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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8/14/2017
'Fat But Fit' a Myth?

Extra weight linked to extra risk, even if blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol all normal

8/11/2017
When Stress Hormone Falters, Your Health May Suffer

Study suggests lack of variation in cortisol levels could be linked to ills like inflammation, cancer

8/10/2017
Obesity Slows Recovery for Heart Surgery Patients: Study

They're four times more likely to need more time in intensive care, three times more likely to be readmitted

8/9/2017
Health Tip: Childhood Obesity Can Trigger Adult Problems

Here's how you can help prevent them

8/4/2017
Does Less Sleep Make You Less Healthy?

Adults who logged only 6 hours a night had wider waists, study found

8/3/2017
Doctors Who 'Fat-Shame' Patients Can Cause Real Harm

Many patients respond by avoiding needed care, psychologists warn

8/1/2017
Women Who Gain Weight Between Babies at Higher Risk for Diabetes

Danger is greatest for women whose weight was normal before they got pregnant, study finds

8/1/2017
Breast-Feeding Lowers Mom's Breast Cancer Risk: Study

It also reduces the child's future cancer risk, cancer institute reports

7/26/2017
Don't Put Off Weight-Loss Surgery Till You're Heavier

Best results seen for those with pre-op BMI of less than 40, study says

7/24/2017
Obese Don't Have to Lose Weight Before Joint Replacement: Study

It's ideal to drop pounds first, but the procedure's benefits may outweigh risk if you can't

7/24/2017
Obesity in Teen Years Tied to Colon Cancer Risk in Adulthood

Concerns are growing about weight's impact on development of chronic disease, researchers say

7/24/2017
Childhood Obesity and Colon Cancer

Being overweight or obese in adolescence may increase the risk of colon cancer in adulthood, study finds

7/21/2017
Here's Why a Soda With That Burger Is Especially Fattening

High-sugar drinks combined with protein triggers extra fat storage by body, study finds

7/20/2017
Targeting 9 Risk Factors Could Prevent 1 in 3 Dementia Cases: Study

Reducing mid-life hearing loss might make the biggest difference

7/19/2017
As Your Weight Creeps Up, So Does Your Risk of Heart Failure

But losing a few pounds might help decrease the damage, cardiologist suggests

7/18/2017
More Evidence That Midlife Weight Gain Harms Your Health

Risk of diabetes, heart disease rises when waistlines widen slowly, study finds

7/17/2017
Big Baby, Heavier Kid?

Study suggests these infants could benefit from early interventions to avoid obesity in childhood

7/13/2017
Are Big Men More Prone to Aggressive Prostate Cancer?

Study found taller, heavier males were more likely to get it, die from it

7/12/2017
Walking Rates Are Key to a Country's Obesity Levels

As steps declined, national waistlines expanded, global study shows

7/6/2017
Exercise Can Keep Obese Seniors on the Go

Study ties physical activity to ability to perform everyday tasks

6/28/2017
Heavy Teens May Be Setting Themselves Up for a Stroke

But kids who lose weight by age 20 can cut their chances, study suggests

6/28/2017
Community Intervention May Aid Fight Against Childhood Obesity

Harvard study finds small successes in two Massachusetts-based programs

6/15/2017
Higher Pregnancy Weight Tied to Raised Odds for Birth Defects

But researchers say absolute risk is low

6/15/2017
Are You at Risk for Metabolic Syndrome?

Protect yourself from 'pre-diabetes'

6/13/2017
Flu Shot Falls Short More Often for Obese People: Study

Immune cells that guard against the virus don't function properly, researchers say

6/13/2017
Who Looks Obese to You?

White women are expected to be thin, blacks not so much, study finds

6/12/2017
2 Billion Worldwide Are Obese or Overweight

Study shows it's not only an American problem, but an international health crisis

6/9/2017
Even Your Bones Can Get Fat, Mouse Study Suggests

But running rodents improved their bone quality in just weeks, researchers say

6/7/2017
Overweight Kids Pay a Heavy Social Price

They tend to have fewer friends, which can lead to depression and other emotional problems, researchers say

6/7/2017
U.S. Liver Cancer Deaths Have Doubled Since 1980s: Study

It's now fifth-leading cause of cancer death in men and No. 8 among women

6/6/2017
1 in 5 Weight-Loss Surgery Patients Using Opioids Years Later

Though procedure relieves obesity-related pain, it doesn't erase the need for painkillers, researchers report

5/31/2017
Obese Women May Have More Intense Hot Flashes

Body fat might trap heat inside the body, researchers say

5/31/2017
Health Tip: Know Your Risk for Obesity

Here's what makes it more likely

5/30/2017
Transgender People Report More Health Problems

Disparities can't be explained by lower income, other factors, researcher says

5/26/2017
Gut Bacteria Changes After Some Weight-Loss Surgeries

Better diversity seen after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, researchers say

5/25/2017
Teasing Teens About Weight May Do Lasting Harm

They're more likely to be obese and struggle with emotional eating as adults, research finds

5/24/2017
Thick Middle May Raise Risk of Some Cancers

Where fat is carried is as strong a predictor as BMI, research suggests

5/19/2017
Overweight Boys Face Higher Colon Cancer Risk as Adults

But study also found that losing weight as young adults lowered those odds

5/19/2017
Heavy Kids Face Triple the Odds for Depression in Adulthood

Risk was 4 times greater if they were also overweight as adults, study finds

5/19/2017
More Fruits and Veggies Can Slash Obesity Odds

Researchers encourage a mostly plant-based diet

5/18/2017
Drink Water, Fight Fat?

When you have it in place of beer or sugar-sweetened soda it helps, study finds

5/17/2017
This Combo Workout May Suit Obese Seniors Best

Aerobic-plus-resistance regimen boosts bone and muscles, study shows

5/17/2017
'Healthy Obese' May Be a Myth

Higher risk for heart problems detected in new study

5/9/2017
Do You Overeat? Your Brain Wiring May Be Why

New research might shed light on why women struggle with weight more than men do

5/8/2017
'Balloon-in-a-Pill' Spurs Weight Loss, Health Benefits: Study

But specialist not involved with the research says results are likely short-lived

5/4/2017
Red Wine Antioxidant Might Help Diabetics' Arteries

Resveratrol supplements appeared to aid those with the stiffest blood vessels in small study

5/4/2017
Sugary Drinks More Affordable Across the Globe

Cheaper access may sabotage worldwide fight against obesity

5/2/2017
Can Dropping Some Weight Save Your Knees?

Loss was tied to less joint degeneration in study, but skeptics remain

5/1/2017
More Active Kids Could Save U.S. Billions in Health Costs: Study

Starting young would pay big dividends as children grow up, researcher says

4/28/2017
Genetics and Obesity

Exercise can reduce weight gain in people with a strong genetic risk factor for obesity, study finds.