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Disabling Hip Ailment Is Another Health Risk for Obese Kids

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MONDAY, Oct. 22, 2018 – Childhood obesity has been linked to a higher risk of type 2 diabetes and early heart disease, but new research now ties it to a sometimes crippling hip condition. It's called slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE), and it causes the hip to become deformed, occasionally so much so that the hip collapses. SCFE causes pain and may result in lifelong disability, British ...

Health Tip: It's Never Too Late to Exercise

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-- If you are middle aged and out of shape, it isn't too late to get active and improve your health, the American Heart Association says. A study in the journal Circulation showed that heart stiffness – a potential precursor to heart failure – decreased for middle-aged men who engaged in two years of the right kinds and amount of exercise. Study participants who did high- and moderate-intensity ...

Health Tip: Suggestions For Healthier Aging

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-- Many factors influence how we age, ranging from dietary choices and physical activity to health screenings and managing risk factors for disease. The U.S. National Institute on Aging suggests these steps to promote healthier aging: Get regular exercise. Studies have shown that people who exercise often live longer, healthier and happier lives. Pay close attention to weight and shape. Both ...

Try Small 'Bites' to Get Kids to Exercise

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FRIDAY, Oct. 19, 2018 – Kids take their cues from mom and dad, so it only makes sense to participate with them when teaching them the merits of exercise. Couch potato kids are a real concern. The College of New Jersey exercise science professor Avery Faigenbaum defined the term exercise-deficit disorder – or EDD – to draw attention to our children's shortfall when it comes to meeting ...

Almost Half of Americans Are Trying to Lose Weight: CDC

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FRIDAY, Oct. 19, 2018 – The latest national tally on dieting finds that nearly half of U.S. adults are doing what they can to trim a widening waistline. Overall, 49.3 percent of people aged 20 and older said they'd tried to lose weight over the past 12 months, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The findings were based on a 2015-2016 national health survey, the ...

Protein-Packed Foods That Should Be Part of Your Diet

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THURSDAY, Oct. 18, 2018 – Protein is key to your well-being and deserves a significant place in every diet. Knowing the best sources can boost your health as well as help you feel more satisfied on fewer calories. Seafood is an excellent protein source, with dozens of types of fish and shellfish to try. Eat a 3.5-ounce serving at least twice every week, and include fish high in omega-3 fatty ...

Brain's 'Self-Control' Center May Be Key to Weight-Loss Success

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THURSDAY, Oct. 18, 2018 – A behavioral therapist could be as important as a calorie-cutting diet for folks who want to lose weight, researchers say. Brain scans reveal that people who are better at losing weight have more activity in regions of the brain associated with self-control, a small new study reports. Teaching people to trigger their brain's self-control centers could be a key factor in ...

Obesity Surgery May Cut Heart Attack Risk in Diabetics

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TUESDAY, Oct. 16, 2018 – Obesity surgery may help prevent heart attacks and strokes in people who are severely overweight and have diabetes, a new large study suggests. It's already known that obesity surgery can help people shed pounds and better control health conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure. But it has not been clear whether that translates into fewer heart attacks and ...

5 Salad Killers to Skip

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MONDAY, Oct. 15, 2018 – A huge bowl of greens can be filling and chock full of vitamins, minerals and fiber. But what you top it with can turn it from diet delight to diet disaster. Whether you're at home or facing a tempting all-you-can-eat salad bar at a restaurant, these tips will keep fat and calories in check. Creamy dressings can have more than 130 calories per serving, nearly all of them ...

Add Asthma to List of Possible Causes of Childhood Obesity

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FRIDAY, Oct. 12, 2018 – Children with asthma are at increased risk for childhood obesity, a new study suggests. Obesity is widely regarded as a risk factor for asthma, but these new findings suggest the reverse is true, too, according to the researchers. The study authors analyzed data from more than 21,000 children in nine European countries who were diagnosed with asthma at ages 3 to 4 years ...

Diabetes Can Make Weight-Loss Harder. Here's Help

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SUNDAY, Oct. 14, 2018 – Because of the medications they take, losing weight can be difficult for people with diabetes. Diabetes medications are a major roadblock to weight loss, according to a paper from the American Association of Diabetes Educators. "Diabetes medications are vital in helping manage blood sugar, so you shouldn't stop taking them. Instead, ask (your doctor) about alternative ...

Medicine Balls: Exercise Tools That Add Fun to Fitness

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FRIDAY, Oct. 12, 2018 – Want to add a new type of challenge to your exercise routine? Consider working out with a medicine ball, an inexpensive fitness tool that's exploding in popularity. This weighted ball helps you develop strength, endurance and even flexibility – and many exercises are done with a partner, adding a fun dimension to workouts. Medicine balls come in a variety of sizes, from ...

The Skinny on Fats

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THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018 – Even when you're trying to lose weight, you need some fat in your diet for good health. While fat in general has gotten a bad rap, some types of fat – particularly plant-based fats – are good for you in moderation. Good-for-you fats: Olive, flaxseed oil and other plant-based oils. Fatty fish. Avocados. Walnuts, other nuts and their oils. Sunflower seeds and other ...

Obesity Doubles Odds for Colon Cancer in Younger Women

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THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018 – While rates of colon cancer have declined among people 50 and older, they're on the rise for younger Americans. Now, new research suggests widening waistlines may be one reason why. In the study, women aged 20 to 49 who were overweight or obese had up to twice the risk for colon cancer before age 50, compared with normal-weight women. "Our findings really highlight the ...

Weight-Loss Surgery Linked to Fewer Delivery Complications

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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 – Obesity makes pregnancy complications more likely. But new research suggests that women who've undergone weight-loss surgery might have a safer delivery. "We know that obesity and overweight are dangerous in connection with childbirth," said study author Dr. Olof Stephansson, of Karolinska Institute in Solna, Sweden. Weight-loss [bariatric] surgery "is by far your best ...

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