Smoking, extra weight in pregnancy tied to obesity throughout childhood

July 18, 2014

By Shereen Lehman Women who smoke during pregnancy and are overweight early in pregnancy are more likely to have children who become obese as toddlers and stay obese through their teenage years, according to a new study. Obesity rates have more than doubled among U.S. children and quadrupled among U.S. adolescents in the past three […]

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How being heavy or lean shapes our view of exercise

February 10, 2014

By Gretchen Reynolds Overweight women’s brains respond differently to images of exercise than do the brains of leaner women, a sophisticated new neurological study finds, suggesting that our attitudes toward physical activity may be more influenced by our body size than has previously been understood. For the study, which was published last month in the […]

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Even a few extra pounds may harm lung function in black, Hispanic kids

March 4, 2013

Feb. 22, 2013, HealthDay Even a small amount of extra weight can have a negative effect on the lung function of Hispanic and black children, according to a new study. However, this is not the case for white children, the researchers noted. As a result, they suggested that differences in the distribution of body fat […]

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