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Double burden of obesity, undernourishment stalks world – report

Dec 16, 2019 - 8:39 AM

The report, compiled in collaboration with the World Health Organization, says being overweight can no longer be considered a rich country problem, nor undernourishment a preserve of the poor

Mexico pays overweight police officers to slim down

Dec 13, 2019 - 11:30 AM

Two dozen officers grimace through their workout on the pavement of the station house yard – most with round bellies bulging beneath their drenched T-shirts

Police physical trainer Javier Ramirez (R) works with police officers at a police unit in Mexico City on December 11, 2019. 1,000 Mexico City police officers have joined a program to lose weight, improve their health and do their work more efficiently, in a country where 75% of the adults are overweight or obese. RODRIGO ARANGUA / AFP

Genes, yes, but obesity pandemic mostly down to diet – study

Jul 04, 2019 - 10:53 PM

Researchers say that for people genetically predisposed to a wider girth, these unhealthy lifestyles compounded the problem, resulting in an even higher rate of weight gain

'Radical rethink' needed to tackle obesity, hunger, climate – report

Jan 28, 2019 - 10:57 PM

'Both undernutrition and obesity are expected to be made significantly worse by climate change,' says Boyd Swinburn. co-chair of The Lancet Commission on Obesity

Walk and chew gum, it may keep you thin – study

May 28, 2018 - 6:16 PM

'Combining exercise and gum chewing may be an effective way to manage weight,' says a study by Japanese researchers published in The Journal of Physical Therapy Science

Diet soda may be hurting your diet

May 26, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Recent medical studies suggest that policymakers eager to implement a soda tax may also want to include diet drinks because these sweeteners may be contributing to chronic diabetes and cardiovascular diseases as well

Coca-Cola is the world’s most popular carbonated soft drink. The original is made with sugar, but the others contain artificial sweeteners that are now linked to a rise in obesity and diabetes. By Chones/shutterstock.com

Obese hospital patients more likely to survive infectious disease – study

May 25, 2018 - 11:49 AM

A study in Denmark shows that people with extra weight are twice as likely to survive hospitalization for an infectious disease but the caveat is that they are high risk for heart disease and diabetes

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 23, 2018

May 23, 2018 - 11:42 AM

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Key sites during the Marawi siege. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

World faces 'staggering' obesity challenge – study

May 23, 2018 - 8:04 AM

According to research, if current trends continue, 22% of people in the world will be obese by 2045 – up from 14% last year

Overeating? It may be a brain glitch

Apr 28, 2018 - 10:30 AM

One of the primary reasons people overeat and regain lost weight is that they have not changed the underlying behavior that leads them to crave comfort from food

SURVIVAL MODE? The drive to overeat may be rooted in survival brain circuits. Image from Shutterstock

Study challenges 'healthy but obese' theory

Mar 16, 2018 - 9:21 AM

'Any public misconception of a potential 'protective' effect of fat on heart and stroke risks should be challenged,' says study co-author Stamatina Iliodromiti from the University of Glasgow

MEDICAL ATTENTION. In this photo, a physiotherapist (L) assists obese patients with exercises in an obesity unit at the CHU Angers teaching hospital in Angers, western France, on October 23, 2013. File photo by Jean-Sebastien Evrard/AFP

Mexican man, once the world's fattest, dreams of walking again

Feb 24, 2018 - 9:06 AM

Now 33 years old, Juan Pedro Franco currently weighs in at 760 pounds, but his doctor expects him to lose about 100 kilos more in the next year and a half

A MATTER OF FAT. Mexican Juan Pedro Franco, the heaviest man in the world according to the Guinness World Records in 2017 with a weight of 595 kilograms, exercises at his house in Guadalajara, Jalisco state, Mexico on February 17, 2018. Ulises Ruiz/AFP

Diabetes, obesity behind 800,000 cancers worldwide, says study

Nov 28, 2017 - 10:52 PM

Cancers stemming from diabetes and obesity combined is almost twice as common among women than men, says researchers in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, a leading medical journal

