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 will need to be physically active to engage with the game.
Researchers from the Academy of Sport and Physical Activity at Sheffield Hallam...Read More
Behavioural counselling has been used as a treatment option for obesity, alongside diet and lifestyle changes. However, previous studies have suggested that intensive counselling and support is needed for it to be effective. A new online weight reduction programme called Positive Online Weight Reduction (POWeR)+ has been proven to be highly effective at weight loss and weight loss maintenance,...Read More
A recent review has found that weight-related communication in primary care is uncommon and there is a lack of focus on patient weight-related outcomes. This comes after 20 papers were included in the final review that all examined weight-related communication and its relationship to patient weight outcomes. As primary care is effectively placed for a role within patient weight management, the...Read More
Patients undergoing weight loss surgery are more likely to suffer from fractures both before and after surgery compared to their obese and non-obese counterparts who don’t need surgery. This is the conclusion from a large study from Canada that has been published in the BMJ. The study included over 177,000 participants who were categorised into ‘weight-loss group’, ‘obese’, and ‘non-obese’....Read More
In recent times Samoa has had some of the world’s leading obesity rates. A new study has identified a genetic variant that may contribute to this obesity risk. The paper, published in Nature Genetics, describes a ‘thrifty gene’ that promotes the storage of fat. The study included over 3,000 participants and the researchers believe that this gene could be associated with a 35% higher odds of...Read More
A team from the University of Adelaide has found that meat offers surplus energy in the modern diet and have presented their findings in BMC Nutrition. The analysis involved data from 170 countries and suggested that meat consumption has as much of an effect on the development of obesity as sugar consumption does. The study is led by PhD student Wenpeng You who has explained that fats and...Read More
A large study has found that 1 in 3 people are overweight and 1 in 7 are obese in the Jilin Province in Northeast China. Over recent years, China has been experiencing an increase in the rates of obesity within its population. The researchers of this paper wanted to examine a densely populated part of China in order to uncover influential factors that may be addressed in future health policy...Read More