After knowing just how much harm obesity can cause, it is hard to believe that any extra poundage may actually have its benefits. However, this is exactly what researchers are now claiming, according to a pair of recent studies.
An imbalance of female sex hormones among men in Western nations may be contributing to high levels of male obesity, according to new research from the University of Adelaide.
Even with some of the lowest obesity rates in the world, many countries in Southeast Asia are growing Increasingly concerned about their rising obesity rates, launching initiatives to curb the problem before it becomes a national health issue.
Scientists identified an anti-appetite molecule called acetate in fiber that could possibly help combat obesity; the study describes in the journal Nature Communications.
Thinking of obesity as a disease may make a person more likely to gorge on high-calorie fatty foods.
A new study report suggests that excess weight might increase ovarian cancer risk.
Thirty percent of adults with Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) report that they were physically abused before they turned 18. This compares to seven percent of those without ADD/ADHD who were physically abused before the age of 18. With 30 percent of adults with ADD/ADHD reporting childhood abuse, it is important that health professionals working with children with these disorders screen them for physical abuse.
Researchers have found a critical link between extra body fat and diabetes. Higher levels of a molecule called Retinol Binding Protein 4 (RBP4) play a key role in the development of insulin resistance. RBP4 creates a complex interplay between two branches of the body's immune system, leading to chronic fat tissue inflammation and, ultimately, insulin resistance. High RBP4 leads to insulin resistance, as well as cardiovascular risk factors such as hypertension and elevated levels of LDL cholesterol.
It's no secret that the food on offer today at most fast food joints are unhealthy and spurs the obesity epidemic, particularly among children. Now new research looked at all the possible combinations of main dishes, sides and drinks - for a total of 5,427 possible meals and found that only 33 were considered healthy.
A new study from the University of Adelaide has shown that the stomach's nerve response, which signals fullness to the brain, gets damaged in obese people. This may explain why they often gain back the weight after dieting. Researchers found that this system is so severely damaged in these people that it never gets back to normal even after they have lost weight.
Children exposed to two chemicals which is prevalent in food packaging, are more likely to be obese or show signs of diabetes precursors than those with lower exposure levels, two studies published Monday suggest.
If you need motivation to lose weight, Dubai might be the best place to get it. In response to expanding waistlines in a region where fast food is common and comfortable outdoor exercise is not, the local government is offering to give citizens a gram of gold for each kilogram lost by Aug. 16, Emirates 24/7 reports.
Excessive stomach fat puts individuals at higher risk for heart disease and cancer compared to those with a similar body mass index (BMI) but who carry their fat in other areas of the body, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Obesity and exercise are on the rise for those living in the United States - a confusing paradox that has researchers calling for more aggressive measures to ensure the overall health of Americans.