats

    By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Over the last three decades, Americans have cut their intake of artery-clogging saturated and trans fats — but not enough, new research shows. Meanwhile, consumption of healthy omega-3 fatty acids known as DHA and EPA — plentiful in fatty fish like salmon — has remained steady, [...]

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