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Obesity Increases Damaging 'Free Radical' Particles

Fri Mar 28, 2003

By Keith Mulvihill

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who are obese seem to have higher-than-normal levels of oxidative stress, an accumulation of the cell-damaging substances called "free radicals," according to a new study.

This may be one reason why those who are overweight are at greater risk for developing heart disease.


Obesity's effect on lifespan calculated

08 January 03 news service

Two new studies have put figures on the number of years obesity takes off a person's expected lifespan.

An obese 20-year-old man may have his life expectancy cut by as many as 13 years compared with normal-weight people, according to a report released on Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). For an obese 20-year-old woman, the reduction is 8 years, concludes the study based on three decades of data from US mortality studies.


Obesity Alone Can Damage Arteries, Study Shows

Thu Nov 14, 2002

By Merritt McKinney

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - New research suggests that obesity itself damages blood vessels, even in the absence of high blood pressure and other known risk factors for artery disease.

In a study of middle-aged Italian women, obesity was directly related to thickening of the carotid arteries, the large vessels in the neck that deliver blood to the brain.


Nearly a Third of Adults Rated Obese

Tue Oct 8, 2002

By LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer

Americans are even fatter than they think they are, with nearly a third of all adults — almost 59 million people — rated obese in a disturbing new government survey based on actual body measurements.

One in five Americans, or 19.8 percent, had considered themselves obese in a 2000 survey based on people's own assessments of their girth.


New Obesity Guidelines Outline Key Steps to Weight Loss

Tuesday, October 1, 2002

Patients Can Look to Gastroenterologists for Help Losing Weight

September 16, 2002

In response to an increasing demand for gastroenterologists to help manage obesity-related gastrointestinal diseases and gastrointestinal complications of weight-loss therapy, the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) has released guidelines for the treatment of obesity.


Experts Urge Weight Loss for Youths

Sat Aug 24, 2002

By MARTHA IRVINE, AP National Writer

OAK PARK, Ill. (AP) - By now, it's a well-known fact: the nation's younger generation is fatter than any before it, with 14 percent classified as obese or overweight.

Dana Jenkins was part of that statistic. An athletic but chubby kid much of his life, he weighed 212 pounds — 150 percent his ideal body weight — by the time he was 15.


One More Reason to Slim Down

Thu Jul 18, 2002

By Ed Edelson
HealthScoutNews Reporter

THURSDAY, July 18 (HealthScoutNews) -- Here's one more incentive for younger overweight women to slim down: A study finds obesity almost doubles their risk of colorectal cancer.

"Younger" is the key word here, because the association between obesity and cancer risk is not seen in women after menopause, says a report in the August issue of Gut.


More Than 25% U.S. Adults Obese in Their 30s

Mon Jun 17, 2002

By Suzanne Rostler

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new study provides weighty evidence that Americans are fatter than ever and suggests that the pounds are accumulating at even younger ages.

The report found that 27% of US adults aged 20 to 74 are obese by the time they reach their mid-30s, about twice the rate in the early 1960s. Overall, 61% of adults are either overweight or obese, defined as a body mass index (BMI) of at least 30.


Many Americans don't know they're fat: report

June 11, 2002

By Alison McCook

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Around one fifth of overweight Americans may not realize they need to lose weight--and neither do many of their physicians, according to new research.

A team based in Baltimore found in a survey that 21% of overweight patients believed their weight was normal, and up to one quarter of physicians did not identify their patients' weight problems.