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Obesity rates are not declining in US youth
A clear and significant increase in obesity continued from 1999 through 2014, according to an analysis of data on United States children and adolescents age 2 to 19 years. (2016-05-04)

Should Drugs Be Used In The Treatment Of Obesity: A Point-Counterpoint Discussion
Two authoritative obesity experts debate whether the benefit of anti-obesity drugs outweigh their potential medical risks. Bray argues that even modest drug induced weight loss reduces obesity complications (hypertension, coronary disease, diabetes), while Hirsch argues for a moratorium until drugs can be better targeted to specific causes of obesity yet to be defined. (1998-01-29)

Adults with overweight or obesity often don't recognize they have a weight problem
A cross-sectional analysis of NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) data found that more than 40% of U.S. adults with overweight and nearly 10% with obesity did not consider themselves to be overweight. This trend has increased over the last two decades and was especially true of non-Hispanic Blacks and persons with low socioeconomic status. The findings are published in Annals of Internal Medicine. (2020-12-01)

Study examines childhood weight and obesity in adolescence
A new Pediatric Obesity study reveals how excess weight at age 3 years was associated with a higher risk of being overweight or obese at age 15 years in a study of adolescents in Japan. (2020-01-08)

New data on trends in obesity in Canada
Peter Katzmarzyk and Caitlin Mason report on their analysis of data from seven national surveys on the trends in overweight and obesity in the general Canadian population from 1985 to 2003. (2006-01-16)

Night shift work linked to an increased risk of obesity
In an analysis of 28 published studies, night shift work was associated with a 29 percent increased risk of becoming obese or overweight. (2017-10-04)

Overweight and obesity linked to higher cancer risks in large Danish study
Overweight and obesity were associated with higher risks of several common cancers in a 40-year, nationwide Danish study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine. (2020-01-08)

Factors during pregnancy may affect early childhood weight
In a study published in Pediatric Obesity, a child's high and increasing body mass index between ages two and six years was strongly associated with pre-pregnancy obesity and overweight in the child's mother; modestly associated with maternal type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes that required medication, and excessive weight gain during pregnancy; and slightly associated with breastfeeding for six months or less. (2019-11-06)

Wiley-Blackwell announces new publishing partnership with the Obesity Society
Wiley-Blackwell, the scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly publishing business of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (NYSE: JWa), (NYSE: JWb), today announced that it has been selected by the Obesity Society to publish their journal, Obesity. (2012-05-11)

Training GPs to manage obesity does not affect weight loss
The usefulness of providing training in obesity management to general practice teams is questioned by researchers in this week's BMJ. (2003-11-06)

Impact of lifestyle behaviors in early childhood on obesity
Adhering to a healthy lifestyle at age 4 years is associated with a decreased risk of overweight, obesity, and abdominal obesity at 7 years, according to a study published in Pediatric Obesity. (2019-12-04)

Experts argue that obesity is a chronic, relapsing, progressive disease
In a new article, World Obesity Federation experts consider the argument for obesity as a chronic relapsing disease process. They note that obesity fits the epidemiological model of a disease process except that the toxic or pathological agent is food rather than a microbe. (2017-05-10)

Sarcopenic obesity: The ignored phenotype that need more studies for a better understanding
A new condition, that occurs in the presence of both sarcopenia and obesity and termed as '[sarcopenic obesity', and that describes under the same phenotype the increase in body fat mass deposition, and the reduction in lean mass and muscle strength. (2018-11-06)

How obesity affects vitamin D metabolism
A new Journal of Bone and Mineral Research study confirms that vitamin D supplementation is less effective in the presence of obesity, and it uncovers a biological mechanism to explain this observation. (2019-02-21)

Obesity-linked conditions are projected to rise sharply in children
Researchers' global estimates indicate that by 2025, some 268 million children aged 5 to 17 years may be overweight, including 91 million obese, assuming no policy interventions have proven effective at changing current trends. (2016-10-08)

Obesity association reacts to discrimination regarding surgery basis of body mass index
A UK obesity charity has objected strongly to the decision by health bodies in the UK restricting access to surgery on the basis of body mass index, calling it discriminatory. (2017-11-14)

Media alert: Register now for the largest obesity conference in North America
The Obesity Society's Annual Scientific Meeting, which will take place October 20-24 in Boston, is the largest gathering of influential obesity experts in North America. World-renowned leaders will present up-to-the-minute basic, clinical and epidemiological research on hot topics in the field. (2006-06-15)

Childhood obesity focus of Washington conference Sept. 13-14
A national conference on obesity will explore questions such as: are schools responsible for helping students maintain a healthy weight? What do results of a new survey on parents' perceptions of their children's weight tell us? And what are successful strategies in dealing with childhood obesity? (2000-08-23)

The government's obesity strategy, more of the same rhetoric
Nigel Hawkes chronicles a decade of the UK Government's attempts to tackle obesity, including its latest bid to turn the tide on obesity (2008-11-18)

Traditional Chinese medical herb may offer new anti-obesity strategy
Overweight and obesity have become a severe public health problem around the world. Chinese scientists from the Institute of Zoology suggest in a new study that burning energy by activation of brown adipose tissue (BAT) might be an alternative strategy for combating obesity. (2019-11-21)

