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

But researchers say absolute risk is low

6/15/2017
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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.

4/28/2017
Type 2 Diabetes May Be Bad for Brain Health

Excess weight appears to amplify the threat, study says

4/27/2017
No Excuses: Exercise Can Overcome the 'Obesity Gene'

Physical activity appears to lower effects of key DNA linked to weight gain, study finds

4/25/2017
Obesity Quadruples Kids' Type 2 Diabetes Risk: Study

About 415 million people worldwide have the disease, which is costly to treat but can be prevented

4/24/2017
Waist Size, Not Weight, May be Key to Life Span

Even those who aren't overweight are at risk of death if they've got a paunch, researchers report

4/24/2017
Exercise Benefits Aging Hearts, Even Those of the Obese

Physical activity helps ward off heart damage in middle age and beyond, study finds

4/24/2017
The Top 5 Conditions That Shorten Americans' Lives -- And Are Preventable

Obesity steals the most years of all, researchers say

4/17/2017
Health Tip: Concerned About Your Child's Weight?

How to discuss with your doctor

4/12/2017
A Healthier Weight May Mean Fewer Migraines

Study found risk increased in both obese and underweight people

4/11/2017
A Healthy Middle-Aged Heart May Protect Your Brain Later

Dementia expert says take up heart-healthy habits sooner rather than later

4/10/2017
More Younger Americans Are Suffering Strokes: Study

Researchers cite rise in blood pressure and diabetes, but one specialist questions the findings

4/10/2017
Obesity May Make Rheumatoid Arthritis Tough to Spot, Track

Inflammation from excess weight could lead doctors to think disease is worse in women than it is, study finds

4/10/2017
Race May Play Role in Obese Teens' Blood Pressure

Extra pounds appear more problematic for whites and Hispanics, study finds

4/3/2017
As Weight Goes Up, So Does Death Risk

Heart disease, cancer, other illnesses start to take a toll, study says

4/3/2017
Obesity in Early Pregnancy May Raise Child's Risk of Epilepsy

The heavier the mom, the greater the odds of the seizure disorder, study suggests

3/31/2017
U.S. Thyroid Cancer Cases Continue to Rise

New study suggests a true increase, rather than just overdiagnosis

3/31/2017
Is Your TV Making You Fat?

People who eat home-cooked meals and don't watch TV while eating less likely to be obese, study finds

3/29/2017
3/24/2017
Obesity May Not Compromise Knee Surgery Success

Results similar after procedure to repair meniscus in normal, overweight and obese people

3/23/2017
Fruit Juice for Kids: A Serving a Day OK

Review of studies finds 1 glass of 100-percent juice a day not linked with weight gain

3/21/2017
Obesity in Youth Tied to Higher Odds for Liver Cancer in Men

Fatty deposits in the organ, along with diabetes, can raise the risk, researchers and specialists say

3/16/2017
America's Porky Pets Face Health Woes, Too, FDA Says

More than half of dogs, cats in the Land of Plenty weigh too much

3/15/2017
Another Obesity Downside: Higher Esophageal Cancer Risk

Research shows association with increased odds for stomach tumors as well