Posts Tagged ‘obesity’

Origins of Obesity in Early Childhood

Posted by Joann Schulte • January 29th, 2014

Adults who stuff their mouths with the wrong foods and don’t move their muscles often gain weight and may develop health problems such as obesity and diabetes as a consequence. Now there’s new evidence about how this scenario applies to children. In kindergarten, more than one in four U.S. children is overweight or obese, according… Read More…

Poorly Controlled Diabetes Mellitus and Fatigue

Posted by Sara Fazio • May 31st, 2013

In the latest Case Record from the Massachusetts General Hospital, a 56-year-old woman with diabetes mellitus was admitted to the hospital because of hyperglycemia and chest pain. Approximately 4 years earlier, a chest radiograph showed a solitary pulmonary nodule in the right upper lobe. The differential diagnosis for uncontrolled diabetes includes undertreatment or misdiagnosis of… Read More…

Obesity

Posted by Sara Fazio • February 1st, 2013

This new commentary reviews common myths and presumptions about obesity and also provides some useful evidence-based concepts about overweight and obesity. Many beliefs about obesity persist in the absence of supportingscientific evidence (presumptions); some persist despite contradicting evidence (myths). The promulgation of unsupported beliefs may yield poorly informed policy decisions, inaccurate clinical and public health… Read More…

From Willpower to WillPOWER! Comparative Effectiveness Trials of Weight-Loss Interventions from the POWER Consortium

Posted by John Staples • November 23rd, 2011

It happens every year. After some champagne, confetti, and a couple choruses of Auld Lang Syne, a great number of us wake up on New Year’s Day resolving to lose weight. A spirit of focused enthusiasm sets in, and doctors, dieticians, and personal trainers are consulted for their advice. Weight-loss products fly off the shelf…. Read More…

Childhood Adiposity and Cardiovascular Risk

Posted by Lisa Rosenbaum • November 16th, 2011

Childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions, and has moved beyond public health discourse and onto the public stage. No doubt, efforts to prevent and treat childhood obesity are critical. But in the face of highly visible social campaigns -from school lunch reform to the elimination of “food deserts,” it can be tough to tell where… Read More…

Diet and Exercise for Obese Older Adults

Posted by Graham McMahon • April 1st, 2011

In an Original Article this week, “Weight Loss, Exercise, or Both and Physical Function in Obese Older Adults,” Villareal et al. examined the independent and combined effects of weight loss and exercise in obese adults 65 years of age or older. The findings suggest that weight loss plus exercise provides greater improvement in physical function… Read More…

BMI in Asians

Posted by Graham McMahon • February 25th, 2011

In the Original Article, Association between Body-Mass Index and Risk of Death in More Than 1 Million Asians, Zheng et al. present pooled analyses of the associations between BMI and risk of death in more than 1.1 million people from 19 cohorts in Asia after a mean follow-up of 9.2 years. Underweight was associated with… Read More…

New Year’s Resolution: Lose Weight, Live Longer

Posted by Rena Xu • December 2nd, 2010

Obesity has long been recognized as a public health enemy.  The suspected health consequences of being overweight or obese run the gamut from heart disease to cancer to diabetes.  But how does being overweight or obese actually affect one’s risk of mortality? This week, NEJM publishes the findings of a study by Berrington et al…. Read More…

Sibutramine and Cardiovascular Events: The SCOUT Trial Weighs In

Posted by John Staples • September 1st, 2010

Obesity, it has been wryly noted, is a large and growing worldwide problem, and one with hefty consequences: Type 2 diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, osteoarthritis, cancer, and death are just some of the long-term complications associated with excess weight.  Despite the billions of dollars spent on weight-loss products each year, achieving and sustaining weight loss… Read More…