Childhood Obesity has ‘Expanded’

The number of children and adolescents worldwide who are obese has increased tenfold over the past four decades. In 1975, 5 million girls and 6 million boys were obese, but this had risen to 50 million and 74 million, respectively, in 2016 References New Scientist (2017) Childhood Obesity. New Scientist. 14 October 2017, pp.5. NCD… Read More

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Does Gender & Social Mobility Modify the Effect of Birth Weight on Total & Central Obesity?

Research Paper Title Gender and social mobility modify the effect of birth weight on total and central obesity. Background Little is known about the interaction between gender and low birth weight (LBW) and lifelong social mobility as an explanation of the etiology of obesity. The aim of the present study was to evaluate total and… Read More

Australia: Obesity & Exercise Levels

In Australia one in four children are now considered overweight or obese (Salvaire, 2017). In Western Australia, the state average is 6.1% of children aged two to 17 being classed as obese, with 24.6% of adults being classed as obese. In the area including Secret Harbour (where I live), Baldivis, Singleton, and Golden Bay 61%… Read More

What is the Value of an Additional Exercise Training Programme in the Management of Obesity in Adolescents, including Prevention of Weight Gain?

Research Paper Title Effects of a 12-week exercise training programme on aerobic fitness, body composition, blood lipids and C-reactive protein in adolescents with obesity. Introduction Developing effective exercise programmes for the paediatric population is a strategy for decreasing obesity and is expected to help in eventually limiting obesity-associated long-term health and societal impact. In this… Read More

Pregnancy, Obesity & A Mother’s Diet: What About Men?

There is now even more reason to watch our waistlines. A man’s weight seems to influence gene activity in his sperm, which could leave his children predisposed to obesity. So far, research into how obesity passes between generations has focused on mothers and their diet before or during pregnancy. However,  a new study suggests that… Read More

Would More Physical Education Reduce Youth Overweight?

The prevalence of youth overweight has risen dramatically over the past three decades in the U.S. and now represents an epidemic. Since 1970, the fraction of children that are overweight has nearly quadrupled among 6 to 11 year olds and more than doubled among 12 to 19 year olds. Currently, one in six children aged… Read More

A Third of Overweight Teenagers Don’t Think They Are!

A study, reported in the British Medical Journal (BMJ, 2015), that asked 4,979 adolescents aged 13-15 if they thought they were too heavy, about right, or too light found that almost half of overweight or obese boys (47%) and a third (32%) of overweight or obese girls identified themselves as ‘about the right weight’ or… Read More