Category Archives: obesity

Neighbourhood watch foot patrol, I mean, food patrol

I’m watching you…eat that Twinkie. This story really has to be perceived as the final straw in the fight against childhood obesity.  In getting kids to stop purchasing cheap candy (and cheap thrills from the sound of it), concerned parents … Continue reading

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New CDC Report on Health Disparities and Inequalities in the US

The CDC has just released a report on Health Disparities and Inequalities in the US for a wide range of health problems.   For a brief summary of some of the findings, which highlight that health outcomes are very much influenced … Continue reading

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Thanks for the diabetes, dad.

Reported in Science magazine online, fathers  apparently also contribute to increasing the risk of diabetes in their offsprings.  Although the study was conducted in rats, the findings present some “food” for thought.  Daughters of obese rats were more likely to … Continue reading

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Weight Watchers in China

I am bemused by this article (“Weight Watchers adapts points systems to China as it seeks growth, CEO says”) I came across regarding the expansion of Weight Watchers into China.  First, the difference two decades can make is incredible – … Continue reading

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Weighing in on a proposed soda ban for food stamp users

This article was posted on the New York Times website today and it deals with all the complexities involved in tackling the “obesity epidemic”.  In summary, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg is seeking to ban the use of food stamps for … Continue reading

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“exergaming” at the intersection of health and technology

We came across this story on “exergaming” on the BBC a few days ago and thought we could both contribute something from our respective disciplines.  This new study is an EPSRC funded project called “Development and evaluation of an ‘exergaming’ … Continue reading

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The ol’ environment argument again

Reading through the daily health news on New York Times last week, I came across this article, rehashing the argument for making changes to our obesogenic environment as a way forward to tackling obesity – the disease of the decade … Continue reading

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