A higher body mass index (BMI) is associated with lower survival rates in women with breast cancer, according to a report in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. BMI is the ratio of weight to height, which is often used to see if a patient’s weight is outside normal parameters. “We have found strong evidence that high BMI and a recent pregnancy are associated with a poorer prognosis after a diagnosis of breast cancer,” Dr. Gillian C. Barnett told Reuters Health. […]

Many women don’t know that obesity increases their risk of several types of cancer, according to a new survey. Women’s lack of knowledge about excess weight and the most common gynecologic malignancy, endometrial cancer, is particularly worrying, Dr. Pamela T. Soliman of M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and her colleagues say. “We need to be doing a better job of educating our patients,” Soliman said. Women who were overweight were four times more likely to develop cancer of […]

An international team of researchers reported that obese women (obesity effects)who carry most of their extra weight around the stomach are 70 percent more likely to develop pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer (pancreatic cancer treatment) is the fifth leading cause of cancer death worldwide. It accounts for only about 2 percent of the cancers diagnosed each year but the first-year survival rate is less than 5 percent, according to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Until now, smoking and chronic pancreatitis were […]

Here is more evidence of how harmful are the media images that women are constantly being bombarded with; and how an unrealistic ‘thin’ ideal is being promoted to shape women’s perceptions about themselves and their body image. A new study showed that when women were shown pictures of overweight women (not known to them) an activity in the brain that processes self reflection and identity was triggered. When women with normal weight were told to imagine themselves looking like the […]

Success with bariatric surgery continues to improve as surgeons learn more about the disease of obesity and how the body functions. With new information and techniques, doctors are able to offer more options to obese individuals seeking medical help. One of the newest bariatric procedures performed for obesity treatment is Gastric Sleeve Surgery, also known as Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG). Gastric Sleeve Surgery involves removing a large portion of the stomach, while keeping both ends of the stomach as well […]

Despite the best possible intentions, many of us fail to keep up with regular visits after first joining a gym. There are a number of reasons, with the biggest tending to be the time commitment associated with visiting the gym several times a week to the cost of membership. Whatever the reason for the lull in activity, it’s clear that the gym isn’t the right keep-fit option for everyone. What’s needed is a more convenient option to work out on […]

A lot pivots on whether your body type is the apple (excess weight around the middle) or the pear (more weight around the hips) – including how well your memory serves you. According to recent research, older women may experience memory problems if they have excess fat on their hips when compared with women who have extra fat located around their waist or midsection. Increase in the Body Mass Index (BMI) was seen to be associated with a drop in […]

According to the American Obesity Association, obese people have a 50-100 per cent increased risk of death as compared to normal weight individuals. Severe obesity is associated with a significant increase in morbidity. Attempts to manage morbid obesity with medical weight reduction programmes have failed completely. Childhood obesity is on the rise in Pakistan due to changing lifestyle. More than 30 per cent people in the cities like Lahore, Faisalabad and Gujranwala are suffering from the disease owing to their […]

We know that it is important for women to be fit and within the recommended weight brackets during pregnancy for their own good health. Now it seems that obesity during pregnancy is dangerous even for the child later in life. A study has found that maternal obesity places pressure on a baby in utero and causes certain cellular programming to occur. This programming makes the child more susceptible to diseases caused by inflammation such as heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, […]

Deep in the Brazilian rain forest is a special super fruit. This fruit has countless health benefits which is documented. That super fruit is the Acai Berry. It is a blue/purple/reddish color fruit. Scientists in Arkansas are reporting new evidence that natural pigments responsible for the beautiful blue/purple/reddish color of certain fruits and vegetables may help prevent obesity. A study reports that eating the whole fruit containing these pigments seems to be less effective than eating an extract of the […]

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