Archive for May 17th, 2012
Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Washington in Seattle found that high maternal weight before and during pregnancy was directly associated with obesity and related comorbidities in adult offspring. The study was published in Circulation.
As many as 53.1 million Americans could develop diabetes by 2025, a 64% increase from 2010, data from the Diabetes 2025 Model for the U.S. showed. The model can also be used to estimate the benefits of certain interventions and lifestyle changes in curbing diabetes, researchers reported in Population Health Management.
A tax of 20% or more on sugar-sweetened beverages could lead to a 3.5% decrease in obesity, researchers estimated in a study in the British Medical Journal. Dr. Walt Willett of Harvard University notes that not all foods high in fat are unhealthy, so definitions are needed, but a focus on sugary drinks would be a good first step.
About 10% of adults worldwide suffer from diabetes, with higher rates among those in some Pacific Island nations, according to new data from the World Health Organization. Researchers also found that obesity affects 12% of the world's population and that women in all areas of the world are more likely than men to be obese.