Fat and Fit

Fat and Fit

Even if you’re fat, does it help to be fit?’ A new study from Johns Hopkins led by Kerry Stewart, an exercise researcher, seems to answer affirmatively, at least from the perspective of your liver. Overweight folks have unhealthy amounts of fat in the liver, and exercise seems to get rid of much of that, even when overall body weight remains largely unchanged.

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How You Lose Weight Is Important for Success

How You Lose Weight Is Important for Success

Losing weight is important, but how you lose it is even more important. A lot of people go on diets where they get dramatic losses in weight over a short period of time. But those diets are often doomed to failure because the people who lost that weight will gain it relatively rapidly and that is a problem. One of the problems we have to deal with when it comes to dieting is people don’t always understand that the weight loss that they can have is actually one which is transient. It may last 6 months or 8 weeks, but it’s not going to last a lifetime. Changing life habits is the way to do it.

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Study Shows Women of Young Children Eat More Calories

Study Shows Women of Young Children Eat More Calories

Are you having a struggle with weight loss? Well, now you have someone to blame. According to a study from the University of Minnesota, mothers of young children were heavier and ate more calories, fatty foods, and sugary drinks than women without children. In addition, both parents were less active than those of the same age without children. The study was not a small one. There were over 1,500 adults with children younger than five and according to the report which is in the journal Pediatrics, mothers in this study with young children had a diet so poor, they’d have to walk three miles a day to not gain a pound.

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Unexplained Weight Loss in Teens

Unexplained Weight Loss in Teens

When you see an unexplained weight loss in a teenager you have to think about several things. First of all, you look at their mood. Are they depressed? Are they eating properly? Secondly, is it an intentional thing they’re not telling you about? Are they on a diet? Do they feel they’re overweight and they want to lose weight? Discuss it with them. Beyond that, you have to start thinking about other illnesses. Are there problems associated with it? One other thing…sometimes children go through growth spurts. They may not lose weight, but it looks like they lost weight because they’ve grown up so fast. You’ll also often find that in boys during adolescence.

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Parents in Denial about Children’s Obesity

Parents in Denial about Children’s Obesity

A University of Michigan survey looked at the fact that many parents are not aware their children are obese, despite the fact they’re extremely overweight. It has gained a great deal of attention because many looking at the issue from the outside wondered how can a parent not know an obese child has a weight problem? But this is not unexpected. Parents are often not the most objective appraisers of their children. Whether its sports, academics, or appearance, parents want to see what they want to see and they often hope there might be big changes. One of the big issues with obesity is there is a great deal of denial.

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Is Being Fat Just as Bad as Smoking Cigarettes?

Is Being Fat Just as Bad as Smoking Cigarettes?

Could being fat be just as bad as smoking cigarettes? A very interesting study from Sweden reports that men who were obese at age 18 had the same risk for premature death as those who were heavy smokers (more than ten cigarettes a day). Those who were overweight at age 18 had the same risk for premature death as those who were less heavy smokers (that’s 10 or fewer cigarettes per day). The study followed 46,000 men from age 18 to roughly age 56. Compared to those who were a normal weight at age 18, those who were obese had more than double the odds for premature death. That’s similar to heavy smokers. Those who were overweight increased their risk by about one third. Being obese and a heavy smoker increased the odds of premature death by five times. This was statistically the same as being a heavy smoker or obese at age 18.

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Childhood Obesity and Health Risks

Childhood Obesity and Health Risks

Obesity is a major issue in this country, and in particular, in children. Childhood obesity is huge because we have to worry about the fact that it could increase the risk of a child getting diabetes as well as other health problems. Some of those other health problems we have to be concerned about are heart disease and stroke down the road. All of these things occur at a more rapid rate when children are overweight. If children exercise and if they have an opportunity to eat appropriately, in proper time they’ll do much better.

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