Weight Loss Articles & Stories

Some Obese Individuals Have Grave Misconceptions About Weight

Some Obese Individuals Have Grave Misconceptions About Weight

Some overweight and even obese individuals believe their body size to be normal and don't see the need to lose weight, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2009. Researchers followed nearly 6,000 patients in the Dallas Heart Study and found th... Read More


Obese Women's Newborns Have More Birth Defects

Obese Women's Newborns Have More Birth Defects

The fetuses of obese women have an increased risk of birth defects such as spina bifida and other neural tube defects, a recent analysis of previous studies showed. Obesity is at epidemic proportions in the United States and in increasing numbers of countries around the world. Complications... Read More


The Risks of Being Overweight During Pregnancy

The Risks of Being Overweight During Pregnancy

Many pregnant women are unaware of being overweight or obese, and lack knowledge of the risks it poses to their possible pregnancy, according to findings published in the Medical Journal of Australia. Associate Professor Leonie Callaway and her colleagues surveyed 412 women in early pregnancy ... Read More


Obesity Rates May Be Leveling Off

Obesity Rates May Be Leveling Off

Here is some remarkable news. We, meaning Americans in general, have finally begun to stop getting fatter. Not that we are any thinner, but at least our national weight expansion has leveled off. This semi-encouraging news comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read More


Women Can Quit Smoking While Controlling for Weight Gain

Women Can Quit Smoking While Controlling for Weight Gain

There are many women who hesitate to quit smoking because they fear gaining weight. Nicotine is known to suppress appetite and boost a smoker's metabolism. A new meta-analysis published in the journal, Addiction, shows that women who quit smoking while receiving treatment for weight control ar... Read More


Obesity Gene Also Codes for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Obesity Gene Also Codes for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

The gene that codes for susceptibility to obesity also predisposes a woman to polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a common cause of infertility, a recent study discovered.     The study, done by Tom Barber and his colleagues from the Oxford Center for Diabetes, Endocrinology and... Read More


Quicker Dementia Linked to Obesity and Heart Disease

Quicker Dementia Linked to Obesity and Heart Disease

Obesity, along with the diabetes and heart disease that often accompany it, can quicken the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, according to a series of four recent studies, which also point to the importance of adopting practices aimed at early prevention of brain ills.  &n... Read More


Fatty-Liver Disease Retreats With Weight Loss

Fatty-Liver Disease Retreats With Weight Loss

If patients lose 9 percent of their body weight, a dangerous condition of the liver can be reversed, a recent study has shown.     The condition, known as nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), is characterized by an abnormal, usually obesity-caused buildup of fat in the liver. ... Read More


Obese Don't Lose Weight Even After Health Breakdowns

Obese Don't Lose Weight Even After Health Breakdowns

Smoking and obesity are two of the biggest risk factors for chronic and deadly diseases. So it would seem that if a smoker or an obese person suffered a heart attack or stroke, or was diagnosed with lung disease, cancer or diabetes, he would quit smoking or lose a lot of weight – fast. ... Read More


For Obese, Losing a Little Helps a Lot

For Obese, Losing a Little Helps a Lot

If obese people lose even a moderate amount of weight, their risk of developing serious health problems, especially heart disease, is dramatically lowered, according to a recent study.     The research, done by doctors at the Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center in Hous... Read More


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