'Boxerciser' helps fight Fukushima kids' flab

Mar 6, 2015

'Boxerciser' helps fight Fukushima kids' flab

Professional boxer and model Tomomi Takano has turned her attention to the Tohoku region, where obesity spiked after the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, especially in nuclear disaster-struck Fukushima Prefecture. She is introducing “boxercise” to help local children engage in physical activity. On ...

Diet guide drops cholesterol warning

Feb 20, 2015

Diet guide drops cholesterol warning

The U.S. government’s draft dietary guidelines no longer include a warning against eating foods high in cholesterol, representing a major shift in policy, officials said Thursday. Until now, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommended that cholesterol intake be limited to 300 milligrams per day ...

Feb 15, 2015

New policy in China's military will link promotions with weight, fitness

A new military policy in China requires all personnel to meet weight limits and links promotions to fitness, a People’s Liberation Army newspaper said Friday. The policy of the Communist Party’s Central Military Commission aims to ensure physical fitness in China’s armed forces, where ...

Feb 12, 2015

Widest gene study shows complex scale of obesity

The largest-ever DNA probe into obesity has thrown up scores of clues for the inherited factors behind a worsening health problem, researchers said on Wednesday. Investigators said they netted more than 100 previously-undiscovered gene variants that play a part in obesity’s complex processes. Some ...

Jan 15, 2015

U.S. approves appetite-zapping implant for obese patients

U.S. federal regulators have approved an appetite-suppressing implant that treats obesity by zapping nerves connecting the stomach and the brain. The Maestro Rechargeable System uses electrodes implanted in the abdomen to stimulate the vagus nerve, which signals to the brain that the stomach is ...

Jan 3, 2015

Not all obese people prone to poor health: study

U.S. scientists encouraged 20 obese people to eat extra fast food for several months, and found that about a quarter stayed in good health despite the additional pounds they gained. The study in the Jan. 2 edition of the Journal of Clinical Investigation was ...

South Africa struggles to tackle obesity

Dec 19, 2014

South Africa struggles to tackle obesity

by Tiisetso Motsoeneng

At lunchtime outside South Africa’s biggest shopping mall, hungry workmen in hard hats pour out of a building site to buy cheap loaves of bread and jumbo bottles of fizzy drinks. They are joined by middle-class office workers, forming long queues at fast-food restaurants ...

Dec 9, 2014

Scientists find brain mechanism behind glucose greed

British scientists have found a brain mechanism they think may drive our desire for glucose-rich food and say the discovery could one day lead to better treatments for obesity. In experiments using rats, researchers at Imperial College London found a mechanism that appears to ...

Nov 26, 2014

Obesity is linked to 500,000 cancer cases per year

Being overweight is causing nearly half a million new cancer cases in adults every year, roughly 3.6 percent of the world’s total, a study said Wednesday. A quarter of these cases are “realistically avoidable,” said the authors of the work, published in The Lancet ...

Nov 21, 2014

Report: Global obesity costs hits $2 trillion

The global cost of obesity has risen to $2 trillion annually — nearly as much as smoking or the combined impact of armed violence, war and terrorism, according to a new report released Thursday. The McKinsey Global Institute consulting firm’s report focused on the ...