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  • Maternal Obesity

    Maternal Obesity Increases Infant Mortality

    Obesity during pregnancy increases the risk of health problems such as hypertension, gestational diabetes, premature birth, and Cesarean section, all of which can negatively affect the long-term health of both mother and baby. Now a new study finds that maternal overweight and obesity during pregnancy increases the risk of infant mortality among babies. As published […] More

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    Being Overweight May Benefit Individuals Over Age 65

    Although obesity is a known risk factor for many health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and some cancers, new research from Australia as published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that the current World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines on body mass index (BMI) may not be suitable for individuals over the […] More

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    Being Overweight or Obese Are Risk Factors for Ovarian Cancer

    Women who are overweight or obese have an increased risk of ovarian cancer compared to women of healthy weights, suggests a new study by researchers at the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) and the American Institute for Cancer Research as part of the WCRF’s Continuous Update Project. The Continuous Update Project monitors and assesses research […] More

  • Exercising During Pregnancy

    Exercising During Pregnancy Reduces Excessive Weight Gain and Associated Illnesses

    Gaining more than the recommended amount of weight during pregnancy increases the risk of health problems such as hypertension, gestational diabetes, premature birth, and Cesarean section. Additionally, excessive maternal weight gain also negatively affects the baby, increasing the risk of infants being overweight by 30 percent. Fortunately, exercising during pregnancy reduces excessive weight gain and […] More

  • Woman Thinking About Her Pregnancy

    Attitude During Pregnancy Affects Weight Gain

    Although women must gain some weight to maintain a healthy pregnancy, gaining too much extra weight is detrimental to the health of both mother and baby. Overweight or obese women who believe the old-fashioned “eating for two” adage during pregnancy are more likely to gain excessive weight, say researchers at Penn State College of Medicine. […] More

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    Consistent Sleep Patterns Linked to Healthier Weight

    Maintaining consistent sleep patterns may help individuals maintain a healthier weight, says new study recently published online in the American Journal of Health Promotion. Researchers at Brigham Young University in Utah sought to examine the relationship between sleep patterns and weight in young adult women. The study used a cross-sectional design in which sleep and […] More

  • Fat Kids Discriminated Against by Normal Weight Kids

    Skinny Kids Don’t Want To Befriend Fat Kids, Study Finds

    A new study has determined that skinny kids most often do not want to befriend “fat kids.” Using a storybook model, researchers at the University of Leeds (England) displayed character prototypes with different body types and handicaps. The characters were either overweight, normal weight, or disabled. Researchers used those three models to determine the subconscious feelings and responses […] More

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    Obese and Older Moms Suffer from More Severe Childbirth Complications, Says New Study

    According to a new study from researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), severe complications during childbirth are on the rise among mothers in the United States. Although still rare overall, severe complications including heart attack and stroke have increased by 75% and 114% for delivery and postpartum hospitalizations, respectively, over the […] More

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    Debate Surrounds Whether Obese Women Should Be Denied Fertility Treatments

    Canadian medical officials this week are attempting to determine if obese women should be denied assisted reproduction treatments (infertility treatments). The debate surrounds whether denying the services is medically necessary or discriminatory in nature. Various Canadian fertility clinics already deny treatment if the patient is over a certain body mass index (BMI). The American Society of Reproductive […] More