OBESE. Isabel Pantoja, 24, holds her ten-month-old baby Luis Gonzales as they wait at the bus station in Colima city where they headed for Luis' medical chek-up, in Mexico on November 9, 2017. Photo by Pedro Pardo/AFP

World lags badly on targets to slash TB, HIV, obesity – study

Sep 13, 2017 - 7:12 AM

Overall only a fifth of 37 health related targets set under the UN s Sustainable Development Goals SDGs adopted in 2015 are likely to be met

Is tax on volume-based, sugar-sweetened drinks good for our nutrition?

Sep 10, 2017 - 10:03 AM

While the proposed tax targets obesity and overweight it risks hurting those already susceptible to malnutrition

Obesity 'epidemic' affects one in 10 worldwide

Jun 13, 2017 - 7:41 AM

A total of 2 2 billion people – 30 of the world population – are believed to be either obese or overweight by 2015

MEDICAL ATTENTION. In this photo, a physiotherapist (L) assists obese patients with exercises in an obesity unit at the CHU Angers teaching hospital in Angers, western France, on October 23, 2013. Jean-Sebastien Evrard/AFP

Lack of sleep boosts chance of death by heart failure

May 25, 2017 - 1:05 PM

If you have several heart disease risk factors taking care of your sleep is important if you want to lower your risk of death from heart disease or stroke

Swallowable balloons work to curb obesity – study

May 18, 2017 - 11:16 AM

The non surgical procedure is seen as a safer and less costly alternative to intragastric balloons that require surgery though some do not see it as a long term solution for weight problems

TOOL VS OBESITY? A swallowable balloon is in a capsule, and expanded using a catheter. Photo from Allurion.com

'World's heaviest woman' hospitalized in Abu Dhabi

May 05, 2017 - 3:08 PM

Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty arrived in India on a specially modified Airbus plane in February and has now shed an astonishing 323 kilograms in 3 months

HOSPITALIZED. This handout photograph released by The Saifee Hospital on March 9, 2017, shows Egyptian patient Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty as she lies in a hospital bed at The Saifee Hospital in Mumbai on March 8, 2017, after an operation. File photo by Saifee Hospital/AFP

One big resolution: world's fattest man aims for half

Dec 22, 2016 - 1:32 PM

The man known as Juan Pedro has diabetes high blood pressure and chronic lung obstruction and needs to reduce his weight dramatically to reduce his health risks

 Mexican 32-year-old Juan Pedro Franco, who weighs almost 500 kilograms (1100 pounds) answers questions during a press conference at the hospital in Guadalajara, Mexico on December 21, 2016. Photo by Héctor Guerrero/AFP

WHO urges price hikes on sugary drinks in obesity fight

Oct 12, 2016 - 7:54 AM

The World Health Organization s recommendations on sweetened beverages comes as the world seeks to bring down whopping obesity rates with one in 3 adults overweight

SUGARY DRINKS. Various bottles of soda are displayed in a cooler at a supermarket in San Francisco, California on July 22, 2014. File photo by Justin Sullivan/AFP

Being overweight, obese cuts lifespan by one to 10 years – study

Jul 14, 2016 - 9:45 PM

The risk of coronary heart disease stroke respiratory disease and cancer are all increased in persons who are overweight or obese

(FILES) This combination of file photos made on April 1, 2016 in Paris shows (From L) obese people in Los Angeles in July 30, 2003, Mexico City on May 20, 2013 and Manchester on October 10, 2006. Over one in eight adults are now obese -- a ratio that has more than doubled since 1975 and will swell to one in five by 2025, a major survey reported April 1, 2016. Of about five billion adults alive in 2014, 641 million were obese, the data showed -- and projected the number will balloon past 1.1 billion in just nine years.  / AFP PHOTO

