Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

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…

'Couch potato' lifestyle linked to bigger bums

Monday Mar 24 2014

Sitting down a lot may trigger new fat growth

"It's official: Sitting around really does give you a fat behind," the Mail Online reports. While this may seem logical, it should be pointed out that the study behind the headlines involved mice, not humans…

Should people with 'fat genes' avoid fried food?

Wednesday Mar 19 2014

Got fat genes? Avoid fried food, study advises

"Eating fried food is more likely to make you fat if you have 'obesity genes'," The Independent reports after a study in the BMJ suggested that those with a genetic predisposition towards obesity should avoid fried food…

Easy access to takeaways 'increases obesity risk'

Friday Mar 14 2014

Living and working near takeaways ups obesity risk

"Encountering too many takeaway outlets near our homes, workplaces and even on the daily commute to work could be increasing our risk of obesity," The Independent reports…

Obese 11-year-old girls 'get lower school grades'

Wednesday Mar 12 2014

Being a healthy weight at age 11 made little difference to later academic achievement

"Study links obesity in teenage girls with lower academic results," BBC News reports. Previous studies have reported that child and adolescent obesity has a wide variety of adverse consequences...

How seaweed could slow the obesity tidal wave

Monday Mar 3 2014

How seaweed could slow the obesity tidal wave

'Seaweed could be key to weight loss, study suggests' BBC News reports. Researchers at Newcastle have found that alginate, found in kelp, may help reduce the amount of fat that the body digests…

Caesareans linked to obesity in offspring

Thursday Feb 27 2014

C-sections linked to obesity in later life

"Babies born by caesarean section are more likely to be obese adults," the Daily Mail reports, after an analysis found a link between caesarean section and obesity in later life. However, a direct link between the two remains unproven…

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