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Ambulatory Management of Childhood Obesity

ObesityOct 20 05

Objective: Childhood obesity is one of the most challenging issues facing healthcare providers today. The aims of this study were to describe the ambulatory management of childhood obesity by pediatricians (PDs) and family physicians (FPs) and to evaluate knowledge of and adherence to published recommendations.

Research Methods and Procedures: A 42-item, self-administered questionnaire was mailed to 1207 randomly selected primary care physicians (PDs = 700, FPs = 507) between September 2001 and January 2002.

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Obesity linked to higher Alzheimer’s disease risk

ObesityOct 19 05

Obese middle-aged adults may face an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia later in life, new research suggests.

Exactly why obesity is linked to dementia is not completely clear, but the higher rates of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and other conditions that are common among obese adults seem to offer a partial explanation.

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Midlife Obesity Linked With Increased Dementia Risk

ObesityOct 12 05

Individuals who were obese at midlife had an increased risk for dementia later in life compared to individuals of normal weight, according to an article in the October issue of the Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Obesity is on the rise all over the world and is related to vascular diseases, which may be linked to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease (AD), according to background information in the article. However, the link between obesity and dementia risk has not been extensively studied and long-term follow-up studies performed thus far have yielded somewhat conflicting results.

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The wealthy more apt to gain weight

ObesityOct 11 05

Over the past three decades, obesity has increased more dramatically among higher-income groups than among the poor, a new study shows.

“Despite the fact that there is often a lot of attention surrounding the association between poverty and obesity, our study shows that it really is not typically the poor who are gaining the most the fastest,” Dr. Virginia W. Chang who led the study told Reuters Health. “This is especially true among blacks.”

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Most Americans risk obesity, study finds

ObesityOct 06 05

A new study that followed Americans for thirty years has found that 90 per cent of men and 70 per cent of women were overweight or became overweight.

In addition, more than one in three were obese or became obese.

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Obesity rates in Canadian children double - study

ObesityOct 05 05

Children in the Canadian province of Ontario may be the first generation to die younger than their parents, doctors said on Tuesday.

A report released by the Ontario Medical Association found obesity rates in children across Canada nearly doubled between 1981 and 1996. The percentage of overweight boys between 2 and 16 increased to 29 percent from 15 percent, while overweight girls in the same age group rose to 24 percent from 15 percent.

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Most people likely to become overweight as they age

ObesityOct 04 05

A 30-year study finds that most adults—nine out of 10 men, seven out of 10 women—are likely to be or become overweight as they grow older.

The report, published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine, was based on the experience of more than 4,000 white adults who were the second generation of a long-term study of heart disease sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

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Health services not meeting obesity challenge-experts

ObesitySep 30 05

Healthcare systems have failed to come to grips with the global obesity epidemic and its serious health consequences, leading experts said on Friday.

More than a billion people, 10 percent of whom are children, worldwide are obese or overweight. It is the sixth most important risk factor in the overall burden of disease.

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Obesity may be advantage after heart attack

ObesitySep 30 05

Being overweight or obese, compared with being normal weight or very obese, appears to confer a survival advantage following a heart attack or near heart attack—collectively called acute coronary syndrome.

However, researchers caution that these findings must be interpreted carefully “and should not be used as evidence against weight reduction.”

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First Link Found Between Obesity, Inflammation And Vascular Disease

ObesitySep 22 05

Researchers at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston have found that human fat cells produce a protein that is linked to both inflammation and an increased risk of heart disease and stroke.

They say the discovery, reported in Journal of the American College of Cardiology, goes a long way to explain why people who are overweight generally have higher levels of the molecule, known as C-reactive protein (CRP), which is now used diagnostically to predict future cardiovascular events.

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Scientists close in on genes for anorexia, bulimia

ObesitySep 22 05

Researchers may be zeroing in on some of the genes that increase a person’s vulnerability to the eating disorders anorexia and bulimia.

In two new studies, an international research team identified several “core traits,” such as a tendency towards anxiety or perfectionism, that are commonly seen in people with the eating disorders, and that are to some degree inherited. The researchers then traced these traits to regions on particular chromosomes that, the studies suggest, may influence susceptibility to anorexia or bulimia.

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Obesity alone not linked to fatal heart attacks

ObesitySep 21 05

Being overweight or obese, in the absence of high blood pressure, does not clearly increase the risk of death from heart attack or stroke, French researchers report in the journal Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association.

“The role of obesity and overweight as independent risk factors for (heart attack and stroke) is still debated,” Dr. Athanase Benetos and colleagues from the Centre d’Investigations Preventives et Cliniques in Paris write.

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Obesity is twice as common in constipated children

ObesitySep 20 05

Obesity is twice as common in constipated children 4- to 17-years-old according to a new study from Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut.

Prevalence of obesity in constipated versus normal boys: 25% vs 14%; girls: 19% vs 10%

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Obesity in America Continues to Expand

ObesitySep 19 05

Obesity rates continue to climb in every state except Oregon, and government policies and actions offer little hope of reversing the trend, according to a new report Tuesday from the Trust for America’s Health.

The report, F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies are Failing in America, 2005, found that Mississippi is the heaviest state, while Colorado is the least heavy.

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Obesity And Expanding Waistlines the next Epidemic in USA

ObesityAug 19 05

Obesity is defined as 30 or more pounds above ideal body weight. Obesity is slowly becoming a global problem and more so in developed countries. According to a recent report the number of obese adults in the U.S. is currently about 31 percent. In 1980 it was 23% and 15 percent in 1970.

Obesity not only causes problems with heart but also many other diseases like Arthritis, Diabetes Mellitus, impotency etc.

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