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A new research has found that belly fat may release more of a protein that can cause a non-cancerous cell to turn into a cancerous one. Obesity has been linked to several types of cancers including that of the breast, colon, prostate, uterus or kidney, but the new study, published in the journal Oncogene, indicated that just being overweight is not necessarily the best way to determine risk. “Our study suggests that body mass index,…

Although every mother wants her child to be healthy, do remember that chubby is not always healthy. There are many reasons behind childhood obesity. Heredity, sedentary lifestyle, unhealthy eating practices are listed as the most common factors for this problem. Childhood obesity An active and alert infant who reaches his milestones on time is healthy. A fat nine month old infant may be unable to stand because his legs cannot support his body weight. Obesity…

Adipose tissue, or fat, may influence the development of cancer in diverse ways, depending on the type of fat and the location in the body, say researchers. “Obesity is increasing dramatically worldwide, and is now also recognised as one of the major risk factors for cancer, with 16 different types of cancer linked to obesity,” said Cornelia Ulrich from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, US. “We urgently need to identify the specific…

In India, there is a common saying, which many families brag about, “Hum khate-peete khandan se hain,”meaning they belong to a family where there is abundance of food and beverages. The underlying meaning is also that if the family members, as well as the children, are overweight, it’s because of good food.

Liposuction, also called lipoplasty or simply lipo, is a procedure of removing fat deposits, localised to certain parts of the body, to improve the body figure and proportion. It is highly useful in site specific fat removal which does not respond to diet, pilates or exercise. It is done under local or general anaesthesia. Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure. You would need to have a strong grip on diet and exercise to remain in…

Diabetes is a condition affecting the metabolism of glucose or sugar in the body, leading to an excess of sugar in blood stream. It provides a pathway for chronic diseases like nerve, kidney disorders and heart conditions. Type 2 diabetes, also called non-insulin dependent diabetes, is caused due to resistance of the body towards insulin. It contributes to about 90% of diabetic cases reported worldwide. Insulin is a hormone produced by pancreas which helps in…