Obesity DNA found

2015-02-11 22:57

The largest-ever DNA probe into obesity has thrown up scores of clues for the inherited factors behind a worsening health problem.

The brain behind the body

2014-02-24 06:53

The stigma around obesity is neither helpful nor true, says Mandi Smallhorne.

Coke anti-obesity campaign to go global

2013-05-08 18:00

Coca-Cola is promising to make diet drinks more widely available, in a push against critics who say its drinks fuel obesity rates.

Coca-Cola tackles obesity

2013-01-14 17:16

Coca-Cola is addressing a growing cloud over the soft drinks industry with a series of ads to help people burn off the calories of happiness in a can of Coke.

Army declares war on obese soldiers

2012-08-30 10:25

The SANDF has declared war on obesity in its ranks with nearly 10% of their 60 000 soldiers either obese or overweight.

Big cooldrinks facing the chop in New York

2012-06-01 13:03

New York City's mayor is proposing a ban on the sale of large cooldrinks and other sugary drinks in the hopes of combating obesity - an expansion of efforts to encourage healthy behaviour.

Costs soar as America's waistline expands

2012-05-01 11:48

Businesses, governments and individuals are only now coming to grips with the costs of America's rising rate of obesity.

Obesity = fewer people on ferries

2011-12-22 13:11

The Washington state ferry service has had to reduce the capacity of the nation's largest ferry system because people have been packing on the pounds.

Hoodia doesn't help weight loss

2011-11-02 14:20

A study has found that the indigenous plant-based diet supplement Hoodia gordonii causes a number of side effects and shows no significant weight loss effect.

Obesity: US lightens up, but just a little

2011-10-08 10:29

The percentage of Americans who are overweight or obese fell slightly in the third quarter of the year, but they still make up a majority of the population, a poll shows.


Unhealthy food taxes vital - UN

2014-05-19 15:44

Unhealthy diets pose a greater risk to global health than tobacco and governments should move fast to tax harmful food products, says the UN.

'Too fat' South African wins reprieve from New Zealand deportation

2013-09-09 10:15

An overweight South African threatened with deportation from New Zealand because of his obesity has been granted a 23-month reprieve.

Coca-Cola cans Sprite in obesity fight

2013-03-06 18:48

As part of its anti-obesity campaign, Coca-Cola says it's replacing Sprite in the United Kingdom with a version that uses a sweetener that contains fewer calories.

Link between drinks and obesity

2012-09-23 14:32

Three new studies published in the United States have reaffirmed a link between sweetened drinks and fruit drinks to an epidemic of obesity that is sweeping the United States.

US approves obesity drug

2012-06-28 07:35

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug to treat obesity in 13 years, a drug called lorcaserin, marketed as Belviq and made by Arena Pharmaceuticals.

Doctors blast McDonald's Olympic sponsorship

2012-05-01 12:24

McDonald's is a sponsor for the London Olympics - and a British doctors' group says that's sending the wrong message in a country with ballooning obesity.

Minister explains porky politicians

2012-02-17 22:28

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has offered insight into why many politicians suffer the curse of bulging stomachs and widening waist lines – the availability of food.

Orangutans shed light on obesity

2011-12-14 17:07

Studying overeating in Orangutans may offer some clues about obesity and eating disorders in people, researchers say.

Britons need to cut 5bn calories

2011-10-14 08:52

British health officials say the country needs to slash 5bn calories from its collective daily diet to slow the obesity epidemic.

Thin people can fight temptation - study

2011-09-21 07:01

Thin people may be able to summon more mental defences to resist tempting, high-calorie foods than obese people, according to researchers.

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