If you don't want fat and obese kids, don't live a fat family life, says fitness expert and author Tom Gilliam. Here, he offers some simple yet powerful ideas for getting kids (and maybe you, too) excited about getting fit and to combat obesity.
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Women who carry excess fat around their waists were at greater risk of dying early from cancer or heart disease than were women with smaller waistlines, even if they were of normal weight.
Obesity is more than a cosmetic concern because it increases a person's risk for developing high blood pressure, diabetes and many other serious health problems. It's well understood that consuming more calories than you expend through exercise and daily activities causes weight gain. But with about one in every three American adults now considered obese, researchers are attempting to identify additional factors that affect a person's tendency to gain and retain excess weight.
A new diet and obesity drug called Lorcaserin hydrochloride for the treatment of obesity from Arena Pharmaceuticals has passed a major safety board review and shows that this obesity pill doesn't damage heart valves as some other weight loss treatment drugs in the past.
Reducing the hours kids spend on TV watching and computer playing will help tackle obesity.
Childhood obesity is down to nature not nurture, reports The Times and other news sources. Genes account for "more than three quarters of the difference between children's waistlines, with lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise playing a much smaller role", the newspaper adds.
Low-calorie sweeteners may be one piece in solving the obesity puzzle.
A new study by Rhode Island Hospital and Brown University suggests that the DSM-IV criteria for eating disorders have limited clinical utility.
Obese teenagers who succeeded in losing weight in a year-long medically supervised weight control program also saw their bone mineral content increase over that period.
New website www.loseweightgainlife.co.uk provides clear information and support to people considering obesity surgery. To coincide with the launch of the website, findings from a new survey reveal widespread confusion over the causes of obesity in the UK with nearly 8 in 10 people (79%) believing obesity is caused purely by 'lifestyle choices', rather than being a serious medical condition, and 50% also associating the condition with 'greediness'.
Adult obesity-related health conditions could cost Minnesota at least an additional $900 million per year by 2010 and $3.7 billion more per year by 2020.
An anti-inflammatory drug similar to aspirin may provide an inexpensive means of treating and/or reducing the risk for diabetes in obese young adults.
Nastech Pharmaceutical Company completed enrollment for its Phase 2 clinical trial of PYY3-36 Nasal Spray to treat obesity.
US Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity sites that there is a 70% chance of overweight adolescents becoming overweight or obese adults.
A new study investigating the health effects of being overweight during adolescence projects alarming increases in the rates of heart disease.
National Poll on Children's Health finds less than 10% of parents of obese kids age 6-11 are very concerned about weight.