Overweight & Obesity

Researchers call for individualized criteria for diagnosing obesity

With soaring obesity rates in the U.S., the American Medical Association has classified obesity as a disease. This major shift in healthcare policy brings much needed medical attention to obese patients. However, this definition ...

Overweight & Obesity

Medication use higher among overweight, obese kids

Overweight children are far more likely to take prescription medications than children of a normal weight—a trend that adds to already higher health-care costs for treating childhood obesity, according to new research from ...

Overweight & Obesity

Why some of us are fat, and others aren't

The obesity epidemic is not an American phenomenon. About 37 percent of the world's adults are overweight or obese, and no nation has been able to claim even a tiny reversal in the trend in the last 33 years.

Overweight & Obesity

Sugar fixation hampering obesity battle

Public debate around obesity has become dangerously fixated with sugar, according to one of the UK's leading experts on obesity and diabetes.

Overweight & Obesity

Low-income communities more likely to face childhood obesity

For a long time researchers have tracked high rates of obesity among black and Hispanic kids, but a closer look at communities shows family income matters more than race in predicting which kids are overweight.

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Zip code as important as genetic code in childhood obesity

Nearly 18 percent of U.S. school-aged children and adolescents are obese, as the rate of childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. The prevalence of obesity puts children at greater risk of developing ...

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