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.
Scientists thought they were closing in on one great new treatment but may have found another instead.
Companies use children’s data to sell them junk food and other products.
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When children work on their school assignments, unknown to them, the software they use is busy collecting data. These data are then used for individualized marketing of junk foods and other products.
Doctors need to be able to discuss their patients’ weight, but they need to be taught how to do so delicately, for the best outcomes.
An individual's weight is a complex and sensitive issue, which may be related to many factors that are not only medical but social, environmental and emotional.
Counting is hard.
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It turns out most of us under-report how many calories we consume – but it's not entirely our fault.
Working out can help you avoid diabetes, but being thin is no guarantee.
Diabetes afflicts nearly 30 million people in the U.S., but 86 million more are pre-diabetic. There are effective ways to screen those people, too -- and it isn't all about fat.
Unhealthy lifestyles lead to chronic diseases later in life.
Almost three in four Australian children consume too much sugar, 91.5% of young people don't get enough exercise, and we're among the most obese people in the world.
We’re used to abundance, but Brexit makes it all seem more fragile.
We only have enough food stocks to last 3-5 days, and Brexit has suddenly made things seem worryingly fragile.
The quantified self.
To tackle obesity, the NHS is experimenting with financial incentives, dieting clubs and free exercise classes. But what about prescribing digital fitness trackers?
Can you resist?
Behavioral research shows why a heavy-handed approach like the UK's soda tax works better than the mere warning that San Francisco wants to put in advertisements.
Educating people about the dangers of sugary drinks has little impact on their consumption and taxing them is unpopular. Luckily, there is a third way.