Why Am I Binge Eating?

Everyone overeats from time to time. Binge eating disorder is different, though. You might have it if you regularly eat a lot of food in just a few hours — even when you’re not hungry — to drown out emotions. Then you quickly feel shame or guilt about it. The disorder is treatable. Your doctor can help you stop and, later on, get to a healthy weight. The first step is to understand why you’re bingeing. […]

Very Obese Kids: Higher Heart Risks Than Thought

Extremely obese children — such as those at least 100 pounds overweight — are in deeper trouble in terms of heart disease risks than doctors have thought, new research suggests. In the study, about half the children suffered from high blood pressure, and almost 15 percent were diabetic. Seventy-five percent had high levels of a protein that’s linked to heart disease. “Severe obesity in the adolescent age group is associated with numerous cardiovascular risk factors […]

Take Charge of Your Blood Pressure

They call high blood pressure “the silent killer” because so many people are walking around with it and don’t even know it. Government statistics indicate that roughly 29% (or about one in three) American adults have high blood pressure, compared with 25% in the early 1990s. With the rising rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes, it comes as no surprise that higher rates of high blood pressure would follow. It doesn’t help that one out of four of […]

Your Balance on One Leg & Your Stroke Risk Linked

If you can’t balance on one leg for at least 20 seconds you may be at risk of a stroke, Japanese researchers suggest. Difficulty standing on one leg may indicate that small strokes or tiny bleeds have already occurred, which means the risk for more serious strokes is high, the investigators reported online Dec. 18 in the journal Stroke. “Individuals showing instability while standing on one leg, as well as problems walking, should receive increased attention, as […]

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