Two new studies have found a link between having antibiotics as a baby and an increased risk of obesity in childhood.
New research finds taking antibiotics in early life is associated with an increased risk of obesity at age four. But that's no reason not to give your child antibiotics if they really need them.
Your own biases shape what you think about what the poor should eat.
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An often invisible force is undercutting support for policies that help Americans facing economic hardship.
Come school holidays, your school-aged kids are more likely to spend longer on their screens than they do in term time. Here’s how to get them outside and active, with a bit of planning.
The average Australian school kid spends more time watching TV or gaming and less time being active over their summer holidays. Could more chores be the answer?
The teenage brain has a voracious drive for reward, diminished behavioural control and a susceptibility to be shaped by experience. This often manifests as a reduced ability to resist high-calorie junk foods.
Excessively eating junk foods during adolescence could alter brain development, leading to lasting poor diet habits. But, like a muscle, the brain can be exercised to improve willpower.
Bet you can’t eat just one.
Everyone knows it's hard to stop eating potato chips or chocolate chip cookies. New research shows why: Certain combinations of fat, sodium, sugar or carbohydrates make them irresistible.
Time limits on eating may help to keep diabetics’ blood glucose in check.
What if you could treat obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure just by limiting when you eat and drink all your calories? New research says it might work.
No, a DNA swab can’t tell you if you’re gay, or likely to be obese, or depressed. And it can be damaging to believe so.
Genetic apps claim to reveal fundamental insights about your health, well-being, and even intellect. But it's not just spurious science - believing these traits are genetic can have harmful consequences.
Teenagers across the world are failing to meet physical activity targets – but Australian teens are doing worse than most.
A global report looking at physical activity among 11-17 year olds has found 89% of young Australians don't get enough physical activity. This puts us towards the very bottom of the pile.
Choose an activity you enjoy so it’s easier to stick to.
No matter how much you weigh, there are many benefits to starting exercise, from a reduced risk of heart disease to better mental health.
Would a ban on snacking on public transport really help combat obesity? An expert in nutrition weighs in.
The mother’s education level is also a factor.
One in four Australians is overweight or obese by the time they reach adolescence, but it's difficult to predict who is at risk. These three questions can help.
Fat activists argue fat is the most appropriate word to describe their bodies.
The British Psychological Society is calling for a language change, from 'obese people' to 'people living with obesity'. But using the word obesity can reinforce rather than prevent stigma.
Sugar taxes may not prevent obesity and associated conditions overnight, but they can be part of the solution.
Lobbyists try to water down policies that could restrict the public’s access to their harmful products.
The steady flow of politicians and government staffers switching sides to lobby for powerful food, alcohol and gambling companies is a threat to public health.
It is erroneously assumed that university students are the elite and so don’t experience hunger.
Students suffer the double burden of malnutrition - hunger and obesity. This results in stress, ill health, poor academic results and increased drop-out rates.
Bill Maher suggests that fat-shaming may help people lose weight.
Fat-shaming is as ineffective as it is cruel. The bullying tactic also ignores the biological factors underlying obesity, which are not always under a person's control.
The Democratic candidates discussed health care a lot – but not healthy food.
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The Democratic candidates hoping to replace Trump in 2020 debated a host of critical issues but never brought up the equally important challenge of Americans' food security.
Slum residents were said to do less exercise because of cheap motorcycle taxis.
Societal pressures make it hard for people living in low-income areas to change their ways.
It may not be such a bad habit after all.
It’s not enough to simply promote healthy eating and exercise without considering South Africa's very real environmental and structural constraints.