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07 Sep

U.S. Heart Disease Deaths Related to Obesity Have Tripled Over the Last 20 Years, New Study Finds

Obesity-related deaths from heart disease tripled between 1999 and 2020, according to new research. Black women had the highest rates than all others in the study.

10 Jul

Popular Weight Loss Drug Helps Reverse Obesity in Teens, New Study Finds

Nearly half of teens with obesity no longer had the disease after taking once-weekly semaglutide (Wegovy) as part of an overall weight loss program, researchers say.

12 Jun

Obesity May Impair the Brain’s Response to Food, Study Finds

The brain’s response to nutrients may be severely impaired in people with obesity, according to new research.

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Fast-Food Outlets, Bars Aren't Great Neighbors for Your Heart

Living close to a pub, bar or fast-food restaurant doesn’t do your heart any favors, a new study finds.

Folks who live in close proximity to such establishments have a higher risk of heart failure, compared to those who live farther away, researchers report in the Feb. 27 issue of the journal Circulation: Heart Failure

These findings weren’t a complete surprise, ...

One Way to Reduce Child Obesity: Get Kids Moving More in Class

Regular standing and walking activities in the classroom can aid in the fight against childhood obesity, a new study shows.

Children who took part in the Active Movement program experienced an 8% reduction in their waist-to-height ratio, according to results from British primary schools.

Participation in sports also increased by 10...

Can't Exercise Every Day? Weight Loss Is Still Possible

Folks can lose weight even if they pack all their weekly exercise into one or two days, a new study finds.

Guidelines recommend that people get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous exercise.

“Weekend warriors” who condense all that exercise into one or two days each week can lose about the same amount of weight as people who ...

You Probably Can't 'Exercise Away' the Calories in Sodas: Study

Don't expect to sweat away the heart risks posed by sugary sodas and drinks, a new study warns.

Canadian researchers found that even if the recommended 150 minutes of weekly physical activity protects against cardiovascular disease, it's not enough to counter the adverse effects of sugar-sweetened beverages.

“Physical activity reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease associated ...

A Cardiologist Answers Your Questions on New Weight-Loss Meds

Weight loss drugs like Ozempic and Zepbound can lead to better heart health for people struggling with excess weight or diabetes, a University of Michigan cardiologist says.

However, these medications help the heart best when combined with lifestyle changes like more exercise and a healthy diet, according to

Score Big With a Healthy, Tasty Super Bowl Feast

FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2024 (healthDay News) -- Super Bowl party spreads famously include nachos, wings, burgers, hot dogs and other unhealthy fare, but one expert offers some advice on how to make watching the game a healthy affair.

“Think about what food you anticipate will be there,” said Dr. Bethany Agusala, director of UT Southw...

Most Americans Don't Know Their Lifesaving 'Heart Numbers': Survey

Ohio resident Erica Hutson was in her 20s when she found out she had high cholesterol through a health check required by insurance.

Because she was young and fit, Hutson shrugged off the test result.

But Hutson changed her mind about it a decade later, when her father died of coronary artery disease in his 60s and she discovered it ran in her family.

“His death really made m...

Weight-Loss Med Zepbound Lowers High Blood Pressure in Obese People

The weight-loss drug Zepbound provides more health benefits than dropping pounds and controlling diabetes, a new study shows.

It also appears to help people with obesity manage their high blood pressure, results show.

Patients taking Zepbound (tirzepatide) experienced a significant reduction in their systolic blood pressure, the top number in a blood pressure reading, according to a...

Treating Loneliness in the Obese May Lower Risk of Early Death

Loneliness can be a killer, but it can be particularly deadly for obese people, who are markedly more likely to experience social isolation.

Luckily, a new study shows that addressing it may lower the risk of health complications and an early death for these folks.

“To date, dietary and lifestyle factors are the major focus in preventing obesity-related illness,” study author <...

Getting School Kids Gardening Pays Off for Eating Habits

Tending a garden can help young kids develop healthy attitudes about food that will influence their health years later, a new study says.

Kids who participated in a gardening and food education program during elementary school were more likely to eat healthier as they grew up, researchers found.

“Kids who grow vegetables in a school garden and learn how to prepare meals seem to sh...

Vicious Cycle: Depression and Weight Gain Often Go Together

A bout of depression can trigger a bump in body weight among people struggling with obesity, a new study has found.

People who had an increase in symptoms related to depression experienced an increase in their weight a month later, researchers report in the journal PLOS One.

“Overall, this suggests that individuals with overweight o...

Patients Taking Psychiatric Meds Often Gain Weight. Scientists May Now Know Why

Weight gain has long been an unwanted side effect of medicines commonly used to treat psychiatric conditions such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.

Some patients may quit their meds to avoid piling on pounds. Or if they stick to their meds and weight gain continues, they face higher risks for diabetes and liver disease.

