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Ursolic acid found in apple peel may help fight obesity

Ursolic acid found in apple peel may help fight obesity

A compound, ursolic acid, that increases muscle and calorie burning is present in apple peel, a University of Iowa study shows.

Cancer risk fails to motivate overweight Brits into losing weight

Cancer risk fails to motivate overweight Brits into losing weight

The increased risk of developing cancer is not enough to make overweight Britons slim down and the main problem is lack of willpower, says new research from Cancer Research UK.

'Fatness' threat to global environmental sustainability

'Fatness' threat to global environmental sustainability

Obesity, being overweight and general 'fatness' of the world's population threatens environmental sustainability according to a new study. The Earth's adult humans weigh 287 million tonnes, probably more, according to a new report. The heaviest average body mass index is in North America.

Fruit compound may control obesity

Fruit compound may control obesity



A compound, present in some fruit and red wine, blocks immature fat cells from growing and could help combat obesity, American scientists have found.

Mount Everest - A Living Laboratory

Mount Everest - A Living Laboratory

The rarified atmosphere and lack of oxygen at high altitudes on Mount Everest can produce symptoms in climbers that replicate heart disease, obesity and old age. A team from the Mayo Clinic will be monitoring the effects of this on nine climbers during an expedition in April/May this year.

Seaweed could help weight loss treatments

Seaweed could help weight loss treatments

A drink made from brown algae helps people feel fuller and could be a vital tool in tackling the developed world's obesity epidemic.

Red wine ingredient resveratrol may boost metabolism in men

Red wine ingredient resveratrol may boost metabolism in men

A study recently conducted shows that the chemical resveratrol found in red wine can improve the metabolism of obese men. A recent study, published in the scientific journal Cell Metabolism, tested the effects of the chemical resveratrol on 11 obese men over a 30 day period.

Overweight teens wanting to lose weight are not properly informed

Overweight teens wanting to lose weight are not properly informed

America has the highest rate of obesity in the World and this is now beginning to even affect children. In Philadelphia's high schools roughly 14% of their students are deemed overweight and now Clare Lenhart, public health doctoral candidate, has led some research that shows that the majority of these teens do actually want to lose weight but their actions are often causing more harm than good.

Fat fighting cell Cardiotrophin 1 heads towards testing

Fat fighting cell Cardiotrophin 1 heads towards testing

Clinical trials will start later this year on a protein shown to fight obesity and diabetes in mice. Scientists working on the molecule, which is already in testing for use in treating liver failure, believe the discovery could be worth millions.

Eat as I eat, not as I say: Lead by example obesity expert tells parents

Eat as I eat, not as I say: Lead by example obesity expert tells parents

Just telling kids to eat their greens is not as effective as showing them says an American obesity expert. "Eat your greens," has been the fervent, and often disobeyed, order from parents down the generations. Now, a study from nutrition experts suggests mum and dad would be better off saving their breath and eating by example with a plateful of their own healthy foods.

Stress could be obesity trigger says new report

Stress could be obesity trigger says new report

American scientists have found that the brain is rewired by stress in a way that could have an effect on appetite, opening a new door on the causes of obesity. The research looking at the hypothalamus, which helps control appetite and metabolism and is the home of the brain's stress response.

Long life is all in the genes new study suggests

Long life is all in the genes new study suggests



Leading a healthy lifestyle may have a limited effect on how long you live according to a new study which found that those who live to very old ages tend to act just like the rest of the population. The one area where there was a significant difference between those who lived very long lives and the control group was in obesity.

It's all in the mind: weight loss research puts focus on the brain

It's all in the mind: weight loss research puts focus on the brain

Will power and self-control simply aren't the best way to tackle the complex brain processes at play in obesity says new research which recommends tackling three key neuro-behavioral processes instead.

It's not just what you eat but where you eat it

It's not just what you eat but where you eat it



A new study finds that the obesity epidemic among American children is partly down to where they eat and where the food they eat is prepared, with shop-bought and fast foods bumping up calorie intakes.

Film Review: What's On Your Plate?

Film Review: What's On Your Plate?

Film review of ''What's On Your Plate?'' which will be shown at the Projecting Change 2011 festival on May 27th. With the rise of childhood obesity and diabetes in America the relationship children have with their food is becoming ever more important.

Western attitudes to obesity go global

Western attitudes to obesity go global



The West's love for the slim is taking hold around the globe according to new anthropologists who find that societies which previously valued larger people are now turning against them. Obesity is now a global issue according to researchers who say that the stigma attached to overweight people has travelled around the world even into cultures which traditionally viewed larger people favourably.

Skinny worms provide new approach for obesity drugs

Skinny worms provide new approach for obesity drugs

Chemicals tested on worms may be of use in human medicines say a team of American researchers, and it's a major breakthrogh in designing new drugs. Scientists at the University of California, San Francisco have found a new way to understand human obesity in the unlikeliest of animals - the traditionally long and thin worm.

Americans sicker than the English say scientists

Americans sicker than the English say scientists



For most chronic health conditions the extra money that America spends on being healthy doesn't seem to work according to a study that compares the States with England. Conditions which hit Americans more than the English included: obesity, diabetes, low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, high cholesterol ratio, and high C-reactive protein. Americans were also more likely to self-report health problems. Filed under: Environment/Health.