Autism spectrum disorders linked with excess weight gain in children
A recent meta-analysis published in Obesity Reviews revealed that children with autism spectrum disorders had a 41.1% higher risk of developing obesity than matched groups of children, and on average, 22 out of 100 children with autism were found to have obesity. (2019-10-09)

'Belly fat' linked to development of asthma
Belly fat, known clinically as central obesity, has been linked to the development of asthma in a new study. (2011-09-25)

Launch of the African Centre for Obesity Prevention
Members of the media are invited to attend the breakfast launch of African Centre for Obesity Prevention on Nov. 17, 2015. (2015-11-13)

Multi-country study reveals shortcomings in treating obesity
To address obesity worldwide, changes are needed in both the availability of treatments and the attitudes of clinicians. That's the conclusion of a survey-based study of health professionals. In the Clinical Obesity study, investigators surveyed 274 respondents from a total of 68 low, middle, and high income countries. (2020-03-04)

The skinny on what makes us fat
Dr. Ormond MacDougald and colleagues at the University of Michigan sought to determine the mechanism of SFRP5-mediated obesity and found that mice lacking SFRP5 were resistant to diet-induced obesity, despite having similar numbers of fat cells as control mice. (2012-06-25)

Sarcopenic obesity: The ignored phenotype
A new condition, that occurs in the presence of both sarcopenia and obesity and termed as ''sarcopenic obesity'', and that describes under the same phenotype the increase in body fat mass deposition, and the reduction in lean mass and muscle strength. (2018-11-16)

Fathers' involvement may help prevent childhood obesity
Fathers are becoming more involved with raising children, but limited research has examined their association with childhood obesity. (2017-06-21)

Time lived with obesity linked with mortality
Monash University researchers have found the number of years individuals live with obesity is directly associated with the risk of mortality. (2011-03-21)

Does a child's height affect their future risk of obesity?
Children who are relatively tall for their age have a higher risk of developing obesity, according to a new study published in Obesity. (2020-07-08)

People with obesity often 'dehumanized,' study finds
New research, published in Obesity, has found that people with obesity are not only stigmatized, but are blatantly dehumanized. (2019-04-03)

Achievement of meaningful impacts on childhood obesity requires more than single interventions
Childhood obesity is one of the greatest health challenges of the 21st century. Worldwide, there has been a more than ten-fold increase in the number of children and adolescents with obesity in the past four decades, increasing from 5 million girls in 1975 to 50 million in 2016, and from 6 million to 74 million boys, according to a new global analysis of trends in child and adolescent obesity in 200 countries, published in The Lancet. (2017-10-10)

Strategy to tackle obesity still evading health services
No health-service system has yet developed a useful strategy for managing the huge numbers of overweight and obese people in the community, states a seminar in this week's issue of The Lancet. (2005-09-29)

Treating obesity benefits children's mental health
Treating obesity in children and adolescents improves self-esteem and body image, according to an analysis of all relevant studies published to date. The analysis, which is published in Pediatric Obesity, included 64 studies. (2020-02-05)

Managing and preventing obesity in Canadian adults and children
Dr. David Lau, chair of the Obesity Canada Clinical Practice Guidelines Steering Committee and professor of medicine at the University of Calgary, provides a synopsis of the 2006 Canadian clinical practice guidelines on the management and prevention of obesity in adults and children. (2007-04-09)

Studies examine potential link between traffic-related air pollution and obesity in Mexican-Americans
Exposure to traffic pollution was associated with a higher risk of obesity in Mexican-American women, but not in men. The findings are published in Obesity. (2019-12-04)

Lessons learned from 'The Biggest Loser' study
Much media attention was given to a recent Obesity study that found that metabolism remained suppressed even when participants in 'The Biggest Loser' television series regained much of the weight they lost while dieting. A new editorial looks at the results of this study, along with results from another recent Obesity study that examined weight gain and loss. (2016-08-01)

Obesity may influence rheumatoid arthritis blood tests
New research reveals that in women, obesity may influence blood tests used to diagnose and monitor rheumatoid arthritis. The findings, which appear in Arthritis Care & Research, indicate that physicians need to take obesity into account when using these tests. (2017-04-10)

Conference focuses on practical strategies for preventing and treating obesity
The University of South Florida College of Medicine's 3rd Annual Conference on Obesity will be held April 13 and 14 at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort in Clearwater Beach. The conference takes on particular significance in light of the new IRS ruling allowing tax deductions for physician-prescribed programs and procedures to treat obesity. (2002-04-10)

Patients with COVID-19 and obesity have poor outcomes not driven by inflammation
Obesity is associated with poor COVID-19 outcomes but a new study suggests this is not due to increased inflammation, but instead may be driven by respiratory issues or other factors. (2020-12-16)

Pregnant women who are overweight put their infants at risk
A new article published in the journal Nursing for Women's Health finds that obesity in pregnant women is associated with pregnancy complications, birth defects, as well as a greater risk of childhood and adult obesity in infants born to obese mothers. (2010-01-20)

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