Fattest boy in the world now being treated in gov’t hospital

Jul 12, 2016 - 3:26 PM

The fattest boy in the world who is from Indonesia is now undergoing treatment amid serious concerns for his health

Indonesian boy is known as biggest kid in the world

Jul 01, 2016 - 9:50 PM

The boy is only 10 years old

New Nestle CEO to lead health pivot

Jun 29, 2016 - 12:15 AM

Ulf Mark Schneider who thrived as the head of a healthcare company is seen to trigger a new era at Nestle

epa04344374 (FILE) A file picture dated 28 February 2002 of a Swiss flag flying over Nestle's headquarter in Vevey, Switzerland. Nestle, the world's biggest food company, said 07 August 2014 that its net profit sank 9.5 per cent to 4.63 billion Swiss francs (5.1 billion dollars) in the first half of the year, as the strong Swiss currency hurt earnings. Revenues dropped 4.8 per cent to 42.98 billion francs year-on-year, Nestle said. However, Nestle's organic revenue growth, which does not include negative currency effects, reached 4.7 per cent. The strong franc lowers the value of foreign-currency earnings. Nestle also announced that it would buy back shares worth 8 billion francs through next year. EPA/FABRICE COFFRINI

Number of adults with diabetes has quadrupled since 1980 – WHO

Apr 06, 2016 - 7:10 PM

UPDATED The World Health Organization calls for a holistic response as well as major changes in people s eating and exercise habits

A picture taken on March 14, 2016 shows a solution for the treatment of severe hypoglycemia that may occur in diabetes and a stethoscope displayed on a desktop for an illustration in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE

1 in 5 adults may be obese by 2025 – survey warns

Apr 01, 2016 - 11:15 AM

If the rate of obesity continues at this pace by 2025 roughly a fifth of men and women will be obese says medical journal The Lancet

File photo by Lindsey Parnaby/EPA

12M of stunted children in ASEAN live in PH, Indonesia – report

Mar 30, 2016 - 6:45 PM

The Regional Report on Nutrition Security in ASEAN highlights the challenges of child nutrition in the region including the double burden of malnutrition

Britain defends new sugar tax following criticism

Mar 17, 2016 - 9:00 PM

It s disappointing that the government has chosen to single out soft drinks says Coca Cola s Jon Woods

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 22: Various bottles of soda are displayed in a cooler at Marina Supermarket on July 22, 2014 in San Francisco, California. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will vote on Tuesday to place a measure on the November ballot for a 2-cents-per-ounce soda tax. If the measure passes in the November election, tax proceeds would help finance nutrition, health, disease prevention and recreation programs. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Britain imposes sugar tax on soft drinks to cut obesity

Mar 17, 2016 - 1:10 PM

2015 data show majority of British adults and more than a quarter of children between two and 15 are overweight or obese

epa03243482 A display of soda at a store in New York, New York, USA, 31 May 2012. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced plans yesterday to implement a ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts. The law is another effort by the administration to fight obesity. EPA/JUSTIN LANE

Overweight mothers have larger babies – study

Mar 16, 2016 - 8:40 PM

Being born very large or very small can carry health risks for a newborn baby says the study s co author

Youth in well-off nations smoke, drink less than in 2010 – WHO

Mar 15, 2016 - 6:45 PM

The World Health Organization study also finds that more boys than girls are overweight but more girls think they are too fat

epa04228634 A woman smokes a cigarette in Berlin, Germany, 26 May 2014. World No Tobacco Day is observed on 31 May 2014. About thirty per cent of Germans between age 18 and 79 are smokers. EPA/CHRISTOPH SCHMIDT

Passing it on: Your medical history is not your child’s future

Jan 29, 2016 - 11:00 AM

How to deal with allergies and other health risks your child may inherit

Child obesity an 'exploding nightmare' in developing world – WHO

Jan 25, 2016 - 10:47 PM

Dieting and exercise alone is not the solution We have responsibilities on behalf of the world s children to stop them from being overly obese says Peter Gluckman co author of the UN report

