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Obesity and Colon Cancer: Are Younger Women at Risk?

In women, obesity and weight gain in early adulthood are associated with an increased risk for early-onset colorectal cancer, colon cancer before age 50.

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.

Obesity Lowers Breast Cancer Risk in Young Women

Young women with high body fat levels are less likely to develop breast cancer before menopause, suggests a study conducted by an international team of researchers led by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

By Diane Domina

Can Cancer Risks Linger After Weight Loss?

If you’ve carried significant excess weight for a period of time, but lose the weight and maintain that weight loss, you may still have an elevated risk for cancer.

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.

Lesson from President Trump: Healthy Obesity?

Reflecting on the President Trump’s excellent health assessment, is there such a thing as healthy obesity?

By Amy Hendel, P.A.

"Diet" of Adequate Sleep May Reduce Sugar Intake

Too little sleep on a regular basis has been linked to a risk of developing obesity.

By Amy Hendel, P.A.

What You Should Know About Pregnancy After Weight Loss Surgery

Learn about the risks and benefits of getting pregnant after bariatric surgery, including precautions you may need to take.

By Robin Elise Weiss, Ph.D.

Stress: Just as Bad as Junk Food, Research Suggests

A new study suggests that stress can instigate changes in gut bacteria that can be quite similar to those prompted by a high-fat diet.

By Amy Hendel, P.A.