Behind the Headlines

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Could meal-in-a-pill 'trick' body into losing weight?

Wednesday Jan 7 2015

"Weight loss drug fools body into reacting as if it has just eaten," The Guardian reports. The drug, fexaramine, replicates signals that are produced when the body begins eating; though as yet has only been tested in mice…

Shift workers more likely to report poor health

Thursday Dec 18 2014

"Higher rates of obesity and ill-health have been found in shift workers than the general population," BBC News reports. These are the key findings of a survey into health trends among shift workers; defined as any working pattern outside…

Yoga may help protect against heart disease

Tuesday Dec 16 2014

“Yoga could be as effective as cycling or brisk walks in reducing the risk of a heart attack or stroke,” The Guardian reports. Researchers have pooled the results of previous studies and reports finding 'promising evidence'…

Food additive could reduce appetite

Thursday Dec 11 2014

"Appetite suppressing additive could be added to food to create 'slimming bread'," ITV News reports. A compound called inulin-propionate ester is thought to stimulate the production of appetite suppressing hormones, making people feel full-up…

Hopes for chemicals that turn 'bad' fat 'good'

Tuesday Dec 9 2014

"Scientists discovered how to trigger a molecule which can turn 'bad' white fat cells into 'good' energy-burning brown fat cells," The Daily Telegraph reports, saying that it could "replace the treadmill". But this proof of concept lab research…

Obesity could 'rob you' of 20 years of health

Friday Dec 5 2014

"Obesity knocks 20 years of good health off your life and can accelerate death by eight years," the Mail Online reports. A study has estimated very obese men aged 20 to 39, with a body mass index (BMI) of 35…

Nitrate-rich leafy greens 'good for the heart'

Thursday Dec 4 2014

“Leafy vegetables contain chemical nitrate that improves heart health,” the Mail Online reports. In a recent study, researchers looked at the effects of a nitrate-rich diet on rats…

Do time-restricted eating habits reduce obesity?

Thursday Dec 4 2014

“Want to lose weight? Eat all your food in an eight-hour time frame – and never snack at night,” reports the Mail Online. However, these tips are based on a mouse study – no humans were involved…

Weight loss surgery 'not a quick fix' for good health

Tuesday Dec 2 2014

"Weight loss surgery isn't just a quick fix to becoming healthy – you have to exercise too," the Mail Online reports. Weight loss surgery, such as fitting a gastric band, usually results in significant weight loss…

UK 'among worst' for cancer linked to obesity

Thursday Nov 27 2014

“Britain almost the worst in the world for obesity-fuelled cancer,” reports The Daily Telegraph. This and other headlines report on the outcome of an international study into the rate of obesity-related cancers...

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