Larger waist, hip size interlinked with heart attack risk in women

Research suggests that differences in the way women and men store fat may affect their risk of heart disease, with those with an ‘apple shape’ at greatest risk

Larger waist, hip size interlinked with heart attack risk in womenWomen with bigger waists relative to their hips are at more risk of heart attacks than men of a similar “apple shape”, research from the George Institute for Global Health says. The study showed waist-to-hip ratio to be a better heart attack predictor than general obesity - 18% stronger than body mass index in women […]

Obesity takes a toll on our immune system, disrupts working of our ‘guardian cells’

In a healthy condition, guardian cells protect against inflammation and metabolic disease by killing the troublesome macrophages in our fat. But when obesity is established these Adipose Type One Innate Lymphoid Cells (ILCs) are depleted and lose their regulatory killing function

Scientists have uncovered the physiological mechanics underlying inflammation and obesity by tracking the actions of ‘guardian immune cells’ in response to changes in diet. They believe their work may herald a new era of research now that they have new therapeutic targets to prevent and control obesity-related inflammation and metabolic disease. The scientists, led by […]

Want to lose weight? Try standing up for a change, says study

Results from a new study by researchers at the Mayo Clinic showed that standing for more than six hours a day, instead of sitting down helps lower body-mass-index (BMI)

Want to lose weight? Try standing up for a change, says studyStudies are increasingly pointing out the various ways in which excessive sedentary time is bad for our health. One such study showed that too much sitting may speed up biological aging, as a sedentary lifestyle may shorten our telomeres, which are the protective caps at the end of chromosomes. The link between obesity and sedentarism […]

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

Packing 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 […]

7 easy ways to live diabetes-free life

A large proportion of diabetes cases are preventable. Simple lifestyle chabnges have been be effective in preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes. Maintaining normal body weight, engaging in regular physical activity, and eating a healthy diet can reduce the risk of diabetes

7 easy ways to live diabetes-free lifeDiabetes is one of the most common lifestyle diseases in the world. India is among the top three countries with about 64.5 million people affected by diabetes till last year. Moreover, it has been predicted that diabetes will be the 7th largest killer in the world by 2030. A large proportion of diabetes cases are […]

5 things you need to know about gaining weight in the winter

Here are five myths and facts you should know about gaining and losing those extra pounds, according to science

5 things you need to know about gaining weight in the winterLosing weight is hard. But losing weight in the winter? That can feel nearly impossible. There’s no denying the draw of holing up with a bottle of wine, hearty meal, and Netflix, but is the science really stacked against you when it comes to losing weight in the winter? Here are five myths and facts […]

10 reasons why belly fat is the most stubborn fat on our body

Your body does have some built in protections and an inclination to preserve energy levels at all times.  If you lose a lot of weight quickly, your body will respond by slowing down your resting energy use and make less energy available for you to use for extra activities

10 reasons why belly fat is the most stubborn fat on our bodyWhy is belly fat the most difficult, and last, fat to go? Belly fat is not necessarily the most difficult and last fat to burn on the body - it depends on the person. Generally speaking, it’s not usually more difficult to get rid of, it just seems that way because it takes so long. […]

Pizza: Nutritionally decent or diet disaster?

A recent study concluded that pizza consumption among kids and adolescents was associated with higher daily calorie intake, saturated fat and sodium. It also found that pizza eaten as a snack or from fast-food restaurants had greatest negative impact on calorie intake

Yes, pizza is healthy, yet it isn’t. You pizza can turn from nutritionally decent to diet disaster and it all depends on the type of crust, amount of cheese and toppings used. Healthy pizzas can deliver a good amount of sodium from tomato sauce and cheese, which means if you are watching your salt intake, […]

Scientist develop skin patch to combat obesity

A research team in Singapore has successfully developed a skin patch made up of hundreds of micro-needles which will help people to lose lots of weight in a short time. The patch targets problem areas such as belly fat and is designed to cut down on adipose tissue formation toning down the stomach

Scientists at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have created a skin patch that can convert potentially harmful white fat into energy-burning brown fat. In a recent study published in the journal Small Methods, the researchers reveal how the patch reduced fat mass and weight gain over 4 weeks in mice fed a high-fat diet. […]

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

Think 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 – […]