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Experts Say Obesity Still a Health Risk

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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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.


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.


Overweight NBA Players? a Cautionary Tale

Wed Mar 9, 2005

By MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer

NEW YORK - It's hard to think of "fat" and "basketball player" at the same time, but by the most widely used standard nearly half the players in the NBA qualify as overweight.

Four players are even obese — most notably, Miami Heat star Shaquille O'Neal.

The analysis of 426 players by The Associated Press actually says more about the widely used body-mass index than the National Basketball Association: Just because 200 players are "overweight" doesn't necessarily mean they're too fat.


Obesity posing heavyweight problem for health, food sectors

Sun Jan 30, 2005

DAVOS, Switzerland (AFP) - Concern over growing levels of obesity has sparked a lively debate among food sector professionals and health experts about how to halt a trend that is medically and economically harmful.

At the World Economic Forum, which closed Sunday, business chiefs met with experts and activists to discuss the causes and thrash out a way ahead.

The proposed solutions took in government action, corporate responsibility and social pressure, amid consensus the problem co


High Body Weight Linked to Kidney Cancer Risk

Mon Jan 3, 2005

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The risk of developing a type of kidney cancer, renal cell carcinoma, is directly related to body mass index (BMI) and to the increase in BMI since age 20, according to the findings from two new European studies.

In the first study, Dr. Boukje A. C. van Dijk, from Maastricht University in the Netherlands, and colleagues analyzed data from the Netherlands Cohort Study on Diet and Cancer, covering more than 120,000 older men and women.


In U.S., So Many Obese, So Many Hungry

Thu Dec 23, 2004

By Leslie Gevirtz

NEW YORK (Reuters) - In a nation where obesity is the second-leading cause of death, 33 million Americans don't know where their next meal is coming from -- a year-round paradox that only becomes more pronounced during the holidays.

Esther Ramos, 30, may not fit the image of a hungry person. Looking somewhat stout under her winter coat, she was among several dozen people waiting in line on Thursday morning at a food pantry in New York, where up to three days' worth of meals are handed out for free.


Weight Loss Surgery Has Lasting Benefits

Wed Dec 22, 2004

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Gastric bypass surgery and similar operations for severe obesity lead to long-term weight loss, and people who have undergone such a procedure have lower risks for heart disease and diabetes than conventionally treated individuals, according to a new Swedish study.

Dr. Lars Sjostrom, at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Goteborg, and his colleagues tracked some 4000 severely obese subjects, of whom 1845 underwent weight loss surgery.