Obesity news, articles and information:
|1/27/2013 - A major soft drink manufacturer is now set to run big ads explaining that weight gain, and more specifically our obesity epidemic, is due to consuming too many calories over all and not to drinking too many sugar sweetened beverages. While this sounds logical, in fact it is not supported by studies...|
|1/27/2013 - Long known to dramatically increase the risk of certain chronic health conditions later in life, childhood obesity also has serious, immediate health consequences, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of California-Los Angeles and published in the journal Academic Pediatrics.
|12/21/2012 - A simple formula can calculate a newborn baby's risk of childhood obesity without the need for medical tests, according to a study published in the journal PLOS ONE.
Childhood obesity is a growing problem in the world's wealthier countries - for example, more than 15 percent of all British children...|
|11/24/2012 - Obesity is not merely a cosmetic problem, but a severe threat to health and longevity. That old saying, "The longer the belt, the shorter the life," is entirely accurate.
Associated with obesity are diabetes and heart disease among others. This can be confirmed by Googling or Yahooing, "Could Sulfur...|
|11/8/2012 - It doesn't take much more than a casual glance around you to know that overweight and obesity rates have risen during the past half century, specifically skyrocketing over the past five to ten years. An overabundance of highly processed, fructose-infused convenience foods and meals eaten at fast food...|
|11/5/2012 - There should be no doubt that the skyrocketing rates of overweight and obesity that have become so prevalent over the past half century are damaging the health and lives of millions around the western world. Excess weight typically raises blood pressure leading to cardiovascular disease and death, and...|
|10/19/2012 - The fact that obesity statistics have never been higher has raised a substantial amount of awareness and concern in regards to this issue. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, just over one-third of U.S. adults, about 97 million, are obese. This number is expected to rise to...|
|10/10/2012 - First and foremost I need to rectify something. In my previous article about reversing acne I presented some information on how to make drinking water safe from chlorine and fluoride. I was half right and half wrong. What I said works for chlorine but not for fluoride and I humbly apologize. For fluoride...|
|10/8/2012 - It is likely no surprise to most health-minded individuals that consuming excess calories from sugary beverages and being overweight or obese are not mutually exclusive and independently lead to a significantly increased risk for metabolic syndrome, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Caloric intake...|
|10/6/2012 - Individuals who struggled with obesity as children are about 50 percent more likely to develop certain forms of cancer as adults compared to those who were of a normal weight as children. These are the findings of a new study published in the journals Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention and...|
|9/26/2012 - While many Americans have gotten the message and changed their diet and exercise habits in order to tone up and slim down in the name of better health, far too many of us are continuing to turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to a growing cacophony of warnings from experts who say the nation's current path...|
|9/25/2012 - Are the chemicals commonly found in thermal receipt paper, aluminum cans, and plastic containers causing your children to become overweight or obese? New research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) seems to suggest this may be the case, having found that children with...|
|9/3/2012 - As obesity rates continue to soar among all age groups in the U.S. and most other countries, the incidence of chronic diseases spawned by excess abdominal fat follows on a parallel course. Medical scientists have repeatedly confirmed that risk for heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer and dementia...|
|8/10/2012 - Obesity is an epidemic in the United States. Advances in technology and cheap, empty calories have created a lazy and fat population. New generations of children are getting thrown into this culture and are turning up with a higher incidence of diseases. Estimates state up to one-fifth of the global...|
|8/8/2012 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports, "More than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7 percent) are obese." The CDC's numbers on children and adolescents are just as alarming. "Approximately 17 percent (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2-19 years are obese.
|8/6/2012 - It's well established that obesity is characterized by low-level chronic inflammation. Several theories as to how this inflammation occurs have been proposed, but dietary choices seem to be the most important factor involved. It's increasingly recognized that regular consumption of certain foods leads...|
|8/3/2012 - It is no surprise to most people that the current obesity epidemic is placing millions of unsuspecting individuals at grave risk of early death, in part by dramatically increasing the incidence of diabetes. Excess body weight damages metabolic balance, allowing wildly fluctuating blood glucose and insulin...|
|7/30/2012 - So far, 2012 has offered vast federal nanny state expansion at the American dinner table. From officials inspecting home-prepared school lunches to the war on raw milk, our government is determined to tell America what we can and cannot eat. Now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is...|
|7/11/2012 - You have no doubt heard about the obesity epidemic among humans, but believe it or not, the animal kingdom is also battling the bulge, and what's more, veterinarians and researchers see lots of similarities between the species that could lead to better outcomes for both man and beast.
