Bariatrics

Even Food can Cause Addiction

Ever wondered why you can’t resist your favorite chips even though you are fully aware of the fact that they are packed with calories and won’t do your health any good? A recent research shows that food can be as addictive as drugs or alcohol and people become addicted to their favorite foods and engage in a compulsive pattern of consumption.   The research paper, to be presented at the upcoming annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (SSIB), the foremost society...

New research throws light on the fat-reducing effects of Resveratrol

Resveratrol prevents weight gain and avoids the aggregation of body fat – findings of a new study by the researchers of the University of the Basque Country suggest. Obesity is one of the most prevalent health problems today, especially in developed countries. Global stats show that there are more than one thousand million overweight people in the world today, among which more than three hundred million people are obese. Obesity, the condition characterized by excess body fat, is known to be...

Excess weight may cause increased risk of weak bones in children

 According to a new research by scientists at the Georgia Prevention Institute, overweight adolescents have increased risk of weak bones. Whether a person is overweight or not is determined by a parameter called BMI, the Body Mass Index which is the measure of a person's weight with respect to his/her height. People with a body mass index ranging between 25 and 30 are categorized as overweight. Incidence of excess weight among children has been on the rise since years now; majorly among those...

Social discrimination faced by obese individuals contributes more to their health problems

Unfair treatment and discrimination towards obese individuals may negatively impact their physical health - According to a recent research published in Social Psychology Quarterly. Obesity is a condition characterized by more than average body weight and scientifically defined as people with a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 30. Body Mass Index is the measure of one’s body weight with respect to one’s height. Statistics indicate that about 34 percent of the adults in the United States of...

Even the \"Bad Cholesterol\" has its Uses

Bariatrics9 May 2011
Cholesterol is a type of fat found in the human body.  It can be divided into the low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and the high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. As far as our memory goes we have always known that the “low density lipoprotein” cholesterol is the “bad cholesterol.” It tends to collect in the lumen of our blood vessels forming a plaque and impeding the blood flow. This may result in a heart attack or stroke. That is why, it sets the panic bells ringing and people...

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