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A Strong Community Protects Adolescents From Risky Health Behaviors

Children who grow up in poverty have health problems as adults. But a new study finds that poor adolescents who live in communities with more social cohesiveness and control get some measure of protection; they are less likely to smoke and be obese as adolescents. The study is published in Psychological Science, a journal of […]

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Major Global Analysis Of Risk Factors Reveals That Obesity Has Doubled Since 1980

The worldwide prevalence of obesity has nearly doubled since 1980, according to a major study on how three important heart disease risk factors have changed across the world over the last three decades. The study, published in three papers in the Lancet, looked at all available global data to assess how body mass index (BMI), […]

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Long-Term Antidepressant Treatment Contributes To Significant Increases In Weight Gain And Obesity

This study demonstrates that patients using antidepressant medication continuously, mostly serotonin-selective reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), show significantly more (abdominal) overweight and obesity than those using them intermittently or not at all. Compared with SSRIs, other types of antidepressant medication used (e.g. tricyclic ADs) did not have a significant impact on the anthropometric measures (i.e., measurement of […]

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Nearly 25 Percent Of Overweight Women Misperceive Body Weight

A startling number of overweight and normal weight women of reproductive age inaccurately perceive their body weight, affecting their weight-related behaviors and making many vulnerable to cardiovascular and other obesity-related diseases, according to new research from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston. The research will be published in the December issue of […]

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Hyperactive And Impulsive Behaviors In Childhood (ADHD) Could Trigger Adulthood Obesity

The symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder present in childhood are associated with an increased risk of being obese as an adult, and the greater the symptoms, the greater the risk, according to a study by Duke University Medical Center researchers. “This is the first study to take this concept out of the clinic and into the […]

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