Obesity

Mothers’ obesity tied to increased risk of birth defects

(Reuters Health) - Even among obese pregnant women, being heavier is associated with a higher risk of having babies with serious birth defects, a Swedish study suggests.<p>Obesity has long been tied to an increased risk of pregnancy complications for mothers and their infants. The current study …

Pregnancy

How Dads Can Decrease Their Kid’s Obesity Risk, According To Science

Fathers worried about their kids becoming overweight might want to spend more time with them, a new study suggests. While past research from the …

Childhood Obesity

What's the best way for children to lose weight? Here's what the research says

An increasing number of children and adolescents across the world are too heavy for their age, height and sex. Fortunately, new evidence reveals that …

Nutrition

'If you're overweight everything is worse': Plan to force fat kids on scales

Every child who comes into contact with a health clinic or hospital in New South Wales will be weighed, under a new plan to tackle childhood …

Childhood Obesity

We Can't Ignore Obesity When The Going Gets Tough Politically

As we emerge from yet another election to face yet more political turmoil, with no Government majority, no clear plan for Brexit and the country seemingly more divided than ever, we could almost be forgiven for neglecting the top threat to the health of children in the UK today - their expanding …

Nutrition

Obesity now kills more people worldwide than car crashes, terror attacks, and Alzheimer's combined

Look around you, and it’s not hard to see how serious the problem of obesity has become in America. People here are now bigger, and suffering from …

Childhood Obesity

Here's why experts say all kids ages 6 and up should be screened for obesity

With obesity still rising among certain groups of kids, a government panel is renewing its advice that all children and adolescents ages 6 to 18 be screened for obesity.<p>Screening is just the first step. Kids who are obese should then be referred to treatment programs that use a variety of …

Childhood Obesity

Singapore risks hitting obesity rates of 15% in seven years

June 20, 2017 5:00 AM<br>In just seven years, Singapore could reach a tipping point and lose valuable ground in fighting obesity.

Nutrition

American Teens Are Living a Very Sedentary Life

It's gotten bad<p>American teenagers are as inactive as 60-year-olds, a new study reveals.<p>The study, which was published in <i>Preventive Medicine</i>, analyzed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination survey from 2003-2004 and 2005-2006. They had 12,500 people from ages 6-84 wear activity …

Teens

Sleeping in on weekends linked to lower body weight: study

Catching up on lost sleep over weekends may help people keep their weight down, according to a study in South Korea.<p>Not getting enough sleep can disrupt hormones and metabolism and is known to increase the risk of obesity, researchers write in the journal Sleep.<p>“Short sleep, usually causing sleep …

Wellness

Stop apologising for obesity

There's a fatso I'd like you to meet, a real slob who readily says hello to the next pizza and to hell with personal restraint. He chugs down beer, …

Nutrition

Two economists tested a common assumption about the poorest Americans — and found it dead wrong

Eating fast food is frequently blamed for damaging our health.<p>It’s seen as a key factor in the growing obesity epidemic in the U.S. and throughout the world.<p>Because it’s considered relatively inexpensive, there’s an assumption that poor people eat more fast food than other socioeconomic groups – …

Nutrition

​How Lifting Just an Hour a Week Can Protect You From This Serious Condition

It doesn’t matter if you can only fit in one session, either ​<p>Hitting the gym is a no-brainer for protecting your health, but you don’t need to spend as much time there as you may think: Lifting for just an hour or less a week yields a wide range of health benefits, a new study published in <i>Mayo</i> …

Exercise

You may be fatter than you think from your Body Mass Index, researchers say

Belly fat often overlooked, says research in Canadian Journal of Public Health<p>A person who is classified as a normal weight based on the Body Mass …

Nutrition

Scottish food watchdog wants 'revolution' on food sales

<b>Supermarkets and other food retailers are fuelling Scotland's obesity epidemic, according to new research.</b><p>A report commissioned by Food Standards Scotland found that in-store promotions were heavily weighted in favour of food with high levels of salt or sugar.<p>The Stirling University academics …

Nutrition

What is obesity? You asked Google – here’s the answer

Every day millions of internet users ask Google life’s most difficult questions, big and small. Our writers answer some of the commonest queries<p>From a medical perspective, obesity is defined simply by body mass index (BMI). BMI is the ratio between body mass (measured in kilograms) to height (in …

Nutrition

Jack Knox: Our leadership in fighting obesity is a big fat lie

<i>News item: Health Canada might prohibit the marketing of unhealthy food to anyone under age 18.</i>I jabbed a gravy-soaked french fry at the young fellow …

Canadian News

Obesity rate: Bangladesh lowest, US tops list

<b>Whilst one-third of the world's population is now carrying excess weight, Bangladesh and another South Asian country, Vietnam, have the lowest</b> …

Nutrition

Global Obesity Epidemic: New Study Shows How Big A Problem It's Become

The human population is in desperate need of an intervention. By intervention, I mean the kind organized by your friends when you don’t realize how bad your problem has gotten and need to be confronted about it. The problem with the current problem is humans don’t have such real friends to provide …

Childhood Obesity

A Third of All Humans Are Now Either Overweight or Obese

Over two billion people around the world are now affected by weight problems, according to new research published today in <i>The New England Journal of</i> …

Nutrition

Rising Obesity Now Affects 1 In 10 People Worldwide, Fueling Illness, Death

The U.S. has the world's highest rate of childhood obesity, according to a new study.<p>Obesity is a “rising pandemic” afflicting one in 10 people around the world, causing health problems and premature deaths, according to a new study.<p>Obesity rates have risen over the last three decades in the 195 …

Childhood Obesity

Obesity Crisis: Two Billion People Now Overweight and U.S. Is One of the Fattest Nations on Earth

The U.S. has the highest rate of childhood obesity in the world's most populous nations.

Nutrition

Weight-related deaths can affect non-obese too

<b>You don't have to be diagnosed as obese to be at risk of dying from illnesses related to excess weight, a global study suggests.</b><p>Of the 4 million deaths attributed to being overweight in 2015, nearly 40% were not considered clinically obese.<p>The study found more than 2 billion children and adults …

Nutrition

Obesity — a historical perspective

What is really the cause of obesity (the aetiology of obesity)? This is not a question most people think about because they assume they already know …

Nutrition

Health Effects of Overweight and Obesity in 195 Countries over 25 Years

The prevalence of overweight and obesity is increasing worldwide.1 Epidemiologic studies have identified high body-mass index (BMI, the weight in …

Research

Health24.com | Shocking findings for SA in global obesity study

In South Africa, excess body weight is a massive problem, but not only in adults – 13% of children are overweight or obese - more than double the …

Nutrition

Nearly a third of world overweight: study

Nearly a third of the world's population is obese or overweight and an increasing number of people are dying of related health problems in a …

The New England Journal of Medicine

The Whole World Is Getting Fatter, Study Finds

Nearly a third of the world’s population is overweight or obese now, and it’s getting worse, researchers reported Monday.<p>The number of obese people has doubled since 1980 in 73 countries, the global team of researchers wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine. Twelve percent of adults and five …

Nutrition

Obesity rising in nations rich and poor, especially in kids

NEW YORK (AP) — The global obesity problem now affects 1 in 10 people in the world, it is rising in countries rich and poor, and in many countries it is increasing faster in children than adults, according to a new study.<p>The researchers estimated more than 107 million children and 603 million …

Nutrition

Excess weight may reduce early death risk for older adults with diabetes

<i>Researchers say that being overweight or obese in later life may prolong the lifespan of patients with diabetes.</i><p>Many of us are aware of the health …

Diabetes