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Rise in sugar consumption by children

London - The amount of sugar consumed by children aged four to 10 years in the U.K. is rising steadily, to the level where it is now double the government's recommended total quantity per year.

Generation game – how obesity could be passed on

Is obesity inherited? The potential for grandchildren to become obese based on the physiology of their grandparents may exist, at least based on research conducted on mice.

Modified bacteria protect against obesity

Introducing genetically modified bacteria into the intestines of mice appears to protect the rodents from obesity. This could become a treatment option for people.

Report links eight more cancers to obesity

A new report has linked eight forms of cancer to obesity. This extends the association of being obese with the risk of developing cancer.

Diabetes treatment reduces obesity in children with autism

A standard drug used to treat type-2 diabetes, called metformin, has been shown to be effective in aiding overweight children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to maintain or reduce their body mass index (BMI).

Plant protein set to be the next big sweetener

Sweeteners are a popular alternative to sugar, especially for those dieting. Some sweeteners carry health risks and some don’t quite give the same sugary taste. In a breakthrough, scientists report on a new candidate.

Being overweight accelerates brain ageing

A new warning has been issued in relation to obesity. Research suggests that being overweight leads to accelerated brain ageing and this brings with it a range of age-related neurodegenerative concerns.

Altering gut microbes to reduce effects of fatty food

We avoid overeating by our guts sending messages to our brain. However, high fat foods can disrupt this neural network, according to new research. This means high fat food is doubly bad because we may want to eat more of it.

Genetic link to obesity reported

Cambridge - Scientists have reported new research that suggests there is a genetic link to obesity — at least in some cases — based on recent studies using Labradors.

U.K. health services make a stand against obesity

One third of hospital trusts in the U.K. are refusing to treat people who are classified as obese for routine surgical procedures. Those classed as obese are told to come back when they have lost weight.

New study finds way of reducing the ‘sweet tooth’

Atlanta - Sugar carvings are one of the main reasons for the global rise in obesity. Researchers have been looking at new ways to reduce the craving for sugar and one potential means is through the use of bacterial cell fragments.

South Africans sweet on sugary drinks despite fat tax

Johanesburg - South Africa plans a new "fat tax" on sugary drinks to combat an obesity epidemic -- but sweet-toothed consumers say its chances are slim of making them cut down.

Possible cholesterol busting treatment derived from sugar

With the obesity crisis continuing at an unabated pace, the research for fat busting drugs continues. Such drugs are seen as an easier option, rightly or wrongly, to dietary changes and exercise. A type of sugar is a new candidate.

Waist size 'strongly predicts' heart disease risk: study

Miami - A study involving people with diabetes has shown that belly size is a stronger predictor of a dangerous kind of heart disease than body mass index, researchers said Saturday.

One in five adults may be obese by 2025: survey warns

Paris - One in five adults could be obese by 2025, said a major survey Friday that warned of a looming epidemic of "severe obesity" with significant health and economic costs.

Obesity and food waste — Is Italy becoming like the U.S.?

Italy approved a new law to fight food waste by providing economic incentives to companies who want to donate food. However, recent statistics are pointing out how the Italians' "love for good food" is waning, and bad dietary habits are on the rise.

Diet can influence colon cancer risk

Types of diet, especially those with a high fat content, may have a connection with increasing the risk of different types of cancer. A new study draws a new connection in relation to colon cancer.

Obese kids face blood pressure risk

A new study shows blood pressure rises as children become overweight, emphasizing a new dimension to the obesity health concern among young people.

One weight-loss tool you may or may not be able to stomach

With so many different methods for losing weight on the market today, many overweight people are still looking for a "miracle" that allows them to lose weight while eating normally. "AspireAssist" may be the answer.

Time to stop using BMI as a health measure?

The body mass index (or BMI) is a long established method for assessing whether someone is of the correct weight (and therefore healthy) or underweight or overweight (and thus unhealthy). But is BMI accurate and meaningful as regards health?

Inside the connection between bacterial toxins and obesity

Scientists have made a connection between bacteria that reside in the human gut (specifically toxic by-products) and obesity. The research adds to the body of work about the microbiome.

Do our brains become wired so we overeat?

Exeter - Tackling the rise in obesity cannot simply be met through health promotion and governments regulating for clearer food labeling. People’s bodies adapt to eating more and need to be "trained" to eat less.

Controlling fat movement in the body for better health

A protein that can transport fats around the body can affect protective processes in cells and affect life span, according to a new study.

The more weight you carry, the harder it is to slim

Cambridge - There could be a scientific basis to the perception that a heavier a person is then the harder it is for that person to lose weight. It all comes down to a simple protein.

Why loneliness might kill you sooner

Chicago - Being alone can be bad for your health, according to a new study. Here the impact on health is assessed as greater than that of obesity. However, has this really been proven?

Obese children showing signs of heart disease

The growing problem of childhood obesity has been well documented and several health initiatives are in place. These may need to be advanced following a review of symptoms of heart disease in children.

Supersized Kazakhs battle to drop pounds in hit TV show

Almaty - Gulmira Jumagulova, a 125-kilogramme (275-pound) contestant on a popular Kazakhstan fat camp reality show, is still haunted by the words of a boyfriend who dumped her mid-pregnancy."He told me 'I could never introduce you to my relatives.

Councils taking action on fast-food obesity

A number of councils in the U.K. are attempting to force fast food outlets to use more healthy ingredients in their cooking processes.

Health promotion 'at risk' due to U.K. government cuts

London - Eleven health groups have written to the U.K. government about a planned £200 million cut to the public health budget. They fear the main cuts will be directed towards health promotion and this will lead to a rise in lifestyle diseases.

British officials accused of hiding key sugar-health link data

London - Excess sugar is not good for you and it is linked to obesity and type 2 diabetes. But how much is bad? If there is new evidence, why not release it? If the government knows, why not tell the population?
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