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Maternal diabetes increases obesity risk in children by age 10, study finds

Maternal diabetes increases obesity risk in children by age 10, study finds

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Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Children born to mothers with type 1 or type 2 diabetes have up to 10% higher body weight by age 10 than those whose mothers did not have the disease, a study published Friday by the journal Pediatric Obesity found. That weight difference means that they are more likely to meet the criteria for obesity than children of mothers who did not have diabetes during pregnancy, the researchers said. Advertisement By age 10, children of diabetic mothers had a body mass index, or BMI, of nearly 23, the data showed. The average BMI for children both to mothers who did not have diabetes during pregnancy was just over 20. BMI is a measure of a person's weight and height. Currently, for children age 10, a BMI of 22 would place them in the 95th percentile nationally, meaning they would ...
Obesity: Unhealthy ‘buy one get one free’ deals targeted

Obesity: Unhealthy ‘buy one get one free’ deals targeted

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"Buy one get one free" deals on unhealthy food will be banned as part of the government's bid to tackle obesity in England. The plan also includes restrictions on where foods high in fat and sugar can be promoted in store and new rules for displaying calories on menus.A ban on junk food adverts before 21:00 has been confirmed - for the whole UK.Boris Johnson said the plans would help "reduce our health risks and protect ourselves against coronavirus".The prime minister has unveiled the strategy later amid growing evidence of a link between obesity and an increased risk from Covid-19.Government statistics showed nearly 8% of critically ill patients in intensive care units with the virus have been morbidly obese, compared with 2.9% of the general population...
Coronavirus: Obesity increases risks from Covid-19, experts say

Coronavirus: Obesity increases risks from Covid-19, experts say

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Being obese or overweight puts you at greater risk of serious illness or death from Covid-19, experts say after examining existing studies.The review of evidence by Public Health England found excess weight put people at greater risk of needing hospital admission or intensive care.And the risk grew substantially as weight increased.The release comes ahead of an expected government announcement of new measures to curb obesity.Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at Public Health England, said the current evidence was clear, that being overweight or obese puts you at greater risk of serious illness or death from Covid-19, as well as from many other life-threatening diseases."Losing weight can bring huge benefits for health - and ...
Coronavirus: Does obesity increase the risk?

Coronavirus: Does obesity increase the risk?

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Being obese is known to increase the risk of a number of diseases, including heart disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes. Early research suggests it may also make people more ill with Covid-19, but why is this the case?Is there evidence obesity is a risk for the virus?This question has been the subject of many studies as experts try to work out the answer. In a study of nearly 17,000 hospital patients with Covid-19 in the UK, those who were obese - with a body mass index (BMI) of more than 30 - had a 33% greater risk of dying than those who were not obese. A separate study of NHS electronic health records found a doubling of the risk of dying from Covid-19 among people who were obese. If other health conditions linked to obesity such as heart disease and ...
Obesity not caused by lack of willpower – psychologists

Obesity not caused by lack of willpower – psychologists

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Obesity is not a choice and making people feel ashamed results only in them feeling worse about themselves, a report by top psychologists says.It calls for changes in language to reduce stigma, such as saying "a person with obesity" rather than an "obese person".And it says health professionals should be trained to talk about weight loss in a more supportive way.A cancer charity's recent ad campaign was criticised for "fat shaming".Obesity levels rose by 18% in England between 2005 and 2017 and by similar amounts in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.This means just over one in four UK adults is obese while nearly two-thirds are overweight or obese.But these increases cannot be explained by a sudden loss of motivation across the UK - it is a lot more co...