Obesity Health News

People who are obese have too much body fat and are very overweight. Medically, people are considered obese if they have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher. BMI is calculated from a person’s height and weight, and a BMI 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight, and anything beyond the 30 threshold is classified as obesity.

Obesity, which has been linked to numerous health problems, affects an increasing number of U.S. residents.

Complications of Obesity

Several common health problems are directly connected to the growing obesity problem. Topping that list are heart disease and diabetes. However, the problems of obesity go beyond these issues. For example, being obese increases the risk for high blood pressure, certain cancers, liver and gallbladder disease and stroke. People who are obese may have breathing problems, sleep apnea or develop arthritis. Women who are obese may have difficulty conceiving a child or may become infertile.

Preventing and Treating Obesity

Not surprisingly, the secret to preventing or treating obesity is to sustain a healthy weight. That means maintaining weight if BMI is in the normal range, or losing weight if it swings to “overweight” or “obese.”

From a purely scientific standpoint, losing weight requires burning more calories than you consume. This can be accomplished by either taking in fewer calories each day or increasing activity levels to burn more calories. Of course, there’s a lot more to it than that, and individuals who want to get serious about ending obesity need to have a plan, set realistic goals and realize that maintaining a healthy weight is a long-term, even lifetime, commitment to health. There are numerous ways to modify diet and activity levels to reach these goals, and often conversations with health care providers such as nutritionists and personal trainers can be helpful in developing a realistic, workable plan.

SOURCE: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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2/23/2017
Stress and Obesity

Long-term stress raises the risk of obesity, new study finds.

2/15/2017
Weight-Loss Surgery May Help Obese Patients Beat Diabetes

After procedure, some patients were able to stop taking insulin to control their blood sugar, researchers report

2/15/2017
5 Ways Women Can Cut Their Heart Attack Risk

Heart disease is leading cause of death in U.S., but many don't know they have it

2/14/2017
Heart Disease Could Cost U.S. $1 Trillion Per Year By 2035: Report

American Heart Association estimates that nearly half of Americans will have heart disease in less than 20 years

2/14/2017
Genes Tied to Belly Size Also Linked to Heart Disease

Large study found association, but did not prove cause and effect

2/13/2017
FDA Issues Warning About Balloon Obesity Treatments

Some devices are over-inflating, and some have been linked to pancreas inflammation, agency says

2/7/2017
Many Hospital Workers Are an Unhealthy Lot: Study

Houston-area review found high rates of overweight and obesity, low physical activity

2/7/2017
Know Your Heart's Numbers

Too few Americans aware of modifiable heart disease risk factors, such as blood pressure and weight

2/6/2017
Terminally Ill Obese People Less Likely to Get Hospice Care

And those who did get end-of-life services had fewer days than slimmer patients, study finds

2/6/2017
Weight Loss Tied to Lower Risk of Uterine Cancer

Benefit was greatest in women who were obese and achieved a normal weight, study suggests

2/3/2017
Obese Couples May Take Longer to Conceive

His weight appears to affect pregnancy success, too, study finds

2/2/2017
U.S. High School Kids Abandoning Sweetened Sodas

CDC study finds daily intake of these and other sugary drinks fell to just 20 percent by 2015

2/1/2017
What You Don't Know About Cancer Can Kill You

Too few Americans realize that obesity, alcohol and inactivity boost risk for disease, survey finds

1/31/2017
The Shame of 'Fat Shaming'

Those affected by weight bias more likely to have heart disease risk factors, study suggests

1/31/2017
Diabetes Risk May Be Higher for HIV-Positive Adults

Longer survival with the virus might make people more vulnerable to chronic conditions, researchers suggest

1/31/2017
Timing of Your Meals Might Reduce Heart Risks

American Heart Association report suggests eating more earlier in the day may be healthier

1/27/2017
Curbing Excess Weight Gain in Pregnancy May Not Lower Risk for Complications

Study found no benefit, suggesting that obesity's effects on a pregnancy may begin before conception

1/26/2017
Kids' Sugary Drink Habits Start Early

Two-thirds of U.S. children consume one or more sweetened beverages daily, report finds

1/26/2017
1/25/2017
Maternal BMI and Childhood Obesity

Does a mother's body mass index during pregnancy increase her child's risk of obesity?

