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Cancer risk increases for individuals who are overweight before 40

The risk of cancer increases considerably if a person gains weight before the age of 40 with the risk of endometrial cancer increasing by 70 percent, according to an international study, headed by researchers from University of Bergen, Norway.

“Obesity is an established risk factor for several cancers,” said Professor Tone Bjørge, University of Bergen. “In this study, we have focused on the degree, timing and duration of overweight and obesity in relation to cancer risk.”

Abdominoplasty improves quality of life despite risk of complications

Abdominoplasty has a high patient satisfaction and improved the quality of life in patients who are overweight or have obesity despite a substantial risk of complications, according to a study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

An ‘overwhelming majority’ of overweight/obese patients are happy with the results of abdominoplasty, according to the study by Dr Dennis C Hammond and colleagues of Partners in Plastic Surgery of West Michigan, Grand Rapids.

Overweight and adolescents with obesity have similar heart risk

A study performed in Brazil by researchers from São Paulo State University (UNESP) suggests that overweight adolescents and adolescents with obesity have similar increased risks of developing heart disorders. The results of cardiovascular fitness tests with volunteers aged 10 to 17 were similar in both groups.

Quarter of patients have never had BMI recorded by GP

New research presented at this year's European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Glasgow, Scotland, has revealed that a quarter of patients have never had their BMI recorded by their GP. The study was conducted by Kath Williamson and Professor Mike Lean of the Department of Human Nutrition and Dr Amy Nimegeer of the Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow, UK.

Overweight can cause depression without health complications

A largescale genomic analysis has found the strongest evidence yet that being overweight causes depression, even in the absence of other health problems. The research, jointly led by the University of Exeter and the University of South Australia, suggests that it is the psychological impact of being overweight that causes depression, rather than associated illnesses. This furthers understanding of the complex relationship between obesity and depression.

Being overweight or having obesity will take years off your life

Young adults with obese in Australia can expect to lose up to ten years in life expectancy, according to a major study from The George Institute for Global Health and the University of Sydney, which also predicted that 36.3 million years of life will be lost over the lifetime of today's Australian adult population as a result of overweight and obesity. Men will lose on average 27% more years of life than women.

Obesity undermining rising life expectancy in Europe

Although life expectancy in Europe continues to increase, obesity and the growing proportion of people who are overweight risks reversing this trend, according to a report by the World Health Organization. The ‘European Health Report’, covering 53 countries, found that the average life expectancy has increased from 76.7 years in 2010 to 77.8 years in 2015, with women expected to live longer than men - 81.1 years compared to 74.6 years, although the gap has slightly narrowed.

Patients who are overweight need to be included in metabolic research

Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) investigators have demonstrated the need to include a growing constituency of children and adults with obesity and who are overweight in clinical research, with their study of a key marker for metabolism and body temperature control.  The study, ‘Post-prandial Uridine Physiology is Altered by Obesity’, was published in a letter to the Editorial Board of Gastroenterology,

Nasal device reduces smelling ability and induces weight loss

The daily use of a novel nasal device to reduce the user’s ability to smell can induce weight loss and changes to dietary preferences in people aged 50 years and under, according to a study conducted by Dr Dror Dicker, Hasharon Hospital, Rabin Medical Center, Petah Tikva, Israel and colleagues, presented at this year's European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Vienna, Austria.

Overweight and obesity linked with 15,000 cancer cases in Brazil

Some 15,000 new cancer cases are diagnosed in Brazil each year, and researchers have reported that approximately 4 percent of these cases could be avoided by reducing overweight and obesity. The epidemiological study was conducted by scientists at the Preventive Medicine Department of the University of São Paulo's Medical School (FM-USP) in Brazil in collaboration with colleagues at Harvard University in the US. It predicts that the number of new cancer cases attributable to overweight and obesity will double by 2025, reaching 29,000 cases or 4.6 percent of all new cancer cases in Brazil.

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