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What Does Research Say About Overweight and Obesity?

Obesity and weight gain is treated as an epidemic in this country, and for many good reasons. Additional weight gain causes multiple health problems including type-2 diabetes and can exacerbate pain for many other conditions. But, what if what we believe is the absolute truth about obesity isn't exactly the

What Are the Costs of Obesity?

Nearly 36% of U.S. adults are obese, and are therefore at increased risk for potentially deadly conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and stroke. People who are obese also suffer from an array of less serious conditions, such as chronic pain, gallstones, and sleep disorders, that are costly to treat

Early Puberty in Girls Linked to Obesity

Obesity is an epidemic in the United States, and its health risks are well-known: diabetes, heart disease, and more. A recent study has shown that obesity poses another risk specifically to girls: early puberty (also called precocious puberty). In 2012, Pediatrics: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Is Obesity an Inflammatory Disease?

Record numbers of U.S. adults are now considered obese, with more than one-third of the population falling into the category, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Scientists blame the obesity epidemic on diets high in sugar and fat, along with sedentary lifestyles, but new research is uncovering the

The Benefits of Healthy Fat

All fats are not created equal. On one side of the equation there are trans fats and saturated fats, the kinds of fats that contribute to obesity, diabetes, and early death (among a host of health problems). On the other side, you have mono- and polyunsaturated fats, the kind of

How Can Overweight and Obesity Affect the Body?

Americans’ waistlines are expanding and more people carry extra weight than ever before. Nearly 70% of adults over the age of 20 are overweight, and about 36% are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Obesity is calculated by measuring body mass index (BMI), a number that

How Extra Weight Can Lead to Back Pain

An estimated 31 million people in the U.S. suffer from low back pain, according to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and many of those people are overweight. A Gallup poll found 37% of obese people reported back or neck pain, compared with 27% of people with normal weight. That’s no