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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

  • Could a ‘Fat Tongue’ Be a Factor in Sleep Apnea?

    TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Sleep apnea is a potential health risk for millions of Americans, and a new study points to a possible culprit behind the disorder: a “fat” tongue. “This is the first study to show that fat deposits are increased in the tongue of obese patients with obstructive sleep apnea,” study [...]

  • Children Given Certain Antibiotics Before Age 2 May Have Higher Obesity Risk

    Children who are given broad-spectrum antibiotics before the age of 2 may face a slightly higher risk of becoming obese during childhood, new research suggests.

  • Obesity Tied to Higher Cancer Risk for Colon Cancer Survivors

    By Alan MozesHealth Day Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Colon cancer patients who are overweight or obese when diagnosed appear to face a slightly higher risk for developing a second weight-related cancer, new research suggests. The finding didn’t speak to the risk of colon cancer recurrence, only the potential for developing other cancers associated [...]

  • Can Exercise Prevent Type 2 Diabetes? Your Genes May Be Key

    TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — For millions of overweight Americans, regular exercise remains a prime weapon against excess weight and the threat of type 2 diabetes. However, a new study suggests that the battle may be tougher for some than for others, depending on their genes. “While physical activity generally promotes good health, it may [...]

  • Obese in Adolescence, Colon Cancer in Later Life?

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Obesity and inflammation in late adolescence are associated with increased risk for colon and rectal cancer in adulthood, a new study of Swedish males suggests. The 35-year study found that 16- to 20-year-olds who were obese had more than twice the risk of developing colon or [...]

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