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How to lose weight sensibly

Stressed-out women eat more

The urge to chow down on sweets and fast food at stressful times knows no boundaries, at least among women. Men, it would appear, don’t seek the comfort eating ‘high’.

People 'illogical' about health

A burger lunch and a lettuce dinner. Pizza and beer to battle the blues. Sounds normal? It is, with a survey showing most people's attitude to healthy living is quite illogical.

Websites promote anorexia, bulimia

Psychiatrists called on the government on Friday to address the soaring numbers of websites which promote anorexia and bulimia as a lifestyle choice rather than an eating disorder.

Beware recession flab

People may reduce the amount they spend on food in response to a sour economy, but some experts fear they may pick up weight in the process.

Kids mimic parents' diet

Parents who want their preschoolers to eat their vegetables may need to take a hard look at their own eating habits, new research suggests.

Eating to lose weight?

Want to lose weight? Try eating. That's one of the strategies being developed by scientists experimenting with foods that trick the body into feeling full.

Diet determines sex of child

Oysters may excite the libido, but there is nothing like a hearty breakfast laced with sugar to boost a woman's chances of conceiving a son, according to a recent study.

Metabolic syndrome strikes kids too

Health conditions that were once almost exclusively associated with the elderly are now being increasingly diagnosed in children, which calls for immediate dietary intervention.

ADHD ups eating disorder risk

Teen girls with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may have a significantly increased risk of developing eating disorders, says a University of Virginia study.

Models still too skinny

The US fashion industry seem to have cast the issue off like last season's styles and the models still look emaciated.

Risky websites attract teens

They're called pro-eating disorder websites. And many teens looking to lose weight are logging on to these communities of individuals who engage in dangerous eating habits.

Obesity thwarts appetite regulation

Obese consumers could be physically unable to stop eating, according to new research, which reveals that obesity causes a breakdown in the system that regulates appetite.

Metabolic syndrome: cinnamon helps

A daily supplement of cinnamon extract may boost antioxidant defences and reduce the oxidative stress linked to the metabolic syndrome, suggest results from a small US study.

The obesity blame game

Laying the blame for a fat world at the feet of the food industry has become a convenient mistake, and until this is recognised there is little chance of controlling the epidemic.

Obesity: Put calories on till slips

We desperately need to change the corrosive debate over obesity by looking for innovative solutions rather than just scapegoats, says a Danisco business development manager.

Obesity: who is to blame?

A new UK government report into obesity has reignited the debate over who should take responsibility for the growing epidemic.

Food industry dooms kids to obesity

A US paediatrician has said that childhood obesity is due to the high-calorie, low-fibre western diets that cause hormonal imbalances that encourage children to overeat.

One-third of US adults obese

The adult obesity rate in the United States remains as high as ever, with one in three Americans carrying unhealthy amounts of weight.

Educated parents = anorexia risk

Girls whose mothers, fathers and grandparents are highly educated may have an increased risk of developing an eating disorder, a new study suggests.

Chew small bites to lose weight

Many weight-loss programs suggest eating smaller sized bites and savouring them in your mouth a little longer. Such advice may actually help cut food intake, researchers report.

Atkins diet tough on heart

A recent study which compared popular diets showed that the popular Ornish and South Beach diets seem to be easier on the heart than the high-fat, low-carbohydrate Atkins regimen.

Diet supplements affect other meds

People taking dietary supplements need to be careful that those don't interfere with any medical treatments they might be getting, a new report emphasises.

Big breakfast aids weight loss

Starting your day with a large meal packed with carbohydrates and lean protein can help lessen cravings and hunger the rest of the day, which can lead to significant weight loss.

Online diet pills may hurt heart

Weight-loss supplements widely available for purchase online often include ingredients that are potentially hazardous to your heart.

Big pharma creating disease?

The dietary supplement industry needs to push to get its message heard by the public and medical practice to counteract pharma companies setting new disease definitions.

Unhealthy models to be banned

Models aged under the age of 16 will be banned from London Fashion Week after an industry report said they should have to show health certificates to be allowed on the catwalk.

Obese people pick obese mates

A new UK study provides additional evidence that heavy people are more likely to choose other overweight individuals as mates.

US gets worst health marks

Even though Americans are willing to spend money on healthy products, they are less likely than other nationalities to make long-lasting behaviour changes, according to a report.

A deeper sour taste understanding

Scientists say they have identified a protein responsible for the perception of sourness, backing up a similar recent study into a taste that is still relatively poorly understood.

China: alarming rise in obesity

Here's another sign indicating that China has emerged as a modern, industrialised society. It's citizenry is gaining weight, so much so that obesity may soon be a national problem.

Is pleasure the obesity driver?

A Unilever scientist has called for a re-evaluation of the link between over-eating and obesity by challenging the view that the pleasure of taste is the driver for over-consumption.

Obesity linked to ovarian cancer

Obesity has again been linked to cancer, in a new study that examines the so far little understood connection between extra body weight and ovarian cancer.

CLA cuts holiday weight gain

Supplementation with conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) could prevent weight gain at times of the year when people are most susceptible, as well as during the natural ageing process, says a new study supported by Cognis.

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