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2013-05-09 12:28:22

The Obesity Society Unveils Tools and Resources to Educate Policymakers and Support Healthcare Providers SILVER SPRING, Md., May 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With two out of three adults in the United States considered obese or overweight[i] obesity scientists and clinicians are asking that obesity be treated as a serious health condition, such as heart disease and cancer, to bring us closer to combatting the epidemic. The Obesity Society (TOS), the leading professional society...

Study Suggests Dropping Comorbidity Requirements For Some Weight Loss Surgery Patients
2013-05-02 17:36:19

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online It seems you can´t drive more than five miles down a highway without passing by a billboard extolling the virtues of the LAP-BAND® weight loss procedure. Most of these roadside advertisements show before and after photos of the now svelte and happy person. Guidelines were put in place to ensure, in this image-obsessed culture in which we live, only individuals who truly required this medical procedure would be covered...

2013-04-30 13:18:10

And boosts risks of diabetes, potentially fatal blood clots, and heart attacks Young men who are obese in their early 20s are significantly more likely to develop serious ill health by the time they reach middle age, or not even make it that far, suggests research published in the online journal BMJ Open. It's well known that obesity in adulthood poses a risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease, but it's not been clear whether obesity in early adulthood strengthens that risk. The...

Facebook “Likes” Can Be Linked To Obesity
2013-04-25 11:52:00

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online We give a lot of information to sites like Facebook and Google, even when we don´t realize it. It´s only when we pull back for a moment and see the big picture that we realize just how much information we´ve shared and what can be done with it. For instance, each year Google releases a list of the most searched terms from the previous year, revealing how each search for words like “iPhone” or...

2013-04-24 16:26:23

Study correlates data on Facebook users' interests with obesity rates in cities and towns nationally and in New York City neighborhoods BOSTON, April 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The higher the percentage of people in a city, town or neighborhood with Facebook interests suggesting a healthy, active lifestyle, the lower that area's obesity rate. At the same time, areas with a large percentage of Facebook users with television-related interests tend to have higher rates of...

Obese Patients Need More Empathy From Their Physician
2013-04-23 10:02:26

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Doctors are less likely to bond or empathize with patients who are overweight or obese, according to a new study published online in the journal Obesity. The research, which was led by Kimberly A. Gudzune, an assistant professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, looked at 39 primary care physicians and 208 of their patients. Gudzune and her colleagues discovered that...

Community Gardens Produce Health Benefits 041913
2013-04-19 11:16:36

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Community gardens have long been thought to convey numerous health and social benefits to those who maintain them, but these benefits have never been the subject of scientific study. New research from a team of Utah-based scientists changes that through a study recently published in the“¯American Journal of Public Health. Led by Cathleen Zick, a professor of family and consumer studies at the University of Utah, the research...

2013-04-15 14:04:09

The largest genetic search for "obesity genes" in people of African ancestry has led to the discovery of three new regions of the human genome that influence obesity in these populations and others. University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences Department of Epidemiology and Population Health researcher Kira Taylor, PhD, and her team today (April 14, 2013), published their findings in Nature Genetics. The study involved more than 70,000 men and women of...

2013-04-10 16:24:52

Orthopaedic Surgeons should recommend weight loss to patients prior to joint replacement ROSEMONT, Ill., April 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The obesity epidemic in America and its impact on musculoskeletal health, as well as related treatment outcomes and costs, was discussed during the AAOS Now forum, "Obesity, Orthopaedics and Outcomes," at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) at McCormick Place in Chicago. "From 1960 to 2000, the...

Entertaining TV Affects BMI Levels In America's Youth
2013-04-08 09:21:20

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A lot of research has focused on how TV affects today´s youth. One recent study has suggested that what´s on TV makes children antisocial, while another claimed there was no link between a child´s negative social development and sitting in front of the tube for too long. When it comes to obesity, previous research has also suggested that TV in the bedroom may be a factor in ballooning waistlines of young children. A...