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The effects of excess body fat are worse than we thought

A new study 1 has just revealed that the health risks posed by excess weight have been significantly underestimated. It had been thought that being slightly overweight was not serious and could even be beneficial in those over 60. However, the studies supporting such beliefs were flawed: they did not...
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The Olympic Games: a springboard for tackling inactivity

It’s official: the Olympic Games will be held in Paris in 2024 and in Los Angeles in 2028. These major sporting events are significant for the scientific community too, as they represent a key opportunity for health promotion. An opportunity to re-emphasise the importance of physical activity for staying in...
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Dietary supplements that beat persistent food cravings

Food cravings affect those trying to lose weight just as they do stable-weight individuals. Finding a lasting solution to these sudden ‘snack attacks’ requires a multi-pronged approach. People gain weight for many reasons – there are those who overeat at mealtimes, those whose portion sizes are normal but who eat...
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Obesity: the promising properties of broccoli

A little while ago, in one of our articles, we explored the many health virtues of cabbages . Now broccoli, a member of the cabbage family and packed with nutrients and antioxidants, has again been shown to have therapeutic potential. Japanese scientists have demonstrated that a compound in broccoli may...
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The slimming benefits of the Capsicum annuum pepper

Though you may be unfamiliar with the scientific term Capsicum annuum , it is actually the plant species which includes the well-known chilli pepper. Noted for their distinctive, spicy flavour, these red peppers also offer a number of benefits for our health. Indeed, Capsicum annuum peppers contain several bioactive compounds...
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