Science Library: Health and Weight

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What to Do If You Have Type 2 Diabetes
While not designed for those with diabetes, the Weight Watchers program embraces the principles of healthy living. Weight Watchers recommends that those with diabetes seek advice from their healthcare professional for any adaptations to the program.

Factors Affecting Children’s Food Choices
As enforcers of food rules, parents seek the delicate balance between setting rules about food choices and ensuring that they are followed.

Fertility and Weight Management
Excess weight can have a negative effect on both women's and men's fertility and is linked to several health complications during pregnancy.

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Weight Loss
Both Chinese and Western medicine agree that living an unhealthy lifestyle—which includes eating to much fat, salt and sugar, an excess of calories, and a lack of regular physical activity—results in poor health.

Heart Disease and Weight
Weight gain increases risk for heart disease, but the good news is that losing weight can help decrease the risk.

Osteoarthritis and Weight
There is a strong link between overweight or obesity and knee osteoarthritis. The good news is that weight loss and exercise can help reduce risk and improve symptoms.

Waist Circumference
Knowing your waist size can offer valuable information about your overall health risks.

Sleep and its Role in Weight Management
Not getting enough sleep has many negative effects on health and has also been linked to weight gain and obesity.

Hypothyroidism and Weight Management
People who suffer from hypothyroidism may experience weight gain, and may find losing that weight more difficult than those with normal thyroid levels.

Smoking and Weight
Many smokers use weight gain as an excuse to avoid quitting their habit, but in fact, the average gain is actually less than five pounds. And the health benefits of quitting outweigh the risk of putting on a little weight.

Body Mass Index in Children
Use of Body Mass Index (BMI) and weight classifications specifically for children shows how different children are from adults.

Body Weight and Diabetes
The increased incidence of diabetes around the world is directly linked to the rate of weight gain globally, but research shows even modest weight loss can make a big difference.

Introduction to Metabolic Syndrome
About 30 percent of adults in the U.S. and 25 percent of adults around the world have metabolic syndrome, also known as Syndrome X. What is this medical condition, and how is it related to obesity?

The Body Mass Index
What BMI means, how it affects your health, and how to calculate yours.

Diet, Weight Loss and Diabetes
Recognizing the value of weight loss for people with diabetes, The American Diabetes Association (ADA) issues findings regarding diets, exercise and behavior modification.

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