Childhood obesity is a growing public health concern given the rising prevalence rates observed in both developed and developing countries. There are a multitude of health-related consequences that worsen into adulthood. Current estimates demonstrate that about 25% of children are overweight or obese. Given that obesity tracks into adulthood understanding why and how it emerges in early life...Read More
Socioeconomic characteristics of the urban environments and neighbourhoods are associated with rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Access to green space within an individual’s residential area has been shown to be beneficial for health and well-being however, there is limited understanding of the relationship with type 2 diabetes. The aim of this study in the BMJ Open was to investigate the...Read More
Across most high-income countries in the world socioeconomic inequalities in childhood obesity have been well documented. However, it is not clear how they have changed over time. Using Britain as an example, this study published in The Lancet, investigated how socioeconomic inequalities in childhood and adolescent weight, height, and BMI have changed over time.
The analyses demonstrated that...Read More
Mexico has one of the highest youth obesity rates worldwide currently at 34% of all children and adolescents. This problem is rapidly worsening in Mexico with drastic consequences. There is limited understanding of the factors driving the rapidly increasing rates in Mexico. An understanding of determinants is critical to developing interventions, health programs and policies to effectively...Read More
November 5th, 2018 marked a very special day in the calendar for CCH, and the future of the UK’s healthcare workforce. This date saw the graduation of our first full MSc in Obesity Care and Management student, Divya Bassi. Divya, who works for MacMillan Cancer Support, a charity, was awarded the qualification at a degree conferring ceremony at London South Bank University, which is the...Read More
The simple equation for obesity is Energy out < Energy in. The simplest way of increasing our ‘Energy out’, is to exercise more. However, the benefits of exercise extend beyond just calories, and in fact, it’s thought that exercise can improve subjective and homeostatic mediators of appetite in directions associated with enhanced meal-induced satiety. The degree to which this effect exists in...Read More
The American Heart Association states that obesity among girls and women has generated a vicious cycle that contributes to the obesity epidemic. Studies into maternal overnutrition have found that high-fat diets in humans (which reflects the western diet), whereby the baby is exposed to over-nutrition during gestation, have increased risks of obesity, diabetes and other complications. In this...Read More