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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here’s what the new WHO guidelines mean for people who have switched to artificial sweeteners for health reasons.
Knowing how to talk to kids about healthful eating is key.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has recently released new obesity management guidelines in order to help address the growing obesity crisis in children.
Permanent weight loss is hard to achieve. But the good news is: there are still benefits to temporary weight loss.
Would you hold the mother responsible for her daughter’s weight?
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While excess weight arises from a complex interplay of genes, environment, diet and activity, new research finds Americans hold parents responsible for excess weight in their kids.
When it comes to eye care, regular visits to the optometrist or ophthalmologist can detect the early signs of diabetic damage.
The risk of developing eye complications is high in young people with Type 2 diabetes, which is increasingly affecting children and adolescents, especially those who are more sedentary.
Have you tried eating less and moving more?
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GPs’ advice on weight loss for people with obesity is often ‘superficial’, but things have improved in recent years.
Do you feel the need to clean your plate? Does a bowl of salty chips seem completely irresistible? Understanding your ‘eating personality’ could stop you eating or drinking too much these holidays.
Taylor Swift was accused of fatphobia over her ‘Anti-Hero’ music video.
By only discussing fatphobia in the context of eating disorders, Taylor Swift illustrates how deeply individualized and depoliticized white feminism is.
A new study of people in England sought to understand what factors make people more or less susceptible to developing long COVID.
Type 2 diabetes mostly affects adults of a certain age.
Improving diabetes care in South Africa requires strong will and support from health authorities, introduction of clinical information systems, the use of technology and digital solutions.
A new report predicts child obesity could reduce Australian life expectancy by more than four years. Here’s why you should be a little skeptical.
Obesity leads to a number of maternal and child health problems.
Quantifying the financial costs of overweight and obesity is important for national policy.
Lowering obesity and overweight rates will lift the burden on healthcare spending.
A new study looked at the health records of more than 9 million people in England to assess whether body weight influenced the uptake and effectiveness of COVID vaccines.
With FatBlaster Max recently banned from sale, it’s a good time to look at what diet pills actually contain, and whether they work.