ARTICLES RELATING TO OBESITY

Sugar tax flaws – ‘Mathematical model’ based on speculation, assumption

2016-09-22 14:14

The model on which Treasury's claim rests that a tax on sugary drinks will reduce obesity relies primarily on five unproven assumptions, says an analyst.

Obese kids have different bacteria in their gut

2016-09-21 10:18

Targeting specific types of bacteria might one day help treat childhood obesity, research suggests.

Cut through the sugar noise

2016-09-04 07:47

Sugary beverages have high sugar content but little or no nutritional value, so tax will help prevent non-communicable diseases caused by obesity, writes Cecil Morden.

Anthea Jeffery: Proposed sugar tax – no silver bullet for rising obesity

2016-08-24 16:20

The proposed tax on soft drinks won't be a quick fix for SA’s complex obesity problem and offers a means to raise tax revenue without hiking VAT, says an analyst.

Obesity more deadly for men than women

2016-07-15 11:47

It isn't clear why obese men are at greater risk for premature death than women, but it could be because obese men have greater insulin resistance, liver fat levels and diabetes risk than women.

Naked restaurant to ban overweight diners

2016-06-10 12:21

Japan's first "naked restaurant" opens in Tokyo next month with draconian rules of entry -- podgy prospective diners will be weighed and ejected if found to be too fat.

Overweight in pregnancy linked to obese babies

2016-05-11 11:00

A study found that children whose mothers gained a lot of weight or had elevated blood sugar during pregnancy were at increased risk for obesity.

How to protect kids against obesity

2016-02-01 10:55

The statistics for the increase in overweight in kids younger than 5 years old are a cause for concern, particularly in the developing world. DietDoc explains how to combat this problem.

This family had McDonald’s and Spur almost 10 times a month

2016-01-13 10:17

It was only when Angel Khoza was bullied for being overweight when her parents realised that their weekly meals out were harming their family. More families in SA might want to take a page from their playbook.

Blocking stomach artery may treat obesity

2015-12-02 10:24

A procedure that curtails blood flow to the stomach, suppressing production of the 'hunger hormone' ghrelin, shows promise for helping morbidly obese patients lose weight.

 

'Obesity gene' doesn't affect ability to lose weight

2016-09-22 13:49

British researchers report that a person's environment may play a bigger part in weight management than their DNA.

Overweight kids often shunned and bullied

2016-09-19 12:48

Investigators analysed students' responses to questions about their experiences with weight discrimination and how these experiences affected them from one school year to the next.

Overweight linked to even more kinds of cancer

2016-08-25 10:28

The World Health Organisation's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has added to its list another eight varieties of cancer that may be linked to overweight and obesity.

Being overweight may make your brain age faster

2016-08-05 12:09

A University of Cambridge study found that people who are overweight or obese have a greater reduction in the amount of white matter in their brains, compared to people of normal weight.

Inflation could push sugar tax beyond 20% level - Treasury

2016-07-12 06:05

The proposed 20% increase in sugar tax that aims to target obesity in SA will be adjusted annually to take inflation into account, proposes Treasury.

More obese women than men in US

2016-06-08 12:24

Obesity rates for men and women in the US had been roughly the same for about a decade, but in recent years, women have surged ahead.

Obesity may not take years off your life

2016-05-11 10:12

Researchers have found that the risk of dying early for any reason is now the same among obese individuals as it is among normal-weight individuals.

WHO describes childhood obesity as an 'exploding nightmare'

2016-01-26 11:08

Biological factors, inadequate access to healthy foods, a decline in physical activity in schools and the unregulated marketing of fattening foods are contributing to worldwide childhood obesity.

Obesity complicates treatment of orthopaedic injuries

2015-12-09 11:02

A new study found an association between obesity and increased rates of lower-extremity injuries and orthopaedic surgery.

South Africans - the fattest of them all

2015-11-17 21:30

South Africans are getting bigger and bigger and this may soon be a national health crisis unless we eat less and exercise more, warns a doctor.

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