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Diet sodas might not raise diabetes risk

(Reuters Health) - Drinking colas and other sugary drinks is tied to an increased risk of so-called pre-diabetes, a precursor to full-blown disease, but diet soda is not, a recent study suggests.<p>Regular and mini cans of Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi are pictured in this photo illustration in New York …

Japanese children increasingly hobbled by 'floating toe' due to lack of exercise

Concerns growing over complaints, including obesity and hand muscle mutations, caused by modern lifestyles<p>Japanese children are suffering an epidemic of "floating toe", a complaint that affects balance and is caused by a lack of exercise.<p>Soaring rates of the condition, which now reportedly affects …

“Stop telling me I’m poisoning my kids”: Food crusaders, sancti-mommies and the rise of entitled eaters

<b>(Marc Dietrich via Shutterstock)</b><p>I was an all-organic, clean-eating, sugar-free mom, too. It drove my family insane without making us healthier<p>Jenny Splitter<p>December 5, 2015 5:25pm (UTC)<p>“You are poisoning your children,” the woman told me calmly before walking back into the crowd of activists …

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Preschoolers in daycare need more outdoor time

Many preschoolers in daycare may need more outdoor time to help increase their odds of getting enough physical activity, a small U.S. study suggests.<p>Pediatricians recommend that young children get at least an hour a day of physical activity to help build motor skills, coordination and strong …

7 common myths about obesity and weight loss

Frustrated by rampant misinformation, a large group of doctors and scientists teamed up to set the record straight in a recent article in The New England Journal of Medicine.<p>The misinformation "persists ... despite contradicting evidence," the researchers wrote.<p>Here are seven of the most common …

Weight Loss

Pressure grows for 20% tax on sugary drinks to fight childhood obesity

New health select committee report urges David Cameron to ‘take bold and urgent action’ and drop opposition to sugar tax<p>The government is under serious pressure to drop its opposition to a tax on sugary drinks, following the publication of a hard-hitting report from MPs which says a 20% levy is an …

Group funded by Coke to fight obesity disbanding

A nonprofit funded by the Coca-Cola Co. to combat obesity is disbanding following revelations about the beverage maker's involvement with the group.<p>The Global Energy Balance Network said on its website Monday night that it is "discontinuing operations due to resource limitations." The decision was …

A Group Called Overweight Haters Ltd. Is Handing Out Fat-Shaming Cards on the London Tube

Kara Florish was riding the tube in London on Saturday when someone from the group Overweight Haters Ltd. handed her a card that says “Fat” on one …

The Coca-Cola scientist caught up in an obesity-research scandal is stepping down

Coca-Cola’s top scientist is stepping down, three months after the soda giant was slammed in the New York Times for funding obesity research that downplayed the effects of its products.<p>AP<p>Rhona Applebaum, 61, is retiring from her post as chief science and health officer, a move that the …

The One Exercise You Should Do Before Every Single Workout

It'll open up your hips, ankles, and upper back, and activate your core and glutes—all so you can perform your best<p>Warmups are important. They improve your range of motion, reduce your risk of injury, and prime your muscles so that you can perform at your absolute best.<p>But what if we told you that …

World Diabetes Day: Sugar tax will not be enough to solve obesity crisis

In the UK, 11.5 million people are at increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. UK celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has championed the concept of a …

The New Gene-Editing Technique That Reveals Cancer’s Weaknesses

CRISPR can finally tell us which human genes are essential—and which matter specifically to cancer cells.<p>Humans have between 20,000 and 25,000 genes, but which of these really matter? Which are essential, and which are merely optional add-ons?<p>It’s crazy to me that we still don't know, even though …

Can’t Get to the Gym Today? Try the Home Workout from Hell

You’ll do more work and burn more fat in 30 minutes than you normally do at the gym<p>Think it’s pointless to work out if you can’t make it to the gym?<p>Then you’ve never tried my Home Workout from Hell. (Note: It’s just as hellish in a hotel room.)<p><b>Related:</b> RIPTENSITY: The New Training System From <i>Men’s</i> …

Obesity research finds leptin hormone isn't the overeating culprit

For years, scientists have pointed to leptin resistance as a possible cause of obesity. Research, however, has found that leptin action isn't the …

Wellness

Overeating caused by a hormone deficiency in brain? Study finds absence of peptide linked to preference for fatty food, eating for pleasure rather than hunger

Study finds absence of peptide linked to preference for fatty food, eating for pleasure rather than hunger<p>When hormone glucagon like peptide-1 was …

Nutrition

Old before your time? People age at wildly different rates, study confirms

Tests on physiological markers in nearly 1,000 38-year-olds found that some had biological ages many years older than their birthdates would suggest<p>If the school reunion was not proof enough, scientists have confirmed that people grow old at radically different rates, with some ageing much faster …

Science Confirms: “Fat Shaming” Just Makes Things Worse

There has been a lot of talk about “fat shaming” on the internet in the past few weeks.This was sparked by a couple of viral videos, one serious and …

5 Sensible Tips to Keep From Becoming an Obesity Statistic

While lots more needs to be down on a policy level -- subsidizing fruits and vegetables, capping oversize portions, taxing soda and junk food, and limiting food marketing to children -- there are lots of things YOU can do to keep from becoming an obesity statistic.<p>We received bad news from the …

Junk food may not be fueling obesity

A substantial number of nutrition studies link sugary soda and fast food to the rise in obesity in the United States.<p>Yet new research forthcoming in …

Want Big Health Care Business? Open Your Data And Say, 'Aha!'

The public health potential of patient-generated big data first struck me when I heard the Mayor of Oklahoma City, Mick Cornett, lament at the 2013 TEDMED conference that his city had the unfortunate honor of being ranked the most obese in the United States. He explained how this sudden awareness …

APNewsBreak: Emails reveal Coke's role in anti-obesity group

NEW YORK (AP) — A nonprofit founded to combat obesity says the $1.5 million it received from Coke has no influence on its work.<p>But emails obtained by The Associated Press show the world's largest beverage maker was instrumental in shaping the Global Energy Balance Network, which is led by a …

China's obesity epidemic: Teaching children to 'eat a rainbow'

The rise in diabetes in China could bankrupt the country’s healthcare system, says a medical expert. An innovative project is trying to stop fast food addiction<p>There’s a direct link between urbanisation and increased food consumption and obesity issues in China, and it has become a growing …

Five myths and truths about the body

From the hourglass ideal to the true origins of “man boobs”, BBC Future busts some of the biggest misunderstandings about the human body.<p>True, muscle consumes around three times as much energy as fat, but the cells of our other organs are even hungrier. Fat people have larger organs and more cells …

Does Coffee Give You A Different Buzz Than Tea?

Short answer: Yes, in subtle ways<p>Eighty-nine percent of American adults regularly consume caffeine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Two-thirds get it from coffee, one-sixth from tea, and the rest from soft drinks. People tend to assume caffeine is the only stimulant in …

Have an apple-shaped body? You may be more susceptible to binge eating

Women with apple-shaped bodies -- those who store more of their fat in their trunk and abdominal regions -- may be at particular risk for the …

Research

Obese kids young as age eight show signs of heart disease

Imaging tests of obese children's hearts showed signs of heart disease, including kids as young as 8 years old. Obese children had 27 percent more …

Imaging

Low energy sweeteners help reduce energy intake and body weight, evidence shows

Use of low energy sweeteners (LES) in place of sugar, in children and adults, leads to reduced calorie intake and body weight - and possibly also …