Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measure that relates body weight to height. BMI is sometimes used to measure total body fat and whether a person is a healthy weight. Excess body fat is linked to an increased risk of some diseases including heart disease and some cancers.
Results of a new study add to the evidence of an association between higher body mass index (BMI) and increased risk of cardiometabolic diseases such as hypertension, coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, according to a study published by JAMA Cardiology.
Babies who are fed only breast milk for the first three months of life appear to be much more likely to maintain a healthy weight trajectory, with the benefits possibly lasting through to early adulthood, new research shows.
People who survive a major heart attack often do better in the years afterward if they're mildly obese, a study by UT Southwestern Medical Center cardiologists showed.
Kids who become overweight during their teenage years may be more likely to develop a stroke decades later than kids who did not become overweight during those years, according to a study published in the June 28, 2017, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
Weight loss, as well as maintaining a healthy weight, is a challenge that can sometimes seem insurmountable.
While there is solid evidence that adolescent overweight and obesity are associated with coronary heart disease (CHD) and stroke, less is known about the association between body mass index (BMI) and rarer cardiovascular diseases.
Childhood obesity rates are at historically high levels especially among racial/ethnic minorities and low-income families.
Moderate-intensity exercise can help even extremely obese older adults improve their ability to perform common daily activities and remain independent, according to researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
Specialist antenatal clinics for severely obese mums-to-be can help cut rates of pregnancy complications, research has found.
Patients with obesity have a higher risk of infection within 30 days after receiving heart bypass surgery, according to a series of studies conducted by University of Alberta researchers at the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine.
In the preschool years, children begin to learn from their environment about self-regulation--both in regards to food choices and how to deal with their emotions.
The risk of babies being born with major birth defects increases, the more overweight or obese a mother is, according to a Swedish study. The authors of the research say their findings “underline the importance of having a maternal BMI in the normal range before pregnancy” and that efforts should be made to encourage women of reproductive age to adopt a healthy lifestyle and obtain a normal body weight before conception.
The results of a population study presented today at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology 2017 showed that, in women, being overweight or obese, as defined by body mass index, abdominal obesity and a higher body fat percentage was associated with a higher risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis
The terms overweight and obesity refer to an excess amount body of fat that may be detrimental to health.
The risk of developing type 2 diabetes (T2D) by age 20 was 12 times as high in severely obese American Indian children 5 to 9 years of age as in normal-weight youth in that age range, according to a study titled "Long-term Risk of Type 2 Diabetes in Youth with Increasing Severity of Obesity," presented today at the American Diabetes Association's 77th Scientific Sessions at the San Diego Convention Center.
Carrying less weight may make female runners faster, but a new study from The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center shows it may also put them at a higher risk for injuries.
For patients undergoing shoulder joint replacement surgery (arthroplasty), higher body mass index is linked to increased complications- including the need for "revision" surgery, reports a study in the June 7 issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery.
A new study has shown that there might be a very slight difference in heights of children drinking cow’s milk compared to those drinking dairy alternatives such as rice, soy or almond milk.
According to a study published by JAMA, weight gain during pregnancy (gestational weight gain) that was above or below the guideline recommendations was linked with a higher risk of adverse maternal and infant outcomes, compared with weight gain within recommended levels.
Calculating a person's waist-to-height ratio is the most accurate and efficient way of identifying whether or not they are at risk of obesity in clinical practice, a new study by Leeds Beckett University shows.