Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Obesity link for siblings

Thursday Jul 10 2014

Obesity link found between siblings

“Children are five times more likely to become obese if their older brother or sister is overweight,” reports the Daily Mail. There is a widespread assumption that a significant risk factor for child obesity is if they have…

Kids who know their fast food logos 'grow up fat'

Tuesday Jul 1 2014

Kids who know their fast food logos 'grow up fat'

"Children who recognise fast food brands are more likely to be obese," the Mail Online reports. The headline is based on a US study that investigated whether there was an association between obesity and brand awareness in children…

Is obesity jab 'two years away'?

Monday Jun 9 2014

Fat busting exercise jab 'two years away' claims

“New obesity jab could be available within two years,” the Mail Online reports. The headline comes following news that scientists have identified a protein that may help stimulate the production of brown fat.

Is sleeping in a light room linked to obesity?

Friday May 30 2014

Is sleeping in a light room linked to obesity?

"Sleeping in a room with too much light has been linked to an increased risk of piling on the pounds," BBC News reports. The news comes from a study that assessed self-reported sleeping habits…

FTO 'fat gene' may make people more impulsive

Thursday May 29 2014

FTO 'fat gene' may make people more impulsive

"Carriers of the FTO gene are more likely to succumb to impulsive hunger pangs and prefer high-calorie foods," the Mail Online reports. A study of carriers of a variant of the FTO gene found reduced activity in…

NICE: 'Obese should be prescribed slimming clubs'

Wednesday May 28 2014

Slimming clubs should be 'prescribed on NHS'

“GPs told to prescribe £100 slimming courses for millions of obese patients,” the Daily Mail reports. The news is based on new guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) that aim to encourage sustainable weight loss…

Fat shaming 'more damaging than racism'

Monday May 12 2014

Fat shaming 'damaging as racism and sexism'

“Fat shaming can have a much worse impact on mental and physical health than racism or sexism,” the Mail Online reports, describing “fat shaming” as discrimination against those who are overweight.

Could a carbohydrate curb calorific cravings?

Wednesday Apr 30 2014

Appetite suppressing molecule identified

“Pill to switch off hunger possible as 'anti-appetite' molecule discovered,” The Daily Telegraph reports. Researchers studied the brains of mice given inulin and acetate, and discovered they affected areas of the brain involved in appetite suppression.

Does fat 'disappear' into thin air?

Monday Apr 28 2014

Does thin air lead to thinner people?

"It really is thin air! Living in a high-altitude city nearly halves your risk of being obese,” the Mail Online reports. A study looking at the US armed forces found that people in high altitude areas such as Colorado were less likely…

Could a DNA test predict obesity risk in children?

Thursday Mar 27 2014

DNA test could assess obesity risk in children

"A DNA blood test can predict obesity levels in children as they grow up, scientists claim," the Metro reports. The test, which is based on measuring "switches" in DNA, may help identify children who would benefit from early intervention…

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