However, research in mice is pinpointing how this drug-li...

BMI or Body Fat Percentage: Measure Both to Gauge Health

So, the new year has begun and everyone is trying to losing weight, but what is the best way to determine how many pounds you need to shed -- BMI or body fat?

“Both body fat percentage and BMI are important to monitor. They give you a good starting point, but you don't want to use BMI alone to make a health diagnosis or define body fat,” said

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  • January 6, 2024
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  • Obese Kids Could Be at Risk for Kidney Trouble Later

    Teenagers who've packed on extra pounds have a significantly increased risk of developing kidney disease as a young adult, a new study finds.

    Obesity increased risk of later kidney disease as much as ninefold in boys and fourfold in girls, according to results published recently in the journal JAMA Pedi...

    A Vibrating Capsule You Swallow Might Keep Weight Gain at Bay

    Can't afford Ozempic?

    You might soon have another weight-loss option, in the form of an ingestible vibrating capsule that tricks the body into thinking the stomach is full.

    Animals given the multivitamin-sized pill 20 minutes before eating ate about 40% less than usual, researchers report.

    “For somebody who wants to lose weight or control their appetite, it could be taken be...

    You're Probably Eating a Meal's Worth of Snacks Each Day

    The average U.S. adult eats a meal's worth of snacks every day, a new study suggests.

    Americans average about 400 to 500 calories in snacks daily, often more than what they ate at breakfast, according to data from more than 23,000 people.

    These extra calories offer little in the way of actual nutrition, said senior researcher

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  • December 19, 2023
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  • Rate of Severe Obesity in Kids Is Rising Again

    Severe obesity appears to be on the rise among young U.S. children, based on data from a federal supplemental nutrition program.

    About 2% of children between 2 and 4 years of age in the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program were severely obese by 2020, a

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  • December 18, 2023
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  • 'Couch Potato' Kids Can Become Young Adults With Heart Trouble

    Hours plunked down in front of the TV or staring at a phone screen in childhood could bring poor heart health decades later, a new study shows.

    Finnish researchers say kids who were largely sedentary tended to turn into young adults who battled high cholesterol and other health troubles.

    “Our study shows increased sedentary time in childhood may contribute to two-thirds of the t...

    Oprah Winfrey Says She Uses Weight-Loss Medication

    Media mogul Oprah Winfrey confirmed Wednesday that she has used a weight-loss medication to help her shed pounds and get healthy.

    Winfrey has added the drug to a regimen that includes regular exercise and other lifestyle tweaks, People magazine reported.

    Weight fluctuations "occupied five decades of space in m...

    Most Older Americans Think Medicare Should Cover Weight-Loss Meds: Poll

    An overwhelming majority of older Americans think health insurers and Medicare should cover the cost of weight-loss medications like Ozempic, Wegovy or Zepbound, a new survey has found.

    More than four out of five older adults (83%) think insurance companies should pay for drugs that help obese people manage their weight, according to poll re...

    Pounds Return Once Zepbound Users Quit the Weight-Loss Drug: Study

    Folks who take the blockbuster weight-loss med tirzepatide (Zepbound) may regain much of the weight they lost soon after discontinuing it, new research shows.

    A trial funded by Eli Lilly, the injected drug's maker, found that “in patients with obesity or overweight, withdrawing tirzepatide led to substantial regain of weight."

    On the other hand, continuing on with tirzepatide kep...

    New Weight-Loss Drug Zepbound Is Now Available, Company Says

    The newly approved weight-loss medication known as Zepbound is now available for patients to take, drug maker Eli Lilly announced Tuesday.

    "Today opens another chapter for adults living with obesity who have been looking for a new treatment option like Zepbound," Rhonda Pacheco, group vice president of Lilly Diabetes and Obesity, U.S., said in a company

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  • December 6, 2023
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  • As One Spouse's Blood Pressure Rises, So Does the Other's: Study

    In sickness and in health -- and in blood pressure, too?

    A new international study finds that if your blood pressure rises with time, your spouse's might, also.

    “Many people know that high blood pressure is common in middle-aged and older adults, yet we were surprised to find that among many older couples, both husband and wife had high blood pressure in the U.S., England, China ...

    Do You Overindulge During the Holidays? Poll Finds You're Not Alone

    Holiday festivities bring joy to many, but they also give rise to quite a few unhealthy habits, a new survey has found.

    Two-thirds of people say they overindulge in food during the holidays, and nearly half (45%) said they take a break from exercise, according to a new survey from Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center.

    Meanwhile, a third admit they drink more alcohol during ...

    Identical Twins Study Shows Vegan Diets Helping the Heart

    A new study of identical twins has provided fresh evidence that a vegan diet can vastly improve a person's heart health.

