All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Obesity’

Crohn’s Disease Linked To Additives Common In The Food We Eat

A recent study has proven that additives found in food such as margarine, ice cream, and processed food products may be responsible for inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis as well as other illnesses tied with obesity and metabolic problems. The study focused on emulsifiers, which are chemicals used in processed food to improve food texture and to …

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Type 2 Diabetes, Obesity Linked to Fast-Food Proximity, Shows Study

It should come as no surprise that unhealthy foods such as those commonly served at fast-food restaurants are related to medical problems such as obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes. A new study has gone even further, however, finding that the number of fast-food restaurants in a community can be seen as a predictor of such symptoms. The study, published …

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Weight Loss Counseling Research Needed, Shows Study

As obesity rates in the U.S. continue to climb health researchers have begun to study many different factors that can affect weight. A new study suggests, however, that there may not be enough research into how doctors can encourage already-proven methods for weight loss. The study, published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, reviewed studies about how doctors …

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Weight Loss: Faster Diets Are Good Too, Shows Study

American adults are more obese than ever and still growing larger. It’s a problem that millions struggle with and one that helps make weight loss a billion-dollar industry. Though fad diet books are immensely popular, slow and steady weight loss has long been recommended by health professionals. Now new research is showing that quick-loss diets might actually have some merit. …

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Weight Loss Harder For the Poor, Shows Study

As Americans continue to grow larger, the weight loss industry continues to rake in billions of dollars each year. Books, medications, meal programs, and diet gurus all sell solutions to the U.S. weight problem, but it now appears that weight-loss success may more difficult to achieve for Americans who are struggling financially. A new study published in the American Journal …

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530 Fatties Facebook Page Embarrasses Overweight Teen

A Facebook page called 530 Fatties was created to shame overweight people from the 530 Northern California area code. The pictures of the people posted on the page appeared to have been taken without their knowledge. The creator of the page is still unknown. One of the victims, Jessi Lynn Howell, 18, is speaking out. “It’s really hurtful and it’s …

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Diabetes, Obesity Linked by Missing Protein

It’s been clear now for decades that obesity is somehow linked to the development of diabetes. As Americans have grown to staggering proportions, diabetes diagnoses have risen accordingly, even among teens. Exactly why this is the case isn’t fully understood, but researchers are now closing in on some answers. A new study published in the journal Cell Reports suggests that …

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Weight Loss At Any Age Improves Heart Health, Shows Study

It’s well-known that being overweight, and especially being obese, can bring on severe health complications. This is particularly true for heart health, as obesity has been directly associated with worse cardiovascular outcomes, regardless of how healthy a person may otherwise be. Despite these risks, more Americans and Britons than ever are now obese. Though the young and middle-aged often turn …

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Manuel Uribe, Once World’s Heaviest Man, Dies at 48

In 2008, Manuel Uribe had just one wish – to be able to walk down the aisle during his wedding to Claudia Solis. At the time, Uribe weighed approximately 700 pounds, down 535 pounds from his Guinness World Record weight of 1,235 pounds. Born in Mexico in 1965, Manuel Uribe always suffered from weight problems. As a teen, Uribe weighed …

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Weight Loss: Put Down the Junk Food and Step Away

Every day we are overwhelmed with various weight loss strategies and every day many of them hit home because, honestly, most Americans could stand to be a lot more healthier than they are. Programs such as Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, VLCD (very low calorie diet), and Atkins work for some, but also either cost more money, are too complex, or …

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Childhood Obesity Could Hurt Brainpower, Shows Study

Even with childhood obesity rates seen falling in recent years in the U.S., the medical profession is still considering the phenomenon an epidemic. With the physical health concerns associated with childhood obesity well-documented, researchers are now discovering the mental concerns the condition can bring. A new study published in the journal Cerebral Cortex is showing that childhood obesity could be …

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“Sodabriety” Challenge Successful at Cutting Teen Sugar Intake

Obesity is now known as an epidemic (and a disease) by the U.S. healthcare community, and the problem can largely be attributed to the abundance of sugar in the average American diet. Among the many sugary options available to American consumers, sugary drinks such as soda can be easily pinpointed as a major source of unneeded calories from sugar. Some …

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Depression Linked to Obesity in Teen Girls

The idea that obesity is more closely linked to mental health than physical addictions has long been a pop psychology canard. Now new research is shedding new light on how depression in particular may be strongly linked with obesity. A new study published in the International Journal of Obesity shows that this could be even more the case for teenage …

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Two Fat Ladies: Obese Clarissa Dickson Wright, Dead At 66

Clarissa Dickson Wright has died at the age of 66. Dickson Wright and her late co-host Jennifer Paterson, both now deceased, were unashamed of being “fat”. Dickson Wright was a BBC 2 cooking show chef who starred alongside Jennifer Paterson in the popular show Two Fat Ladies from 1996 to 1999. The show ended due to her producer and co-host’s …

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Sleep Apnea Linked to Childhood Obesity

