Obesity

Our articles on obesity cover a range of topics including general information on the causes of obesity, obesity in the news, research into cures for obesity and advice on how to tackle it. Obesity is a social problem and a disease. It is not simply the result of being greedy. New thinking on government intervention and education is needed to reverse the obesity time-bomb.

The Global Obesity Crisis – Why Is The World Getting So Fat?

The Obesity Crisis continues to deepen across the world. It is not longer a disease affecting the wealthiest population from developed nations, it affects people across all social classes in all countries. So what is causing it, what problems is it creating, what are the treatments and solutions and are they effective?

Child Health, Obesity and The Puppy Fat Myth

It is a common misconception that it is OK for children to be overweight as they will lose weight when they get older. In most cases children that are overweight or obese at the age of 5 will continue to be obese into adulthood. There is no such thing as “puppy fat” for children, only babies should carry some extra protective fat. As soon as children are walking and running they should be slim and fit. It is now estimated that around 25% of all under 5 year-olds are overweight and many of these will go in to develop serious weight related illnesses such as Type 2 Diabetes.

Do Men Really Care About Their Weight?

Studies show that although more men are starting to take their health more seriously most still do not care. The most striking observation is that in wealthier households men are becoming more likely to be obese even if their partners are fit and healthy. Why don’t men care about their weight? Are men living in denial or just lazy?

More People Seek Gastric Band Surgery To Lose Weight

More people are failing to lose weight with diet and exercise programs and instead opting to go under the knife. Gastric band operations are becoming more common. However, are people sufficiently aware of the risks involved? Also the are reports that many people are find ways to continue to over-eat even after gastric band surgery.

Is Life Becoming Harder for the Obese?

Obesity is in the news again this week, but the tone of the news has changed. Until recently discussion generally centered around the growth of obesity and how it is affecting more people with some discussions about how obese and…

Red wine loosely linked to weight loss in mice

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Some people believe that red wine has some special properties which can, when drunk in small quantities, improve your health. Now Swiss scientists at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland have managed to extract a compound from red wine which…

Obesity Cure Is Being Developed

Research scientists at University College London have announced that they believe that within five years there could be a cure for obesity. Scientists are currently developing a new range of drugs to control hormone levels, which will help to reduce…