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NEWS Why yo-yo dieting puts on more weight than not dieting at all

December 7th 2016

People who are constantly on a yo-yo diet end up putting on more weight than if they hadn’t started dieting in the first place. It’s all to do with our biology and the messages we send our body about feast and famine, say researchers.

NEWS Typical teenager is drinking a bathtub of sugary drinks a year

November 28th 2016 /

A typical teenager is drinking a bathtub of sugary drinks every year, a UK survey has discovered—and US teenagers could be drinking even more.

NEWS Dangers of world’s most popular slimming drug were hidden during safety trials

August 31st 2016 /

Alli (orlistat) is one of the world’s most popular slimming drugs—but just 3 per cent of its adverse reactions were published when it was going through its safety tests. Without these results ever coming to light, orlistat was approved as a safe and effective therapy in 1998.

NEWS Lose weight and you reduce your cancer risk as well

July 18th 2016

Losing weight comes with an added bonus: you’re also less likely to develop cancer. When you drop the pounds, you also reduce the levels of proteins that help feed some cancers, researchers have discovered.

FEATURE Don’t let the fats spoil the cholesterol theory

July 2016 (Vol. 27 Issue 4)

There’s a joke that used to do the rounds of newspaper offices: don’t let the facts spoil the story. Medicine seems to have its equivalent version, with inconvenient truths being buried to safeguard a cherished theory.

NEWS Calories shut off messages that stop us eating

June 21st 2016

Why do people get overweight or obese? The simple answer is because they eat too much, but scientists are discovering it’s more to do with the amount of calories being consumed.

NEWS Malnourished? One in three of us are

June 20th 2016

Are you malnourished? If you’re not starving, you’d probably say you’re fine. Yet one in three people in the West are malnourished, because the food they’re eating has almost no nutritional value. In fact, being malnourished is the “new normal”, say researchers.

NEWS Diet drinks can make you fat

May 31st 2016 /

Diet drinks and foods can have the reverse effect—and make someone put on extra weight. Aspartame, the artificial sweetener used in diet products, can also cause type 2 diabetes, a new study has discovered.

NEWS Low-fat diet advice one of the biggest blunders in modern medicine, says charity

May 23rd 2016 /

Official health advice to follow a low-fat diet is one of the biggest mistakes in modern medical history, partly fuelled by commercial interests, a major charity group has claimed. The diet, based on flawed science, has escalated the epidemic of obesity, diabetes and heart disease, the very things it was designed to prevent.

NEWS Flavonoid fruits help maintain a healthy weight

February 29th 2016

Eating flavonoid-rich fruits—such as apples, pears, blueberries and strawberries—could help keep the pounds off, especially when you start to succumb to ‘middle-age spread’. Just a daily 80g serving helps maintain a healthy weight, and you could also shed a few pounds into the bargain, say researchers.

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