For some time...|
|7/10/2012 - New vaccinations against obesity that could allow obese patients to eat as much junk food as they like and still lose weight are in development. As reported in the Journal Of Animal Science and Biotechnology, a research team led by Dr. Keith Haffer, of US firm Braasch Biotech, and Mariana Monteiro from...|
|7/8/2012 - Overweight and obesity continue to plague a majority of men, women and children alike, placing them at considerable risk for heart disease, diabetes and fatty liver disease as a result of chronic metabolic dysfunction. Alternative health practitioners understand that the problem is the result of much...|
|6/29/2012 - Obese and lean individuals have different gut flora composition. The gut microbiota of mice and humans are similar, with Firmicutes and Bacteroidetes dominating. At this point it's not clear exactly which species are important in weight management. Some studies show reduced numbers of Bacteroidetes...|
|6/27/2012 - Those who peel an apple before eating it may be discarding a helpful tool for fighting obesity. A study involving mice finds that a compound in apple peel called ursolic acid may curtail obesity by increasing muscle mass and boosting calorie burning. In addition to the weight control benefit, it may...|
|6/22/2012 - While we are entrenched in a horrible, devastating obesity epidemic, the alleged "cures", although good, are shortsighted.
The mainstream emphasizes the epidemic as a societal one and not just a children's issue.
One of the greatest influences on children's behavior is the actions of the adults...|
|6/3/2012 - OK, I give up. I admit it, the only books that people are buying are weight loss books. So in order to get the message about magnesium across to the masses, I present you with The Magnesium Weight Loss Cure.
I just read Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight and I agree with my friend, magnesium...|
|5/19/2012 - Thanks to America's rapidly expanding waistlines, it seems the approximately 92,000 patients currently waiting for a kidney donor will have to wait even longer. According to a new study conducted by researchers at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine and Feinstein Institute for Medical Research,...|
|5/6/2012 - Forget the budget battles in Washington, D.C., although those are important. Want to know what one of the biggest issues is - literally - behind the bankrupting of our country?
Obesity. No, we're not kidding.
In fact, new analyses of data surrounding obesity reveal that it is costing the nation...|
|5/4/2012 - Obesity in America is more than just an epidemic, it's the normal state of affairs. Today, 34 percent of Americans are obese (BMI of 30+), triple the 1960 percentage. The ranks of the 'morbidly obese,' or those with a BMI of 40 or more, has swelled to 6 percent, six times the 1960 rate. Another 34 percent...|
|4/5/2012 - Easy access to convenient food without the hassle of preparation may well be the reason of the rising obesity trend. The ubiquity of fast food restaurants offering instant tasty meals with sweetened carbonated drinks and other high calorie snacks have encouraged abnormal eating patterns for all hours...|
|3/27/2012 - After first denying approval for the obesity drug Qnexa (phentermine and topiramate) back in 2010 because of its harrowing side effects, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now under intense pressure by Big Pharma-backed lawmakers, institutionalized drug pushers, and even its own advisory...|
|3/7/2012 - The U.S. industrial food and farming system, dominated by fast food restaurants and processed, chemical-laden food, has precipitated a public health crisis. Although nutritionists recommend that consumers avoid eating unhealthy junk foods, every day 75 million Americans "supersize" themselves and damage...|
|2/10/2012 - The National School Lunch Program announced its decision to raise nutrition standards for school children across the United States. This is the first implemented change to the program in 15 years. Led by First Lady Michelle Obama, the claimed goal of her "Let's Move" campaign is to curb the rise in...|
|2/7/2012 - British women are the fattest in Europe, an EU report States. In Britain, 24% of women are classified as obese, compared to just 9.3% in Italy, 12.7% in France and 15.6% in Germany. This is a fact backed up by Britain's own NHS (National Health Service) statistics released during national obesity week....|
|12/6/2011 - If there's one nutrient that has received an amazing amount of attention and research over the past year, it's vitamin D. As NaturalNews has reported extensively, a lack of the vitamin has been linked to everything from dementia and arthritis to heart disease and breast cancer.
What's more, as scientists...|
|10/14/2011 - For the first time in over three years, the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index poll has found that there are now more "normal weight" Americans than there are "overweight" Americans, which may signify a positive trend towards a national slimming down. However, more than 61 percent of Americans are still...|
|9/15/2011 - When processed food comes to mind, many people think they are safe because of the fact that they do not consume takeouts or eat at restaurants. The truth is that any food or food product found on grocery store shelves in bags or boxes is in fact processed, as it is not in its natural form. Many of the...|
|8/20/2011 - Obese people are usually always hungry and no matter how much they eat their brains are registering starvation. One would think that eating too much would result in an abundance of nutritional support for cells. But being overweight and undernourished at the same time is a reality that is just beginning...|
|7/26/2011 - As it turns out, fat tissue isn't just a dormant storage depot for calories. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, more than 100,000 cancer cases in the U.S. are linked to excess body fat - most of them are preventable.
