New study will enable improved BMI assessments of ethnic children for the first time
Mar 22, 2017
BMI is the most widely-used measure of obesity in children, but the existing 'one-size fits all' standards don't provide accurate readings for UK South Asian or Black African children.
For adolescents, pre-pregnancy BMI directly linked to excess pregnancy weight gain
Mar 21, 2017
Specific messaging and resources are needed to promote healthy weight gain during pregnancy for young mothers, a new study suggests.
Risk of liver disease and cancer starts from adolescence in overweight or obese men
Mar 20, 2017
Young men who are overweight or obese could run a higher risk of developing severe liver disease or liver cancer in later life, suggests research published online in the journal Gut.
Tackling childhood obesity using structured play times
Mar 17, 2017
How important is physical activity in children under 5? It's a question Trish Tucker, a professor in the School of Occupational Therapy, tackles on a daily basis. She's currently involved in a major research project that ...
America's porky pets face health woes, too, FDA says
Mar 16, 2017
(HealthDay)—America's weight problem extends to its pets, with a majority of cats and dogs dangerously overweight, a federal government veterinarian warns.
Giving birth may be riskier today than in the past
Mar 16, 2017
A new article explores how the double burden of malnutrition and the global obesity epidemic may be reshaping obstetrical difficulties experienced by women.
Study identifies African-specific genomic variant associated with obesity
Mar 13, 2017
An international team of researchers has conducted the first study of its kind to look at the genomic underpinnings of obesity in continental Africans and African-Americans. They discovered that approximately 1 percent of ...
Woman resigned to being plump learns she had 140-pound tumor
Mar 10, 2017
Mary Clancey said she was resigned to being a plump old lady. Over 15 years she kept getting bigger despite dieting. But with her health deteriorating, her son persuaded her to go to the hospital.
Cardiometabolic risk factors not always seen with obesity
Mar 10, 2017
(HealthDay)—Almost 10 percent of obese people have no cardiometabolic risk factors (CRFs), according to research published March 9 in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Preventing Chronic Disease.
Perceived weight discrimination linked to physical inactivity
Mar 07, 2017
People who feel that they have been discriminated against because of their weight are much less likely to be physically active than people who don't perceive that they have suffered any such stigmatisation, according to new ...