    Twins assigned a vegan diet for two months had significant improvements in cholesterol, insulin and body weight compared to their siblings, who ate a healthy diet that included animal protein.

    “Based on these results and thinking about longevity, most of us woul...

    'Couch Potato' Lifestyle Could Raise Women's Odds for Fibroids

    Women in a Chinese study who sat for more than six hours each day faced substantially higher odds of developing uterine fibroids before menopause, a new study has found.

    Overall, more sedentary women had double the risk of developing the often painful and harmful uterine growths prior to menopause, say a team led by

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  • November 30, 2023
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  • Cold Weather Running May Be Even Healthier

    Dreary, chilly winter days might cause some year-round runners to think twice about their jog, but recent research suggests the benefits of cold weather running outweigh those of running in warmer conditions.

    Specifically, cold weather can help runners burn more bad fat, lose more weight and feel healthier overall.

    “Cold weather doesn't have to force runners indoors and I encourag...

    Mounjaro Beats Ozempic for Weight Loss in Early Trial

    WEDNESDAY, Nov. 29, 2023 (Healthday News) -- The diabetes drug Mounjaro prompted more weight loss among overweight and obese adults than Ozempic did in a real-world setting, researchers report.

    Both Mounjaro (tirzepatide) and Ozempic (semaglutide) mimic the effects of the gut hormone GLP-1, which triggers insulin production, helps control appetite and slows the movement of food through th...

    Fat Hiding Around Organs Could Raise Odds for Alzheimer's

    Middle-aged folks with lots of belly fat surrounding their internal organs appear to be at higher risk for Alzheimer's disease later in life, a new study suggests.

    This hidden abdominal fat -- known as visceral fat -- is related to changes in the brain up to 15 years before the earliest symptoms of Alzheimer's manifest, according to findings to be presented at next week's annual meeting o...

    Science Reveals Link Between Obesity, Diabetes & Pancreatic Cancer Risk

    Having high insulin levels may be more than tough to manage when you have diabetes: New research shows it also appears to raise the risk of pancreatic cancer.

    In the study, scientists found excessive insulin levels overstimulated pancreatic acinar cells, which produce digestive juices. This overstimulation triggers inflammation that turns these cells into precancerous cells.

    “Alon...

    Doctors: Want Patients to Lose Weight? Stay Upbeat

    When doctors advise patients to lose weight, an optimistic approach is more likely to get results.

    Researchers found that patients were more likely to participate in the recommended program and shed pounds if doctors presented obesity treatments as an “opportunity.” They compared that upbeat approach to emphasizing the negative consequences of obesity or using neutral language.

    Fasting Diets Beat Low-Cal Regimens for Folks With Diabetes

    Time-restricted dieting may be a better way for people with type 2 diabetes to lose weight than counting calories, a new study suggests.

    Researchers found that people who only ate between noon and 8 p.m. each day lost more weight than those who reduced their calories by 25%. Both groups, however, had similar reductions in long-term blood sugar levels based on a test of hemoglobin A1C. The...

    Even a Little Physical Activity Can Offset a Day Spent Sitting

    Even a little exercise can counter the harms of sitting all day, a new study suggests.

    Prolonged sitting raises your odds for an early death, but just 20 to 25 minutes of physical activity a day may offset that risk, researchers found.

    "If people, for any reason, are sedentary for most of the day, small amounts of physical activity will still lower the risk of death substantially," ...

    Mediterranean Diet Plus Exercise Burns Fat, Adds Muscle

    Rich in colorful fruits and vegetables, healthy fats and lean proteins, a Mediterranean style of eating consistently earns accolades for its long list of health benefits, including the prevention of heart disease and diabetes.

    Now, new research from Spain shows this way of eating, when combined with regular exercise and fewer calories, can slash dangerous belly fat in older folks while he...

    Obesity Raises Odds for Recurrence in Breast Cancer Survivors

    Many breast cancer survivors take a hormonal drug after cancer treatment to stave off a recurrence, but new research suggests these drugs may be less effective in women who are obese.

    Breast cancer cells in hormone-positive breast cancers are fueled by the female sex hormone estrogen. Aromatase inhibitor medications lower estrogen levels by stopping an enzyme in fat tissue called aro...

    Wegovy, Ozempic Help Folks Lose Weight, But How?

    As many doctors and patients hail the advent of weight-loss drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy as the perfect fix for obesity, some experts are urging caution.

    The drugs are not well-tolerated by everyone struggling with obesity. For some folks, the weight piles back on as soon as the medication stops. There are also financial and ethical considerations, according to a commentary published onl...

    Breastfeeding in Infancy Tied to Healthier Weight Later for Kids

    What a baby eats, or how the baby eats, may have an impact on future weight and health, research has shown.

