Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Study 'links autism to maternal obesity'

Tuesday Apr 10 2012

Study 'links autism to maternal obesity'

“Obese women and those with type 2 diabetes could be increasing their chances of having a child with autism or another development disorder,” BBC News has reported...

Baby obesity study: no need to panic

Monday Apr 2 2012

Baby obesity study: no need to panic

Babies are to be “treated in the womb for obesity”, according to the Daily Mail. The newspaper said that overweight mothers-to-be will be given a diabetes pill “to cut the risk of having a fat child”. The news is based on...

Obesity fuels kidney cancer rise

Friday Mar 30 2012

Obesity fuels kidney cancer rise

The link between obesity and a record rise in cases of kidney cancer was widely covered by the news media.

Mouse mutation gives obesity clues

Monday Mar 19 2012

Mouse mutation gives obesity clues

“The secret to staying slim may be all in your genes,” the Daily Mail has today reported, saying that a “greedy gene that makes you eat more even when you are full”. Before any dieters lose hope and reach for the nearest...

Do our mums make us fat?

Thursday Mar 15 2012

Do our mums make us fat?

The Daily Mail today put a dampener on the approaching Mothers’ Day by telling us that it is our mum’s fault if we are “losing the fight against the flab”. The newspaper said that a new study has shown that our mother’s lifestyle may leave us...

Dieting 'takes twice as long as expected'

Tuesday Feb 21 2012

Weight loss 'takes twice as long as expected'

Losing is weight “twice as hard as previously thought”, according to media reports today. Current government weight-loss guidelines “mislead” overweight people about...

Health dangers of fried food questioned

Wednesday Jan 25 2012

Health dangers of fried food questioned

The idea that regularly eating fried foods causes heart attacks is a ‘myth’, The Daily Telegraph has today reported. The newspaper has panned the notion based on a large Spanish study investigating how people’s fried...

Diabetes drug 'may aid weight loss'

Thursday Jan 12 2012

Diabetes drug 'may aid weight loss'

A “fat-busting jab could be the key to battling Britain’s obesity crisis”, the Daily Express has reported today. The news is based on a study looking at drugs called glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor (GLP-1R)...

'Healthy snacks' may be high in calories

Tuesday Jan 3 2012

'Healthy snacks' may be high in calories

It is the time of year when research about diet and exercise makes a big splash in the headlines, but today the Daily Mail warned that dieters should steer clear of seemingly healthy dips and spreads that...

Sitting down 'makes your bum bigger'

Tuesday Dec 6 2011

Sitting down 'makes your bum bigger'

“Sitting around at work all day really does give you a bigger bottom,” according to the Daily Mail. The Daily Telegraph ran a similar headline. While these headlines refer to...

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