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X-Rays Raise Cancer Risk in Obese Patients

If you're morbidly obese, X-rays require more radiation than for normal-weight people, and that slightly increases your risk of cancer, according to this study.

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Childhood Abuse Ups Bariatric Surgery Risk

Bariatric surgery complications may be more common for obese people who have experienced childhood physical or sexual abuse, according to this study.

Laughing overweight man and woman.

Obesity and Income: Men vs. Women

Americans who make less money generally have higher rates of obesity, but the outcomes also differ between men and women. Here's what we know.

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Risk Factors

Obesity May Raise Kids' Asthma Risk

Could reducing childhood obesity also help reduce rates of childhood asthma? These researchers say it could.

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Can You Trust Science-based Nutrition Advice?

Major journal retractions have called into question some popular nutrition research. Can you tell the difference between good and bad food science?

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Risk Factors

Being Overweight Can Lead to Depression

People who are overweight, especially woman, have a greater chance of struggling with depression, according to this study.

Friends raising glasses of soda.

Is Diet Soda Helpful or Harmful?

Could diet soda be part of the solution to the obesity epidemic, or part of the problem? Here's what you should know about no-calorie drinks.

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Risk Factors

Obese Teens May Have Pancreatic Cancer Risk

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.

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Cost of Care

The High Cost of Obesity in the U.S.

The economic impact of obesity the United States has reached more than $1.7 trillion, according to a report from Milken Institute.

Obese woman with asthma.
Risk Factors

The Link Between Obesity and Asthma

Obesity could increase your risk of asthma because of changes in your respiratory muscles and other related conditions, according to this study.