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News Category: Obesity

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Overweight teen boys have increased risk of stroke in later life

29 June 2017

"Boys who get fat in their teenage years are much more likely to suffer a life-threatening stroke as an adult, experts today warned," The Sun reports. Swedish researchers suspect the association could be down to the effects of...

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House dust linked to obesity – but only in mice

14 July 2017

"Bad news for those who hate cleaning: dusty homes could make you obese," reports the Mail Online. Scientists in the US tested extracts of household dust on mouse "pre-fat" cells grown in a laboratory...

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Could discovery of 'fat switch' cure obesity?

02 August 2017

"Obesity cure possible after discovery of fat 'switch'," is the somewhat premature headline in The Daily Telegraph. Researchers have identified a "biological switch" that controls when fat cells convert fat into energy for the body…

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Childhood obesity soars worldwide – but many children in Africa and Asia are underweight

12 October 2017

“Shocking figures show there are now 124 million obese children worldwide,” reports The Guardian. A pooling of records of height and weight in children from 200 countries found the numbers of children who are obese has risen from less than 1% in 1975, to 5.6% of girls and 7.8% of boys in 2016.

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'1 in 4 nurses in England are obese,' survey finds

06 December 2017

"One in four of England's nurses is obese, a "deeply worrying" new study has revealed" Sky News reports

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Getting fit may benefit obese people even if they don't lose weight

18 January 2018

'The power of exercise: It can protect against a heart attack, stroke and cancer – even if you're obese' the Mail Online explains

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School-based obesity prevention programme has disappointing results

08 February 2018

"Schools are not the answer to childhood obesity epidemic, study shows," reports The Guardian.

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Slower eating may help prevent weight gain

13 February 2018

'Eating slowly may help prevent obesity, say researchers' The Guardian reports

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'Non-stick' chemicals linked to weight gain

14 February 2018

'Chemicals in packaging, carpets and non-stick pans 'may contribute to obesity'' The Guardian reports

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New study casts further doubt on the idea that you can be 'fat and fit'

16 March 2018

'Fat and fit at the same time? Sorry, but it really is a myth' the Mail Online reports

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Children from poorer backgrounds more affected by rise in childhood obesity

21 March 2018

'Forget going hungry… now poor children are FATTER than rich kids' reports the Mail Online, which says the “trend of well-off parents having portly children has been reversed'

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Belly fat 'has much more to do with diet than genes'

30 May 2018

'Your diet, not your genes, control how your body stores fat' the Mail Online reports

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Obesity still poses a risk for women who are otherwise healthy

31 May 2018

"Women who are overweight or obese but otherwise healthy are still at an increased risk of cardiovascular disease," BBC News reports.

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US weight-loss drug lorcaserin 'safe' but only modestly effective

28 August 2018

'A major study has found promising results for the safety of a weight-loss drug available in the US' BBC News reports

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Genetic links between depression and obesity explored

14 November 2018

'Being overweight can cause depression, researchers say, with the effects thought to be largely psychological' The Guardian reports

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Low-carb diet 'could increase long-term weight loss'

15 November 2018

"Low-carb dieters can lose more than 1.5 stone over three years," reports The Daily Telegraph. Researchers in the US carried out a trial involving 164 people who'd already lost weight on a 10-week diet, during which all meals were provided. They assigned them to a further 20 weeks of dieting intended to maintain weight loss.

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Could smaller portion sizes from your 'local chippy' help combat obesity?

07 February 2019

'Chippies are selling smaller portions of fish and chips in bid to fight Britain’s obesity crisis' reports The Sun

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Children's growth patterns 'predict obesity risk before age 5'

27 March 2019

"Weighing children when they start school is already too late," reports the Mail Online. A study on childhood obesity suggests children's weight and growth patterns should be measured before they start school. One in 3 children in the UK are overweight or obese by the time they leave primary school, according to Public Health England.

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Sleeping with light or TV on linked to weight gain in women

11 June 2019

"Falling asleep in front of the TV could increase the risk of obesity," The Daily Telegraph reports.

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Hormone cocktail treatment 'could be alternative to weight-loss surgery'

07 August 2019

"Miracle Flab Jab - A NEW weight-loss jab could help overweight patients shed 10lbs in just four weeks," The Sun reports.

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Fast food restaurants on commuter routes 'contributing' to obesity

08 August 2019

"Fast-food outlets on commuter routes may fuel obesity crisis," reports The Guardian.

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Alternate day fasting may help aid weight loss

29 August 2019

"Extreme 'caveman' diet of fasting every other day may help overweight patients lose nearly 8lbs in just four weeks," reports the Mail Online. The website reports on a new study that investigated the effects of intermittent fasting on weight, metabolism and a number of general health markers, such as cholesterol levels.

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No link found between caesarean section and obesity in boys

09 December 2019

"C-Section babies are no more likely to be obese than those born normally," reports the Mail Online.

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Obesity in children may be linked to brain structure

11 December 2019

Researchers found that areas at the front of the brain (prefrontal cortex) were significantly thinner in children with a higher BMI, which could affect their decision-making.

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