American Heart Association

Severe obesity, heart risks common in young Hispanic adults

Obesity is common among Hispanics in the U.S. and is particularly severe in young adults, according to a new study of body mass index and cardiovascular disease risk factors in adult Hispanic/Latino populations.

BMI is a ratio of weight to height. A BMI of 30-39.9 indicates obesity, and 40 or more […]

Study suggests obesity disparities among races are poorly understood

The reasons for disparities in obesity rates between African-American and white women are far more complex than the usual go-to culprits of socioeconomics, fruit and vegetable intake and exercise, according to a new study.

More importantly,  the research shows the need to delve further into the questions of obesity, say […]

Iron-fist style of parenting more likely to lead to obese kids

Children whose parents are rigid with rules and skimpy on affection and conversation have a third greater chance of being obese than kids whose parents are more generous with affection and dialogue, according to new research released Wednesday.

The “iron fist” style of parenting led to a 37 percent higher […]

Study questions use of BMI as health measure

A new study questions the use of body mass index (BMI) to predict the effect of obesity on health, saying it ignores important health factors such as how fat is distributed, the ratio of muscle to fat and differences in body composition. The authors call for more accurate and […]

SimpleScience@Heart: Latinos meet 5 of American Heart Association Life’s Simple 7 goals

Latinos fare better than other Americans on five out of seven American Heart Association Life’s Simple 7 heart-healthy goals.

In a poll of nearly 16,000 Latino adults, they had higher rates of ideal blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels, physical activity and nonsmoking compared to national averages. Nonsmoking was the […]