In schools where sales of junk food and sweetened drinks are curbed, obesity rates may be lower, a recent study shows.
One of the most challenging tasks for health care professionals (including those who treat diabetics) is determining whether or not their patient is overweight. And, if so, by how much? Obesity is a major risk factor for diabetes and heart disease, and can cause strain on aging joints and bones. But how do you know if you’re overweight? How do you determine the amount of weight you need to lose?
A group-based behavioral weight control program can help overweight teenagers lose weight and keep some of it off over the long-term.
Gaining weight as we age almost seems inevitable. According to a recent report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 64.5% of Americans are overweight. More than 30% are obese and almost 5% are extremely obese. Obesity is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) 25 or greater. Ten years ago, those numbers were nearly 10 points lower. So, how did we get so heavy?