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.
Prescriptions are only for medication, right? Wrong. Some doctors are now prescribing fruits and vegetables to children at risk for diet-related health conditions like type 2 diabetes or heart disease, as well as to pregnant women.
Every year I go for my annual checkup and every year I come out of the office ticked off that my doctor has not told me I’m fat. I know I’m in the minority here, but I want my doctor to talk to me about my weight.
Over the years, many of my clients on quests to eat healthier and lose weight have told me, “I do great all day, but at night, everything just seems to fall apart.”
When it comes to monitoring body fat, the scale leaves a lot to be desired. Weight alone doesn't indicate fitness—the needle moves for fat and muscle alike. Even for those not battling the bulge, body fat testing can be a nifty way to measure training progress and overall body composition. But not all methods measure up. Read on to learn about the madness behind the measurement—and whether it's worth the trouble at all.
The first five patients to try a new, minimally invasive weight-loss procedure dropped an average of more than 45 pounds in six months, researchers report. The procedure -- called gastric artery chemical embolization (GACE) -- works by blocking an artery in the stomach. This cuts off part of the blood supply to an area of the stomach that produces most of the hormone ghrelin, which stimulates appetite.
Is HCG a zombie diet survivor? The hormone-injection, 500-calorie-a-day diet--originally popularized by Snooki, featured on the Dr. Oz Show, and headlined on FoxNews.com as “a healthy stepping stone for weight management”--was pilloried by responsible health experts and got an FDA warning regarding the sale of illegal HGC "homeopathic" pills and other products.
You may have heard that childhood obesity rates are finally starting to drop a teensy bit after years of climbing ever higher. This is fantastic news for a nation that now counts 17% of its residents under the age of 20 as obese.