Being Overweight Just As Risky To Health As Being A Smoker

Obese adolescents have the same risk of premature death in adulthood as people who smoke more than 10 cigarettes a day, while those who are overweight have the same risk as less heavy smokers, according to research published on today. Smoking and obesity are two of the most important behavioural risk factors for premature […]

Liver Tumors Associated With Metabolic Syndrome Differ From Other Tumors

Liver cancer in patients whose only risk factor is metabolic syndrome has distinct forms and structures compared to other liver tumors. These findings are in the March issue of Hepatology, a journal published by John Wiley & Sons on behalf of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD). The article is also […]

Measuring The Precise Impact Of Fat On Cancer Spread

Researchers at Purdue University have precisely measured the impact of a high-fat diet on the spread of cancer, finding that excessive dietary fat caused a 300 percent increase in metastasizing tumor cells in laboratory animals. The researchers used an imaging technique to document how increasing fat content causes cancer cells to undergo changes essential to […]

UK Is The World’s Leading Fast Food Nation

The UK is ahead of the US as the world’s leading fast food nation according to research of 9,000 people across 13 countries. In the UK, 45 per cent of people agreed with the statement “I like the taste of fast food too much to give it up”, compared to 44 per cent in the […]

Bring In The New Year With A New Fitness Routine

It’s that time of year again you have had your final glass of eggnog and your last bite of pumpkin pie. Now you are ready to start the year off right with a new exercise plan and to keep it up throughout the year so that fitness becomes a routine rather than just another resolution. […]

Tips To Get Into Shape Without Leaving The House

Don’t have the time, money or the desire to sign up for a gym membership? That shouldn’t keep you from making a New Year’s resolution to get fit. Colleen Greene, wellness coordinator with MFit, the University of Michigan Health System’s health promotion division, says you don’t have to invest a lot of money in a […]

Scientists Find Genes Responsible For Storing Fat, UK

Researchers in the US claim they have discovered the genes responsible for storing fat in cells. Researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, in New York, identified the FIT1 and FIT2 (Fat-Inducing Transcripts 1 and 2) genes that package fat in the form of lipid droplets. Scientists say that storing fat […]

Slimming Surgery Increases Fivefold In Five Years, And Is Lowering Mortality

The worldwide obesity epidemic has increased the number of bariatric (slimming) surgical procedures more than fivefold within five years in most developed countries; there is also mounting evidence that the surgery reduces mortality in morbidly obese patients. The issues surrounding this controversial method for weight management are explored in a Clinical Update in this week’s […]

Obesity And Metabolism: Weight Gain And The Growing Risk Of Cancer

During this holiday season with its tempting bounty of edible delights, new research calls attention to the role of the expanding American waistline in health and medicine. Today, researchers at the American Association for Cancer Research’s Sixth Annual International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research, being held from December 5 to 8 in Philadelphia, […]

Obesity And Poor Bone Health Linked By Study

Being overweight is a known risk factor for heart disease, diabetes and a host of other health conditions. Now, a University of Georgia study published in the November issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition finds that obesity may also be bad for bone health. Researchers conducted advanced three-dimensional bone scans on 115 women […]