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How your genes can solve obesity

What roles do diet and genetics play in the development of obesity and diabetes? The answer may be found in an on-going study of mothers and children.

Obesity starts in infancy

OPINION: Children who gain a lot of weight in the first months of their lives have a higher risk of developing obesity by school age. Perhaps it’s time we realise that obesity prevention should start at the time of birth.

The obese and physically handicapped are as happy with their looks as the fit and slim

People learn to accept their bodies, even if they are far from the ideal body portrayed in commercials and glossy magazines.

Screens add to chubby children's woes

Obese or overweight children must be prevented from spending too much time lazing in front of TVs and PCs. Behavioural therapy for the whole family could help.

The Maasai keep healthy despite a high-fat diet

The Maasai in East Africa consume a high-fat diet, but they don’t seem to suffer from lifestyle diseases. Scientists have now discovered that the Maasai move with a surprisingly low intensity.

Being big isn’t always bad

New research backs up claims that many people can be obese without an increased risk of developing or dying of heart disease or cancer.

Thirty minutes of daily exercise is enough

The same effect in only half the time: scientists have demonstrated that 30 minutes of daily exercise gives an equally effective loss of weight and fat mass as a full hour’s daily exercise.

Growing fatter on a GM diet

Rats being fed genetically modified food eat more and grow fatter than those on a non-GM diet.

Remove TV from children’s bedrooms

Obesity among European pre-schoolers is hitting record levels. TV-watching and computer games should be replaced by active play, both at home and in the day cares.

Cholesterol can be controlled

New research promises greater control over fats, or lipids, occurring in the human body.