Children from disadvantaged backgrounds at higher risk of obesity

Children from disadvantaged backgrounds at higher risk of obesity

Children with mothers with high levels of education accumulated three minutes more vigorous activity per day than those with low levels of education. Kids from disadvantaged backgrounds at higher obesity risk (Representational Image)  |  Photo Credit: Thinkstock Washington DC: Children from disadvantaged backgrounds indulge in lower levels of vigorous physical activity, researchers suggest. This lack of physical activity exposes them to obesity. According to a recent study, children who belong to disadvantaged backgrounds and certain ethnic minority backgrounds, including some in Pakistan and Bangladesh, have lower levels of vigorous physical activity. The…

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Childhood obesity and depression: How are they linked? Tips to help your child maintain a healthy weight

Childhood obesity and depression: How are they linked? Tips to help your child maintain a healthy weight

A recent study says that obese kids are at greater risk of suffering from emotional problems, suggesting a close link between obesity and mental health. Childhood obesity and depression: How are they linked? Tips to help your child maintain a healthy weight  |  Photo Credit: Thinkstock New Delhi: Childhood overweight or obesity is a serious health problem that has reached epidemic levels in many parts of the world, including India. It can have both immediate and long-term health consequences. According to a recent study, obese kids are at greater risk of suffering…

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Gut microbes could lead to depression in obesity

Gut microbes could lead to depression in obesity

Turns out, gut microbes may contribute to depression and anxiety in obesity. Researchers at Joslin Diabetes Center studied mice that become obese when put on a high-fat diet. The Joslin scientists found that mice on a high-fat diet showed significantly more signs of anxiety, depression and obsessive behaviour than animals on standard diets. “As endocrinologists, we often hear people say that they feel differently when they’ve eaten different foods,” said C. Ronald Kahn, M.D., co-Head of the Section on Integrative Physiology and Metabolism at Joslin. His lab has long studied…

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Obesity can cause cancer. Aspirin pills can protect you from it

Obesity can cause cancer. Aspirin pills can protect you from it

Aspirin, a medication used to treat pain, fever or inflammation, could significantly reduce the effects of obesity on cancer, suggests a study on mice. Obesity is a known risk factor for certain types of cancer, including colon, pancreatic and breast cancer. Previous research, too, showed that aspirin could reduce risk of cancer in the digestive tract, though it also caused side effects like gastrointestinal bleeding. The new study, from Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan, showed that obesity could enhance cancer development by slowing down the key cancer defence mechanism. “Epithelial”…

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Obesity can cause cancer. Aspirin pills can protect you from it

Obesity can cause cancer. Aspirin pills can protect you from it

Aspirin, a medication used to treat pain, fever or inflammation, could significantly reduce the effects of obesity on cancer, suggests a study on mice. Obesity is a known risk factor for certain types of cancer, including colon, pancreatic and breast cancer. Previous research, too, showed that aspirin could reduce risk of cancer in the digestive tract, though it also caused side effects like gastrointestinal bleeding. The new study, from Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan, showed that obesity could enhance cancer development by slowing down the key cancer defence mechanism. “Epithelial” cells lining the surfaces…

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England’s obesity hotspots: how does your area compare?

England’s obesity hotspots: how does your area compare?

besity is an increasing concern in the UK, with the latest figures showing that a quarter of the English population are obese. Across England, some 64.8 per cent of people are of excess weight – comprised of 40.4 per cent of people who are overweight and a further 24.4 per cent who are obese. Between January 2013 and January 2016, the fattest areas in England were Rotherham, Doncaster and Halton, where three in four people were overweight or obese. In Rotherham – the area with the most people of excess weight in England – some…

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Obesity May Put Women at the Risk of Developing Rheumatoid Arthritis

Obesity May Put Women at the Risk of Developing Rheumatoid Arthritis

Obesity has become a global health concern with more than 2.8 million people dying each year as a result of being obese or overweight, as per the World Health Organisation. Anything in excess causes complications and so is the case with your weight. Obesity or the abnormal and excessive fat accumulation can impair your health in many ways. It has been linked to diabetes, heart trouble, high blood pressure and even strokes. A new study, conducted by researchers from the University Hospital in Denmark, shows that obesity may also hamper your…

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Kids Watch Out: Obesity Can Raise Cardiovascular Risks Even In Young

Kids Watch Out: Obesity Can Raise Cardiovascular Risks Even In Young

Obesity occurs when there is an accumulation of excess or abnormal amounts of fat in the body. At a time when the world is grappling with the rampant condition, it is important to distinguish between obesity and being overweight. People are considered to be obese when their body mass index is more than 30 kg/m2, when the normal range is 25-30 kg/m2. Obesity ties alongwith it multiple risks such as diabetes, high blood pressure etc. According to a new study, it can also act as a clarion call to a…

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Colon Cancer and Obesity: Is Your Son Overweight? It May Lead to Colon Cancer

Colon Cancer and Obesity: Is Your Son Overweight? It May Lead to Colon Cancer

Though the exact causes of cancer is still not clear, most cases start with the development and the spread of aggressive cancer cells in a certain part of the body that begin to destroy the healthy, disease fighting cells. Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in the world and occurs with a change in the DNA of the colon. Some of the most recent researches have linked regular consumption of tree nuts with less chances of colon cancer recurrence. Effects of a Mediterranean diet and regular exercising in…

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Top Health Stories at 3pm, Feb 7: Weight Gain and Cancer, Green Tea, Obesity in Couples and Back Pain Drugs

Top Health Stories at 3pm, Feb 7: Weight Gain and Cancer, Green Tea, Obesity in Couples and Back Pain Drugs

Prevent gaining weight to avoid diabetes With a fall in the rate of obesity, the likelihood of getting susceptible to diabetes will also fall considerably. Experts at the University of Cambridge in England recently found that those who gained weight but managed to maintain it were at a lesser risk of developing diabetes as compared to those who kept gaining. Read more Green tea may help people suffering from bone-marrow disorders A compound found in green tea, called epigallocatechine-3-gallate (EGCG), may benefit people suffering from bone marrow disorders like multiple…

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