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More Than Two Billion People Globally Are Overweight Or Obese
2014-05-29 08:01:58

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Weight gain is quickly becoming the world’s biggest health epidemic as nearly 30 percent of the entire population are either overweight or obese. The rise in global obesity/overweight rates over the past three decades has been significant and widespread, jumping from 857 million people in 1980 to 2.1 billion people in 2013, with nearly a third of those classified as obese. Overweight is defined as having a Body Mass Index (BMI)...

2013-08-21 13:14:55

Despite years of strong progress, burden of AIDS growing in the Caribbean and Southeast Asia and still significant in Eastern, Central, and Southern Africa The HIV/AIDS epidemic is changing in unexpected ways in countries around the world, showing that greater attention and financial investment may be needed in places where the disease has not reached epidemic levels, according to a new study from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington....

Increase In Exercise Not Bringing US Obesity Rates Down
2013-07-11 07:37:56

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Americans are exercising more but the increased physical activity is having little impact on the rising obesity epidemic, according to researchers from the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). Despite the reported increase in physical activity between the years of 2001 and 2009, the study authors reported the percentage of the population considered to be clinically obese did not decrease....

2013-07-10 14:55:14

Mental conditions, substance abuse, and musculoskeletal disorders cause more disability than cancers. Diet, blood pressure, smoking top risk factors for poor health In nearly every major cause of premature death – from ischemic heart disease to diabetes to interpersonal violence – the United States trails its economic peers, according to new research from a global collaborative of scientists led by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)...

2013-04-08 11:57:45

New data from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation show variations among communities, genders and ethnic groups in treatment and control of high blood pressure One in five Americans are completely unaware that they are at risk for the second leading cause of premature death: high blood pressure. In the first ever analysis of awareness, treatment, and control of hypertension for every county, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington...

2013-03-05 10:51:09

British people spend more time with chronic illness and disability than most Europeans; Young adults are hit hard by alcohol and drug use Britons are living longer lives and enjoying better health, but they are still grappling with disabling conditions such as back and neck pain and depression, often more than people in most other European countries. Health in the United Kingdom is eroded by preventable causes of death such as smoking, unhealthy diets, and use of alcohol and drugs. As a...

2013-03-05 10:48:33

Online tools to be unveiled by Bill Gates and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation reveal surprising picture for health in 187 countries Alzheimer's disease is the fastest growing threat to health in the US. HIV/AIDS and alcohol are severely eroding the health of Russians. Violence is claiming the lives of young men in large swaths of Latin America, constituting a homicide-driven health crisis. Despite health gains in sub-Saharan Africa, infectious diseases still cause hundreds...

2013-02-07 15:05:44

As global economic troubles continue, cuts in global health funding from the US government and other donors may signal the conclusion of an era of rapid growth Despite dire predictions in the wake of the economic crisis, donations to health projects in developing countries appear to be holding steady, according to new research from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. After reaching a historic high of $28.2 billion in 2010, development...

Massive International Study Outlines Global Health Crisis: People Living Longer But With More Illness
2012-12-13 15:16:56

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A health crisis has been developing around the world for decades. Despite life expectancies climbing for both men (11 years) and women (12 years) worldwide, we are paying for this added buffer with more mental and physical illnesses, according to the biggest-ever study of the global burden of disease. The study, collaborated on by nearly 500 international researchers, and published in the journal The Lancet, has produced the most...


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