New research shows a high BMI in mothers before pregnancy may impact the health of their child.
Overweight women have a higher risk of delivering biologically older babies who are are more susceptible to age-related conditions such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes in later life.
Couple using in-home blood pressure monitor.
Digital devices can make a real difference in treating chronic diseases. But many who have these conditions are poor, and they often cannot afford the devices.
The gut of an obese person is more likely to contain bacteria that inflame the gastrointestinal tract and damage its lining.
When we can't lose weight, we tend to want to blame something outside our control. Could it be related to the mictobiota – the bacteria and other organisms – that colonise your gut?
Cosmetic surgery among men is on the rise.
Breast reduction surgery is popular now, but skin reduction may be the next big thing.
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.
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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…
Current high rates of childhood obesity are the product of a perfect early-life storm.
Childhood obesity is increasing and is most common for children living in disadvantage. But it's preventable if we begin from the start of life.
Most people aspire to eat a healthy diet. But things change when we get to the supermarket.
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.
Is it normal for kids’ knees to knock together? When does it stop being normal?
Knock knees (and bow legs) are generally a normal part of a child’s growth and development. But if they persist, they can become problematic.
Gordon has made humble gut microbes one of the most talked about health topics of the last decade.
A widely quoted study produced for the soft drinks industry made much of the costs, but downplayed the benefits, of a tax on sugary drinks.
Fat studies is challenging the way that fat human bodies are portrayed and treated.
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.
Genes aren't destiny.
Swap the bacon for something a little healthier.
It is easy to fall into the trap of giving people you love lots of ultra-processed, high kilojoule, nutrient-poor foods because they like them. But immediate pleasure comes at a cost.
Job searching made more difficult.
Horrors of job discrimination.
Evolution’s negative impact.
Just don't say you can't do anything about it.
It may not be burgers for breakfast, but the diets that have launched some big online careers aren't as healthy as you might think.
It’s important to focus on health, not weight.
Reassuring your child you love and support them unconditionally is crucial for a healthy relationship.
Two-thirds of children have already received antibiotics by the time they are one year old.
If you have a ten-month-old baby, what do you need to know? What do you need to ask your GP about the benefits and risks of antibiotics?
Childhood obesity can be tackled from birth – so why aren’t we doing anything about it?
To combat childhood obesity, we need to start from day one.
We want to ensure we are not setting insurmountable physical activity recommendations.
Recent reports claiming we need to do five times more exercise than we previously thought are incorrect. Current physical activity guidelines are enough to achieve health benefits.