1/24/2017
Study Counters Link Between Excess Pregnancy Weight and Overweight Kids

Connection is likely in the genes, researchers say

1/23/2017
Could Obesity Undermine Memory Training in Older Adults?

Study adds to growing evidence of a link between weight and certain brain functions

1/20/2017
Childhood Asthma May Encourage Obesity, Study Suggests

Fear of flare-ups might spur kids to limit physical activity, specialists say

1/20/2017
Are U.S. Med Schools Skimping on Obesity Training?

Content of licensing exams suggests doctors may be unprepared to tackle this crisis: study

1/13/2017
Heavy Kids Fare Worse in One Way After Surgery

Wound infections more common for overweight or obese patients, study says

1/12/2017
Rural Americans at Higher Risk of 5 Preventable Causes of Death: CDC

More smoking, obesity and less use of seatbelts are some possible reasons why

1/11/2017
Despite Pledges, No Improvement in Chain Restaurant Kids' Menus: Study

A 2011 initiative to lower calories, sugar and salt hasn't yielded results, researchers say

1/6/2017
Weight-Loss Surgery Offers Long-Term Benefit to Very Obese Teens

Studies show most maintained significant weight loss over 5 years, but complications emerged for some

1/5/2017
Weight Loss May Ease Psoriasis Symptoms, Study Finds

Quality-of-life boost seen in obese patients who lost significant amounts

1/3/2017
Resolve to Reduce Your Cancer Risk This Year

Healthy habits are key to preventing the disease, cancer experts say

1/3/2017
Can Parents' Weight Hinder Toddlers' Development?

Study links -- but doesn't prove -- Moms', Dads' obesity tied to delayed social and problem-solving skills

1/3/2017
Study Ties Alcohol Abuse to Increased Heart Risks

Association similar to that from high blood pressure, smoking, obesity and diabetes, researchers say

12/29/2016
Mouse Study Hints at Why Obese People Struggle to Exercise

Research suggests dopamine levels, not willpower, may be to blame

12/28/2016
Men Don't Know About Risks to Fertility, Survey Finds

It's not commonly known that factors such as obesity, laptop use on lap can affect sperm counts

12/26/2016
Wiser, But Fatter, by Graduation

Study finds 10-pound weight gain is about average for college students

12/19/2016
Some Kids' Genes Might Make Food Ads More Tempting

Brain scans showed they had more reaction in 'reward center' when viewing fast-food commercials

12/19/2016
Study Finds Genetic Link Between Sleep Problems and Obesity

Restless legs syndrome, schizophrenia also have biological ties to sleep disorders, research suggests

12/14/2016
Smartphones, Tablets and Weight Gain in Teens

Study found obesity risk up 43 percent if kids used screen devices more than 5 hours a day

12/13/2016
Fewer Babies in Poor Families Are Overweight: CDC

Researchers credit improvements in federal food assistance program, awareness of childhood obesity

12/1/2016
Standing or 'Easy' Walks May Help Type 2 Diabetics Control Blood Sugar

Study counters notion that vigorous exercise is key to battling the illness

11/29/2016
Fast-Food Calorie Labeling Not Working, Study Finds

More visible signage could tip scales toward healthier eating

11/28/2016
3 Keys to Cutting Your Risk of Heart Failure

Guarding against obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes at middle age may slash risk, study finds

11/21/2016
TV Snack Ads Make Preschoolers Snack More: Study

This happened even with kids who weren't hungry, researchers found

11/14/2016
Could C-Section Birth Raise Child's Risk of Obesity?

Study suggests passage through birth canal confers protective gut bacteria to newborns

11/14/2016
DNA Isn't Destiny: Healthy Living Can Overcome Genes Linked to Heart Disease

Study found exercise, healthy diet could lower odds for heart attack even in those at high genetic risk

11/4/2016
Balloon-in-a-Pill Helped Obese Patients Lose Weight

Curbing appetite by making patients feel full could jumpstart a weight-loss program, researcher says

11/4/2016
Weight-Loss Surgery Brings Bigger Heart Benefits to Women: Study

Researchers suggest their bodies may respond differently than men after procedure

11/3/2016
Skip Dinner and Maybe Boost Your Metabolism

But, study didn't show overall changes in fat burning or calories used

11/2/2016
Lazy Summer Days Mean Weight Gain for Young Kids

Children from kindergarten through second grade put on weight when school's out, study found

11/1/2016