Hormone Linked To Obesity Discovered

Hormone Linked To Obesity Discovered

Researchers have identified a hormone that is associated with obesity. Researchers from the McMaster University in Ontario, Canada have discovered a type of the hormone serotonin may be linked to reducing brown fat activity in the body. Brown fat, as researchers have discovered, is a beneficial form of fat that works as the body’s furnace […]

Slow Metabolism: Is It to Blame for Weight Gain?

Slow Metabolism: Is It to Blame for Weight Gain?

According to Donald Hensrud, M.D. of the Mayo Clinic, there is such a thing as a slow metabolism. But, Hensrud says, it is quite rare – and usually not to blame for being overweight or obesity. These weight problems are determined by diet and exercise. What is metabolism? Metabolism is the process by which the body converts food into energy. Even when you are at rest, the body needs energy to fuel bodily functions like breathing, circulating blood and repairing cells. The number of calories you …

Fat and Fit?

Fat and Fit?

Generally, when we overweight people, we immediately think he or she is unhealthy. But according to Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D. of the Mayo Clinic, you can be fat and still be relatively fit. It all depends on whether the extra weight is muscle or fat.Muscle weightIf the extra weight you carry is muscle, you are at a lesser risk of diseases. FatHowever, if that extra weight you carry is fat, your risk of developing diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and stroke is higher – even if your exercis…

Surprising Things That May Make You Fat

Surprising Things That May Make You Fat

Weight gain can sometimes be a result of some external factors at work in your own life. Getting fat may not be always clear for many people and can sometimes be downright confusing. Some may be doing all they can to lose weight and yet they fail at it no matter what they do. In some of these cases, people may have neglected some of the other reasons that can contribute to making them fat. Here are some of the more surprising examples.The Company You KeepSurprisingly, your friends may be contrib…

Parenting to Prevent Obesity

Parenting to Prevent Obesity

Helping kids to get and stay healthy is a daunting task. Steering them clear of delicious yet unhealthy foods is hard especially since they are readily available. Getting to part with their video games, or to tear them away from the TV is an equally tough job. As parents, it seems you got your work cut out for you. Fortunately, healthiergeneration.org has the following tips to help you do your part as a parent in preventing obesity.Become a better Health role modelWe all enjoy a ‘treat’ on…

Health Consequences of Childhood Obesity

Health Consequences of Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity is currently a leading health threat. Already the continued rise of overweigh and obesity levels are having detrimental effects in kids’ health and quality of life, as more and more kids are developing conditions normally associated with adults. DiabetesType 2 diabetes was once called “adult-onset diabetes.” But now the increase in childhood obesity is related to the drastic increase in the number kids with type 2 diabetes. Heart problems at middle ageIf this current obesity tr…

What Is Childhood Obesity?

What Is Childhood Obesity?

Childhood obesity is one of the leading health issues in the US today. According to statistics, about 25 million or 1 in every 3 American kids aged 2-19 are overweight or at risk of becoming overweight. Overweight kids are likely to become overweight adults. According to healthiergeneration.org, if childhood obesity continues at this rate, the current generation could be the First generation in American history to live shorter lives than their parents. Childhood obesity statistical factsToday, m…

Childhood Obesity Costs

Childhood Obesity Costs

Because obesity is currently a huge health problem, naturally it will figure largely on Americans’ total medical costs.Statistics report that Americans spend about 9 percent of their total medical costs on obesity-related illnesses. If the current trend continues, Americans will only spend more on obesity-related health conditions. High personal costsSeverely overweight people spend more on medicine and health care. According to statistics, obese people spend more money on health care than curre…

Is Obesity a Form of Disability?

Is Obesity a Form of Disability?

Defining a disabled person is easy.  By the definition of Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, it is a person who has “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.”  Disability could be the lack of limbs, senses such as sight, and even the inability to express one’s self.  However, would a person with immensely excessive weight be considered a disabled person?There is a growing debate on whether obesity should be classified as a form of disabil…

Obesity Rates Based on Ethnicity

Obesity Rates Based on Ethnicity

In an article published on Health Central from Ivanhoe Newswire, it was reported that obesity rates may be influenced by a child’s ethnicity and race as early as 4 years old. A recent study, headed by Sarah Anderson, an assistant professor of epidemiology at Ohio State University in Columbus, suggests that American Indians and Native Alaskan children are twice as likely to become obese that White or Asian children. Hispanic and African-American children also have a higher risk of becoming obese …