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.
AP Photo/David J. Phillip
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.
Mono dieters restrict their intake to one food or food group per day.
Diets like mono, charcoal detox, Noom, time-restricted feeding and Fast800 are growing in popularity. Here's what the evidence says about them.
Obesity is a problem affecting many Australian children. We need solutions, but is a weight loss app a good idea?
Targeting kids with a weight loss app could perpetuate body image issues and lead to disordered eating. Yes, childhood obesity is a problem – but we must tread carefully when delivering solutions.
A new test which capitalises on existing knowledge and technology will increase diagnoses, speed up the process and save the NHS millions of pounds.
Supermarkets may discount junk foods to capitalise on the ‘impulse buy’.
Our new study finds in Australian supermarkets, the lower the health star rating, the higher the discounts. The time is ripe for a national conversation about making discounts healthier.
Obesity is one of the risk factors for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
Almost all drugs are tested in living animals before human clinical trials. But most of the time what works in mice doesn't work in humans. That's why lab-grown human livers may be so valuable.
Hockey contributes a lot to activity levels compared to other sports.
Sport is only one way of being active and it's usually done at particular times and on particular days. Teens should get physical activity throughout the day, every day.