The data shows that on top of the list of obesity-linked cancers...|
|7/19/2011 - A pediatrician in Boston named David Ludwig has been sharply criticized over the past week for suggesting that obese children might be taken away from their parents by state authorities for their own safety. In his article, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, he explains that...|
|7/18/2011 - A pediatrician in Boston named David Ludwig has been sharply criticized over the past week for suggesting that obese children might be taken away from their parents by state authorities for their own safety. In his article, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, he explains that...|
|5/5/2011 - Melatonin is a powerful natural hormone that is well known for its association with circadian rhythms that promote a healthful sleep cycle. Researchers from the University of Granada reporting in the Journal of Pineal Research have found that melatonin helps to control unnatural weight gain without...|
|4/26/2011 - (NaturalNews.com) - If you're one of the 13 million or so Americans out of work, chances are you're looking a job - any job. Even a job at McDonalds.
McDonalds held a National Hiring Day on Tuesday; with company officials saying they hoped to hire 50,000 new employees to fill positions at the company's...|
|4/6/2011 - High consumption of foods naturally rich in omega-3 fatty acids helps to reduce the risk of developing obesity-related illnesses like heart disease and diabetes, says a new study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Even among obese populations, omega-3s demonstrably keep at bay...|
|4/2/2011 - Childhood obesity has reached epidemic levels in recent years. According to the Institute of Medicine, obesity in preschool aged children and teens has more than doubled since the 1970`s while the obesity rate in children 6 to 11 has more than tripled. Protecting advertising revenue and financial interests...|
|3/27/2011 - Worldwide rates of obesity have doubled since 1980, but levels of cholesterol and blood pressure are strikingly different between rich and poor countries, according to a study conducted by researchers from Imperial College London and published in The Lancet.
In 1980, 5 percent of men and 8 percent...|
|3/15/2011 - Antioxidants play a crucial role in preventing the onset of disease, and they can make all the difference in determining whether or not children develop glucose intolerance or become obese. According to a new study out of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHP), women who consume high amounts...|
|2/8/2011 - New research published in the journal The Lancet has revealed that global obesity rates have doubled since 1980. Some Western countries have been able to slightly reduce overall blood pressure and cholesterol rates, but nearly ten percent of men and 14 percent of women across the board are now obese.
|1/24/2011 - According to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, the rate of childhood obesity has tripled in the last 30 years. Junk food is one of the culprits for the obesity epidemic. Kids are exposed to junk food in many ways, from unhealthy parental role models to marketing...|
|1/11/2011 - People who weigh more have lower circulating levels of Vitamin D according to recent research conducted at the Rikshospitalet-Radiumhospitalet Medical Center in Oslo, Norway and published in the Journal of Nutrition. Lead researcher, Zoya Lagunova, MD and her colleagues measured the serum levels of...|
|1/6/2011 - Obesity-related health problems cost the United States $168 billion every year, amounting to 17 percent of all medical bills, according to a study conducted by researchers from Cornell and Lehigh Universities and released by the National Bureau of Economic Research.
An earlier study, released in...|
|1/1/2011 - Obesity may be the most critical health challenge we face today. In the United States almost 70% of us are considered to be overweight including almost one-third who qualify as obese. Obesity comes with a big price tag. A recent estimate found that the medical care costs of obesity related conditions...|
|12/29/2010 - Overweight and obesity are known to dramatically increase the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, cancer and dementia. Excess body fat fuels the fire of systemic inflammation and the release of dangerous chemical messengers or cytokines that damage the delicate inner lining of our arteries;...|
|12/25/2010 - With the same passion she has brought to her eye-opening discussions about natural cancer cures, Charlotte Gerson is spearheading a live video webcast this coming Tuesday, December 28, that offers advanced solutions for cancer, obesity, diabetes and heart disease. The event is hosted by Jonathan Landsman,...|
|12/20/2010 - Lost worker productivity due to obesity-related health problems costs U.S. businesses $73 billion per year, according to a study conducted by researchers from Duke University and the National University of Singapore, and published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
|12/19/2010 - We've long known that protein is essential to a healthy diet, but this deserves a new exclamation point. A high protein diet is essential to a slimmer, happier and healthier society.
