Obesity and Diet

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Energy dense foods can increase cancer risk

There is a proven link between obesity and cancer risk, however few studies have examined the link between energy density of food and cancer risk. In a study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, researchers analysed dietary...
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A change to global dietary guidelines?

After the results of a recent study, a team of researchers are calling for a change to global dietary guidelines. Findings from over 135,000 individuals across 18 different countries were used and it was found that high carbohydrate intake is linked to...
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Living near fast food outlets increases risk of obesity

Researchers, from the University of the West of England, have found that children living closer to fast food outlets are more likely to gain a significant amount of weight between the first and last year of school. Using data from over 1,500 UK children...
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Chemicals in urine can predict how body will respond to junk food diet

Researchers at Imperial College London have found that certain compounds in urine can be used to show who is at a greater risk of developing obesity or diabetes due to a poor diet. The research was conducted in mice and helps us to understand how the...
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The European change in fat metabolism from ancient to modern times

Recently, evolutionary biologists have been looking into how changes in diet have led to human adaptations to genes that regulate fat metabolism. There are two essential genes that regulate the synthesis of vital fatty acids, fatty acid desaturase 1 and...
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‘No fat’ and ‘no sugar’ labels are misleading the public

A new study led by the University of North Carolina has found that terms such as ‘no fat’ and ‘no sugar’ give consumers a false sense of confidence when purchasing such items, in fact they rarely reflect the actual nutritional quality of the food....
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