Severely obese are fastest growing overweight Americans

Severely obese are fastest growing overweight Americans

The proportion of Americans who are severely obese — those people 100 pounds or more overweight — continues to increase rapidly and much faster than those with moderate obesity, but the rate of growth has slowed, according to a new RAND Corporation study. The RAND study found that from 2000 to 2010, the proportion of

BPA in children and teens linked to obesity

BPA in children and teens linked to obesity

Children and adolescents having higher concentrations of urinary bisphenol A (BPA), a manufactured chemical found in consumer products, significantly increases odds of being obese. Leonardo Trasande, M.D., M.P.P., of the NYU School of Medicine, New York City, conducted a study on a sample of nearly 3,000 children and adolescents. In the U.S. population, exposure [to

Childhood obesity increases likelihood of idiopathic intracranial hypertension

Childhood obesity increases likelihood of idiopathic intracranial hypertension

Children who are overweight or obese — particularly older, non-Hispanic white girls — are more likely to have a neurological disorder known as idiopathic intracranial hypertension, a rare condition that can result in blindness, according to a new Kaiser Permanente study published in The Journal of Pediatrics.

In a cross-sectional, population-based study of 900,000 children ages 2-19 years old, researchers found 78 cases of pediatric idiopathic intracranial hypertension.

Excess weight during pregnancy may have health implications for offspring

Excess weight during pregnancy may have health implications for offspring

That overweight during pregnancy can lead to overweight children and adolescents has been known for some time, but new research at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and in the US indicates that excess weight before and during pregnancy can have long-lasting health consequences for the offspring of such mothers even later in life.

Investigators at the Hebrew University-Hadassah Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine and the Departments of Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of Washington, Seattle, have found a direct correlation between this maternal overweight and higher tendencies in their adult children towards overweight and other life-risking factors, such as high blood pressure and excess sugar and fat levels in the blood.

Obesity epidemic in America underestimated

Obesity epidemic in America underestimated

The scope of the obesity epidemic in the United States has been greatly underestimated, according to a study published Apr. 2 in the journal PLoS ONE.

Researchers found that the Body Mass Index (BMI) substantially under-diagnoses obesity when compared to the Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DXA) scan, a direct simultaneous measure of body fat, muscle mass, and bone density.

Link between asthma and obesity

Link between asthma and obesity

The prevalence of physician-diagnosed asthma is increasing partly because of a link between asthma and obesity. Several factors lead to asthma-like symptoms in obese patients, including the mechanical effect of increased body mass index on lung volumes, which increases the work required for breathing. Researchers from the Countess of Chester Hospital and the University of

New tool EOSS to predict health in overweight and obese people

New tool EOSS to predict health in overweight and obese people

A new tool — the Edmonton obesity staging system (EOSS) — improves on current methods to predict the risk of death in overweight and obese people, according to a study in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Body mass index (BMI) is the most common tool in measuring excess fat, although it is an indirect measure