Increase protein, lose pounds
Referred to as the world's largest diet study, a team of Danish researchers utilized...|
|11/27/2010 - The obesity epidemic appears to be expanding beyond humankind and into the animal kingdom, according to a new report out of the University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB). David Allison, the UAB researcher who led the study, discovered that animals in general have been getting progressively larger -- even...|
|11/5/2010 - Obesity rates have reached epic proportions -- literally -- as a new British retailer unveils its largest clothing size ever: the XXXXL size. According to a recent report in New York Daily News, "High and Mighty", a U.K. "big and tall" store for men recently plopped the XXXXL clothing on its store shelves,...|
|10/10/2010 - The societal costs of obesity are typically thought of in terms of the health care costs associated with treating obesity related disease. But a new study has found another cost that has not often been considered: lost productivity. According to researchers from Duke University, obese workers costs...|
|10/7/2010 - Angela Stokes once weighed 294 pounds. Seeing her today, it's hard to imagine that she was once stuck in what she called a "miserable cycle of morbid obesity." That's because right now, she's thin, healthy and downright beautiful. I know because she and her partner Matt Monarch were my neighbors in...|
|9/22/2010 - A new report published in the journal Pediatrics has many common sense folks scratching their heads in confusion. Childhood obesity has become a major problem with more than 17 percent of American children now overweight, and most people realize that poor diet and lack of exercise are to blame. But...|
|9/20/2010 - The headlines have it all backwards. "Childhood Obesity Might Be Linked to Strain of Cold Virus" says BusinessWeek. "Childhood cold virus could lead to development of obesity" claims the Telegraph (UK). Not to be outdone, MSNBC rolls out this whopper: "Nothing to sneeze at: Common cold virus may make...|
|8/31/2010 - The benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, especially DHA, are becoming more apparent due to voluminous new research that has linked them to the natural treatments of many diseases. These findings are staggering to say the least, as it brings hope for ameliorating numerous health ailments. It even seems to...|
|8/15/2010 - In spite of all the hoopla about billions being spent on losing weight, the fact is, most overweight Americans are not trying to lose weight. The number of people dieting is lower now than it has been in 20 years. At the same time, the rate of obesity continues to rise. This may be a hard one to swallow...|
|8/7/2010 - Two new studies have added more reason for concern that high-fructose corn syrup causes significantly more harm to the body than its mere sugar content would suggest.
High-fructose corn syrup contains 55 percent fructose and 45 percent glucose. In contrast, table sugar (also known as sucrose) contains...|
|4/1/2010 - Have you ever been told to eat your food slowly? Parents often encourage their children to eat at a moderate rate and chew their food completely. It turns out that this is good advice. Recent research, conducted by three independent groups, suggests that eating slowly actually reduces caloric intake...|
|1/29/2010 - Obesity is defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30.0 or greater. BMI is a ratio determined by weight and height. With a large percentage of Americans classified as being obese, research is showing the effects extra weight and obesity have on a person's overall health. Recent studies show that obese...|
|1/9/2010 - Early Americana is remembered in part for its legacy of homesteading and family farming where families grew their own fruits and vegetables, raised their own animals for food, and traded their goods locally with neighbors. Today's American landscape has changed dramatically; a mere one to two percent...|
|1/7/2010 - The number of children in the United Kingdom taking prescription weight loss drugs increased by 15 times between 1999 and 2006, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University College London and published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.
"This rise in the use of...|
|1/4/2010 - An analysis of projected health care costs has revealed that by the year 2018, obesity-related medical expenses will top $344 billion. Current estimates suggest that in just ten years 43 percent of Americans will be obese if obesity continues to rise at the current rate.
According to Reed Tuckson...|
|12/2/2009 - According to a study published in the December issue of Diabetes Care, the number of Americans with diabetes will double from 23.7 million in 2009 to 44.1 million in 2034. Consequently, the costs associated with treatment and care for diabetics will triple from $45 billion this year to $171 billion...|
|12/1/2009 - One in every six children in some parts of the United Kingdom are already obese when they begin primary school, according to a report from that country's Department of Health.
Nationwide, the statistics show a continuing and dangerous rise in childhood obesity, with one in 10 children classified...|
|11/30/2009 - If you ever feel tempted to go for a cheeseburger, fries and a soft drink, consider this: along with the fast food, you are ordering up an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and obesity. But the opposite is true, too. According to a new University of Florida (UF) study, if you stay away from...|
|11/23/2009 - A November 5 report prepared by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AIRC) revealed that over 100,000 people a year develop cancer due to obesity. The study divulged pertinent data indicating a direct correlation between excess body fat and the development and propagation of various types of...|
|11/16/2009 - The number of extremely obese adults has quadrupled since the 1980`s to about 4 million. That works out to about 1 in every 50 adults. The original theory was that extreme obesity was a rare condition; this has changed to the realization that overeating and under-activity is the single most contributing...|
|9/19/2009 - Sodas and obesity have become a hot topic, but the topic is focused on raising taxes on sodas by about 12 cents in effort to reduce consumption and therefore reduce obesity rates. If we're going to get serious about obesity, why not get rid of sodas all together, instead of just finding new ways to...|
|9/17/2009 - While the talking heads on TV frantically warn about the so-called swine flu pandemic that is supposedly on the verge of causing world-wide suffering and death, there's another world-wide health problem of enormous proportions that's here, right now -- being overweight. The World Health Organization...|
|9/11/2009 - This interview is an excerpt from Kevin Gianni's Rawkathon, which can be found at http://www.Rawkathon.com. In this excerpt, Viktoras Kulvinskas shares on his journey from migraines, arthritis, caffeine addiction and obesity to holistic living nutrition.
