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.

The average South African eats 25kgs of sugar a year; here's where that sugar's hiding...

The average South African consumes 25 kilograms of sugar and similar sweeteners a year. Watch!

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Sleekgeek kids

2015-07-16 10:11

Obesity in South Africa is becoming a real problem, say medical experts, but Sleekgeek kids are combating overweight and obesity issues to ensure a healthy future.

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.

Many parents blind to their child's overweight

2015-05-12 12:27

As US youngsters get heavier, many moms and dads think they look fine, according to a new survey.

Obese people may be more sensitive to food smells

2015-04-29 16:04

A small UK study found that obese people were better at detecting chocolate odour than a non-obese group and also rated the odour as more pleasant.

Kids of obese moms have elevated risk of ADHD

2015-04-29 12:04

According to a new study, kids of moms who are severely obese are twice as likely to have emotional symptoms and problems with peers compared to kids of moms with a healthy BMI.

Frequent antibiotic use tied to higher risk for type 2 diabetes

2015-03-31 15:40

A study done on 1 million people suggests that a higher risk of type 2 diabetes can be linked to changes in gut microbes due to frequent use of antibiotics.

People associate obesity with bad odour

2015-03-23 08:51

A new study suggests that some people are so repulsed by obesity that they actually imagine a bad smell.

Should we tell our kids they're fat?

2015-03-09 13:31

Nowadays we don't like to talk about weight issues, especially not with our children, but by avoiding the topic are we actually encouraging our children to be unhealthy?

Did you know? 61% of South Africans are overweight or obese

SA has highest obesity rate in Sub-Saharan Africa, with 61% of the South African population being overweight or obese.

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Scientists figure out how obesity gene works

2015-08-21 12:24

Scientists have discovered how a gene glitch makes people fat; suggesting a possible new way to treat obesity.

Screening teens for obesity may not help them lose weight

2015-07-06 13:18

A U.S. study has found that weight screening for high school aged teenagers are not enough to get obese kids on track toward a healthier weight.

SA has a big fat problem - academic

2015-05-27 15:23

South Africa has a fat problem, with women having a bigger problem than men and youth being the third most obese in the world, says a professor.

Europe faces ballooning obesity crisis

2015-05-07 15:32

The increasing burden of overweight and obesity, mainly caused by lifestyle factors, is becoming a serious problem in European countries.

The best diet programmes for losing weight

2015-04-29 14:32

Only two out of 32 major commercial weight-loss programmes – Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig – can boast scientific evidence showing their clients maintain weight loss for at least a year.

Could obesity help protect against dementia?

2015-04-10 14:26

A large study suggests that obesity might lessen the chances of dementia, but experts call for further research into these findings.

Obesity, smoking and depression linked to back pain

2015-03-27 13:14

Drinking, smoking, obesity and depression are major factors adding to lower back pain and can be rectified by implementing lifestyle changes.

Slashing sugar intake fights obesity and tooth decay

2015-03-12 14:51

The World Health Organisation says adults and children need to cut the amount of sugar they consume by as much as half to lower risk of obesity and tooth decay.

'Higher-intensity' exercise more effective

2015-03-06 14:28

A brisk walk lowers blood sugar levels of obese adults more than a slower walk, a new study finds.

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