Health bites

Household chemical triggers eczema

Tuesday, 26 June, 2012, 12:00am

Hospital helps obese with new technique

A reversible operation that reduces stomach size has helped 27 chronically obese patients at a private hospital lose weight.

The restrictive surgery limits food intake by folding and sewing together a part of the patient's stomach. Evangel Hospital in Kowloon City is the first medical centre in Hong Kong to conduct the operation.

18 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Get up and grow: campaign to feed youngsters the healthy habit

In an attempt to combat the growing obesity epidemic plaguing Hong Kong children, the Health Department will launch a city-wide campaign tomorrow.

10 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Health bites

Silent but deadly

3 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

The riddle of mum's middle

'What does it look like afterwards?' a twenty-something asked me the other day, referring to a mother's stomach after birth.

27 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

We must fight childhood obesity

Many children eat a lot of snacks and dine out at fast-food restaurants. We should be concerned about their health.

These days parents tend to pamper their children too much. A sad result is the growing problem of child obesity.

3 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Turn off the box

The television and computer screen present two of the biggest obstacles to family meals and healthy eating.

A study by Chinese University claims children now spend an average of 31/2 hours a day watching television, working on computers and reading.

26 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Incidence of childhood obesity a numbers game

As many as 2,500 more children would be classified as obese if Hong Kong adopted a calculation used by the World Health Organisation, university researchers said yesterday.

3 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Life's a pain in the back for overweight teens

Backache is not just a mark of old age - about a third of teenagers suffer from it, too.

A study by a Hong Kong medical school shows spinal disc degeneration also afflicts adolescents.

And the condition is three times more likely if they are overweight.

The findings are based on the Hong Kong Degenerative Disc Disease Cohort, launched in 2001.

5 May 2011 - 12:00am

Evangel completes 100 weight reductions

Evangel in Kowloon City says it is the first private hospital to complete more than 100 weight reduction operations, after just two years.

9 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

notes from the dorm

One of the reasons why I feel a sense of belonging to university is the similarity in age of the majority of the student population.

18 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Fat China: How Expanding Waistlines Will Change a Nation

Jan 12, 6.30pm, Hong Kong Club

6 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Fight against obesity

We need to do more to fight obesity. Latest government figures show a large drop in rates among women, but a significant increase among men and a positively dramatic one among children. A number of education and treatment programmes are under way; we are only too aware that we will suffer life-threatening diseases unless we eat better and get more exercise.

28 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Chinese food culture needs to be changed, health officials say

The Chinese food culture, which tends towards the greasy side, has to be changed before it brings more health hazards to the public, health officials say.

However, Assistant Director of Health Dr Regina Ching Cheuk-tuen said it was difficult changing people's eating habits overnight.

27 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Tackle childhood obesity

Child obesity is becoming a serious problem in Hong Kong and we need to tackle it before it's too late. Firstly, schools should educate students about the importance of a healthy diet. They could invite experts to give talks on the dangers of being overweight.

27 Jan 2010 - 12:00am