From Dallas – In a policy statement published in journal Circulation, the American Heart Association predicts that the costs of treating heart disease among Americans will triple over the next 20 years. They predict that by 2030, over 40% of Americans will have some type of the disease, with healthcare costs approaching 0 billion a year. From Chicago – In a study published in Pediatrics, researchers followed the sleep patterns of children aged 4 – 10. Those who had the least sleep and had the most irregular sleep patterns were over 4 times more likely to be obese. They found however, that getting extra sleep on the weekends helped reduce this risk to down to a two-fold increase. And finally from North Carolina – A program of light exercise and weight loss can improve mobility among older obese adults. Appearing online in the Archives of Internal Medicine, the five year study found that obese seniors with poor mobility could improve their mobility by up to 20% when they participated in a weight loss and physical activity program.
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