Are certain people prone to obesity due to their genes?

Researchers at Duke University discovered a gene in mice that directs some bodies to store fat more readily - and they believe a similar gene causes some humans to persistently gain weight without any fault of their own

Are certain people prone to obesity due to their genes?New research on mice suggests that a single gene could be at the root of why some people are overweight. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, showed that forms of a gene called ankyrin-B cause fat cells to absorb glucose at a much faster rate than they should, which […]

Mexico: Obese baby boy weighing 62 pounds baffles doctors

At two months of age, Luis weighed 10 kilos. Over the next eight months he gained a staggering 18 kilos. His parents have created a Facebook page and opened a bank account for people to donate money for Luis Manuel’s medical care

Mexico: Obese baby boy weighing 62 pounds baffles doctorsLike any other 10-month-old, Luis Manuel Gonzales babbles and touches anything within reach. But he stands out in a stunning and perhaps life-threatening way: he weighs 28 kilos (62 pounds). He might need medical treatment costing a fortune, but his father earns a little over $200 a month. And doctors do not yet know why […]

Here’s how to get rid of belly fat and lead an active life

Visceral fat – sometimes called "active" fat because of its active role in producing various hormones – is the harmful type of belly fat. It is less visible than subcutaneous fat because it lies within the abdominal wall. It surrounds organs, and releases hormones that can lead to diabetes, chronic inflammation, and other serious health problems

Here’s how to get rid of belly fat and lead an active lifeBelly fat is more than just a superficial concern. It is also a significant risk factor for serious health problems such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Not all fat is the same. Subcutaneous belly fat is the most visible type of fat, located just under the skin. Everyone has some belly fat, but large quantities […]

Haven’t hit the gym since sometime? Here’s what you need to do

Within a week, your muscles lose some of their fat-burning potential and your metabolism slows down. Strength lingers longer than endurance once you stop training. But depending on just how slothful you’ve become, your quads and biceps may start to shrink soon after you leave the weight room

Haven’t hit the gym since sometime? Here’s what you need to doThink your body won’t notice that week off? Think again. Here’s what happens when you swap your regular sweat sessions for never-ending Netflix nights – and how long it takes to re-flip the fitness switch Just as a good training program builds you up, falling off the workout wagon can have the opposite effect – […]

Study reveals eating out alone is bad for your health, especially for men

Men who ate alone more than twice a day were the most likely to develop abdominal obesity. Scientists also found that these individuals were more likely to be single, live alone and skip meals. In most cases, these men did not have spouses. Married men or men committed in a relationship did much better when compared to those who were single

Study reveals eating out alone is bad for your health, especially for menMen who eat alone have a 45 per cent greater risk of developing obesity, a new study has found. Researchers at Dongguk University Ilsan Hospital in Seoul, South Korea also found links between eating alone and high blood pressure and high cholesterol. While their findings revealed health consequences for both men and women who dined […]

Study finds that 40% of cancers are related to being overweight

 In the study, researchers crunched the numbers from the United States Cancer Statistics for 2014 to assess incidence rates, and the data from 2005 to 2014 to analyse the trends. They discovered that of the nearly 1.6 million cancers diagnosed in 2014, about 630,000 of them were of cancers that are linked to being overweight or obese

Study finds that 40% of cancers are related to being overweightPacking on the pounds isn’t just bad for your heart—it could also raise your risk of developing cancer. In fact, 40 per cent of all cancers are linked to being overweight or obese, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In the study, researchers crunched the numbers from the United States Cancer Statistics […]

‘A full proof meal plan to combat childhood obesity’

Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition that affects children and adolescents. Children who are obese are above the normal weight for their age and height. Given below are healthy eating habits that you can include in your day to day life

‘A full proof meal plan to combat childhood obesity’While passing by a school or a college, as an observer, I found that six out of ten young children and adolescents are obese. Even those who do not look obese or rather thin also carry high body fat – the unhealthiest tissue of the body; additionally very less muscle mass- the healthiest tissue of […]

More evidence strongly suggests that stress is linked with obesity

When people are facing a stressful situation, a chain reaction is set off in the body that results in the release of cortisol, leading to higher levels of this hormone in the body

More evidence strongly suggests that stress is linked with obesityUsing hair to measure long-term levels of the stress hormone cortisol, UK researchers confirm the link between chronic stress and packing on pounds, as well as difficulty shedding excess weight. Previous research has tied high levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the blood, urine or saliva to obesity, but these measurements can vary based […]

Find out if obesity is caused due to overeating or stress

New research says though causes obesity are not fully understood, stress may have a part to play. Also, genes may explain why some people are obese and healthy, while others develop diabetes and heart disease

Find out if obesity is caused due to overeating or stressDoes stress make you fat, even if you don’t overeat? That is the question researchers from UCL have been trying to answer by giving volunteers of different shapes and sizes a haircut and measuring levels of the stress hormone cortisol in their hair. Long-term stress raises cortisol levels, and the researchers found that the larger […]