A key reason for the epidemic of pediatric obesity, now the most commonly diagnosed childhood ailment, is that high calorie, low fiber Western diets.
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A UCLA study, published in 2006, suggests our media and cultural obsession with achieving a certain weight loss level does little to convince couch potatoes of any size to abandon their favorite sofa cushions and get active. In fact, those messages may actually undermine motivation to adopt exercise and other healthy lifestyle habits.
The increase of obesity in the United States doubled the number of inconclusive diagnostic imaging exams.
The weight loss medication sibutramine, when combined with behavior therapy, allowed hundreds of very obese adolescents to lose an average of 14 pounds over a year.
Extremely obese patients undergoing gastric bypass procedures may have a greater reduction in obesity related diseases, more weight loss than those who have gastric banding procedures.
Obese girls in the early stages of puberty are at risk for having high levels of androgens (sometimes called "male hormones"), a condition that may lead to health problems later.
Expanding definitions of obesity may harm children.
Obesity is under diagnosed in people with diabetes overall and especially in African Americans.
Early treatment of obesity is instrumental in reducing the long term health complications associated with obesity.
Children who are obese when they enter secondary school will very likely leave it obese.
Each extra Hour of TV translates into 167 extra calories in diet.
The five principal culprits for obesity among children: soft drinks; fast food; television and video games; the inactivity of youngsters both at school and at play; and the changing patterns of family behavior.
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New research suggests obesity is due at least in part to an attraction between leptin, the hormone that signals the brain when to stop eating, and a protein more recently associated with heart disease
Between 1980 and 2002, obesity prevalence doubled in adults aged 20 years or older and overweight prevalence tripled in children and adolescents aged 6 to 19 years.
Those children who were exposed to more than two hours of television per day were more likely to be overweight at ages 36 and 54.