obesity

Don’t believe the propaganda – sin taxes are designed to punish the poor

With the sugar tax taking effect in Britain on Friday, the Lancet has dedicated a whole issue to the wonders…

Childhood obesity figures vastly exaggerate the scale of the problem

I argued last month that Britain’s childhood obesity statistics are worthless. They are based on an unjustifiable assumption about the…

Cancer Research UK says most millennials will be overweight. Will the CEO put his money where his mouth is?

As has been reported in every newspaper, Cancer Research UK (CRUK) is very concerned about millennials. The charity predicts that…

New diabetes drug ‘twice as effective’ as other anti-obesity treatments

A drug that targets the appetite control system in the brain could bring about significant weight loss in people with…

Engineered proteins lower body weight and cholesterol

Researchers have created engineered proteins that lowered body weight, bloodstream insulin, and cholesterol levels in obese lab animal test subjects,…

Chicago repeals unpopular sugar tax. Is it doomed to fail in Britain, too?

When nanny state campaigners talk about sugar taxes, they love to mention Berkeley, California. In 2014, the people of Berkeley…

Ignore the headlines: Czechs aren’t the ‘unhealthiest people in the world’

When the Nanny State Index (which I edit) was published a few months ago, the Czech Republic came at the bottom the…

Diabetes drug could be used to promote weight loss

There is an effective medical alternative to surgery that physicians can offer to patients with obesity, according to new research…

People who eat nuts gain less weight

People who include nuts in their diet are more likely to reduce weight gain and lower the risk of overweight…

Why a high-fibre diet doesn’t always lead to weight loss

Research into the human gut microbiota is increasingly playing a role in personalising nutrition. A new study published in the International…

Plant extract that ‘suppresses appetite’ discovered

An extract from salacia, a plant native to India and Sri Lanka, has demonstrated appetite reduction, satiety and blood sugar…

Is your low-fat diet killing you?

For over 40 years now we have been urged, by various bodies including the American Heart association, British Heart Foundation…

New study links sweeteners with weight gain and increased risk of diabetes

Artificial sweeteners (such as aspartame, sucralose and stevia) may be associated with long-term weight gain and increased risk of obesity,…

A high-fat diet limits the brain’s ability to regulate food intake

Eating too much fat can cause the region of the brain that regulates food intake to malfunction, according to new…

Don’t call it ‘fat shaming’ – there are good reasons obese women shouldn’t get pregnant

A new study by Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet suggests that women are more likely to have babies with serious birth defects if they are…

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…

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…

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…