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Weight Control

When you’re younger, you might hear about the dreaded “middle-age spread” and think it’s a myth, or at least an exaggeration. The truth, unfortunately, is that your body does change as you get older. Muscle mass decreases, which can slow the rate at which the body burns calories—you don’t need quite as many as you did earlier in life.
A child might say the worst part of being heavy is the teasing. You, too, probably dread the thought of your child being mocked or bullied. But the health effects of childhood obesity stretch years beyond the playground. That’s why it’s so important to catch weight problems early before they become a lifelong issue.
Emotional eating affects most everyone from time to time, but regularly letting your feelings guide your food intake can affect your health.
People who keep lost weight off tend to have several habits in common. Here are strategies that can help you be a successful long-term loser.
Obesity is one of the leading causes of preventable death in the U.S. As weight accumulates over time and your body mass index rises, your risk also rises for several health conditions. People who are obese are much more likely to develop the following:
Although people generally gain weight when they stop smoking, you can reduce your chances of adding extra pounds by taking steps to prevent it.
Obesity is a serious, chronic disease that can inflict substantial harm to a person’s health. Learn about obesity causes and obesity health effects.
The major culprit behind the U.S. decline in physical activity may be our own high-tech and increasingly sedentary lifestyle.
Some medicines can cause you to put on weight. How much weight, if any, that you gain depends on a number of factors.
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