Rawkathon with Viktoras Kulvinskas. Viktoras...|
|8/17/2009 - The phrase "overweight and undernourished" has become a popular truth, and magnesium deficiency in overweight individuals is a striking example. It is no coincidence that magnesium deficiency and obesity are both widespread conditions in our society. So as we battle against obesity we must remember...|
|7/27/2009 - Did your daily weigh-in cause your blood pressure to spike? If it did, you are not alone. More than 50 percent of Americans are overweight or obese and the numbers just keep on rising. These shocking statistics have doctors from the World Health Organization, Center for Disease Control, and American...|
|7/25/2009 - Flavonoids are compounds found in fruits, vegetables, and certain beverages (including tea, coffee, fruit juices and wine) that have aroused scientific interest in recent years because they seem to benefit the human body in a host of ways -- from fighting viruses to preventing inflammation and infections....|
|7/20/2009 - The link between breast cancer and obesity has strengthened with two new studies showing that body mass index is correlated with the disease. These finding apply to women of all ages with breast cancer, not just those who are postmenopausal. Lipid profile and estradiol levels correlating with high body...|
|7/2/2009 - Severe obesity shortens a person's expected lifespan by 10 years, comparable to the effect of a lifetime spent smoking, according to a study conducted by researchers from Oxford University's Clinical Trial Service Unit and published in the journal The Lancet.
"This is the latest and most convincing...|
|7/2/2009 - A new study conducted at the Mayo Clinic has revealed that patients undergoing gastric surgery are at more than double the risk of broken bones as compared to the normal population.
"The results of our study show that patients who have had bariatric surgery have a two-fold risk in developing a fracture...|
|6/17/2009 - According to the Corn Refiners Association, high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is no worse for you than any other dietary carbohydrate. Many health experts, however, disagree, warning consumers that HFCS is strongly correlated with diabetes and obesity.
Today, we bring you selected quotes about HFCS...|
|4/17/2009 - We knew we could point the finger at obesity when it comes to the risk for heart disease and diabetes, but it turns out obesity can affect the health of your teeth and gums, too. Obesity is now strongly associated with an increased risk of gum disease, says a study presented on April 4, 2009, during...|
|4/5/2009 - Pregnant women who are obese are significantly more likely to give birth to children with birth defects than women of a healthier weight, according to a study conducted by researchers from Newcastle University and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Prior research has shown...|
|3/19/2009 - Many studies have linked obesity and insomnia. Research also shows that getting too much sleep, or irregular sleep (less than six hours or more than nine per night), can lead to fat deposits in the belly. Over seventy five percent of Americans claim to have difficulty sleeping (according to the National...|
|2/21/2009 - In an announcement that's picking up considerable press, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation (which includes the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation) has announced it's doing something to prevent kids from getting fatter. They're calling for kids to visit dieticians,...|
|1/7/2009 - Children today are faced with many struggles. The most serious and widespread health problem they face, unfortunately, is obesity. Between 1986 and 1998 a national survey conducted showed that the incidence of obesity doubled in children between the ages of four and twelve. This is a 12% increase during...|
|12/24/2008 - Men who are obese have lower quality sperm than men of healthy weights, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and presented at the meeting of the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology in Barcelona.
