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Archive for the ‘Obesity Risk’ Category

Neighborhood a Factor in Childhood Obesity

Researchers from Toronto, Ontario, Canada identify a child’s neighborhood as one of the modifiable risk factors that can affect their likelihood of becoming obese. The study is part of a research collaboration called TARGetKids! (The Applied Research Group for Kids), which looks into the factors children have early in life that could later lead to health problems. Lead author Julia B. Morinis, MD, MSc, a pediatrician at Hospital for Sick Children, and colleagues enrolled about 4,000 healthy children ages 0-5 years and collected data on their physical measurements, nutrition, and physical activity. Details about area of residency, their neighborhood, population, […]

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Obese Young Men May not Reach Middle Age

A recently published study in journal BMJ Open reports that men who are obese at an early age have a great risk of developing serious illnesses by the time they are in their 50s, if they even live that long.  The study involved 6500 Danish men who had registered with the Military Board for a fitness test to evaluate their suitability for military service. The men were aged 22 years at the start of the study and were followed for 33 years until they were 55 years old. Most of the men were found to be of normal weight while […]

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Obese women were found to have a two-fold increased risk of heart attack or stroke within four to five years after giving birth compared to women with normal weight. This was true even after accounting for the risk factors of heart disease including smoking and other complications that are related to pregnancy, according to a new study presented at the annual meeting at the American College of Cardiology. The study involved more than 273,000 Danish women who had given birth between 2004 and 2009 with mean age of 30 years. None of the participants had history of heart disease, stroke […]

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Outdoor Fast-Food Ads Make People Fat

In a recent study, researchers noted a “modest but clinically meaningful increased likelihood of obesity” in people residing in districts with lots of signs and billboards on outdoor foods or fast food compare to areas without these advertisements. Previous studies showed the prevalence of fast-food ads in low-income, minority areas and the impact of marketing fast foods. Since obesity has been a pressing health problem, Dr. Lenard Lesser who conducted the study wanted to find out the contributory factors leading to eating too much fast foods or processed foods. The study examined 200 census districts from a crowded population area […]

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Studies have shown that American children aged 8-18 watch about 4 ½ hours of TV every day. More than two-thirds of these have a TV in their bedroom. Studies also show that one-third of children aged 6-19 are obese. Previous research suggests that habitual TV viewing during childhood and adolescence carries on into adulthood, which has been associated with overweight and increased cholesterol levels. Lead investigator Peter T. Katzmarzyk, PhD from the Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, LA states that while most studies on the link between prolonged TV viewing and childhood obesity focus predominantly on body mass index […]

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