Diet & Fitness

Ignore the lazy headlines. Chips don’t ‘double your chances of death’

You can increase your chances of living forever by avoiding french fries, according to the Telegraph. Eating chips ‘doubles your…

Exercise is more effective on an empty stomach, but proceed with caution

There’s no such thing as the perfect exercise regime for people trying to get in shape. No magic formula that…

Career women don’t have time to eat healthily. Did feminism make me fat?

Was it the prosecco that did it? Or was it the cheesy chips that made me fat? I often ask myself…

Later meal times ‘make us more likely to put on weight’

Eating meals late in the day makes you more likely to gain weight, and susceptible to conditions including diabetes and…

A handful of nuts a day wards off major diseases

People who eat a handful of nuts a day have a lower risk of cancer and heart disease, according to…

How healthy is it to be ‘fat but fit’?

‘No such thing as “fat but fit”, major study finds,’ ran the headline in the Guardian. The BBC report was…

Can having a stroke turn you into an alcoholic?

Changes in the brain following stroke could make patients more prone to alcoholism, according to research published in the journal…

Can oily fish protect the brain from dementia?

‘Oily fish can beat dementia,’ read the front page of yesterday’s Daily Express. The headline was widely mocked. ‘Great news…

There is one aspect of your physique that can ruin your sex life

Many men and women develop a little ‘tummy’ after the age of 30. And, if they’re not careful, this accumulation…

Exercise appears to slow the rate at which our cells age

Cell ageing appears to slow down if we keep fit and active, according to research at Brigham Young University in…

Is red meat bad for you? The evidence is far from clear

Eating red meat may raise the risk of dying from heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes, a study in the…

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Is a two-week beach holiday really that bad for your health?

Just two weeks of inactivity in healthy young people can reduce muscle mass and lead to an increased risk of…

Can having your DNA tested lead you to live a healthier life?

From a blood test to a stool analysis, measuring biochemical markers is a time-honoured way to assess health and enable…

Sound science backs fasting. Calorie counting can’t compete

Fasting is no longer merely the domain of religion — more and more people are fasting for the sake of…

Were all the horror stories about dairy products and heart disease wrong after all?

Consuming full-fat cheese, milk and yoghurt does not increase the risk of heart attack or stroke, according to a new…

Sorry, but drinking tequila probably won’t help your bones, after all

At Spectator Health we hate to be the bearers of bad news, but tequila probably isn’t good for your bones,…

How drugs make us fat: why alcohol, caffeine and chocolate are a menace to your waistline

We know that calorie-dense, seductive foods like chips, ice cream, and cookies tend to push us to eat too much…

Vegetarians may live longer — but not because they are vegetarian

Vegetarians may live longer, but not necessarily because they have given up meat, according to a study in Preventive Medicine.…