obesity

  • Study warns against overuse of antibiotics in kids under 2, but experts say the drugs 'save lives' when used correctly

    Overuse of antibiotics in kids under 2 years old may be linked to health issues later in life, a new study finds. But experts say the drugs are safe when used correctly and have been a "game-changer" in fighting infection.

  • President Trump, at 'serious risk' of COVID-19 complications according to experts, takes experimental drug

    President Donald Trump begins treatment with "antibody cocktail" after being admitted to Walter Reed Medical Center. Here's what experts say you need to know about his treatment and outlook.

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calls Trump ‘morbidly obese’ — experts say the term is outdated and ‘denigrating’

    U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ignited a debate about President Trumps weight after an appearance on CNN. Two endocrinologists clarify her comments, and say obesity in America overall should not be ignored.

  • Obesity may be fueling coronavirus hospitalizations — an expert explains why

    The CDC says that diabetes, chronic lung disease and cardiovascular disease are the top three underlying health conditions linked with COVID-19 hospitalizations thus far. An expert weighs in on why obesity may be the missing link.

  • Jillian Michaels stands by controversial comments about Lizzo’s weight: ‘I am a health expert!’

    "For decades I have said repeatedly that your weight and your size have no bearing or merit on your value, your beauty, your worth, your ability. Where it does have relevance is your health," said the former "Biggest Loser" trainer.

  • Dementia is the ‘top public health crisis,’ declare 4 former surgeons general

    In an op-ed, four former U.S. surgeons general say that dementia is the “top public health crisis,” in an effort to call attention to the rapid rise of the disease.

  • America's most (and least) obese states

    A new survey from WalletHub has measured the fattest states in America using 29 metrics that included diabetes cases and healthcare costs. Mississippi ranks as the worst overall and Utah the best.

  • How one man lost 135 pounds after doctor said he was morbidly obese: ‘The word morbid shook me to the core’

    For Eric Hunnicutt, a trip to the doctor left him "frightened" after being classified as "morbidly obese." But it also motivated him to lose 135 pounds.

  • ‘I feared each day was going to be my last’: How one man lost 354 pounds

    After reaching his heaviest weight of more than 500 pounds, Zach Moore realized he needed to change his life in order to survive.

  • Worldwide rise in obesity driven by country dwellers, study finds

    Country folks have driven the recent global rise in obesity, a study says. This contradicts the thinking that links being overweight with urban living.

  • This cancer is on the rise in young adults — and doctors don’t know why

    If you were born in 1990, you have twice the risk of colon cancer and four times the risk of rectal cancer compared to someone born around 1950, according to a study.

  • New federal guidelines suggest 2.5 hours of exercise per week — which 80 percent of Americans don't do

    The new exercise guidelines suggest if Americans "get moving," they can drastically improve their health.

  • Another star of 'My 600-lb Life' dies: 'Her body just gave out'

    Lisa Fleming weighed more than 700 pounds when she appeared on Season 6 of the TLC series "My 600-lb Life." She died Thursday, according to her daughter.

  • Study finds the body-positive movement is probably contributing to the obesity crisis

    The normalization of plus-size bodies may be having a negative impact on our health, a study says.

  • Obese Americans may pose a national security threat

    The commander in chief announced last year that he wanted a military surge in Afghanistan, but this will be hard to achieve with more than 70 percent of military-age Americans considered unfit to serve.

  • How healthy are police? An ex-cop is suing the NYPD for his obesity

    Stressful working conditions caused heart damage and added deadly amounts of weight to ex-officer Jose Vega. His fight for disability underscores the intrinsically unhealthy conditions of being a cop.

  • The science behind night-time binge eating

    The problem of overeating just seems to be a bigger issue at night, especially if we're stressed out.

  • Trump's first presidential physical prompts 'girther' conspiracy

    A usually routine affair, there has been a lot of interest over Trump's first presidential medical exam. It comes off the back of talk about Trump's insatiable appetite for McDonald's burgers and relative lack of exercise (aside from the occasional spot of golf).  SEE ALSO: How to worm your way into Trump's inner circle (Hint: Red and pink Starbursts) Despite all this, Trump was given a clean bill of health by president's physician Dr. Ronny Jackson on Tuesday afternoon. "He has incredible genes, I just assume," Jackson told reporters, responding to questions on how he's managed to keep healthy. Trump also abstains from alcohol and smoking. The 71-year-old stands 6 feet 3 inches (1.9 metres) tall and weighs 239 pounds (108 kilograms), giving him a BMI of 29.9. Jackson notes that he could stand to benefit from losing 10 to 15 pounds, and work on a diet lower in fats and carbohydrates. Despite the proclamation of a healthy president, there were people who were less convinced of Trump's reported weight and height. That's been called the "girther" movement, coined by MSNBC's Chris Hayes. Has anyone coined "girther" for those who belive the president weighs more than his doctor reports? — Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) January 16, 2018 Of course, the "girther" movement is a play on the "birther" movement: A conspiracy theory focused on Barack Obama wasn't born in Hawaii, but rather Kenya, making him ineligible to be U.S. president.  Trump was once one of the loudest voices behind the conspiracy, but doesn't talk about it anymore. Now the "girther" movement is focused on comparing Trump to other men, primarily athletes, of the same size and weight. L: Vikings running back Latavius Murray. R: Donald Trump. Both listed officially at 6'3"/235 lbs. #Girther pic.twitter.com/nGEB0VdK33 — Dennis Perkins (@DennisPerkins5) January 16, 2018 Jay Cutler is 6'3, 233 lbs. No way Donald Trump is 6'3 239 lbs. #Girther pic.twitter.com/IECM6N9J7d — SpinDoctor (@SpinDr) January 16, 2018 For the record, @realDonaldTrump said he was 74 inches in 2012. Now his doctor says he's 75 inches. And that one inch makes is BMI "overweight" not "obese." I'm a #girther because old men don't GROW an inch! pic.twitter.com/ehNxF9PjPL — Gersh Kuntzman (@GershKuntzman) January 16, 2018 A picture of a 6’3” man standing next to a 6’1” man and their wives. pic.twitter.com/VmnLjHfvMq — James Gunn (@JamesGunn) January 17, 2018 <em>Guardians of the Galaxy</em> director James Gunn offered $100,000 to Trump's favourite charity if the president stepped on a scale with an "impartial" medical professional.  It's worth noting Jackson was appointed as the president's physician by Obama, and began work at the White House in 2006 under the Bush administration. I will give 100 thousand dollars to Trump's favorite charity if he will step on an accurate scale with an impartial medical professional, okayed by both of us. For real. #Girther #GirtherMovement — James Gunn (@JamesGunn) January 17, 2018 On a side note, Trump happens to be the same weight as Homer Simpson. The Simpsons strikes again.First time we ever see Homer get on the scale? (March 25, 1990). He's the same weight as Trump (239 pounds). Note: Trump is three inches taller.https://t.co/OR0cdZPcDM — Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) January 16, 2018 WATCH: Versatile electric wheelchair allows users to navigate both urban and off-road terrains

  • The world's most obese man is attempting to lose weight

    A Mexican man who weighs more than half a ton is attempting to lose weight with the help of local doctors. Juan Pedro Franco, 33, weighed a shocking 93 stone (595kg) by his mid-20’s with the Guinness World Records declaring him the heaviest person alive in 2017. In a short film made by Natasha Pizzey-Slegert for the BBC, Franco explains that following a car accident at the age of 17, half his body was “broken” and he never fully recovered.

  • How to advocate for yourself at the doctor as a fat person

    These six strategies can help patients make visits to the doctor specifically about their health care needs and not about their body size.