Researchers examined the semen...|
|12/4/2008 - The current mainstream model of human health tells us that we are predestined to encounter certain illnesses, and that our weight is largely down to genes. Yet scientists in New Zealand are dispelling the common myth that obesity is caused by "bad genes." Scientists from Auckland University's Liggins...|
|11/28/2008 - One the most important indicators of the state of health of Americans today may be the ever increasing rate of overweight and obese children. The Institute of Medicine has found that one-third of American children are either obese or at risk for obesity. The Center of Disease Control has found that,...|
|9/29/2008 - Are people with fat parents destined to be obese? Not necessarily. According to a press release by the University of Maryland School of Medicine, high levels of physical activity can supersede a gene that typically causes people to gain weight. Researchers examined gene variants and activity levels...|
|9/3/2008 - In the previous article, the causes of insulin resistance were examined. This part will deal with how obesity and insulin resistance are connected, if they are. One very obvious sign that someone might use to determine if they are insulin resistant, outside of the previously mentioned blood tests in...|
|7/28/2008 - The obesity epidemic may be linked to high worldwide rates of gum disease, according to a new study conducted by researchers at Boston University and published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Researchers wrapped a material that had been infused with P. gingivalis,...|
|7/25/2008 - Medical science has discovered how sensitive the insulin receptor sites are to chemical poisoning. Metals such as cadmium, mercury, arsenic, lead, fluoride and possibly aluminum may play a role in the actual destruction of beta cells through stimulating an auto-immune reaction to them after they have...|
|6/29/2008 - There is no doubt that Americans are getting fatter. According to the National Institute of Diabetes Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2001 – 2004 indicates that approximately two thirds of adults in the United States are overweight,...|
|4/18/2008 - The invention of the microwave may have been intimately connected to the beginning of an epidemic in obesity, according to Jane Wardle, a professor of clinical psychology at University College London. "I looked at the figures showing rates of obesity in the population over many years, and it seemed...|
|3/11/2008 - Being seriously overweight may reduce a person's life expectancy even more than smoking, according to a report by 250 leading scientists. According to the Foresight Report on obesity in the United Kingdom, having a body mass index higher than 30 (the definition used for "obese") decreases a person's...|
|3/10/2008 - Many conventional media sources, known collectively as "Mainstream Media," or MSM, repeat the conventional wisdom of obesity's causes: sedentary lifestyle and poor nutrition. These factors are irrefutable contributors to the worldwide, growing obesity epidemic. Yet lifestyle and nutrition factors do...|
|3/10/2008 - In the last article, we explored the link between obesity, cancer, and toxicity. Several important studies were discussed, notably a study showing that living near a toxic waste site increases the risk of hospitalization due to diabetes. Another epidemiological survey from the UK showed that the counties...|
|3/3/2008 - Obesity rates are increasing in Australia with over half of Australian adults overweight (Australian Bureau of Statistics). More disturbing are studies finding that overweight women giving birth are more likely to have children that become overweight as well. This is in addition to increased health...|
|11/18/2007 - Obesity is again vying with 'climate change' as the most prominent 'long-term human survival issue' discussed in the British media. Recent news items have been precipitated by emerging statistics showing that in the last 5 years the number of obese people in the United Kingdom has risen inexorably.
|11/13/2007 - Recent announcements in the press have confirmed the declining state of health and increasing obesity statistics in the UK. It is now clear that we were fitter, slimmer and healthier 50 plus years ago. Indeed no such thing as 'obesity statistics' even existed because 'fat' just wasn't an issue -- feminist...|
|10/9/2007 - Many of the television commercials seen by teenagers are for junk food products. According to research released this week by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, this may be a major reason obesity rates continue to rise among 12-17 year-olds. The studies examined by researchers at the University...|
|9/7/2007 - Stress experienced at work significantly increases a person's risk of obesity in general and central obesity in particular, according to a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.
According to lead researcher Dr. Eric J. Brunner of the Royal Free and University College London Medical...|
|4/4/2007 - Obesity may cause the body to have trouble deciding when to stop eating, according to a study conducted at the Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC) and published in "Cell Metabolism." Researchers found that obese mice became desensitized to a hormone that controls appetite.
|1/18/2007 - A study released Wednesday by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality found that the number of people who underwent some sort of stomach surgery for obesity in 2004 was more than 120,000, and the number of such patients in middle age has doubled since 1998.
The study found that 772 people...|
|12/18/2006 - According to a new government study from Britain, obesity is more dangerous to health than smoking or drinking. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) in Britain says the ongoing issue with weight in England has become more serious in the last 25 years, with one-third of women...|
|11/20/2006 - Breast-feeding infants may reduce their risk of becoming obese children, even if the mother is obese or has diabetes, according to a study led by a researcher at the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health.
The findings contradict an earlier, smaller study that found that children...|
|11/17/2006 - Malnutrition shaves as much as three percent off the production of some of the poorest countries in the world, but obesity could soon affect economic output as severely as malnutrition, according to findings from the World Bank as of this week.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that obesity...|
|11/10/2006 - Research from scientists in Finland -- which was just recently published in the journal Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases -- could increase pressure on the food industry to reduce salt content in a wide range of foods. The researchers found that salt intake reduction helps combat obesity.
|11/1/2006 - The Bush administration announced Thursday that guidelines for physical activity are under development -- to be released in late 2008 -- which officials hope will guide the public toward healthier lifestyles and lower health care costs.
