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Obesity rising in Africa

In many African households, carrying a pot belly is a sign that this person is wealthy and well-fed but that is false | THE INDEPENDENT | One in five adults and one in 10 children and teenagers are projected to be obese by December 2023 in 10 high-burden African countries if …

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Obesity, overweight rising in Africa: WHO

Brazzaville, Congo | Xinhua | One in five adults and one in 10 children and teenagers are projected to be obese by December 2023 in 10 high-burden African countries, if no robust measures are taken to reverse the trends, said the World Health Organization (WHO) regional office for Africa on Thursday. …

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Overeating isn’t primary cause of obesity

A new model suggests focusing less on how much we eat and more on what we eat | THE INDEPENDENT | The ‘energy balance model’ says weight gain occurs because individuals consume more energy than they expend.  But a new study, scientists are challenging that perspective. The scientists say “conceptualizing …

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Turkey to reduce sugar in food, drinks to fight obesity

Istanbul, Turkey | Xinhua | Turkey will gradually reduce sugar amounts in foods and beverages to fight the climbing rate of obesity due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has altered people’s eating habits. Last week, the Turkish Health Ministry released the Sugar Reduction Guide in order to gradually reduce the amount …

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Virus appears to strike men, overweight people harder

Paris, France | AFP | In the emergency rooms of virus hotspots around the world, medical staff are seeing a greater number of men than women suffering severe symptoms of COVID-19, with obesity emerging as another potentially aggravating factor. But experts are still unsure why. What first began to appear as …

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New approach needed to address malnutrition, obesity

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The World Health Organisation –WHO is calling for a new approach to deal with rapidly changing food systems, which have driven low and middle-income countries into the two extremes of malnutrition– undernutrition and obesity. A new report, published in the British medical science publication …

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HEALTH: Rice and obesity

Is there a link after controlling for a wide range of factors? | TIM NEWMAN | A study that used data from more than 130 countries concludes that eating more rice might protect against obesity. After controlling for a wide range of factors, the team found that the results remained …

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Obesity-linked cancers on the rise in young adults

Paris, France | AFP | A sharp increase in the rate of obesity-linked cancers among young adults in the United States could foreshadow a reversal in the overall decline in cancer mortality, researchers warned Monday. In a sweeping study covering two-thirds of the US population, they showed that half a dozen …

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