Small changes can go far in preventing childhood obesity

In the United States, the percentage of children and adolescents with obesity has more than tripled since 1970. Today, approximately one in five school-aged children (ages 6 to 19) is obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—and that figure doesn’t include children who are considered merely overweight and not obese. According to […]

Fast Foods Less Healthy Today Than 30 Years Ago, Responsible for Rise in Obesity: Study

Despite the addition of healthy foods such as salads and sprouts to the menu, fast food is less healthy today than it was 30 years ago, and is increasingly contributing to obesity, say researchers. The study, led by Boston University, demonstrates that the calories, portion sizes, and sodium content overall have worsened (increased) over time […]

Loneliness damages health as much as obesity, smoking

Solitary confinement has escaped prisons and torture rooms and entered our homes and workplaces, making isolation and loneliness as big a threat to health than obesity, smoking, alcohol abuse and depression. Social apps on smartphones have replaced human interaction, reducing emotion to Facebook posts and Instagram likes that prompt most of us to spend more […]

Loneliness damages health as much as obesity, smoking

In the US, a nationwide survey by the global health service company Cigna found Generation Z (adults ages 18-22) to be the loneliest generation.(Unsplash) Solitary confinement has escaped prisons and torture rooms and entered our homes and workplaces, making isolation and loneliness as big a threat to health than obesity, smoking, alcohol abuse and depression. […]

Obesity prevention and management

In its ‘Obesity prevention and management: Position statement February 2019’, the RACGP Specific Interests Obesity network acknowledges that obesity is one of the most important health issues facing Australia – affecting health, wellbeing and productivity, linking directly and indirectly to many chronic conditions, and causing significant morbidity. The RACGP emphasises the central role that general […]