Rates of abdominal obesity leveling off among kids

September 15, 2014

By Kathryn Doyle After rising steadily for more than 10 years, the proportion of U.S. kids defined as obese due to a large waist circumference held steady [from] 2003–2012, according to a new analysis of national data. The new results echo recent studies that found the increase in U.S. obesity rates has slowed over the […]

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Severe obesity in teens tied to possible kidney problems

July 28, 2014

By Robert Preidt Nearly one-fifth of severely obese teens have poor kidney function, a small new study suggests. The study included 242 severely obese teens taking part in research on weight-loss surgery. Seventeen percent of the teens had protein in their urine, which is an early sign of kidney damage. In addition, 7 percent had […]

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Study of obese family leads to CEP19 gene discovery

January 2, 2014

Researchers report that they have identified a gene that is tied to severe obesity. They say their findings could lead to new treatments for obesity. The team studied an Israeli Arab family whose members were severely obese. They found that the family members had a mutation in a gene that produces a protein called CEP19. […]

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‘Severely obese:’ 5 percent of U.S. kids, teens fit risky new category

September 18, 2013

By JoNel Aleccia Overall obesity rates for American kids may have leveled off, but a new report finds that children and teens at the far end of the spectrum are getting heavier, faster — with about 5 percent now classified as “severely obese.” That means nearly 4 million U.S. youth fall into a new category […]

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