Excess weight, especially abdominal obesity, significantly increases the risk for heart disease. It has been well established that obesity is associated with high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. Each of these risk factors independently increases the likelihood of developing coronary artery disease and the chance of having a heart attack or stroke. The risk
Peek across the playground and you will notice that many children these days are obese. The CDC recently stated that “childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the last 30 years.” Currently, over 18% of children and 21% of adolescents are obese. Unfortunately, obesity in children raises many of
U.S. childhood obesity rates have increased over the past 14 years, according to a study published online and in the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics on April 7th. * This sheds some doubt over the CDC’s announcement back in February when its researchers announced that they found a sharp drop in preschool obesity rates over the
According to the American Heart Association (AHA) people with high levels of belly fat have a higher risk of numerous diseases, including diabetes. It’s true that genes can play a part in our shape and our weight, however certain lifestyle choices can alter the natural way our body gains weight. Research has shown that people
Advanced technology has made our lives easier and more productive. And with this modernization, our lifestyles and our health have been affected. The conveniences of modern living have permitted us to be a bit lazier in our choices, specifically the way we eat and spend our free time. Instead of playing basketball and volleyball after
Many parents buy large meals for their children at fast food restaurants, and they tend to underestimate how many calories are actually in the food, according to a new study. There’s no denying that fast food has become a large part of America’s dining culture. According to the book Fast Food Nation, over the past
Information recently published in the U.K. journal Heart, announced that over the course of 73 studies, researchers have found that surgical weight loss procedures reduce the warning signs of heart disease more drastically than drug treatments.
Sugar-sweetened beverages such as soda, sports drinks, and juice have been blamed for contributing to today’s obesity epidemic; however, there hasn’t been substantial evidence about its role in the development of obesity, until now.
Are genetic traits related to appetite capable of being passed down from generation to generation? In the classic debate of nature vs nurture, can nature’s genetics even over power nurture’s environment when it comes to generic factors which influence obesity? The findings of new research say that it’s possible.
Dr. Thomas Lavin of the Surgical Specialists of Louisiana was quoted in an article last week about a study finding that weight loss programs can be more effective when combined with a program to improve body image and acceptance. The Study The study consisted of 239 overweight and obese women. The researchers divided the women