People are leading more sedentary lifestyles and eating calorie dense foods fuelling obesity.
South Africa has the highest obesity levels in Africa but blaming sugar neglects the many factors at play in this complex health issue.
Body weight is a complex issue and going after one culprit is not enough.
Weighing up the cost of improving people's diets.
We know obesity is bad for health - but most people don’t realise it’s implicated in causing many cancers.
Obesity is linked with a host of health outcomes. Both a disease itself and a risk factor linked to many others, we explore the linkages between obesity and cancer.
Weighing up the options.
Accuracy is a big problem when people self-report what they eat. A new online tool could help researchers and clinicians overcome this hurdle.
It's an idea that keeps returning, but there's not convincing evidence to show eating from smaller plates will make a difference to obesity levels.
A good diet is key for a child’s well-being.
'Healthy child' vouchers and increased taxation could help tackle the childhood obesity problem.
Exercise and a healthy diet provide an overall sense of well being.
Regular physical activity energises you to perform daily chores, deal with stress better and improves your quality of sleep.
Hair samples reveal how stress and obesity are linked.
Sugar activates the same brain system as drugs such as nicotine and cocaine, meaning consuming it is a behaviour we want to repeat.
If you’ve ever tried to cut back on sugar, you may have realised how incredibly difficult it is. This leads to the question: can you be addicted to sugar?
Seven million workers are missing out on information which keep keep them healthier.
Consumers aren’t always given honest nutritional information.
Research shows poorer black South Africans are disproportionately exposed to food-related advertising that promotes the consumption of fatty, unhealthy foods.
Preconception planning focuses on improving the health of parents to lower the risk of obesity in children.
If you're planning to become a parent, better lifestyle habits can reduce the risk of obesity in your children.
Regularly physically activity is more important than weight.
Scientifically you can be overweight and healthy - and yet there is still an obesity stigma.
Breast cancer is more common in overweight women.
Obesity is one of the factors behind a large rise in cancer rates among women.
The reality is that the move to introduce a sugar tax in South Africa is necessary because of the scourge of non-communicable diseases and obesity in the country.
The physical health of people with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder is often overshadowed by their mental health issues.
It's time we saw past the mental illness in people living with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder to check their physical health too. Here's why.
Snoring occurs due to vibration of the soft tissues of your upper airway.
Snoring has been linked to serious health conditions such as obstructive sleep apnoea and even cardiovascular disease.
Research has yet to reveal why and how obesity rates have surged around the world in the past few decades.
Metabolism can change after weight loss.
Women measuring waist image via www.shutterstock.com.
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?