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Metabolism can change after weight loss. Women measuring waist image via www.shutterstock.com.

Why so many people regain weight after dieting

Weight loss often leads to declines in our resting metabolic rate – how many calories we burn at rest – which makes it hard to keep the weight off. So why does weight loss make resting metabolism go down?
Early detection and treatment of diabetes can be life-saving, but prevention by adopting healthier diets and lifestyle is even better. Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

How South Africa can beat its sugar-fuelled diabetes epidemic

Being able to buy processed "food-like" products is often seen as a mark of personal and material success. Little attention is paid to having a healthy diet.
A tax on sugary drinks wouldn’t just prevent obesity, it could recoup some of the costs from obesity to the taxpayer. from www.shutterstock.com.au

A sugary drinks tax could recoup some of the costs of obesity while preventing it

Obesity imposes enormous costs on the community, through higher taxes to fund extra government spending on health and from foregone tax revenue because obese people are more likely to be unemployed.
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How can we prevent type 2 diabetes in children?

Experts are desperately trying to find solutions to the growing public health problem of type 2 diabetes in the young. A number of trials are underway, and some look promising.
This month, at tables across the planet, millennials are feasting on gamechanging ideas for a healthier future. www.ncdfree.org

Feasting for our future as millennials table solutions

This week, I had the pleasure of sitting with Jessica Renzella - an Australian PhD student with Oxford University and a budding global health shaper. She told me about a new social campaign she’s leading…
A can of regular soft drink contains 39 grams of total sugar, which is about 9 1/3 teaspoons of sugar and more than the recommended daily healthy limit for adults. Flickr / Shardayyy and WHO

Sugar tax is not nanny state, it’s sound public policy

Since Mexico introduced a 10% “tax” on sugar-sweetened beverages in 2014, global political momentum for this form of fiscal policy has been building. Societal interest and support have also grown. Taking…
Most people aspire to eat a healthy diet. But things change when we get to the supermarket. Vladyslav Starozhylov/Shutterstock

How we get sucked in by junk food specials in supermarkets

Three in five Australian adults get sucked in by promotions and specials on junk food and sugary drinks at the supermarket, research released today shows.
Fat studies is challenging the way that fat human bodies are portrayed and treated. Shutterstock

Explainer: what is fat studies?

What is it like to be a fat person in a fat-shaming world? What are the political and ideological underpinnings of the 'obesity crisis'? Fat studies is an emerging academic field that asks such questions.

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