As a result of increasingly sedentary lifestyles, individuals now have relatively less muscle mass and relatively more body fat.
Living near lots of fast-food outlets doesn't automatically encourage weight gain in your neighbourhood, but coupled with a lack of exercise facilities, it just might.
Research shows that children attending schools with low-quality food environments, in poorer neighborhoods, gain more central body fat -- putting them at risk of obesity and cardiometabolic disease.
Surgical techniques for varicose veins are becoming more refined, but not all cases require surgery. Lifestyle changes can help.
Governments must understand that the factors making cities convenient and productive also make their residents prone to obesity. They must confront this challenge with intelligent, focused policies.
South Africa has problems with hunger and obesity and both are linked to malnutrition. But solutions like taxes, education, regulating food advertising and labelling can help the problem.
...but we should focus on lifestyle factors we can change.
Australians with lower incomes are dying sooner from potentially preventable diseases than their wealthier counterparts, according to our new report.
The NHS should reconsider its plan to refuse surgery to smokers and those who are obese.
Diet books aren't just fluff. They offer a powerful insight into who Americans are – and how we wish the world could be.
Loneliness shortens our life spans and some studies suggest it's even more lethal than obesity. We are physiologically and psychologically primed for connection, so don't shrug off your loneliness.
Cold showers have been recommended to activate brown fat, but they are unlikely to yield any health benefit.
For centuries, people have been trying to lose weight in all sorts of ways – including drinking vinegar, avoiding swamps and stocking up on grapefruit.
From donuts to avocados, food impacts your heart health. Here we delve into the science of how to eat -- to reduce your chances of cardiovascular disease.
How food is labelled and presented determines how hungry you will be later.
Halloween is upon us, and the sugar is horrible for your kids' teeth and health. But fear not -- there are things parents can do to lessen the impact of the candy binge.
As government representatives meet at the WHO global conference on noncommunicable diseases in Uruguay this week, their focus should be on reducing the health impacts of trade deals.
New data on soaring child obesity should not come as a surprise. The food industry spends billions marketing unhealthy foods in a global society where over-eating is seen as a character flaw.
Sure, you have to die of something, but you may not have to die so soon - and you could be healthier, wealthier and happier in the meantime.
Physical activity is considered an important way to lower risk for breast cancer. But what if your ability to be fit is influenced by genes you inherit? Would that raise your risk? In rats, it did.