February 21, 2005 |
Obesity's physical toll also exacts a high economic price. Researchers have found that people who are morbidly obese -- and their insurers -- pay almost twice as much for healthcare as people of normal weight. Morbid obesity is defined as weighing at least 100 pounds more than the ideal weight for a specific height, or having a body mass index (BMI) greater than 40.
March 21, 2009 |
Gross obesity can take 10 years off your life, as much as heavy smoking, according to a study published Tuesday by the medical journal Lancet. An Oxford University team analyzed 57 studies conducted in the United States and Europe involving 894,576 people. The team correlated deaths to body mass index, or BMI, a commonly used measure of obesity that relates a person's weight and height. They found that people with a BMI over 30 -- which is considered moderately obese -- are likely to have their lives shortened by two to three years.
November 15, 2008 |
A large European study has confirmed that simple measurements of the waist and hips may offer a better way of predicting obesity-related death than a standard, but more complicated, system of relating weight to height. The standard body mass index, or BMI, method does not work very well for some people, such as the elderly or bodybuilders, and researchers have begun building a case that it is better to look at waist circumference or the ratio of waist size to hip size. Among people with comparable BMIs, having an extra 2 inches around the waist increased the annual risk of death 17% for men and 13% for women, German researchers reported Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine.
March 15, 2011 |
An estimated 5.4 million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer's disease. That leads to … 14.9 million unpaid caregivers, $183 billion in annual costs. So begins the latest report from the Alzheimer's Assn. The report, 2011 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures , sheds more light on the toll the disease takes on not just patients but caregivers. "Unpaid caregivers are primarily family members, but they also include other relatives and friends," the report says.
June 6, 2011 |
The DASH diet (Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension) is usually prescribed for adults to help them control their high blood pressure. But a study finds that the eating program may also help teen girls gain less weight. The diet, which emphasizes whole grains, fruits, vegetables, low-fat and nonfat dairy foods, lean proteins, nuts and limited amounts of fats and sweets, is said to lower blood pressure in adults even without reducing salt intake. The new study focused on 2,379 girls who were ages 9 or 10 at the beginning of the study and followed them for 10 years.
February 2, 2007
CHILDREN HAVE YET another reason to dread report card day. Along with revealing how well students have mastered reading, writing and arithmetic, school systems are now using the cards to tell parents some bad news: Their children are too fat. Obesity report cards, which typically include students' body mass index (BMI) -- a ratio calculated using height and weight -- are becoming an increasingly popular tool to address childhood obesity.