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Obesity in PH need not be a big, complex problem

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AYALA tried—and succeeded—in preventing a modern and expensive disease known as obesity. From 112.5 kg (248 lbs), she now weighs around 60 kg (132 lbs).

Being overweight or obese is not a cosmetic problem. Someone who is 40 percent over his or her normal weight is twice as likely to die prematurely as an average-weight person—an effect seen after 10 to 30 years, according to nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center Cleveland Clinic.

Posted: January 17th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Science and Health | Read More »

Here’s to a smaller waistline in 2014

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GREEN vegetables get a high 90+ mark in nutrient density; mung bean at 40; brown rice at 20. Lowest nutrient scores go to fish, dairy and meat.

If you plan to make just one health-related resolution this year, then make it a slim midsection, and be unrelenting in your mission.   Board-certified family physician and nutritional researcher Joel Fuhrman, author of “Eat To Live,” advised “the high volume of greens not only will be your secret to a thin waistline, but will [...]

Posted: January 3rd, 2014 in Headlines,Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

Anti-obesity orlistat and colorectal cancer risk

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A few weeks ago, a middle-age patient who has been taking orlistat regularly for weight loss asked about the increased risk of developing cancer, especially colon cancer, with prolonged intake of the product.

Posted: October 18th, 2013 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

US soft-drink makers criticize gov’t efforts to limit sales

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The state’s beverage association and Pepsi Beverages Company of Hayward answered critics who accuse the soft-drink industry of promoting obesity though high-calorie sugary drinks.

Posted: August 10th, 2013 in Latest Business Stories,Science and Health | Read More »

Fatty liver in children and adolescents

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A few weeks ago, a chubby 14-year-old teenager was referred to our clinic due to a mildly elevated blood pressure. We did some blood tests and the liver enzymes were found to be elevated. He has no history of any liver problem like hepatitis in the past; he swore he has never tasted any alcohol preparation, and I believed him. We did an ultrasound to check on the liver and it showed an extensive fatty liver.

Posted: April 12th, 2013 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Headlines,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

Making reliable choice to get rid of excess kilos

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AYALA and Balictar (together with their bariatric surgeons) explain that obesity and morbid obesity are chronic conditions—once the problem has taken root, exercise and diet are limited as long-term solutions.

You have been morbidly obese—50 to 100 percent if not 45 kilos above your ideal body weight—for the last several years and in fact, have been advised by your doctor to lose weight to avoid imminent health problems.

Posted: April 5th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Science and Health | Read More »

Mandatory food labeling

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It may be hard to believe that in a developing country like ours—while so many can hardly put food on the table for a decent three meals a day—many are also overweight and obese. Based on figures coming from the National Statistical Coordination Board and the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Philippines, 1 out of 4 Filipino adults is overweight with 5 out of 100 considered as obese already. Overweight and obesity are also an increasing problem among our children.

Posted: February 22nd, 2013 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Headlines,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

Weight loss takes combined effort

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How many times have you dieted and have just given up? Many people tend to think that all obese people have to do to solve their problems is eat less and move more. But one expert believes that the reason is much deeper—it’s almost an addiction much like alcoholism and drug abuse.

Posted: September 14th, 2012 in Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

Giving babies antibiotics could lead to obesity–study

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Giving babies antibiotics before the age of six months could cause them to be chubby children, according to a study published Tuesday.

Posted: August 21st, 2012 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

City sleepless over proposed ban on large sugary drinks

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Resident New Yorkers proudly attest that there is truly only one city that never sleeps—and that’s the Big Apple. Now they are sleepless over a proposal to ban the sale of large sodas which their mayor calls “sugary drinks.”

Posted: June 22nd, 2012 in Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

Solving the puzzle of NAFLD

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During last year’s 6th Asia-Oceania Conference on Obesity held in Manila, it was acknowledged that the region is now facing an epidemic of obesity.

Posted: March 16th, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Science and Health | Read More »

France approves soda tax

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France’s top constitutional body on Wednesday approved a new tax on sugary drinks that aims to fight obesity while giving a boost to state coffers.

Posted: December 29th, 2011 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

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