Plus size and pregnant

2015-10-23 10:24

You had a few kilos to spare already - and now you're having a baby, and adding more numbers to the scale. Here are some dangers to be aware of, and some good habits to adopt now.

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.

Obese 4-year-old has to have stomach surgery

2014-05-14 14:24

4-year-old boy is one of the youngest patients ever to undergo weight-management surgery.

Obesity tied to migraines

2013-09-12 09:06

Obese people may be at higher risk for episodic migraines, a new study suggests.

How the "obesity gene" makes people fat

2013-07-16 07:55

Scientists have unravelled how a gene long associated with obesity makes people fat by triggering increased hunger, opening up potential new ways to fight a growing global health problem.

Brain scans confirm food addiction

2013-06-27 08:11

Brain scans have shown that certain carbohydrates appear to activate neurological centres that are focused on reward, boosting the craving to eat.

Middle age fitness cuts heart failure risk

2013-05-16 11:41

Research finds that shaping up in middle age lowers the odds for heart failure later in life.

Weight gain affects personality traits

2013-05-07 08:43

Personality traits have been shown to contribute to weight gain and a new study shows changes in weight are also associated with changes in personality traits.

Smartphones the new way to lose weight

2013-04-16 08:20

Smartphones that monitor food intake and exercise, set a weight loss target and send a weekly updates on progress are proving successful as a weight-loss tool.

Fat? Odds say crash will kill you

2013-01-28 09:26

Food for thought: Obese drivers, according to a study, are more likely to suffer serious injury or be killed in a road crash.


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.

Obesity most contagious among siblings

2014-07-09 11:54

According to new research an obese older sibling may raise the risk more than fivefold for a younger child.

Chew more to eat less

2013-11-25 09:12

Try chewing your food more thoroughly before you swallow it and it could help you keep the weight off, a new study shows.

Subtle hints for healthier food choices

2013-09-09 13:59

Subtle hints may help nudge people toward making healthier food choices at the grocery store, new findings suggest.

Dad's obesity inherited by generations

2013-07-16 07:52

The sperm of obese fathers could increase the risk of both their children and their grandchildren inheriting obesity, according to new research from the University of Adelaide.

Beliefs might affect one's weight

2013-06-24 08:20

According to a study, people's beliefs about causes of obesity may influence their eating habits and weight.

Money motivates weight loss

2013-05-09 11:05

Obese adults embrace walking programmes to avoid hikes in insurance premiums, a study reveals.

Doctors feel less sympathetic to obese patients

2013-04-29 10:19

Obese people who think healthcare workers aren't as sympathetic to them as they should be may be right.

Childhood depression may be a heart risk

2013-03-18 09:43

For these kids, obesity, smoking and inactivity more likely in adolescence, preliminary research shows.

Flabby daddies

2012-06-27 13:58

Fatherhood makes dads pick up almost 10kgs.

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