Is your kid overweight? Beware, being obese, especially from a young age may substantially increase a lifetime risk of major depression, researchers have found. The study showed that being overweight at age eight or 13 was associated with more than triple the risk of developing major depression at some point in their lives. Carrying excess weight over a lifetime (both as a child and as an adult) quadrupled the chance of developing depression compared to only being overweightScience and Tech | May 19, 2017
US researchers have said that they identified an enzyme that may play a central role in the development of obesity in mid-life. In two groups of mice being fed high-fat foods, those who received an inhibitor that blocked the enzyme had a 40 per cent decrease in weight gain compared with those that did not get it, Xinhua news agency reported. The findings, published in the US journal Cell Metabolism, could upend current notions about why people gainScience and Tech | May 3, 2017
Following routines from a very early age may have many benefits. A new research suggests that regular bedtimes, mealtimes and limited screen time may be linked to better emotional health in pre-schoolers, and that might lower their chances of obesity later. "This study provides more evidence that routines for preschool-aged children are associated with their healthy development and could reduce the likelihood that these children will be obese," said lead author Sarah Anderson of The Ohio State University inScience and Tech | April 24, 2017
Obesity leads to 13 types of cancer, including that of pancreas and esophagus, as fat cells affect the processes that regulate the growth of cancer cells in the human body, says a study. Due to excess fat in the body, fat cells produce hormones and proteins, according to the study conducted by the United Kingdom's Imperial College. Besides being released into the bloodstream, these are also circulated around the body and this is why they increase the riskScience and Tech | April 21, 2017
Young women with obesity or underweight conditions may be at an increased risk for migraine, according to a study. Migraine is a headache of varying intensity, often accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light and sound. The study revealed that people who are obese (defined as a body mass index or BMI of 30 or higher) were 27 per cent more likely to have migraine than people of normal weight. On the other hand, people who wereScience and Tech | April 13, 2017
Being obese or overweight may influence the blood tests used to assess the levels of inflammation for rheumatoid arthritis in women, researchers have found. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that affects joint linings, causing painful swelling. The study revealed that obesity may influence blood tests C-reactive protein (CRP) and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) -- used to diagnose and monitor rheumatoid arthritis. Among women with rheumatoid arthritis, a greater body mass index (BMI) was associated withScience and Tech | April 10, 2017
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