The gut microbiome is the community of micro-organisms living inside the gastrointestinal tract, which performs many beneficial functions, including educating the immune system.
The disease is more severe in people with obesity, diabetes and hypertension — all conditions linked to changes in the gut microbiome.
There is no perfect diet that works for everyone.
Two thirds of South African women are overweight or obese and their babies are three times more likely to become obese themselves.
A woman uses her feet to pull herself along in a wheelchair among cherry blossoms at a homeless camp at Oppenheimer Park in Vancouver in April 2020 that was recently evaculated due to COVID-19. The coronavirus has exposed and fed upon other societal issues in true ‘syndemic’ fashion.
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When two or more epidemics co-exist and compound one another to worsen health, they are said to be syndemic. COVID-19 is feeding on other crises and diseases.
We surveyed over 100 Coles, Woolworths, Aldi and independent stores around Australia and found supermarkets are promoting unhealthy food much more often, and more prominently, than healthier products.
A report found that 90% of morbidly obese patients admitted to intensive care needed a ventilator.
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Over-active immune response might be behind higher rates of life-threatening COVID-19 infections in patients with obesity.
Eating healthy food, exercising regularly and reducing stress are all measures we can take to stay as healthy as possible to fight off infection while we wait for a coronavirus vaccine.
Research pointing to obesity as a significant risk factor for severe COVID-19 illness is growing. There are a few reasons this might be.
The Ohio City Farm in Cleveland provides low-cost land, shared facilities and technical assistance to support entrepreneurial farmers.
Four out of 5 Americans live in cities, so urban planning can make a big difference in our lifestyles – especially if it promotes healthy diets and physical activity.
The problematical body-mass index method of measuring fatness means the number of people who are obese has been seriously underestimated.
We asked five experts if there should be a nation-wide ban on junk food in schools. Four out of five said yes.
The Daily Mile gets children out of the classroom for fifteen minutes every day to run or jog, at their own pace.
The Daily Mile
From obstacle courses to playing music, school children give their thoughts on how to make a daily run more exciting.
2020 Australian of the Year James Muecke has called for a tax on sugary drinks – and the evidence is behind him.
Myths that taxes on sugary drinks unfairly disadvantage the poor and will result in job losses don't hold up. Here's what the evidence says.
Social campaigns to address the obesity crisis in America are failing.
Nearly 40% of Americans are obese, and the numbers are climbing. The U.S. needs to get serious about solutions.
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.