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What will the health of the U.K. population be like by 2040?

Making predictions can be fraught with difficulty; however, working out the main diseases and health threats helps governments to plan ahead. An interesting exercise has been undertaken in the U.K.

MIT, Harvard team uncover master switch that controls fat cells

A team of MIT and Harvard researchers found a genetic pathway that controls metabolism by prompting fat cells to store or burn fat, which may lead to the prevention or cure of obesity.

Possible obesity gene discovered by UBC scientists

For those of us who are constantly battling the bulge, science may have taken a step closer to understanding why some people are obese and others are not.

Moving obesity concerns to school aged kids

London - School aged children (five to 13) are to become the new target for the anti-obesity drive in the U.K. This will form part of a government campaign.

Middle aged told to ‘get more sleep’

London - New government advice has been issued in the U.K., calling on the middle aged to sleep more and to make other changes to their lifestyle in order to become healthier.

Urgent action required for liver health

Birmingham - Health experts are calling for action to be taken in the Midlands to address health related liver problems. The primary causes of liver disease in this area are: alcohol addiction, obesity and viral hepatitis.

Coke funds scientists who blame inactivity over diet for obesity

Coca-Cola gave $1.5 million to a nonprofit group that claims exercise is a greater concern than calories in fighting obesity.

Government seeks to cost out obesity and drug use

London - The U.K. government is seeking to cost out the amount spent on treating obese people, drug addicts and alcoholics. One of the measures being considered is to reduce state support for people who fall within these groupings.

Cave fish cast light on the causes of obesity

Scientists have been studying blind cavefish to understand the effects of obesity. The results from the fish, for patterns of starvation and over-eating, are thought to be similar as those with the human body.

Call for restaurants to display calories for all food items

London - Should every food item sold in every restaurant, cafe and cinema have the total calorie count value listed alongside side? This is the view of council leaders in Britain.

Medics call for sugar intake to be halved

London - Medical experts are recommending that, based on the typical sugar consumption, each person should be making at least a 50 percent reduction. This is to off-set the risk of obesity and associated ill-health effects.

Soaring obesity rates due to abundance of calorie-laden food

Rising obesity rates worldwide may be linked to the increasing availability of energy-dense foods within society according to a new study.

What mice tell us about the effects of jet lag Special

Boston - Practically every organism on Earth responds to time, a phenomenon called "circadian rhythms," which refers to the 24-hours regulated by our internal clocks.

Using yeasts to study human obesity

Researchers think that the study of yeasts can be particularly useful for gaining insights into human obesity. To explore this further, a biologist collaborated with a mathematician.

Parents who give children sugary drinks are ‘poisoning them’

London - A leading health official has opened a debate, and sparked controversy, by arguing that parents who give their children sugary drinks are "poisoning" them.

Here are the most and least obese states in the U.S.

America's collective waistline just expanded again. High obesity rates tend to coincide with higher-than-normal rates of other weight-related health problems.

Can hunger pangs be turned off?

Being able to control the sensation of hunger is one of the ideas considered to off-set the obesity epidemic. In a new study, scientists have found a brain function that controls feelings of hunger in mice.

Blocking an obesity-linked protein can stop fat forming

Blocking genes in mice to halt a protein linked with obesity prevents fat from forming, according to a new study. The focus was on preventing fat forming within the internal organs of the animals.

Obese kids face stigma, flunk school: European research

Prague - Obese children are far less likely to finish school than peers of normal weight, according to European research Thursday which also highlighted body image problems in kids as young as six.

Fat Ireland forecasts no surprise to obesity experts

Dublin - Ireland's growing weight problem is linked to a range of causes including generations of over-eating following historic poverty, experts said Thursday, after a study indicated it would become one of Europe's fattest nations.

Why is Europe so fat? Questions and Answers

Prague - World Health Organization research published Wednesday contends that Europe is getting fatter every year, and heading for an obesity crisis.

Obesity health issues continue past weight loss

A new study shows losing weight does not mitigate the effects of obesity on tumor development. This health warning relates to studies conducted in mice.

Fat injection could slim down obesity

Bejing - Following on from brown fat "good" and white fat "bad" studies, researchers have looked at transplanting brown fat to see if it avoids weight gain.

Being overweight leads to lower risk of dementia

In one of the most bizarre health related studies of the year so far, a research group have found that people who are overweight have a lower chance of developing dementia when older compared to people who are thinner.

Highly processed foods make up over 60% of our diet

Boston - What's in your grocery bags? You might be surprised to learn that on average, over 60 percent of the calories in products Americans buy in grocery stores comes from highly processed foods, according to a new study.

Will we soon see an anti-obesity drug?

Scientists have re-programmed bacteria to generate a molecule that can function as a hunger-suppressing lipid. So far, the molecule has proved successful in rodent studies.

Lack of sleep connected to obesity

London - Insufficient sleep during the week and catching up on rest at the weekends has been associated with obesity and Type 2 diabetes, according to a new study.

Connection with bacteria found in sewage and weight gain

According to new research, a link was found between microbes identified in a city’s sewage treatment plants and the population’s obesity rate.

Common food additives promote obesity

Various food additives have been linked to ill health effects, including weight gain and obesity. This is because additives alter the composition of microbes in the gut.

Highly processed foods are linked to addictive eating

New research confirms what most people know: highly processed foods, including certain types of chocolate, pizza, burgers and French fries are among the most addictive and trigger an inclination to overeat.
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