Mental health boost in overweight teens from small amounts of exercise

Mental health boost in overweight teens from small amounts of exercise

Being obese at any age is commonly associated with a litany of health issues, ranging from diabetes and chronic fatigue to heart complications. Overweight adolescents are also at an increased risk of body dissatisfaction, social alienation and low self esteem, which is why Dr. Gary Goldfield, registered psychologist, clinical researcher at the Children’s Hospital of

20% fat tax on unhealthy food & drinks and subsidies on healthy foods

20% fat tax on unhealthy food & drinks and subsidies on healthy foods

As an increasing number of countries introduce taxes on unhealthy food and drinks, Oliver Mytton and colleagues at the University of Oxford examine the evidence on the health effects of food taxes.

Taxes on unhealthy food and drinks would need to be at least 20% to have a significant effect on diet-related conditions such as obesity and heart disease. Ideally, this should be combined with subsidies on healthy foods such as fruit and vegetables.

Most weight loss supplements are not effective

Most weight loss supplements are not effective

An Oregon State University researcher has reviewed the body of evidence around weight loss supplements and has bad news for those trying to find a magic pill to lose weight and keep it off – it doesn’t exist. Do you know whether your weight loss supplement is effective?

Melinda Manore reviewed the evidence surrounding hundreds of weight loss supplements, a $2.4 billion industry in the United States, and said no research evidence exists that any single product results in significant weight loss – and many have detrimental health benefits.

Presidential Proclamation – National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month in US

Presidential Proclamation – National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month in US

Since the 1970s, the rate of childhood obesity in our country has tripled, and today a third of American children are overweight or obese.  This dramatic rise threatens to have far‑reaching, long-term effects on our children’s health, livelihoods, and futures. Without major changes, a third of children born in the year 2000 will develop Type

Free radicals may suppress appetite

Free radicals may suppress appetite

Obesity is growing at alarming rates worldwide, and the biggest culprit is overeating. In a study of brain circuits that control hunger and satiety, Yale School of Medicine researchers have found that molecular mechanisms controlling free radicals—molecules tied to aging and tissue damage—are at the heart of increased appetite in diet-induced obesity. The image shows

More obese in US and UK by 2030

More obese in US and UK by 2030

The rising prevalence of obesity around the globe places an increasing burden on the health of populations, on healthcare systems and on overall economies.

A major challenge for researchers is to quantify the effect of these burdens to inform public policies.

Obesity causes heart rhythm disorder

Obesity causes heart rhythm disorder

University of Adelaide research has shown for the first time that obesity directly causes electrical abnormalities of the heart. Cardiologist and PhD candidate Dr Hany Abed says there is growing evidence that obesity changes the structure and size of the heart muscle and the way it works and contracts, as well as its electrical function.