Articles on Weight Problems

Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have an adverse effect on health, leading to reduced life expectancy. With the availability of inexpensive processed and packaged goods, the pervasiveness of “fast-food” and the adaptation of a more sedentary lifestyle, an epidemic of overweight men, women and children in the US has arisen. Studies show that this trend is spreading to other developed countries in the world.

Excessive body weight is associated with various diseases, particularly cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, osteoarthritis and certain types of cancer.  As a result, obesity has been found to reduce life expectancy.  Disorders associated with aging are often worsened if obesity is present.

05/20/2010 - Articles

Link between obesity and gut bacteria discovered

Obesity now affects 34% of the US population, according to the Centers for Disease Control. And obesity and overweight together affects 67%. Obesity raises the risk of diabetes, certain cancers, high blood pressure and heart disease. Therefore, new ways of understanding and treating obesity are urgently required. Read more

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05/13/2010 - Articles

Obesity gene may be linked to dementia risk

Obesity is a major public health issue, affecting 300 million people around the world. We already know that obesity is linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, hypertension, stroke and heart disease, And obesity is also known to increase the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in later life. Now a study from the University of California, Los Angeles, and elsewhere, points to a possible genetic explanation for the link between obesity and dementia. Read more

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05/10/2010 - Articles

Preventing weight gain through exercise

The equation for weight gain is a simple one – if calories in (through food) are greater than calories out (through exercise) then you will gradually gain weight. Therefore, exercise clearly plays an important role in balancing the equation, preventing weight gain and maintaining a healthy weight. But, the big unanswered question is – can you stay trim by exercise alone, if you do enough? A new study from researchers at Harvard Medical School, and elsewhere, set out to provide some answers. Read more

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04/27/2010 - Articles

Obesity increases liver cirrhosis risk

Obesity has many different health risks and now, it seems, cirrhosis of the liver is another one. Rates of both fatty liver disease, which often progresses to cirrhosis, and obesity have been going up in the UK. We already know that alcohol consumption can increase the risk of liver problems. A new study now reveals that obesity is also a factor. Read more

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04/08/2010 - Articles

Weight loss drug withdrawn

Sibutramine, the weight loss drug, has recently been withdrawn in Europe. This follows on the withdrawal of another weight loss drug, rimonabant, and leaves orlistat as the only pill available here for treating obesity. Sibutramine fell because it increases the risk of heart problems, which is a little ironic because weight loss itself supposedly improves heart health. Read more

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02/15/2010 - Articles

Extent of secret eating revealed

Secret eating is part of the complex psychology around food and diet. Other elements of an unhealthy relationshsip with food include comfort eating, yo-yo dieting, lying about eating and even food ‘addiction’. The UK weight loss company LighterLife has surveyed 2,000 women in the UK about their eating habits, comparing responses in 2006 with those published now, in 2010. First of all, the survey shows that women are concerned about overweight, with 85% having been (or currently are) on a diet (compared to 61% in 2006). Unfortunately many participants soon abandoned their diets. Average dieting time was 15 weeks with only a sixth having managed to stick to a diet for more than a year. Read more

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02/09/2010 - Articles
Milk Benefits More Than Just Bones

Milk Benefits More Than Just Bones

Can a diet that includes plenty of dairy foods cut your risk of developing type 2 diabetes? Read more

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01/27/2010 - Articles

Obesity risks may have been underestimated

Obesity is already known to be a risk factor for various health problems such as heart disease, certain cancers, diabetes, and to increase the risk of mortality. Studies have also shown that being underweight carries some health risks – of developing lung cancer, for instance. Now an intergenerational mortality study from researchers in Bristol, UK and the Karolinska Institute, Sweden, sheds new light on the health risks of obesity and suggest they may have been underestimated in the past (while the risks of being underweight have been overestimated). Read more

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01/20/2010 - Articles

Bariatric surgery - what are the options?

Bariatric surgery is an option for those who are obese, because it can dramatically improve their health and quality of life. With nearly half of all men and one third of women being overweight and 13% of men and 16% of women being obese (UK figures) the demand for bariatric surgery is likely to increase. Read more

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12/23/2009 - Articles

Exercise and Weight Loss Help Osteoarthritis

Given the recent anxiety about using pain-killing drugs, osteoarthritis sufferers are looking for other ways to get some relief. Read more

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