Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Is sugar the cause of our obesity epidemic?

Wednesday Jan 15 2014

Is sugar the cause of our obesity epidemic?

Sugar hit the headlines last week when the Daily Mail and The Independent led with the quote "Sugar is the new tobacco", and many news outlets focused on the link being made between...

Report warns of a looming UK obesity crisis

Monday Jan 13 2014

Report warns of a looming UK obesity crisis

“Estimates that half the UK population will be obese by 2050 "underestimate" the problem, a report has claimed,” according to BBC News, while the Daily Mail describes how a “bombshell report reveals true scale of crisis”…

Spoon-feeding link to child obesity 'not proven'

Wednesday Jan 8 2014

Spoon-fed babies 'more likely to be fat' claims

"Spoon-fed babies more likely to be overweight," reports The Independent. The study the news comes from found an association between feeding techniques and weight gain, although many other factors may also be involved…

Study may bust myth of 'fat and fit' healthy obesity

Wednesday Dec 4 2013

You cannot be 'fat and fit' study argues

The Times has reported that the idea you can be ‘fat and fit’ is “a big fat myth”. The term ‘fat and fit’ refers to the hypothesis that if you are obese, but all other metabolic factors such as blood pressure, are within recommended limits…

Is Christmas weight gain harder to lose?

Friday Nov 29 2013

Is Christmas weight gain harder to lose?

"Most of us gain 2lb over Christmas and never lose it," is the uncheerful news on the Mail Online website. It reports on a study that found that volunteers gained around 0.8kg between November and January that they then struggled to lose…

'Fat gene' could make you 'eat more and move less'

Friday Nov 22 2013

Fat gene could make you 'eat more, move less'

"Do YOU have the fat gene?" the Mail Online asks, saying that, "90% of obese people could have mutation that means they're programmed to eat more and move less". Its report is based on…

Effects of a fizzy drink tax on obesity rates estimated

Friday Nov 1 2013

The study estimated that a fizzy drinks tax would reduce obesity rates

"A 20% tax on sugary drinks would reduce the number of obese adults in the UK by 180,000, say researchers," BBC News reports. The news is based on research published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) estimating that taxing...

Obesity may be linked with slow metabolism for some

Friday Oct 25 2013

Some people may actually have a slow metabolism

BBC News tells us that the “slow metabolism 'obesity excuse' [is] true”. The news site says that a mutation has been found that slows metabolism and causes people to become severely obese by early childhood...

Double chins banished with 'fatburner injections'?

Friday Oct 25 2013

Double chins banished with 'fatburner injections'?

'Say goodbye to double chins with a new ‘fat-eater’ treatment that doesn’t need surgery' is the encouraging news in the Daily Mail. A smallish study found that a so-called fatburner injection, ATX-10, achieved significant results …

NICE say GPs 'should be nicer' to fat people

Thursday Oct 17 2013

NICE say GPs 'should be nicer' to fat people

"Don't be nasty to fat people," is the front page headline in the Daily Mail. The paper reports on new draft guidelines that encourage doctors to be "respectful and non-blaming" when discussing people's weight problems…

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