Driving to work may increase the risk of premature death by 32%

Adults who are obese and commute by car are at a 32% increased risk of death from any cause, compared with normal-weight peers who walk or cycle to work, report researchers

Driving to work may increase the risk of premature death by 32%The finding, which was recently presented at this year’s European Congress on Obesity, was based on an analysis of more than 160,000 British individuals. For the study, researchers from the British Heart Foundation examined data from 163,149 people (aged between 37 and 73 years) who provided information about whether they drove to work, walked and […]

Excess body fat tied to fatal prostate cancers, reveals study

Many studies have found that obesity is associated with an increased risk for prostate cancer. Now a new study suggests that the degree of risk may depend on where in the body the fat is. Fat in the thighs and abdomen was associated with advanced prostate cancer

Excess body fat tied to fatal prostate cancers, reveals studyMany studies have found that obesity is associated with an increased risk for prostate cancer. Now a new study suggests that the degree of risk may depend on where in the body the fat is. Fat in the thighs and abdomen was associated with advanced prostate cancers. The report, in the journal Cancer, included 1,832 Icelandic […]

Quitting alcohol proven to significantly boost mental health in women

The debate as to whether moderate drinking is good, bad, or has no effect on health has been on-going for years. Now, a new study suggests that people, especially women, who give up alcohol can experience better mental health and reach levels of well-being almost on a par with those of lifelong abstainers

Quitting alcohol proven to significantly boost mental health in womenMany people drink socially at, for instance, work functions or family events. Some of us may also relish having a glass of wine or beer with our dinner at the end of a long and tiring day. Numerous people fall into the categories of ‘light’ or ‘moderate’ drinkers. But is this habit harmless, or would […]

Cardiovascular risk linked not to weight, but to body fat storage: Study reveals

Postmenopausal women who are ‘apple’ shaped rather than ‘pear’ shaped are at greater risk of heart and blood vessel problems, even if they have a normal, healthy body mass index (BMI) according to new research

Cardiovascular risk linked not to weight, but to body fat storage: Study revealsBy studying a large cohort of women who had already been through menopause, researchers have found that cardiovascular risk is associated with body shape, which results from how fat is distributed in the body. Existing studies have suggested that a person’s body mass index (BMI), calculated in reference to their total weight and height, is […]

Exercise is more critical than diet to maintain weight loss, finds study 

A new study from the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center (AHWC) at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus revealed physical activity does more to maintain substantial weight loss than diet

Exercise is more critical than diet to maintain weight loss, finds study The study, published in the March issue of Obesity, was selected as the Editor’s Choice article. “This study addresses the difficult question of why so many people struggle to keep weight off over a long period. By providing evidence that a group of successful weight-loss maintainers engages in high levels of physical activity to prevent […]

Women who are morning people may have a lower risk of breast cancer, reveals study

Morning people may have a lower risk of breast cancer compared to night owls, according to a new study. Many studies have shown the importance of not just getting a good night’s sleep, but also getting to sleep earlier and not sleeping for more than seven to eight hours a night

Women who are morning people may have a lower risk of breast cancer, reveals studyIf you’re a woman who greets the early morning with a smile, new research delivers good news, you have a slightly reduced risk of developing breast cancer. Being a morning person was associated with a slightly lower risk of breast cancer. Other studies find early risers are healthier and wealthier. New large-scale research has found […]

Divorce can lead to weight gain in children, finds study

Children whose parents are divorced are more likely to get fat than those whose parents stay together, say researchers. The weight gain is particularly marked in children whose parents divorce before they are six, the study found

Divorce can lead to weight gain in children, finds studyResearchers from the London School of Economics and Political Science analysed data on 7,574 children born between 2000 and 2002. The authors say their findings back calls for better health support for families going through a break-up. The paper suggests a range of reasons why children might put on weight after a divorce, both economic […]

Being teased about weight linked to more weight gain among children, suggests study

Youth who said they were teased or ridiculed about their weight increased their body mass by 33 per cent more each year, compared to a similar group who had not been teased, according to researchers at the National Institutes of Health

Being teased about weight linked to more weight gain among children, suggests studyThe findings appear to contradict the belief that such teasing might motivate youth to change their behaviour and attempt to lose weight. The study was conducted by Natasha A. Schvey, Ph.D., of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD, and colleagues at NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health […]

Artificial light during sleep puts women at risk of obesity, finds study

Sleeping with a cellphone, bright alarm clock on or a television next to your bed puts women at risk for weight gain, a new study found

Artificial light during sleep puts women at risk of obesity, finds studyThere is a close link between lifestyle choices, such as diet and exercise, and a person’s weight. Researchers now identify another factor as they report that sleeping with a light or television on puts women at higher risk of becoming overweight or obese. How much a person weighs is down to a complex interplay of […]

Is yoga heart-healthy? It’s no stretch to see benefits, science suggests

For years, aerobic exercise has been touted for its numerous health benefits, including improved cardiovascular health, better mood, increased energy, and stronger bones and muscles. But there’s another form of physical activity that’s grabbing headlines - yoga

Is yoga heart-healthy? It’s no stretch to see benefits, science suggestsSome studies suggest the mind-body practice may be good for heart health, from reducing blood pressure and cholesterol to lowering stress and body mass index. While yoga often is associated with images of limber practitioners, it is more than just stretching and handstands. Originated in India, yoga includes physical poses (asana), breathwork (pranayama) and meditation. […]
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