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.

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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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.


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.

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.

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