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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.


Obesity a Major Obstacle to Good Sex Life

Fri Nov 19, 2004

By Randy Dotinga
HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, Nov. 19 (HealthDayNews) -- New research confirms the worst fears of those who worry about putting on extra pounds: Severely overweight people are much more likely to report poor sex lives.

In some areas of their sex lives, the obese report 25 times as many problems as people of weight levels considered healthy. Both men and women suffered from lack of sexual desire and enjoyment along with hampered performance. Many reported avoiding sex entirely.


Overweight People Struggle to Exercise

Wed Oct 20, 2004

By ALICIA CHANG, Associated Press Writer

Tom Burns realized he was woefully out of shape after he ran a block and a half around his neighborhood and felt "every bone, muscle and joint in my body was killing me." Back then, Burns was obese. At 5-foot-8, he tipped the scales at 220 pounds. The last time he got any regular exercise was in high school when he played for the hockey team. Over the years, the 38-year-old became less active and watched helplessly as his waistline kept expanding.


Obese Women Who Diet Not at Risk for Binge Eating

Thu Sep 23, 2004

By Charnicia E. Huggins

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Obese women who are considering restricting their calorie intake to shed pounds should not be dissuaded by those who believe dieting may increase their risk of developing a binge-eating disorder, new study findings suggest.

In fact, obese women who dieted for 10 months were no more likely to develop a binge-eating disorder than obese women who did not diet.


U.S. Launches Obesity Attack Plan

Aug. 25, 2004 - Fighting obesity is no longer a mere war of words. Putting its money where its mouth is, the National Institutes of Health this week launched a sweeping obesity fight plan.

Funding obesity research isn't new at the NIH. The federal agency's obesity research budget was $378.6 million in 2003 and $400.1 million in 2004, with plans to spend $440.1 million plus $20 million in discretionary funds in 2005.


Government Releases Plan Focusing on Obesity

Tue Aug 24,  2004

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. National Institutes of Health said on Tuesday it was launching a systematic campaign to fight obesity, which now affects close to two-thirds of the U.S. population and threatens to overtake smoking as the leading cause of death.