A new look at BMI

iStock_000017779437XSmallThe latest research show that 54 million Americans with BMI in the range of overweight or obesity have good test results, what implicates that there is no heart disease or diabetes. On the other hand, Americans with normal BMI have worse results. This could be the beginning of the end of this commonly used indicator. Read full text »

Obesity in young adults as a significant risk factor of hepatocellular carcinoma

iStock_000013017100_XXXLargeEpidemic of global obesity causes many problems to contemporary medicine. One of them is increased risk of cancers, especially relationship between obesity and HCC (hepatocellular carcinoma). A team of researchers under the guidance of M. Hassan conducted a wide retrospective study on an association between obesity in early adulthood and HCC. Results were published in American Gastroenterology Journal. Read full text »

Short sleep and breathing disorders are indeendant risk factors for developing childhood obesity

DObesity among children has become a tremendous problem all over the world. It involves about 43 million children while in Europe alone it affects 5 million and 20 million of citizens under the age of 18. This disease may lead to an increased risk of bone fractures, cardiovascular diseases as well as diabetes and obesity in the adult life. That is why it is of great importance to search for variable risk factors, the modifications of which could allow for putting an end to the epidemic obesity among the youngest. A significant step has been made by scientists from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. They have observed that both small number of hours of sleep and breathing problems during sleep are the independent risk factors for obesity in children. Read full text »

Was a substance to replace training and allow to lose weight discovered?

Active seniorsRegular physical activity is advised as one of the best ways to prevent obesity, diabetes and its complications as well as atherosclerosis. Training causes greater energy expenditure, which has its source in cellular lipids deposits. Read full text »

The more you sleep, the more weight you lose?

Scientists from The University of Pennsylvania have decided to check whether sleep time and the number of sleep hours are an additional factor predisposing to putting on weight. Researchers were interested not only in the relationship between the amount of sleep and objectively measured body weight, but also in the relationship between the amount of calories intake and the time of meal consumption which considerably contributes to gaining weight.

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Obesity, diabetes, depression and osteoporosis – current nightmares of humanity

Obesity is linked with excessive accumulation of fat tissue and with adverse effects on health. Type 2 diabetes has become one of the main lifestyle diseases and is one of the most common problems in everyday medical practice. Worldwide, in every 10 seconds it is diagnosed in two individuals and one person dies because of its complications. Depression is linked with chronic and sustained despondence, low self-esteem and loss of ability to feel pleasure. Osteoporosis is a chronic metabolic disease, which is characterized with decrease of bone mass and changes in the bone microarchitecture, leading to increased risk of fractures.

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Epidemic of rural obesity

The latest study from the United States of America and Polish studies confirm that the villagers are more at risk of obesity than city dwellers. The newest report published in the National Rural Health Association’s Fall 2012 Journal of Rural Health proved that Americans inhabiting rural areas are more obese than inhabiting the city. Place of residence can play an important role in the obesity epidemic. Read full text »

What is „obesity paradox”?

Obesity, which is pathological accumulation of body fat in an organism, is an affliction causing dysfunctions of proper body functioning and leads to development of additional diseases and chronic illnesses. According to present specialist knowledge, the prevalence of obesity influences also the mortality of a person. What if suddenly it turned out that obesity protects from premature death? Read full text »

Brain surgery – a cure for obesity?

Overweight and obesity have become a very big problem over the last two decades. This problem is so significant that the experts of the World Health Organization (WHO) have qualified the obesity as the civilisation disease of the 21st century [1].

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Obesity: Will simple tablets replace operations on the stomach?

Obesity has become an epidemic of the modern world – a decrease in physical activity, improper diet and stress contribute to the ever-increasing number of people with a BMI over 30. WHO raises the alarm: the expected number of obese individuals in 2015 is said to be over 700 millions. For the first time over 10 years the FDA has approved a new slimming drug. Read full text »