Behind the Headlines

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Umami flavouring 'may help you feel fuller faster'

Wednesday Jul 23 2014

Umami flavouring 'may help you feel fuller faster'

"Always hungry? You need more UMAMI in your life: study finds so-called 'fifth taste' in sauces and meat helps us feel satisfied," reports the Mail Online. Umami is a Japanese term that roughly translates as "pleasant savoury taste"…

Obese women may have 'food learning impairment'

Friday Jul 18 2014

Obese women have 'food learning impairment'

"Obese women show signs of food learning impairment," is the headline on the BBC News website. It reports on a behavioural study involving 67 individuals of normal weight and 68 obese individuals…

Offer weight loss surgery to diabetics, says NICE

Friday Jul 11 2014

'Offer weight loss surgery to diabetics,' says NICE

"An expansion of weight loss surgery in England is being proposed to tackle an epidemic of type 2 diabetes," BBC News reports. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended that obese people with type 2 diabetes…

Obesity link for siblings

Thursday Jul 10 2014

Obesity link found between siblings

“Children are five times more likely to become obese if their older brother or sister is overweight,” reports the Daily Mail. There is a widespread assumption that a significant risk factor for child obesity is if they have…

Kids who know their fast food logos 'grow up fat'

Tuesday Jul 1 2014

Kids who know their fast food logos 'grow up fat'

"Children who recognise fast food brands are more likely to be obese," the Mail Online reports. The headline is based on a US study that investigated whether there was an association between obesity and brand awareness in children…

Is obesity jab 'two years away'?

Monday Jun 9 2014

Fat busting exercise jab 'two years away' claims

“New obesity jab could be available within two years,” the Mail Online reports. The headline comes following news that scientists have identified a protein that may help stimulate the production of brown fat.

Is sleeping in a light room linked to obesity?

Friday May 30 2014

Is sleeping in a light room linked to obesity?

"Sleeping in a room with too much light has been linked to an increased risk of piling on the pounds," BBC News reports. The news comes from a study that assessed self-reported sleeping habits…

FTO 'fat gene' may make people more impulsive

Thursday May 29 2014

FTO 'fat gene' may make people more impulsive

"Carriers of the FTO gene are more likely to succumb to impulsive hunger pangs and prefer high-calorie foods," the Mail Online reports. A study of carriers of a variant of the FTO gene found reduced activity in…

NICE: 'Obese should be prescribed slimming clubs'

Wednesday May 28 2014

Slimming clubs should be 'prescribed on NHS'

“GPs told to prescribe £100 slimming courses for millions of obese patients,” the Daily Mail reports. The news is based on new guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) that aim to encourage sustainable weight loss…

Fat shaming 'more damaging than racism'

Monday May 12 2014

Fat shaming 'damaging as racism and sexism'

“Fat shaming can have a much worse impact on mental and physical health than racism or sexism,” the Mail Online reports, describing “fat shaming” as discrimination against those who are overweight.

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