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And it comes down to more than lifestyle factors.
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And they affect all parts of the body.
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Canada is dealing with an obesity challenge. At the moment, one in four adults and one in ten children are defined as being obese. One might believe the answer to obesity is simply to eat less and exercise more. Yet, over the last few decades, researchers have learned this condition is far more complex than initially believed.
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By the end of this decade, diseases stemming from poor diet and unhealthy lifestyle choices will top all other causes of death worldwide. At the same time, there are no effective policies in place to tackle the most pressing problems such as the obesity epidemic and other so-called non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
People who are obese may appear healthy for a while but their condition declines over time, said a study out Monday that followed more than 2,500 people for 20 years. The research by scientists at Uni...
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Obesity doesn't happen overnight. It's a lifetime of choices and bad habits -- many of which begin early on. In the video above, posted on YouTube by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Strong4Life, a...
LONDON - Almost a third of the world is now fat, and no country has been able to curb obesity rates in the last three decades, according to a new global analysis.Researchers found more than 2 billion...
There is no obesity epidemic, says a free market think tank. In a report titled "Obesity in Canada: Overstated Problems, Misguided Policy Solutions," the Fraser Institute argues that there was no sign...
There is no easy and straightforward way to surrender our collective obsession with fat. But here are some of the strategies that point the way. Regulation, used properly, has a role in such efforts. First, the prejudice against fat people needs to end. We need to accept individuals of many shape and sizes; judging them by their qualifications and not their weight.
If Canada has a weight issue (and increasing amount of studies say that it definitely does), should our physicians be doing more? The answer seems to be yes, but the problem is that docs aren't doing much in terms of preventative care for their patients.
The biggest target of obesity in North America? Soda. Many experts now claim that soda is the new tobacco -- indeed, Google those terms and you get more than 7 million hits. For them, Coke is the new Camel. Let me take a step back and note the basic problem in fighting obesity like we fought tobacco.
Some people who are severely obese and have gastric bypass surgery may be able to keep weight off for six years, giving them reduced risks of cardiovascular problems and diabetes, a U.S. study finds....
So, how do you know that you have disordered eating? What differentiates a mild or moderate over-eater from a more serious one is related to two fundamental factors: the degree to which you've been wounded emotionally, and the degree to which food has become the solution to your emotional needs.
Some obese people can be just as fit as those of a normal weight and carry no greater risk of developing heart disease or cancer, studies suggest. Research published in the European Heart Journal Wedn...
Only a few years ago, if you'd attacked a politician for his weight, or complained about where she ate her dinner, it would be seen as poor form. Reporters could write about a politician's views on taxes and trade, but the burgers and buns on his dinner plate were off limits. How times have changed.The fight against obesity has mobilized a growing number of public health zealots, who've taken a punitive, selective and judgmental approach to anti-obesity policy.
Before you think about getting a greasy hamburger for dinner, you might want to watch this video. An Australian obesity awareness and healthy living campaign by LiveLighter.com has created a graphic 3...
Chief Public Health Officer Dr. David Butler Jones warns that if we continue on this trajectory by 2023, 70% of Canadians will be overweight or obese. (Calgary Herald) This really got my attention. I...
To many readers, the very idea that you can carry excess weight and still be healthy may sound like an oxymoron. After all, is excess body fat not strongly associated with a wide range of health problems from diabetes to sleep apnea and from arthritis to cancer? Yes it is, but not in everyone.
In yet another sign (as if we needed one) that people in developed countries are growing fatter, major car manufacturers are altering vehicle designs to make way for wider drivers. The most ambitious...
The question no longer is how to help thin people stay thin. With two-thirds of the population now overweight or obese, we must accept that primary prevention has failed.