Obesity: TV Watching Up & Blood Pressure Down!

A study of BMI-defined obesity among children and adolescents in the general English population did its best to measure activity levels by questionnaire and, where it could, by acceleromtery (Coombs & Stamatakis, 2015). The study found that television viewing, and not other forms of objectively measured or questionnaire-based sedentary time, was associated with obesity in… Read More


Generational Differences in Overweight & Obesity: 1940s to 2000s

Children born in the United Kingdom (UK) since the 1980s are 2-3 times more likely to be overweight or obese by age 10 than those in previous generations, shows an analysis of birth cohorts since the 1940s. Reporting in PLOS Medicine, researchers analysed data on 56,632 people with with 273,843 BMI (body mass index) observations… Read More

School-based Education Programmes to Reduce Salt Intake: Do They Work?

Research Paper Title School based education programme to reduce salt intake in children and their families (School-EduSalt): cluster randomised controlled trial. Objective To determine whether an education programme targeted at schoolchildren could lower salt intake in children and their families. Design Cluster randomised controlled trial, with schools randomly assigned to either the intervention or control… Read More

Motherhood, Obesity & the Elusive Fat Gene

Profile Edward Archer is a physiologist and obesity theorist at the Nutrition and Obesity Research Centre, University of Alabama at Birmingham. This essay, written by Archer, is based on his paper “The childhood obesity epidemic as a result of nongenetic evolution” (Mayo Clinic Proceedings, vol 90, p 77). Article How can skinny people still exist? If we live in an environment that promotes obesity- filled with… Read More

An Intervention for Childhood Obesity Prevention

Research Paper Title Smart-Phone Obesity Prevention Trial for Adolescent Boys in Low-Income Communities: The ATLAS RCT. Background The goal of this study was to evaluate the impact of the Active Teen Leaders Avoiding Screen-time (ATLAS) intervention for adolescent boys, an obesity prevention intervention using smartphone technology. Methods ATLAS was a cluster randomised controlled trial conducted… Read More

Soda Tax & Its Effect on Childhood Obesity

A penny-an-ounce tax on sweetened beverages would have a bigger effect on childhood obesity in the United States than would after-school physical activity programs or a ban on fast food advertising directed at children, a new study has claimed. A tax would also be easier to implement than the other programs and would raise a… Read More

What’s the Link? Children, Fast Food Outlets & Obesity

An article by Susan Mayor of the British Medical Journal: Children living in areas surrounded by fast food outlets are more likely to be overweight or obese, an England-wide study has shown. Researchers analysed data from the National Child Measurement Programme, which records the height and weight of one million children at most English state… Read More