OBESITY IN CHILDREN. The World Health Organization says childhood obesity has reached alarming rates globally and has become an 'exploding nightmare' in the developing world. File photo by John Moore/Getty Images North America/AFP

English hospitals plan to introduce sugar tax

Jan 18, 2016 - 6:35 PM

The levy on high sugar drinks and snacks sold in hospital vending machines and cafes could be introduced by 2020

Smoking, alcohol, obesity tar Europe's bill of health – WHO

Sep 23, 2015 - 6:32 PM

While Europeans are living longer than ever before increases in life expectancy and declines in premature mortality may flatten off if the 3 big lifestyle risk factors are not dealt with a senior WHO director says

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Aug 07, 2015 - 5:00 AM

Obesity most prevalent among the richest in PH

Jul 13, 2015 - 5:30 PM

Four in 10 rich Filipinos are obese double the number from the poorest sectors

PUBLIC CONCERN. The increasing trend of obesity in the Philippines is alarming.

Busting 6 myths on obesity

Jul 11, 2015 - 3:40 PM

Filipinos still have some misguided notions about obesity Nutritionist dietitian and NNC nutrition officer Racelline Faye Calangi busts some of the myths

Ariana Grande 'loves America' after obesity jibe

Jul 09, 2015 - 11:15 AM

Ariana Grande releases a statement after a video of her at a doughnut shop saying I hate America went viral

Preventing obesity at home, community, and school

Jul 04, 2015 - 8:06 PM

With obesity related health risks claiming at least 3 4 million adults worldwide it is high time to step up the fight against it

How to end obesity in the Philippines

Jul 01, 2015 - 8:36 PM

The National Nutrition Council says obesity is not just a health concern but also a societal problem affecting one out of 3 Filipino adults

Pushing for food education vs malnutrition

May 21, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver calls for the inclusion of food education in schools all over the world to address the rising rates of diet related diseases

Widest gene study shows complex scale of obesity

Feb 12, 2015 - 7:57 AM

Investigators say they net more than 100 previously undiscovered gene variants which play a part in obesity s complex processes

Not all obese people prone to poor health – study

Jan 03, 2015 - 4:56 PM

The study is documented in the HBO show Weight of the Nation

EU court says obesity can be disability

Dec 18, 2014 - 8:33 PM

The European Court of Justice had been asked to consider the case of a child minder in Denmark who said he was fired four years ago because he is obese

Photographer turns camera on herself to tackle obesity

Dec 17, 2014 - 10:20 PM

Photographer Jen Davis goes on a journey of self discovery to explore her weight problem through a series of self portraits

SELF-DISCOVERY. A file photo taken on November 13, 2014 shows US photographer Jen Davis posing at the Grand Palais during the Paris Photo international photography fair. In bed asleep, eating, in her underwear or even displaying her scars after weight loss surgery, photographer Jen Davis has always been as comfortable in front of the camera as she is behind it. AFP PHOTO / JOEL SAGET

Obesity clips up to 8 years off your life, says study

Dec 05, 2014 - 12:47 PM

The research – a mathematical model based on US health data – should be a useful tool for doctors advising patients who are worryingly overweight its authors say

OVERWEIGHT. A study showed that excess weight can increase the possibility of various types of cancer.

Your mouth is a gateway to your health

Oct 18, 2014 - 10:30 AM

How is oral health linked to your overall health? Read on to see how good or bad oral hygiene can impact the rest of your body

Pollution, smoking, roads, obesity kill 4.7M Chinese a year

Aug 29, 2014 - 10:58 AM

The trio of Chinese and US experts say China had the chance of learning from rich countries which had already been down this path a by product of rising prosperity

AIR POLLUTION. Midday traffic moves slowly through air pollution which exceeds the level of 400 on the air quality index, rating a hazardous warning, in Beijing, China, 26 March 2014. Adrian Bradshaw/EPA