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Weight history over time shows higher risk of death for overweight, obese people

People who are obese or overweight at some point in their adult lives have an elevated risk of death from cardiovascular disease, cancer and other causes, according to a new study by researchers from the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) and the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health. Source: Science Daily Read […]

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Risk of obesity influenced by changes in our genes

A child’s risk of obesity as they grow up can be influenced by modifications to their DNA prior to birth, a new study has shown. These changes, known as epigenetic modifications, control the activity of our genes without changing the actual DNA sequence. Source: Science Daily Read More

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Obesity amplifies genetic risk of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

An international study has revealed a striking genetic-environmental interaction: Obesity significantly amplifies the effects of three gene variants that increase risk of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) by different metabolic pathways. Source: Science Daily Read More

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Better than BMI: More accurate way to determine adolescent obesity

Researchers have found a new, more accurate way to determine if adolescents are overweight, important findings considering many school districts label adolescents — who tend to be more vulnerable to weight bias and fat shaming than adults — as obese. Source: Science Daily Read More

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Obese women less likely to suffer from dangerous preeclampsia complications

Despite having higher rates of preeclampsia, a dangerous high-blood pressure disorder of late pregnancy, obese women may be less than half as likely to suffer strokes, seizures, and other serious complications of the disorder. Source: Science Daily Read More

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Recognizing food brands puts preschoolers at risk for obesity

Young children who recognize food name brands, such as Lucky Charms, M&M’s and Cheetos, often eat unhealthy items that lead to their high body mass index. Source: Science Daily Read More

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Overweight/obese people with diabetes at increased risk of brain abnormalities

Overweight and obese individuals with early stage type 2 diabetes (T2D) had more severe and progressive abnormalities in brain structure and cognition compared to normal-weight study participants, research indicates. Source: Science Daily Read More

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Helping parents understand BMI may lead to positive changes in childhood obesity

Getting children to move more is a team effort. A new study found parents were more likely to change their child’s lifestyle when schools provided educational materials along with the results of their child’s body mass index screening. Source: Science Daily Read More

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How a Western diet leads to overeating and obesity

More than two in three adults in the United States are considered overweight or obese, with substantial biomedical and clinical evidence suggesting that chronic overconsumption of a ‘western diet’ — foods consisting high levels of sugars and fats — is a major cause of this epidemic. New research now shows that chronic consumption of a […]

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Long-term stress linked to higher levels of obesity, hair samples show

People who suffer long-term stress may also be more prone to obesity, according to research that involved examining hair samples for levels of cortisol, a hormone which regulates the body’s response to stress. Source: Science Daily Read More

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