Two new Cochrane reviews reveal that some interventions to tackle overweight and obesity in children do work, but only in the short term.
Weight loss surgery carries some risks.
Of the 22,713 weight loss operations performed in 2014-15, about 90% were performed in private hospitals, highlighting the difficulty in accessing this type of surgery through the public system.
It's time we considered the long-term benefits of community weight loss programmes to both individuals and society.
A good diet is key for a child’s well-being.
'Healthy child' vouchers and increased taxation could help tackle the childhood obesity problem.
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?
Regularly physically activity is more important than weight.
Scientifically you can be overweight and healthy - and yet there is still an obesity stigma.
Metabolism can change after weight loss.
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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?
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’s important to focus on health, not weight.
Reassuring your child you love and support them unconditionally is crucial for a healthy relationship.
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.
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.
People should not interpret the study as saying that every woman who has been overweight for some time in her life will develop cancer at some point.
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A longitudinal study featuring nearly 74,000 US women has found that the longer a woman has been overweight or obese during her adult life, the higher her risk of developing cancer.
About 58% of the average household’s food budget is spent on ‘junk’ food.
Many people believe eating healthily is expensive – and more costly than buying junk food. But our new research shows this isn't the case.
Poor neighbourhoods have more takeaway outlets.
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It's not easy to make good food choices when there's a takeaway on every corner.
The battle isn’t over yet.
Canada is the latest country to see a decline in rates of overweight and obesity. Does that mean anti-obesity strategies are starting to work?
Men and women living in areas of highest socioeconomic disadvantage have a 29% higher risk of being obese.
The government's focus on treating chronic disease neglects the importance of obesity and the benefits of preventive health measures tailored to gender and socioeconomic circumstances.
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.