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High-flavonoid foods, like berries and apples, 'prevent weight gain'

Friday Jan 29 2016

"Get fruity to get fit: Eat more berries to beat a big belly," The Sun reports. The advice is based on the findings of a major new study looking at the effects of foods rich in the compound flavonoid, such as berries and apples, on body weight…

Researchers investigate why obesity can trigger bowel cancer

Tuesday Jan 19 2016

"Excess calories 'turn off a hormone in the intestine that blocks colon cancer'," the Mail Online reports. Obesity is a known risk factor for bowel cancer (colorectal cancer). There is evidence that a diet rich in processed meats…

Sugary drinks linked to increased fat levels around vital organs

Tuesday Jan 12 2016

"People who consume sugary drinks are more likely to develop dangerous fat that becomes wrapped around internal organs," the Daily Mail reports after a US study found a link between the consumption of sugary drinks and increased visceral fat levels…

The idea you can be fat but fit is 'a myth' study argues

Monday Dec 21 2015

"No, you can't be fat and fit, say the experts," the Daily Mail reports. A major study involving more than a million men seems to contradict the idea that "obese individuals can fully compensate mortality risk by being physically fit"…

Can overweight men pass obesity risk to their children?

Friday Dec 4 2015

"Are you fat because of your dad?" is the Mail Online's bold question to its readers, explaining that "Men's weight directly affects genes in sperm linked to appetite and brain development"...

Weight gain between pregnancies linked to stillbirth

Thursday Dec 3 2015

"Maternal weight gain raises stillbirth risk", reports The Guardian, and other media outlets. A large study in Sweden found women whose weight increased by more than two BMI units (about 6kg for a woman who is 1.67m tall) between...

One diet 'doesn’t fit all' – people 'metabolise food differently'

Friday Nov 20 2015

"No one diet fits all," the Daily Mail reports. Israeli researchers monitored 800 adults to measure what is known as postprandial glycemic response – the amount by which blood sugar levels increase after a person eats a meal…

Normal BMI with a big belly 'deadlier than obesity'

Tuesday Nov 10 2015

"Slim adults with a 'spare tyre' of fat around their stomach have a twice as high mortality risk than those who are overweight," The Daily Telegraph reports. A major new study tracked more than 15,000…

Is a brisk walk better for losing weight than going to the gym?

Wednesday Nov 4 2015

"A brisk 30-minute walk five days a week is more effective than any other form of exercise for keeping weight down," The Times reports. That is the reported conclusion of two researchers who looked at data from the…

'Greedy gene' that stops some people from feeling full discovered

Monday Nov 2 2015

"A single gene mutation may be all it takes to determine if a person is prone to becoming obese," the Mail Online reports. A particular genetic variant may disrupt the normal workings of a protein…

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