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Junk food linked to age-marker in chromosomes: study

Paris - People who eat a lot of industrially processed junk food are more likely to exhibit a change in their chromosomes linked to ageing, according to research presented Tuesday at an online medical conference.

Virus-wracked Mexico struggles to get in shape

Mexico - With martial arts training on rooftops, virtual exercise classes and outdoor workouts, Mexicans are getting creative as they try to slim down during the pandemic in one of the world's most obese countries.

UK to unveil obesity plan after PM's near-death experience

London - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to roll out a £10 million anti-obesity campaign, including junk food advert bans, following his own brush with death that he partly blamed on his weight.

Malnutrition in poorer nations costs firms up to $850 bln: study

Paris - Hunger, poor nutrition and obesity not only present a health burden in developing countries but carry a hidden economic penalty that costs businesses up to $850 billion a year, according to a new report published Wednesday.

During COVID-19 lockdown, what's happened to sugar consumption? Special

One interesting business impact during the coronavirus pandemic has been a fall in the global demand for sugar. While the sugar industry needs to react to the disruption, the move is welcomed by anti-obesity advocates.

Disease puts 1 in 5 globally at severe COVID-19 risk: study

Paris - An estimated 1.7 billion people -- more than 20 percent of the world's population -- risk becoming severely infected with COVID-19 due to underlying health problems such as obesity and heart disease, analysis showed Tuesday.

Most overweight and obese cities in the U.S. unveiled

The increasing numbers of people who are overweight and obese is a problem across advanced industrialized countries, and especially with the U.S., as a new study reveals. This brings with it major health implications.

Q&A: Why trending diets won't work in 2020 Special

Popular diets won’t work in 2020 for people trying to lose weight, according to registered dietitian Kajsa Ernestam. This is because popular diets don’t take into account individual factors.

Overweight expectant mothers affect their children's IQ

A new study finds how a mothers obesity during pregnancy is connected to lag in sons' development, especially with motor skills, and IQ. The same effect was not found with daughters.

Double burden of obesity, undernourishment stalks world: report

Paris - Low- and middle-income countries risk seeing their development progress slashed by the double-edged sword of obesity and undernutrition, both caused by a lack of access to affordable healthy food, a report in The Lancet warned Monday.

Drop that donut! Mexico pays portly cops to slim down

Mexico - It's a sunny morning in Mexico City, and police officers drip with sweat as they do push-ups and squats, part of a program for overweight cops in one of the world's most obese countries.

Weighing in on the fattest states in the U.S.: Survey

Obesity and associated metabolic disorders are a global problem. However, there are reginal differences, and this is evident from a new WalletHub survey looking into the U.S. The survey provides a state-by-state breakdown.

Essential Science: Linking screen time and obesity together

New research suggests that too much screen time, for young people, is correlated with an increased consumption of sugary-foods and caffeine. This draws a connection between the use of devices and obesity.

1-in-3 young children undernourished or overweight: UNICEF

Paris - A third of the world's nearly 700 million children under five years old are undernourished or overweight and face lifelong health problems as a consequence, according to a grim UN assessment of childhood nutrition released Tuesday.

Is the virtual gym the solution to the rise in obesity?

New data suggests that U.S. citizens are embracing the rise of virtual reality and social fitness as alternatives to a traditional gym membership. Many said that engaging in fitness was more important than things like Netflix of Starbucks.

Latin America faces obesity-food insecurity paradox: report

Paris - Latin America and the Caribbean is facing an obesity epidemic while paradoxically the number of people facing food insecurity in the region continues to rise, the OECD and FAO warned in a report on Monday. "In Latin America and the Caribbean ...

Coffee could help fight obesity

Looking for a way to help fight obesity or a strategy to assist with weight loss? Coffee could be the answer, according to new research. But coffee drinkers will have to go without milk or sugar in order to gain the benefits.

Essential Science: Why the time of day for exercising matters

If you exercise regularly, do you prefer to get up early and go for a jog or head to gym after a long day at work? The time of the day which you choose to exercise can be important, according to new research.

Where are the 'fattest cities' in the U.S.? New study

The U.S., like many high-income countries, has a problem with its population’s expanding waistlines. However, the variations in weight are not evenly distributed and some cities have populations heavier (and less healthy) than others.

Obesity-linked cancers on the rise in young adults

Paris - A sharp increase in the rate of obesity-linked cancers among young adults in the United States could foreshadow a reversal in the overall decline in cancer mortality, researchers warned Monday.
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