Obesity is itself a disease, in addition to contributing to the onset and progression of other conditions such as diabetes, heart attack and stroke.
Obesity is a disease that shares several characteristics with cancer, but does not get the same society-wide recognition of its disease status, so people with obesity are less likely to get treatment.
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Tony Blair has called on ministers to tighten food regulation, including adding levies to foods high in fat, salt and sugar.
Our metabolism naturally slows down as we age and becomes dysfunctional after dieting. Here’s what you can do to give yours a boost.
The BMI does not distinguish between excess body fat, bone mass or musculature. It also does not interpret the distribution of fat, which is a predictor of health.
Following news of Ozempic’s ability to help its users lose weight, it did not take long for fat-haters to surface.
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The messaging around Ozempic being a miracle cure is not only a lie, it has kicked up a new level of fatphobia.
Researchers asked more than 350 adults to weigh themselves daily or weekly. They found a yo-yo pattern of weight gain over festive periods and cooler months.
Obesity is out and ‘adipose-based chronic disease’ is in, according to a recent paper. But a name change alone won’t fix entrenched stigma.
Clean and safe city parks can be important factors in supporting kids’ health and well-being.
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Obese children outnumber underweight ones globally, and ‘social determinants’ in kids’ lived environments play a fundamental role. Obesity in kids can lead to a lifetime of poor health.
Learning how to treat endocrine disorders in horses may also lead to treatments in people, and vice versa.
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Horses and humans share biological similarities that lead them to suffer from similar endocrine and orthopedic diseases. A number of treatments that work for one species often work for the other.
For many people, trying to lose excess fat is very difficult without help. Effective treatment is available when obesity affects health.
Despite the prevalent view that people with large bodies should simply eat less and move more, it’s nearly impossible to fight our genetic heritage or other factors that are not within our control.
Aging and obesity are likely to be the two primary drivers of the expected rise in diabetes.
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Diabetes rates worldwide have been rising steadily since the early 1990s when these data were first estimated. This trend is only going up.
There isn’t a debate, however, on the health benefits of regular exercise.
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Some researchers assert that the body responds to exercise by burning fewer calories when you’re not working out. Regardless of its effects on weight loss, exercise provides many health benefits.
Research suggests childhood trauma has a big part to play in obesity.
Deep psychological factors play a part in obesity, including childhood trauma.
Loneliness increases the risk of chronic disease and mental health challenges.
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At least half of surveyed US adults experienced loneliness and social isolation.
Body positivity advocate Taryn Brumfitt is the 2023 Australian of the Year.
Australian of the year Taryn Brumfitt has called for doctors to avoid raising the issue of weight in consultations about other matters. We asked the experts if they should – or not.
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Participants in both groups lost, on average, 4% of their bodyweight over a year.
Body mass index has been the standard measure to classify obesity and overweight for decades.
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Overreliance on BMI as a measure of weight and health has deepened inequities and led to inaccuracies and overgeneralizations.
This isn’t the first time a ban on junk food advertising has been floated. But there is are good reasons to support a new push.
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Some pharmacies are selling ‘generic’ semaglutide online, despite the drug still being under patent protection.
Overseas experiences suggests a targeted system using smart cards for buying fruit and vegetables would be more effective than broad-brush changes to the tax system.