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CDC: More than 40% of U.S. adults are obese

CDC: More than 40% of U.S. adults are obese

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Feb. 26 (UPI) -- More than 40 percent of American adults are obese, according to new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. Released Thursday, the new numbers show the prevalence of obesity among U.S. adults has steadily increased since 2011. And more than 9 percent of Americans have severe obesity, a figure that has nearly doubled over the first two decades of the 21st century. "The findings are important for everyone," study co-author Cynthia Ogden, a CDC epidemiologist, told UPI. "We've seen increases in obesity going back to the 1980s, so it continues to be a public health concern. We know that obesity and severe obesity, in particular, are associated with many chronic conditions including diabetes and heart disease." O...
Nearly half of U.S. population will be obese by 2030, analysis says

Nearly half of U.S. population will be obese by 2030, analysis says

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Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Nearly half of all Americans will be obese within the next 10 years, a new analysis has found. Researchers at T.H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University, who will have their findings published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, also suggest that more than half of the population in 29 U.S. states will be obese. Currently, the analysis estimates that 40 percent of American adults are obese, with 18 percent severely so. "Prevention is going to be key to better managing this epidemic" of obesity," lead author Zachary Ward, programmer/analyst at Harvard's Center for Health Decision Science, said in a press release. For the study, Ward and his colleagues used self-reported body mass index, or BMI, data from more than 6.2 million adults who particip...
Obese mothers’ breast milk may contribute to child’s weight gain, study says

Obese mothers’ breast milk may contribute to child’s weight gain, study says

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April 10 (UPI) -- Whether a mother is a healthy weight or obese will largely predict the body composition of her child. Now, researchers may have moved a little closer to figuring out why. New findings show that the molecular makeup of the breast milk of an expecting mother who is obese differs from an expecting mother at a normal weight, which could affect the weight of her child, according to a study published in April in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The researchers think that mothers with obesity and normal weight have varying metabolites that contribute to their children's weight composition. "Childhood obesity increases risk for type 2 diabetes, and a host of other health complications. Our aim is to identify the earliest risk factors that predict obesity in children,...
Morning exercise may lower blood pressure for older, obese people

Morning exercise may lower blood pressure for older, obese people

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Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Just 30 minutes of walking in the morning can lower blood pressure for overweight or obese people between ages 55 and 80, a new study says. And when women add frequent breaks from sitting during the day to this morning exercise routine, they increase the health benefits, according to a study published Wednesday in Hypertension. "We conducted this study because separate lines of inquiry have determined that a bout of exercise can acutely lower blood pressure, and more recently that prolonged sitting can increase blood pressure over the space of a day," Michael Wheeler, a researcher at The Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute and a study author, told UPI. The morning walks had a particularly strong effect on lowering systolic blood pressure, the top number in the blood pressu...
Study: Healthy obese people don't face increased death risk

Study: Healthy obese people don't face increased death risk

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July 12 (UPI) -- People who are obese but otherwise healthy do not have an increased rate of mortality, according to a study in Toronto -- conflicting with results of a major study in Europe. Researchers at York University's Faculty of Health followed 54,089 men and women from five cohort studies through 2017. Participants who were otherwise healthy were compared with those with elevated glucose, blood pressure or lipids alone or another metabolic factor, including smoking status, ethnicity, age and lifestyle. Their findings were published Thursday in the journal Clinical Obesity. "This is in contrast with most of the literature and we think this is because most studies have defined metabolic healthy obesity as having up to one metabolic risk factor," said study leader Dr. Jennifer Kuk, ...