Overweight and obesity levels dipping in Alberta preschoolers, but severe obesity unchanged: U of A study

Rates of overweight and obesity among preschool-aged children in Alberta are down since 2010, but the rate of severe obesity hasn’t changed, according to a new study by U of A researchers. (Photo: Getty Images) The number of overweight and obese preschool-aged children is on the decline in Alberta, but severe obesity remains virtually unchanged, […]

Study identifies key epigenetic regulator that controls skin cell turnover

The outer layer of the skin completely replaces itself every two to four weeks, but when this process is blocked, cancer can grow. A new study from researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has now identified a key regulator of that block known as LSD1, as well as a […]

Study reveals 6 top exercises for offsetting ‘obesity genes’

New research examines the effect of 18 different kinds of exercise on people with a high genetic risk of developing obesity. The findings identify six exercises that can offset the genetic effects on five measures of obesity. Several types of exercise can prevent obesity in people genetically prone to the condition, new research shows. According […]

Eating more rice may protect against obesity, international study suggests

According to the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 39.8% of Americans are now obese. Compare that figure to Japan, where the World Health Organization notes only 4.3% of the population is obese. While there are a multitude of factors at play, one group of scientists is suggesting rice consumption may play a role in the stark […]

Severely obese people in middle age 50% more likely to die early, study finds

Researchers urged obese individuals to ask their doctors to be assessed for any obesity-related diseases. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA People who are severely obese in middle age are 50% more likely to die early than those of a healthy weight, according to a large study of UK data. The research shows people with the highest levels […]

One in five Chinese children is overweight or obese, and the booming economy may be to blame, study reveals

One in five Chinese children is overweight or obese, a new study has found, up from just 1 in 20 in 1995. The research, published Tuesday, found that while China’s rapid economic growth over the past two decades had been accompanied by a reduction in childhood growth stunting and thinness, the country has also seen […]

The Community You Live In Can Affect Your Weight, Obesity Study Says

Beyond influence from friends and family, the people in your neighborhood can also have an affect on your weight, a study published in JAMA Pediatrics in 2018 says. Researchers studied communities to see whether living in a place with a higher rate of obesity puts parents and kids at a higher risk of becoming overweight or obese. […]

Low-Carb Diets Linked To Increased Risk Of Heart Rhythm Disorder, Says New Study

Low-carbohydrate diets are very trendy right now, but following them in the long-term may spell doom for your heart. A new study has said that a diet that derives low amount of calories from healthy carbohydrates like whole grains, fruits and starchy vegetables may put you at a higher risk of developing atrial fibrillation (AFib), […]