Research has yet to reveal why and how obesity rates have surged around the world in the past few decades.
Ghanaian cancer specialists examine a patient’s scan.
So-called lifestyle diseases such as cancer and heart disease have been rising in Africa, adding to the already huge burden of disease in poor countries. But the research has not kept pace.
In many rural areas, poor people are suffering from malnutrition, which takes the form of stunting and obesity. To change this, their food environments must change.
Smoking, excessive drinking, not exercising or eating unhealthy foods leads to lifestyle diseases.
Doctors in South Africa have not been doing enough counselling of people who drink, smoke, don't exercise and eat badly on ways to change their lifestyles.
South Africans need to reduce the number of sugar-sweetened beverages they consume.
With one can of cool drink containing six teaspoons of sugar – your recommended sugar intake for the day – there is a need to reduce the number of sugar-sweetened beverages South Africans consume.
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A global health and disease study shows we're living longer, but spending more years in poor health. But there are some things within our power to change.
Older people are more likely to drop out of the workforce for good when they’re sick than young people.
Economic modelling shows that policies to reduce chronic diseases can have large economic benefits –A$4.5 billion a year for diabetes alone – by reducing health costs and boosting the workforce.
Lifestyle factors are the most significant cause of cancer, and fears surrounding carcinogens is deviating attention away…
Each hour of television shortens the viewer’s life by between eight and 25 minutes.
Watching television for an average of six hours a day could shorten life expectancy by almost five years, according to a study we published today in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. What’s more…
The US has been in the lead of changing the rhetoric and practice of how the developing world gives aid.
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Ever since the global financial crisis, “value for money” has become the slogan of choice for international aid. The Americans have been in the lead, changing the rhetoric and practice of how they give…
Psammomys obesus or the Israeli sand rat provides an insight into how the thrifty gene hypothesis may work.
In the last few decades, the number of people with diabetes has more than doubled globally, making the combination of type 2 diabetes and obesity (known as diabesity) the largest epidemic the world has…