Risk Factors


Extra Weight May Raise Kids' Asthma Risk

Could ending childhood obesity reduce rates of childhood asthma? Research from the Nemours Children’s Health System suggests that it could.

By Lara DeSanto

Being Overweight Causes Depression, Especially in Women

A study suggests there’s a causal link between being overweight and being depressed, even in people without additional health problems, especially women.

By Diane Domina

Overweight Teens Have Higher Pancreatic Cancer Risk as Adults

Pancreatic cancer risk may be up to four times higher in adults who were overweight or obese during adolescence, according to a study published in Cancer.

By Diane Domina

The Unique Link Between Obesity and Asthma Risk

How does obesity affect the progression of asthma? Asthmatics who are also diagnosed with obesity are in a unique situation that poses a different set of risks.

By Eli Hendel, M.D.

Are Obese Women at Risk for Colon Cancer?

This observational study of young women suggests a link between obesity and growing risk for early-onset colorectal cancer.

By Diane Domina

How Obesity Raises Asthma Risk

Obesity is a risk factor for asthma and they often coexist. A recent study suggests obesity raises asthma risk by changing how airway muscles function.

By Diane Domina

Mom's Lifestyle and Child's Obesity: Five Ways to Reduce Risk

Mothers can change their lifestyle to reduce their child developing obesity. Find out how BMI, diet, smoking, and alcohol affect children’s’ risk for obesity.

By Amy Hendel, P.A.

Can Obesity Lower Breast Cancer Risk?

Read the surprising findings from an international study that found young, obese woman have the lowest risk of breast cancer.

By Diane Domina

Can Cancer Risks Linger After Weight Loss?

Obesity can increase your risk for cancer, and your risk might stay elevated, even after you lose the weight.

By Amy Hendel, P.A.

Young, Obese, and 'At Risk' for Sudden Cardiac Death

A 2018 study on sudden cardiac death (SCD) in young people has identified risk factors, such as obesity, that may help improve screening and prevention.

By Amy Hendel, P.A.