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Poll Says Hospitals Burdened by Obese Patients

Thu December 18, 2003

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. hospitals are buying expensive new equipment such as reinforced toilets and oversized beds to treat the growing number of severely obese patients, according to a survey released on Thursday.

Novation, a group-purchasing organization for hospitals and other health-care institutions, found that hospitals are seeing more severely obese patients, people who are overweight by at least 100 pounds.


Britain seeks tougher ad rules to combat obesity

LONDON (AFP) - Britain's Culture Minister Tessa Jowell said that she wants the nation's advertising code for children to be beefed up to help prevent a troubling rise in obesity.

In an interview with the Guardian newspaper, Jowell said she was looking to Ofcom, the new British broadcasting watchdog, which comes into being in January, to revise the code.

"I hope that it will be tightened up ... and I hope it will reflect the willingness of the food manufacturing to promote healthy eating," said Jowell, a close associate of Prime Minister Tony Blair.


Judge Throws Out Obesity Suit Against McDonald's

Thu Sep 4, 2003

By Gail Appleson

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday threw out a revised lawsuit against McDonald's Corp. that accused the world's biggest fast-food company of using misleading advertising to lure children into eating unhealthy foods that make them fat.

The ruling marks the second time U.S. District Judge Robert Sweet dismissed the case brought on behalf of two youngsters who blamed their obesity, diabetes and other health problems on Big Macs and Chicken McNuggets.


Obesity May Increase Mountain Sickness Risk

Mon Aug 18,  2003

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Obese people appear to be at increased risk for developing acute mountain sickness (AMS), according to a report published in the August 19th issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine. Although the reason for this association is unclear, it may partly relate to greater night-time declines in oxygen saturation levels in obese individuals.


Growth Hormone May Help Obesity

(HealthDay is the new name for HealthScoutNews.)

FRIDAY, June 27 (HealthDayNews) -- Growth hormone, which is now used to help children develop, could have a future for adults trying to lose weight.

Doctors at Saint Louis University gave small doses of growth hormone to 39 people who were about 40 percent overweight. The volunteer participants lost an average of slightly more than 5 pounds.

The precise reason for the weight loss, however, remains unclear.


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.