School-based obesity prevention programme has disappointing results

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

Researchers in the West Midlands designed a year-long school-based programme to improve children`s diets and increase their activity. But those who took part were no less likely to be overweight or obese afterwards,

Posted On February 08, 2018

Getting fit may benefit obese people even if they don`t lose weight

Exercise "can protect against a heart attack, stroke and cancer – even if you`re obese," reports the Mail Online. Researchers in Denmark who studied almost 11,000 people found that those with better heart and lung function had lower levels of inflammatory markers in the blood.

The relationship between fitness, w

Posted On January 18, 2018

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

"One in four nurses are obese, warn experts," the Mail Online reports after the publication of a study looking at body mass index (BMI) among health professionals.

This UK study estimated the prevalence of obesity among health professionals in England. The highest levels of obesity

Posted On December 06, 2017

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

"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 rose from less than 1% in 1975, to 5.6% of girls and 7.8% of boys in 2016.

The numbers of children

Posted On October 12, 2017

`Fat but fit` people may still be at risk of heart disease

“Concept of being `fit but fat` is a myth, researchers say,” ITV News reports after a Europe-wide study looked at associations between body weight, metabolic health and heart disease.

The term “fat but fit” is used to describe people who are overweight or obese but don’t have any of the symptoms of

Posted On August 15, 2017

Could discovery of `fat switch` cure obesity?

"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. But the headline fails to make it clear that this discovery was in mice, not

Posted On August 02, 2017

House dust linked to obesity – but only in mice

"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. These are cells known to develop into fat cells when exposed to fat-causing chemicals. 

The researchers

Posted On July 14, 2017

Overweight teen boys have increased risk of stroke in later life

"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 high blood pressure

Posted On June 29, 2017

Being overweight, not just obese, still carries serious health risks

"Four million people died in 2015 as a result of being too tubby, struck by cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other killer conditions," reports The Sun.

This is based on a global study that looked at how the proportion of people who are overweight and obese has changed over time. This was determined by recording 

Posted On June 13, 2017

TV in bedroom `risk factor` for child obesity

"Children who have TVs in their bedrooms are more likely to be overweight than those who do not," BBC News reports. A UK study found a link between children having a TV in their room and an increased risk of obesity.

Researchers followed children from seven to 11 years old to

Posted On June 05, 2017

Hope for plant-based contraceptive, study claims

"Forget Plan B – try aloe vera, controversial study claims: Scientists insist pills made from dandelions and mangoes can prevent pregnancy without a hit of hormones," reports the Mail Online.

The news is based on a study investigating whether chemicals found in certain plants can reduce sperm`s ability to fe

Posted On May 16, 2017

Low-gluten diet linked to heart attack risk

"Gluten-free diet can do more harm than good for people without coeliac disease," The Independent reports, as a new study found that the "trendy gluten-free diets loved by Gwyneth Paltrow and Russell Crowe may increase the risk of heart disease".

Gluten is a protein found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye.

Posted On May 04, 2017