The issue of nutrition among South Africa’s youth is complex and has elements of both under and over nutrition that need to be tackled.
There are two extremes of malnutrition at play among South Africa's youth - both under nutrition and over nutrition.
To grow into healthy adults, children need lots of exercise. The best kind is when they are playing freely – even better when it is with their parents.
Globally, evidence points to children becoming less active because they would rather play computer games than be outdoors.
Sugar has always been vilified.
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Crusaders have been warning about the evil effects of sugar for hundreds of years,
with no positive effect on our health.
With c-sections becoming so common, it’s time that we started to investigate what that means for child health.
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As more and more babies are delivered by cesarean section, we need to start investigating what that means for their long-term health.
Heavier children do less well in school but it’s not about ability.
UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy Obesity
Heavier people are less likely to be hired and more likely to be fired – and some of this may begin at school.
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How an evolutionary psychologist sees our obsession with being thin.
Food pep talk.
Researchers used pepperoni pizza to find out whether more choice in the Western diet could affect how much food we think we should be eating.
Making sense of it.
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Apps can help us make sense of all the health messages out there.
Load of rubbish.
One of the biggest ironies in the history of bottled water is the role that the soft drinks industry has had in its growth.
Gut bacteria don’t like.
Supersize me too: how junk food decimates thousands of friendly microbe species.
We all are.
Backlash to 'throwback' slimming ad is a win for the bikini terrorists
Researchers appear to be stuck in a tug-of-war over the causes of the current levels of obesity.
Obesity researchers have been in a tug of war about obesity for decades now. So what does the evidence show about the latest offensive in the obesity wars?
On the rack. Are news editors falling into their own trap?
What do stuffed crust pizza and terrifying newspaper headlines have in common? Our hard-wired evolutionary responses hold the answer.
Studies suggest friends, family members and even colleagues of smokers or obese people are more likely to smoke or be obese themselves.
The leading cause of death in the world are a group of illnesses known as non-commmunicable diseases. But a growing body of evidence shows they're actually social contagions.
Doctors recommend drugs and surgery for most diseases but exercise may actually be a better answer for obesity.
Most of us know that obesity is a growing problem across the globe but would you call it a disease? While it may seem like a semantic debate, it is actually a serious issue with major implications.
Fining those already struggling in daily life would be a recipe for disaster.
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A third of children in Puerto Rico are obese but fining parents would just add to the burden.
Overbalanced. Is it possible to be fit and fat?
The link between exercise, diet and ill health has been recognised for a considerable length of time. The ancient Greek physician, Hippocrates (460-370BC), wrote: Eating alone will not keep a man well…
Cutting your kilojoule intake by 2,000kJ a day will help you lose 5kg – a clothes size – in three months.
Want to drop a dress or pants size? Then losing five kilograms, or about 5% of your body weight will help that zipper start to close with ease. In case you need another reason, keeping a small amount of…
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The prevailing notion about obesity is that if we just work out harder and eat a little bit better, then perhaps the obesity trend will subside in a few years. However, the key to really making a difference…
Back in 2012 the Which? Breakfast Cereal Report identified worryingly high amounts of sugar in 50 of the most popular breakfast cereals. Three years later and a new survey by campaign group Action On Sugar…