    A new study backs that up. It found that 9-year-olds who had been breast-fed for six months or more had a lower percentage of body fat than their peers who were ne...

    Weight-Loss Surgery Could Lower Odds for Blood Cancers

    Weight-loss surgery can deliver a host of health benefits, but new research reveals an unexpected one: Getting the surgery was associated with a 40% lower risk of blood cancers.

    Being overweight or obese is a risk factor for several types of cancer, and women with obesity have a higher risk of cancer than men do.

    In the study, researchers used data from the Swedish Obese Subjects (...

    In 22 U.S. States, More Than a Third of Adults Are Now Obese

    Obesity is on the rise across the United States.

    In 22 states, 35% of adults or more were obese last year, new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show.

    Just 10 years ago, there were no states that had obesity rates at or above 35%.

    “Our updated maps send a clear message that additional support for obesity prevention and treatment is an urgent prio...

    Early Morning Exercise May Be Best for Weight Control

    When it comes to staying trim, timing may be everything.

    That's according to new research that found adults who routinely engaged in moderate-to-vigorous exercise early in the morning were less likely to be overweight or obese than those who worked out later in the day.

    “For individuals who exercise regularly, their body mass index [BMI] is 2 units lower and waist circumference is...

    Why Football Players Want a Lower Number on Their Jerseys

    “Vain” isn't a word normally associated with football players, but many wide receivers believe they look slim and fleet-footed with a lower number on their jersey rather than a higher one.

    New research shows these players are onto something.

    In two experiments, subjects shown images of players consistently said that those wearing jerseys numbered 10 to 19 looked thinner than tho...

    U.S. Heart Deaths Linked to Obesity Have Tripled in 20 Years

    Obesity taxes many parts of the body, but new research suggests the heart might take the hardest hit of all.

    Between 1999 and 2020, deaths from heart disease linked to obesity tripled in the United States, and some groups were more vulnerable than others.

    Specifically, Black adults had some of the highest rates of obesity-related heart disease deaths, with the highest percentag...

    Cancers Among the Young Are Rising Worldwide

    Cancer is surging among people under 50, a new global study reveals.

    Over the past 30 years, new cases have increased 79% worldwide in that age bracket, according to a report published Sept. 5 in BMJ Oncology.

    The fastest rising cancers are in the windpipe and prostate, and most deaths have been from brea...

    Boys Who Smoke Could Be Harming Their Future Children's Health

    Smoking may not only harm the smoker and those who breathe in the secondhand fumes, but also their future children.

    New research suggests that boys who smoke in their early teens risk passing on harmful genetic traits to future children. The study probed the genetic profi...

    Should Kids Take Ozempic, Wegovy? The Idea Has Some Experts Worried

    Weight-loss drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy are surging in popularity, but that doesn't mean they're good for everyone.

    Glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists (GLP-1RA) may be dangerous for children, warned researchers at University of California, Irvine.

    Treating childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes with these injected medications may have unintended and adverse consequences in p...

    Eat Your Veggies:  Writing 'Produce Prescriptions' Could Boost Patients' Health

    An apple a day may be just what the doctor ordered.

    New research on “produce prescription” programs finds that when access to free fruits and vegetables is offered, recipients see measurable benefits in health and hunger.

    “To me, this shows that there's a very strong proof of concept behind produce prescriptions and this should, I think, add to the growing momentum to continue...

    ECMO Breathing Support Safe, Effective for Obese Patients in Respiratory Failure

    Using ECMO, a highly advanced form of breathing support, does not appear to complicate treatment for obese adults in intensive care.

    ECMO, which is short for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, may even help these patients when they experience respiratory failure, despite the fact that its use has been questioned for those with obesity.

    Obese patients who received ECMO for acute ...

    Some Schools Respond to Child Obesity by Focusing on Water

    In the midst of a childhood obesity epidemic, a new study is pointing to a way to help school kids maintain a healthier weight: clean, accessible drinking water.

    The decidedly low-tech solution emerged in a study of 18 California elementary schools that serve largely low-income minority families. Researchers found that when they kicked off a "Water First" program -- which included putting...

    Belly Fat Can Hamper Effectiveness of Meds for Crohn's, Colitis

    Some medications may not treat inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) as effectively if patients carry a lot of excess belly fat, , new research shows. IBD includes illnesses such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

    Researchers say using the wrong anti-inflammatory drug for these patients could mean lower rates of remission.

    "Even though biologic medications have significantly impr...

    Racial Discrimination Raises Risk for Childhood Obesity

    Racial discrimination may drive health inequities from an early age, according to researchers who found that it puts kids at risk for obesity.

    “Exposure to racial discrimination must be acknowledged as both a social determinant of obesity and a significant contributor to obesity disparities among children and adolescents,” said lead researcher

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