Sleep apnea is a disorder where a person’s breathing is interrupted and may stop during the sleep schedule. Recent reports claim that this disorder may afflict not only adults, but also children. Previous research has focused on behavioral issues for children suffering from sleep apnea as well as other health concerns such as diabetes. CHEO Research Institute’s principal investigator Dr. …

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Sugar Guidelines: Listen Up, Americans

With the rate of obesity rising every year and more than two-thirds of U.S. adults overweight or obese, the World Health Organization decided it was time to change intake guidelines. Children’s numbers show about a quarter of 2-5 year olds and one-third of school-age children (including adolescents) are overweight or obese in the U.S. About 30 percent of low-income preschoolers …

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Mississippi Still the Fattest State, Shows Poll

Last month a new report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed encouraging data suggesting that future generations may be slimmer than the current population of America. Despite the good long-term news, the population of aging Americans is still continuing to get larger. A Gallup poll last week found that over 27% of American adults could be …

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U.S. Obesity Rate Up Again in 2013

Earlier this week the U.S. Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new statistics showing that obesity among children ages two to five has dropped significantly over the past decade. This is a positive sign for America’s future health, but the current state of obesity in the U.S. is still being described as an epidemic by health professionals. Gallup …

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Food Labels Will Soon Be Easier to Decipher

Food labels are changing for the first time in 20 years in an effort to continue the fight against obesity. They will begin prominently displaying things like calories for the typical serving size for regular people, not supermodels. They will also have to clearly state added sugars like corn syrup, white and brown sugar, and fruit juice concentrate, according to …

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Childhood Obesity Rates Continue to Drop

Though obesity rates in the U.S. continue to hover at levels that healthcare professionals call epidemic, some good news is beginning to take shape for the future. Last summer the U.S. Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that many states throughout the country were seeing drops in the rates of childhood obesity for low-income children. That encouraging statistic …

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Sleep Apnea May Contribute to Diabetes Complications

Last summer, the Department of Veterans Affairs was tasked with a strange goal. The VA Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation asked the VA to find ways to address the epidemic that was claims being filed for those veterans suffering from sleep apnea. When one looks at the numbers of those claiming to be a victim of sleep apnea, one can …

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Weight Loss Surgery: Why Do So Few Qualify?

One of the hardest challenges for individuals struggling with obesity is to lose weight. For these persons exercise often doesn’t help and neither does dieting. “Yo-yo dieting”, where weight is temporarily lost and then regained, can make weight problems worse. The weight loss industry continues to be made up of companies pandering non-FDA approved pills and questionable programs with short …

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Proximity to Fast Food Linked to Childhood Obesity

Fast food restaurants are ubiquitous in the U.S. Small-town streets across the country are lined with a variety of junk food, displaying the troubled American relationship with food that has helped cause obesity levels health researchers now refer to as an epidemic. In case there was any doubt that fast food is strongly linked with being overweight, a new study …

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Obesity Study Shows Need for Early Intervention

It is no longer a disputed fact as to whether or not obesity is an epidemic, especially here in the United States. Obesity rates in children have doubled over the past 30 years, while obesity rates in adolescents have tripled. In 2013, the CDC reports that over 1/3 of US adults are currently obese. Despite acknowledging the issues, scientists have …

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Labeling Obesity a Disease Could Undermine Health, Shows Study

Last summer the American Medical Association (AMA) voted to officially define obesity as a disease. The AMA’s members hope that the reclassification will require medical professionals to more directly intervene with obese patients. The group’s intentions were to encourage a greater focus on obesity and related health issues, but the label of disease has been a controversial one. Today a …

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How Soda Can Seriously Harm Your Health

Most people are already aware that soda pop is not a health food and is probably not a good drink choice. Now, there is more proof that it isn’t – as a recent report by Food MythBusters has shown some disturbing health effects of this bubbly and sugary drink that might have you off soda for good. Food MythBusters is …

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Preschooler Obesity Influenced by Parents, Sleep

Though the prevalence of obese preschool-age children in the U.S. is on the decline in some states, health researchers still consider the problem of obesity to be an epidemic in the country. Now, a new study has revealed what could be the most important factors in preventing preschool-age obesity. The study, published in the journal Childhood Obesity, found three risk …

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Weight Linked to Heart Health More Than Fitness, Shows Study

Though it had long been assumed that fitness was more important to health than a bit of excess fat, research is now beginning to show that weight may be even more important than fitness. A study last last year found that being overweight itself is a risk factor for heart disease and heart attack. This week, a new study published …

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Plus-Size Barbie Doll: Is This a Bad Idea?

The Facebook page Plus Size Modeling has stirred up quite the controversy by asking whether toy companies should put out a Barbie that has an expanded waistline. The page has gotten thousands of responses, with many debating whether such a toy would promote poor health or encourage a positive self-image. Anyone who has ever examined a Barbie doll knows that …

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Majority of Americans Want to Lose Weight, But Less Than Half Actually Try

In addition to shopping, the Thanksgiving holiday is largely about food. Families across the U.S. last week stuffed themselves with a variety of traditional foods including Turkey, Pumpkin Pie, and Though Americans look forward to holiday feasts, it seems that more and more of them are feasting throughout the rest of the year. The American Medical Association is now calling …

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