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Sugary drinks killing 'hundreds of thousands', study estimates

Tuesday Jun 30 2015

Sugary drinks killing 'hundreds of thousands', claims study

“Sugary drinks are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year, says study,” The Independent reports. This is the alarming claim of researchers who created a model of sugary drink-related deaths based on global consumption rates…

Some health food brands may 'do more harm than good' claim

Thursday Jun 25 2015

Health food brands 'do more harm than good' claim

"How so-called 'healthy' snacks could do more harm than good," the Mail Online reports, after a US study found that people who were presented with a food branded as healthy were then less likely to exercise as hard as people offered a normal food option…

Mushroom supplement could be one way to tackle obesity

Wednesday Jun 24 2015

Mushroom extract could be one way to tackle obesity

"A mushroom used for centuries in Chinese medicine reduces weight gain in animals," BBC News reports. A supplement from the Ganoderma lucidum mushroom reduced weight gain by altering bacteria inside the digestive system of mice…

Drinking plenty of red wine won’t help you lose weight

Monday Jun 22 2015

Drinking plenty of red wine won’t help you lose weight

Sorry to be party poopers but The Daily Telegraph’s headline "How to lose weight - drink plenty of red wine," is simply nonsense. The study it reports on did not involve red wine and was carried out on mice, not humans…

Weighing yourself every day may help with weight loss

Friday Jun 19 2015

Weighing yourself everyday may help with weight loss

"Stepping on the scales every day could be the key to weight loss, a study has found," the Mail Online reports. This report was based on a US study which suggested daily weighing can lead to a small, though sustainable, loss in weight...

Traffic and aircraft noise linked to bigger bellies

Tuesday May 26 2015

Traffic and aircraft noise exposure linked to bigger bellies

"Living near a main road causes people to gain weight with the risk of obesity," is the slightly dubious claim in The Daily Telegraph. While a Swedish study did find an association between noise pollution and obesity, cause and effect has not been proved…

Obesity in teen boys may increase bowel cancer risk in later life

Tuesday May 26 2015

Obesity in teen boys may increase bowel cancer risk in later life

"Teenage boys who become very obese may double their risk of getting bowel cancer by the time they are in their 50s," The Guardian reports. A Swedish study found a strong association between teenage obesity and bowel cancer risk in later adulthood…

Children of the 90s more likely to be overweight or obese

Wednesday May 20 2015

90s kids more likely to be overweight or obese

"Children of the 90s are three times as likely to be obese as their parents and grandparents," the Mail Online reports. A UK survey looking at data from 1946 to 2001…

Overweight diabetics 'live longer' than slimmer diabetics

Monday May 11 2015

Overweight diabetics 'live longer' than slimmer diabetics

"Overweight diabetics are 13 per cent less likely to die prematurely than those of a normal weight or those who are obese," the Mail Online reports. Research suggests that the obesity paradox may be involved in diabetes…

Eating little and often 'no better for dieters than fewer feasts'

Friday May 8 2015

Eating little and often no better for dieters than fewer feasts

"Eating little and often – like Jennifer Aniston – could help dieters achieve a healthy weight loss," reports the Mirror. Meanwhile, the Mail Online urges us to "Forget three square meals a day – eating six smaller portions...

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