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.
FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Obese pregnant women may have a nearly twofold increased risk of stillbirth, a new study says. The leading reasons for that higher risk appear to be high blood pressure and placental disorders, the researchers suggested. “We’ve known for some time that obese women are more likely to have stillbirths, but [...]
By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Firstborn girls are more likely to be overweight or obese in adulthood than their younger sisters, results of a new study suggest. Firstborns had 29 percent greater odds of being overweight and 40 percent greater odds of being obese than sisters born second, the researchers said. [...]
By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — American kids have a harder time controlling their weight than their counterparts to the north, a new U.S. study indicates. About 17.5 percent of U.S. kids aged 3 to 19 are obese, compared with 13 percent of Canadian children the same age, according to statistics from [...]
By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — New research finds that parents of overweight kids are more likely to restrict their children’s food intake — a potentially bad idea — if they themselves are carrying extra pounds. By contrast, mothers and fathers are more likely to pressure their kids to eat more when [...]
By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Exercise appears to help control an irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation in obese people, a new study finds. Australian researchers found that “cardiorespiratory fitness” reduced the risk that this potentially dangerous heartbeat will return by as much as 84 percent — even more than [...]