Category Archives: World Health: Obesity

Noncommunicable diseases prematurely take 16 million lives annually, WHO urges more action

19 JANUARY 2015 ¦ GENEVA - Urgent government action is needed to meet global targets to reduce the burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), and prevent the annual toll of 16 million people dying prematurely – before the age of 70 … Continue reading

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Lack of exercise responsible for twice as many deaths as obesity

A brisk 20 minute walk each day could be enough to reduce an individual’s risk of early death, according to new research published today. The study of over 334,000 European men and women found that twice as many deaths may … Continue reading

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Changing individual health behavior a losing cause: academics

More public health interventions, along the lines of the smoking ban, are needed to tackle Britain’s devastating toll of ‘lifestyle’ diseases, including heart disease and cancer, according to academics. A new paper, by Dr Stanley Blue, lecturer in Social Sciences … Continue reading

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Diabetes is fueling TB globally

(Reuters) - Cases of tuberculosis are set accelerate worldwide unless action is taken to curb diabetes, a chronic condition that weakens the immune system and triples the risk a person will develop the lung disease, health experts warned on Wednesday. … Continue reading

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Obesity link to increased risk for orthopedic conditions and surgical complications

ROSEMONT, Ill.—Obesity affects individual patient care, the healthcare system and nearly every organ in the body. People with obesity often have other health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, certain tumors and cancers, and psychiatric disorders. However, the role of obesity … Continue reading

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Obesity Society Experts Discuss Implications of New FDA-Approved Obesity Drug, Contrave

The Obesity Society Calls FDA Approval of Contrave a Step to Improve Health, Weight of Nation “As the number of Americans affected by severe obesity continues to rise, equipping our nation’s doctors with proven and effective tools to treat patients … Continue reading

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Save the planet. Eat less.

A new study, published today in Nature Climate Change, suggests that – if current trends continue – food production alone will reach, if not exceed, the global targets for total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2050. The study’s authors say … Continue reading

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Soda tax will solve obesity problem

Ann Arbor, MI, August 27, 2014 — Childhood obesity in the United States remains high. A tax on sugar-sweetened beverages such as sodas, energy drinks, sweet teas, and sports drinks would reduce obesity in adolescents more than other policies, such … Continue reading

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Why it’s harder for poor people to lose weight

Montreal, August 19, 2014 — Weight-loss advertising tends to target people ready, willing and able to pay for diet programs, special meals or gym memberships. But it’s those who live below the poverty line who are more likely to be … Continue reading

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How maternal obesity affects embryonic brain development: new research

The human body produces substances, called endocannabinoids, that work in a similar way to cannabis. These endocannabinoids may not produce a “high”, but are of tremendous importance for the functioning of the neural network in the brain - especially during … Continue reading

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First evidence that shorter nighttime sleep duration has a linear association with higher energy intake early in life

International Journal of Obesity (2014) 38, 926–929; doi:10.1038/ijo.2014.50; published online 29 April 2014 Sleep and energy intake in early childhood A Fisher1, L McDonald1, C H M van Jaarsveld1,2, C Llewellyn1, A Fildes1, S Schrempft1 and J Wardle1 1Health Behaviour … Continue reading

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Adolescents from southern Europe are less fit and more obese than central-northern European peers

Adolescents in southern Europe are less fit in terms of cardiorespiratory capacity, strength and speed-agility than their central-northern European peers. Moreover, southern adolescents are more obese and present higher levels of total and abdominal fat than those from the centre-north … Continue reading

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Obese siblings 2x more likely to make you obese than obese parents

While it is well known that a child’s risk of obesity is greater if he or she has obese family members, whether the type of relationship affects that risk has not been given as much attention. A new report led … Continue reading

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