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04 January 2015 - Medical Daily - Obese People Sometimes Protected Against Diabetes, Heart Disease Due To Lack Of Metabolic Problems

Research demonstrates that some obese people are protected from the adverse metabolic effects of moderate weight gain, whereas others are predisposed to develop these problems.

01 January 2015 - The Conversation - Hope for the New Year: getting fitter boosts even the survival of the fattest

Recent developments in human health science now suggest that being physically fit almost certainly improves our longevity.

31 December 2014 - Medical News Today - Children's national researchers study broad impact of obesity on diseases

Researchers have uncovered evidence that obesity may have a broader impact than previously thought on inflammatory and other diseases, with belly fat more responsible than other areas of the body.

31 December 2014 - Science Daily - Little change seen in fast food portion size, product formulation between 1996 and 2013

Two new reports show that fast food portion sizes and product formulation, including sodium content and fat, stayed relatively the same between 1996 and 2013. The exception was a consistent decline in trans fat of fries between 2000 and 2009. Nevertheless, calorie and sodium contents remain high suggesting emphasis needs to be shifted from portion size to additional factors such as total calories, number of items ordered, and menu choices.

30 December 2014 - MNT - Year of birth has an influence on genetic risk for obesity, study finds

The year in which a person was born may have an influence on their obesity risk, according to new research

26 December 2014 - Medical News Today - Fast-food consumption in children linked to poorer academic outcomes

Past research has linked fast-food consumption to childhood obesity and numerous health problems later in life. But eating such foods may not only affect physical health; a new study finds that the amount of fast food children eat may also influence their academic growth.

24 December 2014 - MedicalXpress - High-fat diet, obesity during pregnancy harms stem cells in developing fetus

Physician-scientists at OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital reveal a high-fat diet and obesity during pregnancy compromise the blood-forming, or hematopoietic, stem cell system in the fetal liver responsible for creating and sustaining lifelong blood and immune system function.

19 December 2014 - The Conversation - We know mental illnesses run in families but we still don’t protect children

Mental illness runs in families. This is well known and uncontroversial. There is much that we could do to reduce this risk, but we currently do almost nothing.

18 December 2014 - BBC News - Obesity 'could be a disability' - EU courts rule

Obesity can constitute a disability in certain circumstances, the EU's highest court has ruled.

18 December 2014 - BBC News - Autism link to air pollution raised

A link between autism and air pollution exposure during pregnancy has been suggested by scientists.

17 December 2014 - Medical News Today - Obese children's brains more responsive to sugar

A new study led by researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine finds that the brains of obese children literally light up differently when tasting sugar.

16 December 2014 - MedicalXpress - Healthy eaters, ignore glycemic index: Clinical trial shows no beneficial effects on heart disease, diabetes risk

Good news for people who are already following a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and low in sweets: New research suggests these heart-healthy eaters don't need to worry about choosing low glycemic index foods to lower the risk of diabetes and heart disease.

16 December 2014 - Nutraingredients - The microbes we eat: Study investigates bacteria in different diets

Researchers investigating the types of microbes found in foods from different dietary patterns have questioned whether the bacteria in our foods plays a role in the structure and function of our gut microbiota.

15 December 2014 - MNT - Salt, not high blood pressure, may be to blame for that headache

'Tis the season to be, well, gluttonous. But with increasing intakes of fat and sugar also comes increased salt consumption. Now, a new study published in the journal BMJ Open suggests diets high in salt are implicated in pesky headaches, and this link may be independent of the "well-established link" between salt intake and high blood pressure, which is a common cause of headaches.

15 December 2015 - Leeds Beckett University - Study reveals no link between food environment and childhood obesity

A study by researchers at Leeds Beckett University has found there is no link between the food environment and childhood obesity.

15 December 2014 - The Guardian - Five lifestyle factors are key to cutting risk of dementia, says charity

Age UK says exercise and diet help lessen Alzheimer’s risk and healthy activities may cut threat of dementia by 36%

11 December 2014 - ConsumerReports - Cereal portion control matters

You could be taking in a lot more calories than you think

10 December 2014 - The Sun Times - Janice Norris: They have tried to warn us!

The truth about sugar is now coming from many directions

10 December 2014 - Science Daily - Fructose and glucose: Brain reward circuits respond differently to two kinds of sugar

New information suggests the brain responds differently to different sugars, and that one type could be connected with overeating. Brain responses to fructose, a simple sugar contained in high-fructose corn syrup, produced activation in the brain's 'reward circuit,' and increased the desire for food, according to new research. This was not true for glucose, the body's major energy source, which is produced mainly by breakdown of complex carbohydrates.

09 December 2014 - MNT - Coeliac UK welcomes new EU regulation on food labelling as providing greater certainty for people with coeliac disease

Coeliac UK, the national charity for people with coeliac disease, an autoimmune disease caused by a reaction to gluten, welcomes a new EU regulation on allergen labelling in catering outlets and for retailers from 13 December 2014, as providing more certainty for people with coeliac disease in managing their condition.