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  • COVID-19 pandemic may exacerbate childhood obesity

    Public health scientists predict that school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic will exacerbate the epidemic of childhood obesity in the United States. Andrew Rundle, DrPH, associate professor of epidemiology at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and colleagues expect that COVID-19-related school closures will double out-of-school time this year for many children in the U.S. and will exacerbate risk factors for weight gain associated with summer recess.

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  • Experts: Effectively treating adolescents for obesity poses unique challenges

    Effectively treating adolescents for obesity poses unique challenges. The teen years range from 11 to 21, a span that involves many physical and psychological changes.

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  • Obesity is a critical risk factor for type 2 diabetes, regardless of genetics

    Obesity increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by at least 6 times, regardless of genetic predisposition to the disease, concludes research published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes [EASD]). The study is by Dr. Theresia Schnurr and Hermina Jakupovi?, Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and colleagues.

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  • Obesity ups odds for severe COVID-19 in younger patients

    It's clear that age and chronic disease make bouts of the pandemic coronavirus more severe—and even deadly—but obesity might also put even younger people at higher risk, a pair of new studies suggest.

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  • Children who drank whole milk had lower risk of being overweight or obese

    A systematic review and meta-analysis led by St. Michael's Hospital of Unity Health Toronto found children who drank whole milk had 40 per cent lower odds of being overweight or obese compared with children who consumed reduced-fat milk.

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  • Shaming, blaming and ignorance about obesity block millions from getting effective care

    Bias, misinformation and a lack of understanding of how easy it is to relapse into obesity are preventing millions of Canadians from getting appropriate care, according to new research.

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  • New study unravels the complexity of childhood obesity

    The World Health Organization has estimated more than 340 million children and adolescents ages 5-19 are overweight or obese, and the epidemic has been linked to more deaths worldwide than those caused by being underweight.

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  • Study links weekend `eating jet lag` to obesity

    A new study by the University of Barcelona (UB) concluded that irregularity in eating schedules during the weekend, which the authors call "eating jet lag," could be related to the increase of body mass index (BMI), a formula that measures weight and height to determine whether someone's weight is healthy.

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  • MRI reveals brain damage in obese teens

    Researchers using MRI have found signs of damage that may be related to inflammation in the brains of obese adolescents, according to a study being presented next week at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

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  • Women and men at risk of different obesity-related conditions

    New evidence from a large dataset suggests that, while obesity increases health risks for everyone, women and men with obesity are predisposed to different obesity-related conditions.

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