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

"Falling asleep in front of the TV could increase the risk of obesity," The Daily Telegraph reports, while the Daily Mirror suggests it`s specifically women who sleep with a light who are more likely to gain weight.

Both headlines are reporting a study aiming to see whether light exposure at night could be linked

Posted On June 11, 2019

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

"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,

Posted On March 27, 2019

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

"Chippies are selling smaller portions of fish and chips in bid to fight Britain`s obesity crisis," reports The Sun.

Fish and chips are an enduringly popular takeaway choice in the UK; hence the phrase "it`s as British as fish and chips".

An increasing concern is whether one of our national dishes is

Posted On February 07, 2019

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

"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

Posted On November 15, 2018

Genetic links between depression and obesity explored

"Genetic variants linked to high BMI can lead to mental health issues," reports The Guardian.

Depression is more common among people who are obese. But previous studies have not been able to determine whether there is a direct cause and effect relationship. So it could be the case that depression causes weight

Posted On November 14, 2018

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

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

This large, international, randomised controlled trial including 12,000 overweight and obese people, found that those who took a weight-loss drug called loriciferan lost 2.8kg more than those

Posted On August 28, 2018

Obesity still poses a risk for women who are otherwise healthy

"Women who are overweight or obese but otherwise healthy are still at an increased risk of cardiovascular disease," BBC News reports. Cardiovascular disease is a general term for conditions affecting the heart or blood vessels.

Researchers in the US tracked the health of more than 90,000 women over 30 years

Posted On May 31, 2018

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

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

This relatively simple message comes from the results of a very complex study looking at people`s genetics, gut bacteria and faeces (poo).

Recent research has suggested that bacteria that naturally live in the gut

Posted On May 30, 2018

Children from poorer backgrounds more affected by rise in childhood obesity

"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".

Researchers used data taken from 4 studies of British children from 1946, 1958, 1970 and 2001 to compare how children`s weight, h

Posted On March 21, 2018

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

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

A new study adds to the growing evidence that the so-called "obesity paradox" is a myth. The obesity paradox, first described in 2003, is the claim that contrary to perceived wisdom, obese people lived longer than people

Posted On March 16, 2018

`Non-stick` chemicals linked to weight gain

"Chemicals found in fast food wrappers and clothes are linked [to] weight gain in women," reports the Mail Online. Researchers in the US found that women who regained most weight after dieting in a weight-loss study had higher levels of a group of chemicals called perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in their blood.

Posted On February 14, 2018

Slower eating may help prevent weight gain

"Eating slowly may help prevent obesity, say researchers," reports The Guardian. Researchers in Japan found that people who said they ate slowly or at normal speed were less likely to be obese at the end of a 6-year study, than those who said they ate quickly.

The study used data from health checks with 59,717

Posted On February 13, 2018