Overweight Boys Can Lower Risk of Diabetes

Overweight Boys Can Lower Risk of Diabetes

A study of about 63,000 Danish boys measured their BMI at ages seven and 13. By the time they reached age 30, 11% had developed type 2 diabetes. When overweight boys lost weight between ages seven and 13 and maintained a healthy weight into early adulthood, their risk...
Excess Weight Leads to a Shorter Life

Excess Weight Leads to a Shorter Life

Taking a life-course perspective, researchers have found obesity results in a shorter lifespan and an increased risk of cardiovascular (CVD) morbidity and mortality compared with those with a normal BMI (weight). Overweight men and women of all ages developed CVD at a...
Excess Weight Increases Risk of Eleven Cancers

Excess Weight Increases Risk of Eleven Cancers

Scientists have found 11 types of cancer show a strong association with excess body fat, according to a systematic review of the literature. The strongest evidence was seen for gastric, colon, rectum, bile duct system, pancreas, breast, endometrial, ovary, kidney,...
Is the Obesity Paradox Real?

Is the Obesity Paradox Real?

A 2013 meta-analysis suggested that overweight individuals had lower all-cause mortality than those at normal BMI. Now data from three large cohort studies with more than 225,000 men and women have demonstrated there is no protective effect of being overweight. These...
Does Cinnamon Burn Extra Calories?

Does Cinnamon Burn Extra Calories?

Early research with cinnamaldehyde, the oil which gives cinnamon its flavor, may act directly on human fat cells causing them to burn energy by thermogenesis. Before you load your favorite holiday foods with extra cinnamon in an attempt to keep the weight off, the...
Myth: Obese but Healthy

Myth: Obese but Healthy

Are you obese without hypertension, diabetes, or hyperlipidemia? Robust research challenges the concept that metabolically healthy obese people have nothing to worry about. A study of more than 3.5 million people conducted between 1995-2015 found...
Excess Weight Increases Risk of Eleven Cancers

Excess Weight Increases Risk of Eleven Cancers

Scientists have found 11 types of cancer show a strong association with excess body fat, according to a systematic review of the literature. The strongest evidence was seen for gastric, colon, rectum, bile duct system, pancreas, breast, endometrial, ovary, kidney,...
Sugar Tax Impact in the U.K.

Sugar Tax Impact in the U.K.

Based on a report last year from the U.K. Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition, the U.K. has decided to implement in 2018 a three-tiered tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB): High tax: >8 g sugar/100 ml Moderate tax: 5-8 g/100 ml No tax: <5 g/100 ml...
Is Modest Overweight Healthy?

Is Modest Overweight Healthy?

Many people believe modest overweight does not pose any health risks. A global meta-analysis of almost 4 million adults who never smoked and had no chronic conditions at baseline found all-cause death rates were the lowest when BMI was normal (20-24.9). Death rates...

Which Country Leads the World in Childhood Obesity?

Looking for a really sobering number to share with your friends? Here it is. One in every five children 5-17 years old is overweight or obese—in the 34 countries monitored by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. Believe it or not, the U.S. is...
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