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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?

Are Europeans too fat?

According to the World Health Organization, the average European is now overweight and this carries health implications.

Only one way to tackle obesity: Cut portion sizes

London - In might seem obvious but in the world of quick-fix miracle diets and must-eat / must-not-eat foods, obesity can be addressed by eating less high calorific foods. This is the outcome of a new research study.

Half of all Americans have diabetes or are pre-diabetic

About half of all Americans have either diabetes or pre-diabetes, according to a new study. Experts say there is some good news behind the grim statistics.

Call for tighter blood sugar control to avoid diabetes

London - A health body has called for tighter blood sugar guidelines in order to help those with diabetes manage the condition better as well as to improve the chances of detecting diabetes earlier. This applies to children and adults.

New health data released for Scotland with mixed messages

Edinburgh - Two contrasting reports have emerged about Scotland. One highlights a decline in smoking rates while the other highlights concerns about some of the people in the country, relative to others in the U.K.

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.
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