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.

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4 Ways to Tell If You're at a Healthy Weight

Wondering where you stand? Here are four crucial stats that can help you determine if you're at a healthy weight.

Fat-Shaming by Doctors Happens Way More Often Than You Think

It messes with your confidence and can hurt your health in more subtle ways too. Here's what to do if your physician makes you feel bad because of your weight.

5 Things Not to Say to Someone Who's Had Weight-Loss Surgery

Although many bariatric surgery patients are open about their experiences, there are still some questions that are simply insensitive or inappropriate to ask. Here's what's not OK.

10 Reasons Your Belly Fat Isn't Going Away

Yes, stomach pudge may be stubborn, but here are a slew of research-proven ways to dump it for good.

5 Signs You Might Be 'Skinny Fat'

When it comes to your health, the mirror and the scale tell only part of the story.

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This Is How Excess Weight Can Fuel the Growth of Cancer Cells

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The Unexpected Surgery Many People Need After Losing Weight

People who undergo dramatic weight loss after obesity are often faced with a new problem: excess skin that has to be surgically removed. Find out more about skin removal surgery, how much it costs, and whether it's covered by insurance.