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Obesity

Most obese New Yorkers don't think they are

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Who you calling fat?

Some 1 million adult New Yorkers are obese, but nearly two-thirds of them don't think they are, according to a study released on Tuesday by the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Among the obese, who account for about one in five New Yorkers, only 39 percent described themselves as "very overweight," according to the report.

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Obesity in old age may not kill, but may disable

Wed Aug 17, 2005

By Amy Norton

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Obesity after the age of 70 may not shorten a person's life, but it may lead to more years of disability, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that among more than 7,100 U.S. adults age 70 and older, those who were obese had a life expectancy comparable to their leaner peers'. However, obese men and women spent more of their later years with some physical disability.

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Obese smokers can age by ten years

Tue 14 Jun 2005

LOUISE GRAY

OBESITY can speed up the ageing process as much as heavy smoking, new research revealed yesterday.

Scientists found that being grossly overweight can age a person by almost nine years, while people who smoke regularly add more than seven years to their biological age. Fat people who smoke add ten years or more to their age.

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Study: 18 Pct. of Adults Obese in Ireland

By SHAWN POGATCHNIK, Associated Press Writer Mon May 16, 2005

DUBLIN, Ireland - Ireland is quickly growing fat on its economic success, a report on the country's obesity problem found Monday. The National Taskforce on Obesity, formed by the government in March 2004, found that 57 percent of Ireland's adults were overweight, including 18 percent who were obese.

Those numbers were significantly higher than a previous survey two years ago, which found 47 percent of adults overweight, including 13 percent obese, in this country of 4 million.

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Factors Influencing Heavy Weight

Factors Influencing Heavy Weight

Are calories the determining factor only in weight gain? To calculate calorie ratio - the ratio of calorie-eaten and calorie-consumed - is not an issue of debate. Two guys having exact weight and height, eating same ratio of food, yet one might lose weight and one might weight gain. Let us find out the possible reason and solution.

Here are some basic parameters that may contribute towards heavy weight:

Genetic Influence:

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Experts Say Obesity Still a Health Risk

By LINDSEY TANNER,
AP Medical WriterMon
May 2, 2005

Now that the government says fat might not kill so many of us after all, is it OK to be just a little pudgy? Maybe, but before celebrating with a hot fudge sundae, keep in mind the overriding message: Being too overweight really is a serious health risk.

The new data, released by the government two weeks ago, confirm that obesity can kill, even if the numbers are squishy, said Dr. David Katz, a Yale University obesity researcher. "Clearly it isn't a license to gorge yourself."

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Landmark Study in Journal of Nutrition Confirms CLA Helps Keep Off Lost Body Fat

2005-04-11 - Cognis Nutrition & Health

24-month study shows conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) maintains lean body mass (LBM) and reduced body fat mass (BFM) levels and so promotes healthy weight management

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Obesity Higher in Some European Countries

Wed Mar 16, 2005

By JENNA PAYNE, Associated Press Writer

BRUSSELS, Belgium - At least seven European countries now challenge the United States in size — at least around the waistline. In a group of nations from Greece to Germany, the proportion of overweight or obese men is higher than in the U.S., experts said Tuesday in a major analysis of expanding girth on the European continent.

"The time when obesity was thought to be a problem on the other side of the Atlantic has gone by," said Mars Di Bartolomeo, Luxembourg's Minister of Health.

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EU Obesity Taskforce to Fight 'Expanding Waistline'

By Jeremy Smith

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU regulators joined forces with Europe's advertisers and food industry Tuesday to tackle an alarming rise in obesity, particularly among children.

Agri-food companies, consumer bodies and nutrition experts from the EU's executive Commission will all contribute to a new think-tank set up to study obesity and recommend remedies.

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