Childhood obesity linked to structural differences in key brain regions

Obesity in children is associated with differences in brain structure in regions linked to cognitive control compared to the brains of children who are normal weight, according to new research from the University of Cambridge.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Oct. 24, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: spotlight-on-neuroscience children obesity

Menu labelling linked to less fat and salt in food at major UK restaurant chains

Food sold at restaurants whose menus display energy information are lower in fat and salt than that of their competitors, according to new research from the University of Cambridge.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Oct. 16, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: spotlight-on-public-health public-health obesity food

Type 2 diabetes remission possible with ‘achievable’ weight loss, say researchers

People who achieve weight loss of 10% or more in the first five years following diagnosis with type 2 diabetes have the greatest chance of seeing their disease go into remission, according to a study led by the University of Cambridge.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Sept. 30, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: spotlight-on-public-health diet obesity type-2-diabetes

Exercise in pregnancy improves health of obese mothers by restoring their tissues, mouse study finds

Exercise immediately prior to and during pregnancy restores key tissues in the body, making them better able to manage blood sugar levels and lowering the risk of long term health problems, suggests new research carried out in mice.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Aug. 30, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: animal-research pregnancy obesity exercise

Children from disadvantaged backgrounds and certain ethnic minorities do less vigorous physical activity

Children from disadvantaged backgrounds and certain ethnic minority backgrounds, including from Pakistani and Bangladeshi backgrounds, have lower levels of vigorous physical activity, according to researchers at the University of Cambridge.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 28, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: spotlight-on-children spotlight-on-public-health obesity exercise

Children who walk to school less likely to be overweight or obese, study suggests

Children who regularly walk or cycle to school are less likely to be overweight or obese than those who travel by car or public transport, a new study suggests.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 20, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: spotlight-on-public-health public-health obesity physical-activity london

Slim people have a genetic advantage when it comes to maintaining their weight

In the largest study of its kind to date, Cambridge researchers have looked at why some people manage to stay thin while others gain weight easily. They have found that the genetic dice are loaded in favour of thin people and against those at the obese end of the spectrum.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Jan. 24, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: genetics obesity

Removing sweets and crisps from supermarket checkouts linked to dramatic fall in unhealthy snack purchases

Policies aimed at removing sweets and crisps from checkouts could lead to a dramatic reduction in the amount of unhealthy food purchased to eat ‘on the go’ and a significant reduction in that purchased to take home, suggests new research led by the University of Cambridge.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Dec. 18, 2018 ~5 min

Tags: spotlight-on-public-health supermarkets obesity

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