— Don't focus on just one form of activity
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— Too much weight can strain joints
— Experts think anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin might help cancer treatments work better.
— It boosts metabolism before activity
Numerous causes contribute to the nation's obesity epidemic, including our increasingly sedentary lifestyles and the easy availability of high-calorie foods. Newly published research points to another, less-obvious factor that appears to be exacerbating the problem: The negative labels we attach to people who are overweight.
— Research confirms findings previously noted for whites.
— Of 18 states surveyed, Mississippi had highest rate with 32 percent of adults downing a daily soda.
— Rates for black women and Hispanics even higher at 50 percent.
Adults with extreme obesity have increased risks of dying at a young age from cancer and many other causes including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and kidney and liver diseases, according to results of an analysis of data pooled from 20 large studies of people from three countries.
Obesity, which affects more than one-third of Americans, is a chronic disease that can shorten one's life span, but new findings show that its effect on mortality has reduced in recent years among many groups, particularly women.