The bodies of Olympic athletes are becoming more specialised, more differentiated – and much more extreme.
Over time, the body sizes and shapes of Olympians have been moving apart from each other at light-speed, and have become increasingly specialised and differentiated.
School nutrition programmes help reduce the risk of children developing obesity.
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In-school nutrition programmes can reduce the chances of children suffering from childhood obesity.
Body weight plays a role in women’s job prospects.
Short men and overweight women are less likely, on average, to succeed in life. But why?
We’d all like to have a different, or at least improved, body. But why do we want the body we want?
A 2011 British survey found 12% of women would give up two to ten years of their lives just to be their ideal weight. So what makes an ideal body, and why do we want one so badly?
We’ve all heard BMI has shortcomings, so what scale should we use to predict our optimum weight?
Public health authorities are forever telling us how much we should weigh, but there is one essential element missing: shape.
A metrobus driver performs squats at Rio de los Remedios metrobus station in Mexico. To combat growing obesity, lawmakers have introduced a new campaign encouraging physical activity.
For many obese people, the message that physical activity is more important than managing weight is not only unhelpful but also not true.
Weighing people may do more harm than good by giving an unreliable picture of the complex realities of health and weight.
Weight and girth have become shorthand for health but these are blunt instruments that provide an unreliable and reductive snapshot of its complexities.
The World Health Organisation considers people with a BMI below 18.5 to be underweight and at risk of being malnourished.
The French government is backing parliamentary plans to ban unhealthily thin models from catwalks, but do the bodies of these models really affect women's self-image?
A study shows that body mass index (BMI) measurements may underestimate obesity, particularly among men. The study led by…
Increased body mass index (BMI) has been found to significantly raise the risk of heart disease – regardless of exercise…
Under-reporting of weight is a growing problem for obesity researchers.
People are increasingly reporting their weight as lower than it is, skewing data on obesity rates, according to a new Irish…
Obesity’s negative impact on mortality may be outweighed by other factors favourably influencing life expectancy.
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The rising level of obesity, along with diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other related diseases, is predicted to slow down or reverse the decline in mortality seen in most Western countries in recent…
Overweight, middle-aged women are at more risk of developing blood clots after surgery than women who are a healthy weight…
Chocolate can be good for you … in moderation.
People who eat chocolate on a regular basis tend to be thinner, even when they do not exercise more often, a new study claims. But health experts have warned that the findings of the study, published today…