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Rates of Severe Obesity Among U.S. Kids Still Rising Feature
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Rates of Severe Obesity Among U.S. Kids Still Rising

Obesity continues to plague American kids, with a new study finding rates of severe obesity climbing over a 15-year period.

12 Simple Ways to Fight Prediabetes
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12 Simple Ways to Fight Prediabetes

As many as 60 million people in the United States have prediabetes, yet more than 90 percent of them don’t know it. Find out if you're one of them and learn how to take action today.

10 Strategies for Weight-Loss Success
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10 Strategies for Weight-Loss Success

Are you trying to lose a few pounds? Successful weight loss includes more than just reducing calories. Get strategies that can help.

Am I Overweight or Obese?
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Am I Overweight or Obese?

The CDC reports that 32 percent of American women 20 years of age and older are considered obese. Confused about the difference between being overweight and obese? You're not alone.

Women's Cancer Risk Rises With Years Spent Overweight
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Women's Cancer Risk Rises With Years Spent Overweight

The study, which followed nearly 74,000 U.S. women, found that the longer a woman carried excess poundage, the greater her risk of breast, endometrial, colon and kidney cancers.

Fewer Babies in Poor Families Are Overweight
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Fewer Babies in Poor Families Are Overweight

The percentage of overweight babies in poor families in the United States may be on the decline, a new study suggests.

Obesity Rates Rising Among Women
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Obesity Rates Rising Among Women

More American women than ever are obese, while the number of men carrying around far too many pounds has held steady, new research shows. A second study finds U.S. teens are another group that continues to struggle with obesity.

Day Care Doesn't Encourage Weight Gain in Kids
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Day Care Doesn't Encourage Weight Gain in Kids

A child placed in day care is no more likely to gain too much weight than a child who stays home with a parent, a new study indicates.

More Than Half of Americans Have a Chronic Disease
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More Than Half of Americans Have a Chronic Disease

More than half of Americans have at least one chronic disease, mental illness or problem with drugs or alcohol, according to a new study.

'Fat Shaming' Begins in First Grade
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'Fat Shaming' Begins in First Grade

As early as first grade, severely obese children are getting teased, picked on and bullied more than normal-weight kids, a new study finds. The new research also found that these severely obese youngsters are more likely to be depressed and withdrawn. Obese children may turn to eating to cope with the pain of rejection or skip school to avoid being bullied, the researchers said.

Is This Why Your Teen Is Gaining Weight?
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Is This Why Your Teen Is Gaining Weight?

A new study suggests that children's metabolism temporarily slows during puberty—a pattern that might help explain the current teen obesity problem.

Modern Lifestyle, Not Genes, Primary Culprit for Obesity Epidemic
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Modern Lifestyle, Not Genes, Primary Culprit for Obesity Epidemic

It looks like the primary culprit behind the obesity epidemic may be the modern-day environment, and not genes, new U.S. research suggests. Americans were more likely to pack on more pounds if they were born later in the 20th century, regardless of whether they had a high genetic risk for obesity,

Do Overweight People Fare Better Than Others With Kidney Cancer?
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Do Overweight People Fare Better Than Others With Kidney Cancer?

Obesity is a risk factor for kidney cancer. Yet, obese people with advanced kidney cancer seem to live longer than normal-weight or underweight patients, a new study finds.

Calling Your Kid Overweight Can Lead to More Weight Gain
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Calling Your Kid Overweight Can Lead to More Weight Gain

One study found that no matter a child's actual weight, those whose parents believed they were overweight gained more weight. The other study found that more than 82 percent of parents underestimate the weight of their overweight or obese children.

Do Open Floor Plans Invite Overeating?
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Do Open Floor Plans Invite Overeating?

Open-concept living spaces are all the rage right now, but new research suggests that such easy access to the kitchen may lead to overeating.

More Evidence Links Obesity to Liver Cancer
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More Evidence Links Obesity to Liver Cancer

Having a large waistline, a high body mass index (BMI) and type 2 diabetes may raise your risk for liver cancer, a new study suggests.