Eleven percent of South African adults live with diabetes.
Most people with diabetes are poorly controlled. This makes them vulnerable to complications like eye problems, kidney disease, and even amputations.
Quantifying the financial costs of overweight and obesity is important for national policy.
Lowering obesity and overweight rates will lift the burden on healthcare spending.
Many everyday food products are ultra-processed.
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Over half of all calories consumed in the UK are from an ultra-processed food product.
Salty french fries may taste good, but they just contribute to dehydration and obesity.
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Studies show that most people who are overweight or obese are also chronically dehydrated.
With so much competition, food marketers need to grab the attention of consumers so they buy their products, not another competitors. This is why product packaging is so important.
The size of food images on product packaging plays a key role in exacerbating diet-related illnesses and obesity.
There’s still much we don’t know about body weight.
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Researchers have long debated whether genetics or social background was the biggest factor in becoming obese.
We wanted to find a way to reduce how much children snack on foods high in fat, salt and sugar.
A new study looked at the health records of more than 9 million people in England to assess whether body weight influenced the uptake and effectiveness of COVID vaccines.
With FatBlaster Max recently banned from sale, it’s a good time to look at what diet pills actually contain, and whether they work.
For at least three decades, studies have shown that Latinos have better heart health than other people, but new research calls that into question.
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It has long puzzled researchers why Latinos seem to have lower rates of heart disease than their non-Latino counterparts, even though they have higher risk factors for heart disease.
Is there such a thing as ‘fat but fit’? Excess weight is one risk factor for ill health, but it doesn’t perfectly predict it.
Food parcels are handed to residents at a food distribution organised by the grassroots charity Hunger Has No Religion, in Westbury, Johannesburg.
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Problems caused by malnutrition - such as obesity - are on the rise in South Africa, with serious health consequences.
People lost almost 4kg on average when working with a GP.
Our study showed that people who followed advice from their GP kept almost all of the weight they lost off two years later.
Participants of the popular “Di Asa” show in competition.
Obese persons are regularly associated with laziness and inactivity in Ghanaian society.
Researchers are working to tease apart how various alcohol types contribute to weight gain and disease risk.
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Research has been inconclusive on the degree to which drinking alcohol leads to the growth of harmful fat. But a new study suggests that beer and spirits are far bigger culprits than wine.
Ending GST on some foods is being touted as a way to reduce food poverty. But cheap food comes with a high environmental and health cost. Is there a way to value food but reduce hardship?
How we design our cities can make it harder to be healthy. City planners are now able to quantify the different elements that are affecting our health and well-being.
South Africa should introduce regulations that mandate the nutritional labelling of fast foods. This will help consumers make informed dietary choices.
Political cartoons and memes have made it clear that if there’s something to agree about on all sides of the political spectrum, its that fat people are an easy target.
Fat people need to be empowered to critique the very groups so willing to instrumentalize their bodies for political gain.
Studying the genetic aspects of fatty liver disease can help identify its causes and consequences and find new treatments.
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is surprisingly common, affecting about one in four adults. Eating processed foods and sugary drinks can increase the risk of developing the disease.