"Obesity is an epidemic, and chronic disease inevitably follows....|
|10/27/2006 - Canadian citizens had an increasing number of hip and knee replacement surgeries -- up by 87 percent -- over the last decade, according to a new report from the annual Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). CIHI's report, issued Wednesday, links the increase in these procedures to both an...|
|10/24/2006 - Children who are overweight as toddlers or preschoolers are more likely to be overweight or obese in early adolescence, report researchers in a collaborative study by the NIH and several academic institutions.
The researchers periodically collected height and weight measurements of a sample of children,...|
|10/19/2006 - University of Florida researchers have discovered a link between morbid obesity in toddlers and lower IQ scores, cognitive delays and brain lesions similar to those seen in Alzheimer's disease patients, a new study shows.
Although the cause of these cognitive impairments is still unknown, UF researchers...|
|10/19/2006 - Men with increased body mass index (BMI) were significantly more likely to be infertile than normal-weight men, according to research conducted at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), one of the National Institutes of Health.
"The data suggest that a 20-pound increase...|
|10/17/2006 - Whether or not a woman is obese will likely affect her outcome once she has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, according to a new study from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
The study, published online on Aug. 28 in the American Cancer Society's journal Cancer, showed that obesity affected survival...|
|10/16/2006 - A new French study published in the October issue of the journal Neurology has found that obesity may cause cognitive decline over time.
French researchers from Toulouse University Hospital conducted a five-year study of more than 2,200 adult men and women who were examined using four mental ability...|
|10/12/2006 - People in China are becoming overweight and obese at an alarmingly fast rate, according to an editorial in this week’s BMJ.
Numbers of people in China who are now classified as overweight and obese have risen sharply in a relatively short time, says Professor Yangfeng Wu from the Chinese Academy...|
|10/11/2006 - A UCSF researcher has determined that a key reason for the epidemic of pediatric obesity, now the most commonly diagnosed childhood ailment, is that high-calorie, low-fiber Western diets promote hormonal imbalances that encourage children to overeat.
In a comprehensive review of obesity research...|
|9/27/2006 - Four of every 10 obesity surgery patients develop a complication, such as a hernia, within 6 months of leaving the hospital, according to a new study by HHS’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The study is the most extensive to date on post-surgical complications from obesity operations based...|
|9/26/2006 - The increase of obesity in the United States doubled the number of inconclusive diagnostic imaging exams over a 15-year period, according to a study featured in the August issue of Radiology.
Researchers assessed all radiology exams performed at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) between 1989...|
|9/21/2006 - The waistlines of children continue to grow, along with the concern about the problem. Two University of Cincinnati researchers are recruiting a school, parents and children in fighting obesity as they test a new prevention program in Meade County, Ky. After spending spring conducting focus groups with...|
|9/6/2006 - The International Obesity TaskForce (IOTF) recently released a report urging UN agencies and governments to develop globally enforceable regulations to ban or severely limit exploitative marketing techniques aimed at children to sell junk food.
At the International Congress on Obesity in Sydney,...|
|9/6/2006 - There is a strong link between obesity and mood and anxiety disorders, especially among Caucasian Americans and those with more education and higher income, according to an analysis conducted by researchers from Group Health Center for Health Studies.
The study, published in the July issue of the...|
|9/5/2006 - While obesity has generally been viewed as a single significant health concern, a University of Pittsburgh study suggests that not all obese women share the same health risks. This multi-center study of more than 90,000 women published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association, shows...|
|9/5/2006 - The effect of soft drinks on the world's growing obesity epidemic is a hot-button issue among scientists and the industry itself, and that link was the main subject of a world congress that met Monday in Sydney, Australia.
According to a report on Australian news program "The World Today," the congress...|
|9/5/2006 - Middle-age individuals without high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels but who are obese have an increased risk in older age for hospitalization or death from coronary heart disease, cardiovascular disease, or diabetes, compared to individuals of normal weight, according to a study in the January...|
|8/31/2006 - A team at the Injury Research Center of the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee has found that being obese increases male drivers' risk of dying in a car crash, as does being very slim. However, being moderately overweight might help cushion the blow.
They also found that obesity did not affect...|
|8/30/2006 - New research by Trust for America's Health has found that in 2005, 31 states reported increases in obesity among adults, with 13 states now reporting obesity levels in excess of 25 percent.
