Study suggests January the worst time to diet

People have evolved to have subconscious urges to over-eat, and limited ability to avoid becoming obese, especially in winter, a University of Exeter study has found.

There is not yet an evolutionary mechanism to help us overcome the lure of sweet, fatty and unhealthy food and avoid becoming overweight for understandable and sensible reasons, according to researchers.

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Magners reveals that nearly half of those in Plymouth think their partner is overweight

45 per cent of people surveyed in Plymouth in a relationship have admitted to thinking their partner needs to lose weight, but one third (33%) are too scared to say anything to their other half, it emerged yesterday.

The study of 2,000 Brits, commissioned by Magners Orchard Berries Light,...

Daily walk could reduce risk of early death

Physical inactivity may be associated with twice as many deaths as obesity, according to research.

The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that just a modest increase in physical activity, such as a brisk 20 minute walk, could have significant health benefits.

Researchers, from University of Cambridge, studied data from 334,000 European men and...

Blood test may predict obesity levels in children

Scientists have found that a simple blood test, which can read DNA, could be used to predict obesity levels in children.

Researchers at the Universities of Southampton, Plymouth and Exeter used the test to assess the levels of epigenetic switches in the PGC1a gene – a gene that regulates fat storage in the body.

Epigenetic switches take place through a chemical change called...