Why children of obese parents are more likely to be obese

2015-06-10 12:08

While in the womb, the cells of children of obese mothers may be programmed to accumulate extra fat, or develop differences in metabolism that could lead to insulin resistance.

Obese children may be less able to taste fats

2015-05-20 14:06

A study found that obese children may have a significantly harder time detecting fatty acids in foods and drinks than their leaner peers.

High-protein diet may be bad for heart

2015-05-11 13:50

A long-term Spanish study of older adults found that high-protein diets – think Atkins and South Beach – may be harmful for people at risk for heart disease.

How 'brown fat' helps you lose weight

2015-05-04 11:38

DietDoc explains how the ratio of 'white' to 'brown' fat in our bodies influences the rate at which we burn fat.

Zoë Harcombe – reversing the obesity epidemic

2015-02-19 14:40

One of the speakers at the Old Mutual Health Convention is author Zoë Harcombe, Cambridge graduate and author of six books and a diet and nutrition blog.

10 ways to beat cellulite

2015-02-10 12:50

Don’t put too much faith in skin products – beating cellulite requires a firm commitment to making a number of lifestyle adjustments.

Pizza adds too much fat and sodium to kids' diet

2015-01-20 13:53

Given that pizza remains a highly prevalent part of children's diet, it has become important to make healthy pizza the norm.

Fat to blame for half a million cancers a year

2014-11-26 10:38

A recent study said that high body mass index (BMI) has now become a major cancer risk factor, responsible for some 3.6 percent of new cancer cases in 2012.

Exposure to cold may change bad fat to good

2014-10-10 12:12

After being exposed to cold temperatures, your body may change unhealthy white fat to brown fat that burns calories for body heat.

Where you body fat sits shows your high blood pressure risk

2014-09-02 15:40

Those with lots of fat around their tummy are more strongly associated with high blood pressure risk than overall obesity.


Communities need to pull together and get SA’s children off the fat list

2015-06-05 17:43

How did South Africa get to a point where its children are the third most obese in the world yet only 10%of the country's schools offer sport, asks Alison Visser

Gyms keep clients on track with social media

2015-05-19 14:12

Fitness studios are keeping track of clients' progress with videotaping their workouts, measuring their fat and even posting a friendly nudge on their Facebook pages.

Body fat helps to regulate appetite and other processes

2015-05-11 11:29

Diet Doc explains how body fat is not just a heap of inactive lard, but a highly active metabolic powerhouse that drives many different body processes.

'How I lost 30 kilos and made fitness my life'

2015-04-08 12:07

Kelly Stegan graduated from a yo-yo dieter to a fitness freak and body builder in just 12 weeks. Here's how she did it.

Why South Africans are addicted to fried chicken

2015-02-11 10:05

DietDoc investigates how fried chicken is contributing to making South Africans 'the fattest population in sub-Saharan Africa'.

How accurate is BIA in gyms to measure body fat?

2015-02-02 14:32

This week DietDoc discusses the pros and cons of bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) to determine 'fatness'.

Can the 'Banting' diet cause diabetes?

2014-12-02 15:52

It is generally agreed that type 2 diabetics should eat better and exercise more. What is controversial, however, is which diet is best – low carb or vegetarian.

Obesity may speed ageing of the liver

2014-10-14 09:59

Heavier people might be more prone to liver cancer and insulin problems, researchers say.

Low-carb diets may come out tops for weightloss

2014-09-02 12:20

A low-carb diet is better for losing weight than low-fat options and may also be better for lowering the risk of heart disease, a new study says.

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