Obesity and Physical Activity

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Pilates and aerobic training improve levels of depression, anxiety and quality of life in overweight and obese individuals

It is common knowledge that exercise can play an important role in treating the physical parts of obesity, however the emotional benefits are less often talked about. In this study, published by the Brazilian journal Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria  63...
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Effect of 7 days of exercise on exogenous carbohydrate oxidation and insulin resistance in children with obesity

It has been shown in adults that the capacity to match carbohydrate (CHO) oxidation with carbohydrate availability, known as metabolic flexibility (MetFlex), may be important for type 2 diabetes prevention. Improved MetFlex is associated with improvements...
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Physical activity has higher benefit the older you are

The results of an observational study have been published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. They show that the benefits of physical activity may outweigh the impact of obesity on cardiovascular disease. Data was collected on 5,344 individuals...
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Exercise-induced hormone involved in bone metabolism

Irisin, a fat-burning, exercise-induced hormone has been shown to increase the formation and thickness of bone in mice. Researchers from Tufts University observed that after two weeks of voluntary wheel running mice expressed more of the hormone, further...
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Inactivity breeds inactivity

A new study published in Cell Metabolism has found that inactivity leads to further decreased motivation to move. The study was conducted in mice and aimed to shed light on why people, or animals, with obesity were less active. The findings suggest that...
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Should there be more PE at school and clearer labelling?

A recent ComRes poll has indicated that a third (34%) of Britons believe that increasing the amount of mandatory physical education in schools would be one of the most effective ways of reducing levels of obesity. 33% also suggest that clearer food labelling...
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Diet and exercise improves kidney function in fatty liver patients

Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is characterised by excess fat in the liver that can cause inflammation and scarring. This may progress to cirrhosis and liver cancer; it can also compromise kidney function. A recent study has found that patients...
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New type of treatment achieves sustained weight loss

Acceptance-Based Behavioural Treatment (ABT) has helped more people lose weight and keep it off than Standard Behavioural Treatment (SBT) – which involves reduced caloric intake and increased physical activity. ABT attaches a higher personal value to...
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Lasting Wearable technology not as effective as previously thought

A recent study has concluded that wearable devices that monitor physical activity are not effective for sustaining weight loss. The study followed 470 participants over a 2 year period and found that those who did not use wearable devices showed nearly...
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High rates of obesity found in student athletes

The Athlete Health Organisation, is a non-profit organisation, that provides free participation evaluations for students before the start of each season to identify who might be at risk of illness or injury; these predominantly take place in Philadelphia....
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Take part in Sheffield Hallam University’s physical activity and Pokémon Go™ survey

On the 14th July 2016, Pokémon Go™ was released in the UK. The App relates to the animated game Pokémon™, that allows users to capture different characters and complete challenges. It is made explicit to the user when downloading the App that they...
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Wearable fitness monitors don’t influence physical activity

In a study carried out at Oklahoma State University, which has been accepted for publication in the PHEnex Journal, it was found that wearable fitness monitors do not necessarily motivate exercise. The study consisted of only a small cohort (36 participants)...
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Should food be labelled with activity equivalent information?

Food should be labelled with the equivalent exercise required to expend the number of calories it contains. This is the suggestion from Shirley Cramer, Chief Executive at the Royal Society of Public Health, in an article published in the BMJ. She explains...
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The secret to losing fat and gaining muscle

Researchers at McMaster University in Canada have found that it is possible to gain muscle whilst losing fat, the ideal aim for many. The researchers admit that the method is not an easy one! 40 young men underwent a regimen of hard exercise, whilst cutting...
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The fatter you are, the harder it is burn fat

The fatter you are, the more your body produces a protein that inhibits the ability to burn fat. An international team of researchers have published a study in Nature Communication that suggests a protein called sLR11 acts to suppress the process of thermogenesis....
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