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New plans to reduce childhood obesity in the UK unveiled

An investment of £5 million has been announced by the Department of Health for a new childhood obesity policy research unit The new unit at University College London will look at the causes of childhood obesity and support the delivery of the childhood obesity plan. The National Institute for Health Research...
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Obesity, liver cancer, metastasis: Future consequences for Europe

Mathias Heikenwälder at the German Cancer Research Center warns of the impact of modern lifestyles and the obesity epidemic on liver cancer and metastasis Alterations in lifestyles over the last decades, including high caloric diets combined with sedentarism, have increased the worldwide incidence of overweight and metabolic syndrome, characterised by...
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The obesity epidemic and cancer: A disaster in the making?

IARC’s Véronique Terrasse highlights the link between the growing obesity epidemic and cancer in countries around the world, with some alarming statistics The obesity1 epidemic is reaching alarming proportions in many countries and has become a major public health concern in both developed and low and middle-income countries (LMICs). Indeed, the...
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An ounce of prevention, a pound of cure: What makes successful obesity policies?

Philip Sherman, Mary-Jo Makarchuk and Keeley Rose at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, highlight the need for research to inform successful obesity policies Obesity is a chronic condition in which excess body fat is associated with impaired health. Rates of obesity have risen in Canada over the last two...
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Promoting sustainable healthy lifestyles with a holistic and multidisciplinary approach

The PEGASO project is helping address the global obesity epidemic by promoting change towards sustainable healthy lifestyles, as Renata Guarneri describes The increasing prevalence of overweight and obesity among children and adolescents reflects a global ‘epidemic’ worldwide. Obesity in younger age groups has been recognised as an alarming key predictor...
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Obesity in children: Government needs to do more

The current strategy will not be enough to tackle overweight and obesity in children, insists Professor Neena Modi, President of RCPCH This time last year there was a sense of optimism for the year ahead. Campaign groups and health organisations up and down the country, and indeed elsewhere in the...
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Be Food Smart app to help with healthier choices for kids

The Be Food Smart app, Public Health England’s latest Change4Life campaign, aims to help parents make healthier food and drink choices for their children Following a survey that showed kids consume half the daily recommended sugar intake before school, Public Health England has launched the Be Food Smart app as...
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WHO’s European Food and Nutrition Action Plan 2015-2020

Programme Manager João Breda explains the likely repercussions of the WHO’s European Food and Nutrition Action Plan 2015-2020 With the unanimous adoption of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) European Food and Nutrition Action Plan 2015-2020 at the 64th session of the Regional Committee for Europe, countries have taken a further...

Reducing the obesity burden

Dr João Breda and Jo Jewell from the WHO Regional Office for Europe highlight the latest projections in regards to obesity throughout Europe and how WHO works with countries to reduce the burden Of the 6 WHO regions, the European Region is the most severely affected by non-communicable diseases (NCDs):...
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3D body scanning: measuring body volume for obesity assessment

A research group at University College Ghent is developing a method to measure body fat using 3D body scanning. Obesity is a condition in which the amount of fat tissue is increased resulting in adverse effects on health and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality 1. This state of...
Being overweight reduces the risk of dementia

Being overweight reduces the risk of dementia

According to a new study being overweight can reduce the risk of getting dementia by 18 per cent Researchers from Oxon Epidemiology and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found that people who were overweight had less risk of getting dementia in later life. The study analysed the health...

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