Colorado ranked as the leanest state with 16.9 percent of citizens considered obese, while Mississippi ranked...|
|8/29/2006 - The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has awarded 14 research grants that will explore how federal, state and local school food policies can help prevent childhood obesity, especially among low-income and minority populations who have the highest risk for being overweight. Over the past three decades,...|
|8/29/2006 - A prospective study by researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) has found that obesity and smoking are strongly associated with a greater risk of erectile dysfunction (ED). Meanwhile, regular physical activity appeared to have a significant impact on lowering the risk of ED. This...|
|8/29/2006 - Obesity in a patient is an independent predictor of whether localized prostate cancer will progress following radiotherapy treatment, say researchers at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.
In a study reported in the Aug. 1 issue of the journal...|
|8/28/2006 - As childhood obesity continues to grow on an epidemic scale in the United States, experts are suggesting a number of simple ways parents can encourage healthy eating early in life. One of the simplest ways is integrating whole grains into a child's diet. ...|
|8/28/2006 - Middle-age individuals without high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels but who are obese have an increased risk in older age for hospitalization or death from coronary heart disease, cardiovascular disease, or diabetes, compared to individuals of normal weight, according to a study in the January...|
|8/23/2006 - The number of obese "baby boomers" in Canada today is 60 per cent higher than it was just a decade ago, according to a new report by the Heart and Stroke Foundation. In fact, says Queen's epidemiologist Ian Janssen, boomers are in even worse shape than Canadian seniors.
"Rising obesity combined with...|
|8/22/2006 - As the nation’s collective waistline has swelled in recent decades, rates of asthma diagnoses also have accelerated. Indeed, much research has affirmed a link between the two conditions.
But doctors also recognize that asthma may not behave the same way among people who have different body types....|
|8/18/2006 - A recent editorial in the British Medical Journal says that Chinese people are becoming overweight and obese at an "alarming" rate, with the country experiencing a 28-fold increase in obesity over a 15-year period from 1985 to 2000.
Experts blame the Chinese obesity epidemic on lifestyles that include...|
|8/18/2006 - Obesity in adolescence is associated with reduced heart function and excessive cardiac mass, according to a new study.
"Many of these kids will become hypertensive and the association of obesity with hypertension might be devastating," Dr. Giovanni de Simone from "Federico II" University Hospital...|
|8/17/2006 - New guidelines on obesity in the US may end up harming children, says an article in this week's BMJ. And an accompanying article goes on to question the financial links between the organisation promoting these proposals and the pharmaceutical industry. If implemented, the proposals would see many more...|
|8/17/2006 - Obese patients who are treated for chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection are more likely to have a better outcome if the underlying abnormalities caused by excessive fat tissue are corrected first, according to a review published in the medical journal Hepatology.
The lead author, Dr. Michael...|
|8/15/2006 - Obesity is due to a mismatch between the number of calories we consume and the amount of physical activity we undertake. In the brain, a region called the hypothalamus control ours eating behavior through its metabolism of fat molecules called fatty acids. Interestingly, eating too much in the short-term...|
|8/14/2006 - Obesity is a major contributor to employee health costs, responsible for two to three percent of all medical claims dollars, reports a study in the March Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).
|8/11/2006 - A single nutrient found in soy products elicits changes in gene behavior that permanently reduce an embryo's risk of becoming obese later in life, according to an animal study at Duke University Medical Center.
The findings, yet to be confirmed in humans, could explain why Asians have lower rates...|
|8/9/2006 - A study published in Tuesday's issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that increased consumption of soft drinks and other sugary beverages over the last 40 years has significantly contributed to America's weight problem.
Harvard School of Public Health researchers looked at nutrition...|
|7/26/2006 - People who are overweight or obese in their 40s have a greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease later in life, according to research that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology 58th Annual Meeting in San Diego, Calif., April 1 – 8, 2006.
For the study, researchers followed nearly...|
|7/24/2006 - The prevalence of obesity in the U.S. states has been greatly underestimated. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) analyzed data from health surveys, which are used to estimate obesity levels in states. Because people tend to provide incorrect information about their weight and...|
|7/14/2006 - Girls who are obese during the early stages of puberty have an increased risk of developing abnormally high levels of androgens, a type of steroid hormone, according to a report in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
This condition, referred to as hyperandrogenemia, is characterized...|
|7/29/2005 - America is known for its stars and stripes, the Statue of Liberty and… its obesity problem. Obesity problem? Are we an overweight nation? Yes, there are more overweight people in the United States than in any other nation. Now, we all know that our love affair with fast food doesn't make us any thinner,...|
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|7/9/2005 - If fried snack chips had a warning printed right on the bag that said, "Warning: these chips will make you obese," would you still buy them? Would you still eat them? Well, in a sense, you do see that warning on chips; just read the ingredient list. Research suggests that monosodium glutamate causes...|
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